The concept of 12-step recovery programs is known to millions of people around the world. The tenants of the 12-steps have helped addicts, their loved ones, and friends negotiate the challenges often present during addiction treatment and recovery. The 12-steps, first originated by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, have helped people of all ages not only stop drinking or using drugs but find a healthier and stable guide forward in a new way of life. 

What Is the 12-Step Treatment Approach? 

Although attending meetings helps provide fellowship and support, the 12-steps themselves are the core of the 12-step treatment approach. The 12-steps provide a suggested framework for one’s sobriety journey that has worked for the founding members of Alcoholics Anonymous and have continued to show success for many others regardless of their substance or even behavior or choice.

The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous initially created the 12-steps as a way to establish a series of guidelines they believed showed the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. Since then, these early guidelines have gained enough success to branch out into other addiction support groups. Today, there are many versions of 12-step programs designed to provide treatment and recovery guidance for various addictions and compulsive behaviors

One can easily find 12-step support groups for everything from cocaine use to gambling addictions. The traditional 12-step principles are based on spiritual principles and guidance; however, many non-religious people have found the structure and supportive nature of the program immensely helpful. While the 12-steps emphasize the presence of God, each participant is encouraged to incorporate this presence based on their particular interpretation, understanding, and religious beliefs. Today, as part of the greater aftercare community, it is possible to find programs based on the premise of the 12-steps that are not rooted in spirituality. 

The 12-step model and experiences many have as part of a 12-step support group limit the amount of “formal” research into the statistical successes of the program. Part of the comfort many find in attending 12-step groups is the anonymity of the program. Participants can rely on a high degree of privacy and confidentiality as part of the group, which allows for a greater level of comfort when discussing their fears, challenges, victories, and setbacks on their recovery journey. Despite the limited ability to statistically put a number to the success vs. “failure” rate of 12-step programs, the prominence and ongoing success of this type of treatment lead one to believe it is highly effective. 

Benefits of Integrating the 12-Steps Into Your Rehab Program 

12-step meetings are an integral and vital component of many comprehensive aftercare programs. Many in the early stages of recovery find that attending regular meetings helps provide a community of supportive peers who have shared or currently share similar struggles with sobriety. This group of like-minded peers becomes a critical support structure as newly recovering addicts (and those who have experienced relapse) work through the earliest and most challenging days of recovery. This same group of peers often remains a source of friendship, support, and guidance for years to come. 

Find Recovery Today With the Help of Concise Recovery

For over 80 years now, the principles and guidance first set forth by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939 have been providing support in structure for millions of people around the world struggling to recover from addiction. Many addiction treatment programs integrate the 12-step teachings during the addiction treatment and therapy process. In addition, as part of a comprehensive aftercare plan, your treatment providers will ensure you have ongoing access to community support groups allowing you to maintain your integration into the 12-step community and solidify supportive peer relationships that are essential to lasting recovery. If you are ready to begin your treatment journey, reach out to Concise Recovery today to learn more about the benefits of the 12-step treatment approach.