What Is a 12-Step Substance Abuse Program?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Tuesday, 22, October 2019

The 12-step method was pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and is used at close to 70% of the treatment centers in the United States. The general premise of the model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The healing process comes about when the person surrenders to a higher power. The 12-step program has worked for many people, but some struggle with the strong religious element of the program. The 12-step treatment method is not the only approach used in most rehab centers. The average drug treatment program incorporates many different forms of traditional and non-traditional therapy.

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The twelve-step program is the most well-known drug treatment method used today. Every addict has heard of the 12-steps, and most have attended meetings or been through a 12-step program. The 12-steps in its original form came from spiritual Christian inspiration. It sought out help from a higher power as well as from another suffering from the same addiction problem. The program was written into what is known as the Big Book. This was originally written as a guide for people who could not attend AA fellowship meetings. Yet, it eventually became a tool used as part of the program by every member. The 12-step program has gone on to be adopted to every type of addiction or substance abuse problem.