I think so. I don't think that time is going to diminish the value of 12 step programs. We may come up with new treatments for addiction, but I don't think there will ever be one magic bullet that always works for everyone. Many people find the spirituality of the 12 steps to be meaningful to them, and I think 12 step programs will always have a place as part of addiction treatment--not necessarily as the entire therapy, but as a component.
I don't think 12 step programs are a good fit for everyone, but I think they'll always be valuable to some.
There are a lot of advantages and some disadvantages. On the one hand, it gives a needed structure and plan. It also allows for critical support during crisis.
On the downside, some people reject the religious connotations of the higher power construct, it may attach a less than useful label of addict/alcoholic (with all the social penalties) on someone, and it sometimes keeps people stuck in a constant state of recovery -- they get so involved in the people and process they can't move on.
All in all, I think it is a wonderful deal for the price. Professional treatment should be free as well.
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