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Discussion—Evaluating Twelve-Step Programs

The twelve-step program has been a cornerstone of substance abuse treatment for decades. Proponents and opponents of the twelve-step program debate its effectiveness at treatment of substance addiction. These programs are typically supplements to clinical treatment. Some individuals are able to maintain sobriety from participation in a twelve-step program.

Use the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources to research twelve-step programs, in particular focus your research on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Download and review the case study.

Using the case study and your research on twelve-step programs and AA, respond to the following:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of twelve-step programs?
  • Are these programs effective? Please present scholarly evidence when answering this question.
  • How did the client in the case benefit from the program?
  • What were the disadvantages of the program for this client?

Support your responses using your module readings and authoritative resources. Incorporate theory and factual information in your response.

Write your initial response in 2–3 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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