Addiction | Beyond the 12-Step Program
The vast majority of drug and alcohol treatment centers in the United States follow a 12-step program, but popularity far from guarantees results for those suffering from alcoholism. A recent article published in Dope Magazine took a look at this faith-based alcohol treatment model introduced by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930’s. There’s almost no research that backs up the 12-step program’s effectiveness – in fact, the only statistical support for it came from AA’s “Big Book” which was published in 1955 and claimed that it worked for three out of four participants who “really tried”.
While AA made a huge step forward as one of the first major organizations, if not the first to recognize alcoholism as a disease rather than a moral failing, other studies have shown that alternative programs have overtaken its effectiveness. According to the Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches: Effective Alternatives, written by Reid K. Hester and William R. Miller, the 12-step program was rated the 38th most effective treatment option out of 48 possible options.
The simple fact that there are even 48 different treatment options for people seeking a way to fight back against their disease comes as a surprise to many. Congressional funding to combat alcoholism was pumped into AA programs, and in some cases, use of the 12-step program was required to receive federal or state certification.
People who couldn’t follow this total abstinence-based method might never find the support they need to recover.
“Without guidance to other methods, a person with addiction can stay stuck in the belief that nothing will work for them,” CT, a Seattle-based Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) who wished to remain anonymous, said in an interview with Dope Magazine. “12 Steps does not encourage getting help for mental health issues, nor convey how common dual disorders are.”
One of the alternative options highlighted in the article was Schick Shadel Hospital, which was founded in the same year as AA. Unlike AA, Schick Shadel’s aversion therapy methods have been studied by third-party researchers, and show clear positive signs.
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Finding an effective and proven drug and alcohol treatment center is a key part of fighting back against addiction. Schick Shadel Hospital has been helping people overcome their vices since we first opened our doors in 1935, and have successfully helped more than 68,000 people achieve sobriety over that time. Send us a confidential message through our online form to learn more about what we can do to help, or call us at (888) 802-4206 to learn more about our counter conditioning method today.