It was discovered that AA and other 12-step programs were especially beneficial to those that might not be able to afford traditional inpatient treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction, seeing as all 12-step programs are completely donation based. At Immersion Recovery Center we believe whole-heartedly in the importance of AA involvement, which is why we incorporate 12-step meetings as a mandatory part of all of our addiction treatment programs. We also believe that long-term sobriety is more likely if an individual undergoes a comprehensive curriculum of care, including AA but not excluding medically monitored detox, inpatient treatment or continuous aftercare. For this reason we work closely with a variety of health insurance providers to ensure that everyone is getting the level of care they both need and deserve.
The Study – An Overview
The study, which is called “Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs for alcohol use disorder,” closely examined 27 previous studies published by the Cochrane Library. Overall these studies included roughly 11,000 subjects who suffered from various degrees of substance abuse and substance dependency. There was one previous study on the same subject, which was conducted in 2006. The findings of this study were generally inconclusive, but a significant amount of the date was re-examined for the recent study and was ultimately found to be of relative importance. Researchers found that during the 2006 study, AA and other 12-step programs were equally as effective as other methods of recovery like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy and other methods of therapeutic intervention. This time around, more concrete evidence was unearthed that pointed to 12-step programs being at least as effective as other modalities – if not more.