The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises people to ask specific questions when seeking addiction treatment. Among those questions is “How do 12-Step programs fit into drug addiction treatment?” Gaya Dowling, PhD, deputy chief of NIDA says, “NIDA considers 12-Step programs to be an important component of recovery, based on the research evidence.” She goes on to say they do “not categorize 12-Step programs in and of themselves as ‘treatment’ per se.”
Anyone who knows about treatment here at La Hacienda knows we have believed this, and have practiced it, for many, many years. We believe the 12-Steps are foundational in recovery but we also incorporate the body and mind components of recovery through our excellent clinical care. We’ve been doing it that way for most of our 40 years! It’s always great when science affirms what we have seen work for thousands of people.