Is It Time to Steer Alcoholics into Medical Treatment and Away from 12-Step Programs
The wisdom of AA and 12-step programs
shouldn't be isolated to the church basement--these programs have things to teach us about God's mercy.
It is important for chaplains to understand the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs
to use wisdom in addressing the theological implications of addiction and recovery.
We can therefore state that the hypothesis at the 1-year mark was proven to be true, and 12-Step programs
make a statistically significant difference in relapse prevention rates.
It is meant to be added support, not a substitute for AA or other 12-step programs
. For more, go to www.refugerecovery.org.
Brier of course is quoting the Serenity Prayer, used often in 12-Step programs
. He strongly believes that 12-Step programs
should be part of the firefighter's recovery plan.
As mentioned earlier, 12-step programs
are not appropriate for everyone.
Furthermore, it is an effective means of feeding the therapy industry, especially the nation's myriad 12-step programs
. Finally, it's both a convenient way to label people and an excuse for avoiding responsibility for thoughtless and impulsive actions.
Throughout his downward spiral to an unglamorous near-death from heroin, and his eventual recovery through 12-step programs
and a mysterious rock legend, Doughty rarely sees himself as a rock star.
The Wolfe Street Foundation provides facilities and support to 12-step programs
that serve alcoholics and their families and friends.
Brief references to psychosynthesis, Morita Therapy, and 12-step programs
provide some theory, and mentions of popular books, including The Secret and The Purpose Driven Life, provide contrast for his own thoughts.
That suggestion is coming into its own with doctors and nutritionists, but few such folks, either in the office or on television, will mention 12-step programs
in relation to giving up addictive substances and losing weight.