Drug abuse has affected a significant population of people worldwide. Most governments and private organizations have put in place institutions to help in drug addiction rehabilitation. The 12-step program is a very effective strategy used in the recovery process. It is geared towards empowering the recovering addict to introspection and taking responsibility for their own outcome in life.
Most modern rehabilitation institutes implement various 12-step based programs into their treatment plans as a both viable and proven method of recovery. Through these programs, such as AA(Alcoholics Anonymous), NA(Narcotics Anonymous), or CA(Cocaine Anonymous), long-term sobriety has seen to be achieved based on the concept of giving up one’s own will, looking at themselves internally, and working with others. Simple maintenance of abstinence is found to be nearly impossible for the true addict or alcoholic, therefore he or she must seek outside help from a power greater than, and other than themselves. There are many who are opposed to this idea, and opposition to such ideas, according to history and studies show that relapse will inevitably follow if reliance on self-will is reverted to. For many, accepting responsibility for one’s own alcoholism and addiction looks like trusting in something greater than themselves to achieve long-term sobriety.