Do 12 Step Programs Work? If You Work It!

By April 27, 2017Uncategorized

For people new to recovery, there may seem to be a lot of programs to follow in order to stay that way.

Beyond the “Anonymous” groups, programs like Refuge Recovery and Smart Recovery have grown in popularity and prominence over the past several years.

At the same time, some highly publicized programs have claimed that AA or NA are less successful than you might think, and definitely not the best way to stay sober.

But the reality is, AA, NA and the like have been saving lives for nearly 100 years. A lot of the reasoning behind journalists bashing them is simply that it’s a new headline!

And despite some grim statistics that seem to suggest that 12 Step programs aren’t very successful, those numbers reflect a wide range of members — including people who are court-mandated, or not very motivated to recover.

The truth is summed up by a common saying in the rooms: It works if you work it. It’s hard to put a number on what that means, because what really constitutes “working it”?

All you need to do is talk to other members, some who have been sober for decades, to know that if you dedicate yourself to a 12 Step program and stay connected to your higher power, recovery IS possible.

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