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Assignment 2: 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?

For this final discussion we have a topic that draws strong opinions on both sides. Those that have been helped by twelve step programs, understandably, feel they are of great value. Others have various philosophical or other differences with the program’s approach and may not be in favor of their approach.

Whatever side you line up with on this question, please ensure that you present both pros and cons of these groups, especially as related to the case study. Good scholarly critique of a question includes objective (or as objective as you can be!) evaluation of the both sides of the question at hand.

Let’s finish strong with a rich discussion of all sides of this topic!

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.

By Sunday, June 7, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, June 10, 2015, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Comment on the points made by asking questions, providing clarifications, giving another point of view, challenging their views, or showing relationships between two or more points in the discussion.

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.

Discussion Grading Criteria


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