Title

Alternatives to Twelve-Step Programs

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2004

Abstract

The present article highlights the importance of alternatives to the 12-step models of alcoholism (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous). The disease model of alcoholism, abstinence-only programs, and the role of spirituality in 12-step programs are discussed. Alternative clinical treatments (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy) and non-12-step self-help groups (e.g., SMART Recovery, Moderation Management) are presented. It is concluded that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to alcoholism is too simplistic and ignores the enormous variability among substance users.

Journal

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice

Journal ISSN

1522-9092

Volume

4

Issue

3

First Page

61

Last Page

70

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1300/J158v04n03_04