The strengths of the 12 step model
Clients and parents are acting responsibly by asking questions about the validity of our approach, and should always be cautious about the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals. AARC recognizes that it offers an exceptional treatment model, justified by the exceptional circumstances created by adolescent addiction. Here is our response to the most common questions we hear about the fact that we base our approach on AA and the 12 Step Model.
The success of Alcoholics Anonymous poses a problem for scientific research since the spiritual element of its program is, by definition, not accessible by scientific methodology. However, the repeated results of attending AA communities can be analyzed.
Here is a good overview of current research into AA community programs and outcomes.