05 Oct Twelve Step Programs Important for Recovery
Twelve Step programs, in use for several decades, have become a foundational and life-changing part of treatment for many individuals struggling with addictions and other problems. While many types of treatment and support have been examined, the use of Twelve Step strategies has remained central to recovery.
A new study shows that Twelve Step programs may be a significant predictor of recovery success for young women who have completed addiction treatment. Findings published by Hazelden’s Butler Center for Research revealed that the program may help young women successfully navigate the early days following treatment.
The study found that Twelve Step outpatient programs play an important role in determining recovery success for young women. There are three publications that are available providing details about the Twelve Step method. The publications are intended to help facilitators lead effective outpatient programs.
The study’s findings reveal that the frequency in which outpatient treatment patients attended Twelve Step support meetings following the completion of their addiction treatment was useful in predicting success in recovery among young women. The study’s authors note that the Twelve Step program is included in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
The researchers examined the recovery of 139 women between the ages of 17 and 23 and measured their attendance frequency at Twelve Step program meetings. The frequency of attendance was effective at predicting abstinence from substance use among the young women as well as the number of drinking days.
The study’s findings provide support for giving the Twelve Step program a new look. For those treatment centers that focus on both individual therapy and group treatment, there may be value in reassessing the role the Twelve Step program may hold in a successful treatment program. While Twelve Step programs have existed for many years, the new research indicates that there is value in periodically revisiting the effectiveness of programs.
The primary goal of the Twelve Step process is to enroll the individual struggling with addiction into a group such as Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. The Twelve Step program is a useful tool as a foundation for a wide variety of approaches to substance abuse treatment programs.
The 12-session outpatient treatment program is designed for individuals who struggle with substance use disorders. It is not only used in treatment programs, but also in private practice, corrections facilities and mental health facilities.
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