12 Step Programs And Dual Diagnosis

08 February 2016 Written by 

Many who struggle with substance abuse also have a co-occurring disorder that afflicts them. Those with co-occurring disorders often have a unique set of needs that must be addressed during treatment to ensure it is most effective.

Recent research indicates that while some may question the benefit of a 12-step program for those with unique sets of circumstances, the involvement and attendance associated with it is proven to be impactful during treatment.

12 step programs are extremely effective in treating co-occurring disorders.

The concern regarding 12-step programs primarily centers around the ability to connect with others and a rigorous following of the program. While some have voiced a concern that individuals may not be able to connect with others and may be shamed for feelings of anxiousness or depression associated with their mood disorders, research indicates these are not problematic areas for those enrolled in these programs. 12-step programs are designed to create group support and let individuals support one another through tough transitional phases. The study found that patients benefitted from participation with peers and the environment fostered support for everyone.

Young adults are in a critical stage of development and when undergoing treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, support from peers is critical. While 12-step programs provide different types of support for individuals, overwhelmingly, the program helps young adults improve their quality of life.

For more information about Sober College’s utilization of 12-step models, click here.

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