Finding the Right Twelve-Step Program in Recovery


Written By: Molly Groo

Molly is Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s Case Manager and Vocational Services. She has a Bachelor’s in International Relations, is a Certified Addiction Counselor, and it’s currently working towards her Master’s in Social Work. Molly’s experience allows her to provide expert knowledge about solution-based methods to help people in recovery maintain long-term sobriety.

Published on Mar 11, 2020 | Drug & Alcohol Recovery

What Is a Twelve-Step Program?

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Many addicts and alcoholics get involved in a twelve-step program in recovery. These groups are free and community-based. What this means is that they don’t offer therapy or professional advice. Instead, these groups use peer support to help members. In the 1930s, Bill Wilson established the first twelve-step program (Alcoholics Anonymous). Since then, people have developed dozens of these organizations. Different twelve-step groups address issues ranging from addiction to gambling. So, what are the benefits? And how do I choose the right one?

Benefits and Choices

Twelve-step programs can help in the battle against addiction, generally, through the use of their peer support networks. Most addicts report feelings of isolation from their addiction, and meetings helped to overcome those emotions. Thus, twelve-step groups offer support from people who can relate to one another. Also, twelve-step programs provide a variety of tools for self-improvement and connection.

In addition, twelve-step programs offer:

  • A method for developing a spiritual and human connection is a primary benefit of twelve-step programming. 
  • Also, addicts develop accountability to other members in the program.
  • Meetings offer a judgment-free place to share struggles and success regarding addiction.
  • Anonymity so that members can get support without privacy concerns.

As a result of the anonymity of these twelve-step programs, it is not very easy to determine how effective the model is. Nevertheless, the influence of this type of treatment, as well as achievement accounts from recovering addicts, suggests it is advantageous. Many credit their recovery to these programs. However, for people who are looking for something different, there are also plenty of other options. These include: 

Some of these programs are spiritual, while others are secular. To choose the best program, trying a variety of meetings from different groups is a great way to get started. No matter the source, finding support is vital.

Getting the Right Support

Success in recovery depends on many factors. Generally, combining drug treatment with community support is the most effective approach. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we also encourage patients to get involved and explore all the options, from twelve-step groups to SMART Recovery.

As a result, we hope to help set our patients up for success after treatment. If you are looking for a program that combines many approaches, give us a call! Additionally, we’re happy to share information on how we support patients in creating new lives free from addiction.

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Molly Groo. "Finding the Right Twelve-Step Program in Recovery." Lighthouse Recovery Institute., Published on Mar 11, 2020,


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