With so many lives affected by drug and alcohol addiction, there is a high demand for addiction treatment.
Fortunately, there are many different treatment options possible, and individuals can usually find a facility that fits their needs. Some addiction treatment programs use the 12 Steps as an integral part of their treatment, while others do not. So what are the main differences of 12-step compared to non-12-step treatment programs?
The 12 Steps were developed by and originally used in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, which came about in the late 1930s. Since then, upwards of 200 other fellowships have adopted and adapted AA’s 12 Steps to meet the needs of their groups. Some examples are Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA). Each of these groups utilizes the main principles laid out by the 12 Steps as seen in Alcoholics Anonymous. Twelve-step programs outline a course of action and a plan for living a sober and mentally and spiritually fit life.
The 12-step program itself is designed to be worked by an individual and their sponsor, a person who has already gone through the work (worked all 12 steps) and guides the new person through.
A treatment program based on the 12 Steps will integrate the principles found in the 12 Steps, but will not take a client through the actual program. However, because clients learn about the 12 Steps during treatment, they will be more likely to join and follow a 12-step program and work with a sponsor after leaving treatment.
Even treatment programs that incorporate the 12 Steps typically also use other clinical methods, including individual therapy, group therapy, therapeutic process groups, and other educational classes. Many of these classes include relapse prevention planning, health and wellness groups, and life skills. Both types of programs will often include yoga and physical fitness as well.
It is important to know that when looking at 12-step compared to non-12-step treatment programs, the option to join a fellowship after primary treatment is available.
If you or someone you love are struggling with addiction, please reach out and speak with someone who can help you find the right treatment option for your specific needs. Recovery is possible.