What Is the Success Rate of the 12-Step Treatment Method?
The 12-step program is essentially peer support where people meet to support one another and work the steps. Those who attend these groups discuss issues and concerns connected to their addiction. Everyone in attendance supports one another through high points and relapses. New members are sponsored by seasoned members, and this process continues over and over. The success of the 12-step program depends on how well the person stays away from drugs and alcohol. When abstinence practices are supported by the 12-steps, the person will do well, which contributes to longer-term recovery. Those who struggle with the 12-step program have a hard time staying away from drugs and alcohol.
When alcoholics anonymous did a survey in 2014, it showed that around 32% of its members were brought there by another member. In addition to this, another 32% of members were introduced to it through the treatment program. The survey also showed that close to 60% of its members received some type of therapy or counseling prior to entering the 12-steps. Addiction specialists and those who work with drug addicts see the success rate as being between 8 and 12%. However, as with any success rate connected to a drug treatment method, there is always conflicting evidence. Studies are conducted by the Alcoholics Anonymous program and outside institutes, such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and SAMHSA.