If you have lost control of your alcohol consumption, you may be considering your options for long-term recovery. Two of the main contenders in this field are 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and the more recently developed approach of Moderation Management.
History & Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous: Does it Work?
The 12-Step method to long-term addiction recovery is based on the principle of abstinence. Walking into a 12-Step meeting, you agree that you will try to stop drinking. This is the oldest organized form of addiction management. The original method outlined in Alcoholics Anonymous dates back to 1935. For history buffs, that’s just two years after the end of alcohol prohibition in America.
Alcoholics Anonymous has helped thousands—perhaps millions—of people stop drinking and regain control of their lives. Unfortunately, the program is anonymous, which makes it difficult to get data on its effectiveness. That being said, the majority of addiction treatment facilities in America use the 12-Step model of addiction treatment. Many recovering substance abusers find hope and support through group meetings and the Twelve Traditions, the guide for behavior used in 12-Step programs.
Moderation Management: Harm-Reduction Alternative to AA
Although 12-Step programs are popular, they aren’t the only option for long-term control of substance abuse. Moderation Management is another support group that encourages its members to consider harm reduction instead of abstinence.
In Moderation Management, members are encouraged to start with 30 days of sobriety. That period is followed by an extended period of disciplined moderation plans. Unlike 12-Step programs, Moderation Management is only used for controlling alcohol consumption. (It’s hard to imagine any group encouraging the moderate use of methamphetamine or heroin.)
Moderation Management is a completely secular program that focuses on finding support through a practical form of psychological training known as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs, on the other hand, have a profoundly spiritual element. In the Twelve Traditions, members must submit themselves to the authority of “a loving God, as He may express Himself in our group conscience.” Members of 12-Step meetings often emphasize that it is how each member conceives of God that is important. Religious tradition is not part of the steps.
Regardless of Long-Term Plans, it all Starts with Medical Detox
Choosing between the 12-Step system and Moderation Management to deal with alcoholism is a decision that should be discussed with addiction professionals. However, regardless of what method you choose, making a change and getting in control of your drinking or drug use is the best decision for your health and well-being. Medical detox is a great way to kick off a change in your lifestyle. Serenity House Detox offers the highest level of alcohol detox care to be found anywhere. Call Serenity House Detox today to learn about how you can successfully recover from alcohol addiction.