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12-Step treatment remains the most pervasive addiction model in North America and has helped countless people. However, due to multiple factors, it is not efficacious for many others. In addition, there is a large body of empirical evidence supporting alternative modalities as well as the importance of matching the treatment to the individual, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach. These facts are often underplayed or largely unknown. Thus there is a need to offer greater visibility and accessibility to alternative treatments and models.
Let me be clear: this is not meant as an indictment against 12-Step. As a professional psychologist specializing in this area I tell my clients "do whatever works for you!" Just as individuals are diverse, so are their paths to recovery.
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-Dan Galant, Ph.D.