Why A.A.’s 12 Steps Work in Addiction Treatment
One of the biggest misconceptions about addiction is that the booze, the crack, the heroin – that they are the disease. What they are is a symptom of the disease of addiction.
Get sober and you will still be sick. The mind is still sick, the spirit is still sick. Getting well requires a comprehensive plan of action. We believe that a 12-Step-centered drug rehab program must be in play in order for the addict to get and stay well.
A study by the National Institutes of Health found “…rates of abstinence are about twice as high for those who attended a 12-Step group such as A.A. following (primary rehab) treatment”. Moreover, the longer, and more meetings attended, significantly contributed to overall rates of enduring sobriety. Two factors persist here: longevity of support and the 12 Steps of A.A.