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Is The AA Twelve Step Program Effective?

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KEEP-COMING-BACKThe first twelve step program, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), has been questioned a lot by society despite being one of the most effective and commonly sought long-term recovery options for alcoholism.

The disease of alcoholism has affected approximately 11.2 million males and 5.7 million females in 2012 alone, according to The National Institutes of Health (NIH).  While some individuals may question AA, the truth is that the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous really depends on the individual. Are they willing, honest, and open-minded enough to work the full 12-steps and attend meetings long-term as the program suggested?

The 12 Steps Of AA

Since the founding of AA in 1935, the fellowship’s work of literature claims its program of recovery has resulted in aiding a significant amount of alcoholic men and women.  The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book states that its members have nearly doubled worldwide since its third edition’s publication to well over two million.  With over 100,800 groups in 150 countries, the fellowship has clearly grown.  After all, it only takes two people to hold an AA meeting!

Study for effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous

A study conducted by researchers Keith Humphreys, Janet C. Blodgett, and Todd H. Wagner was done to check the effectiveness of AA. What they found was increasing attendance at meetings attributed to short-term and long-term decrease in alcohol consumption.

The conclusion led professionals to believe that the more twelve step program meetings that the recovering alcoholic goes to, the more likely they are to stay sober and working in their program of recovery.

  • Meetings keep alcoholics accountable in recovery.
  • By regularly attending meetings, alcoholics benefit from the following.
  • Helps them stay accountable to themselves and others.
  • Builds friendships and a support network.
  • A reminder that there is a solution and that they are not alone.

Step 12

Understanding Why Alcoholics Help Others

“Helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery.” – AA Big Book, Working With Others, Pg 97

Another reason for alcoholics to continue attending twelve step meetings regularly is so that they can help others.  An alcoholic may come to find out that in helping others; they are actually helping themselves stay recovered.

Alcoholism is a serious and potentially fatal disease.  Attending an addiction treatment center and working a program of recovery can and does work if you want it. Contact The Watershed today for more information on how you too can recover from alcoholism.




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