Why 12-Step Programs Matter

Why 12-Step Programs Matter

12-Step programs are free, anonymous, community-based recovery programs that provide lifelong help to recovering addicts

If you are struggling with an addiction to a drug, like LSD, it may be easy to dismiss the usefulness of 12-Step programs. They are often the butt of many jokes. Much of the ridicule stems from people’s ignorance and misinformation.

12-Step Programs Are Often Misunderstood

Based on stylized representations shown in movies and TV serials, many people mistakenly think of 12-Step programs simply as strangers sitting around and drinking bad coffee while telling addiction horror stories. However, the reality is that 12-Step programs are free, anonymous, community-based recovery programs that provide lifelong, healing support to addicts at every stage of the recovery process.1

12-Step Programs’ Elements Are Proven to Be Successful

There are a multitude of factors that should be present in any effective recovery program, and the guiding principles in 12-Step programs have been validated time and again as a strong foundation for lasting sobriety and character development.

Here are a few of the valuable constructs included in every reputable 12-Step program:

  • Accountability – This might seem odd, at first blush, to include as a positive. It’s true that each person has the choice whether to show up at a peer-group meeting, and it’s also true that nobody is forced to share personal information at these meetings. However, having a sponsor is an important part of the 12-Step program, and the accountability a sponsor provides is invaluable. A sponsor will check in, provide battle-tested advice, and generally care enough to make sure somebody doesn’t slip through the cracks. It becomes clear to see: there’s commitment to the caring.
  • Community – It is a powerful moment when an addict realizes she is not alone. She is not the only person battling addiction. There are others at a similar stage of recovery, struggling with the same temptations, trying to put the pieces back together, wanting their lives to matter. Other individuals are further along the recovery path; theirs is a tale of victory and hope, despite some bumps in the road along the way. This sense of community is reinforced at every meeting – with every moment that stories of triumph and failure are shared and grace is extended.
  • Healing – Step 8 of the 12-Step program states: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” Step 9 states: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Systematically and cumulatively, these time-tested measures walk the addict down the path of healing, past wounds and mistakes. Oftentimes, an addict will find that he does not have the support of his family and friends because of the pain and deception perpetrated in the past. In seeking to make amends, relationships may be restored as he demonstrates and pursues the love and care of those most important to him.2

How Open Are You to Weighing the Worth of a 12-Step Program?

Accountability, community and healing are powerful forces in a recovering addict’s life. They are just a few of the many reasons that 12-Step programs have worked for countless addicts, including LSD abusers. Are you willing to test them out for yourself?The 12 steps of recovery is an important part of the recovery process. Alcoholics anonymous are about admitting your problem and the fact that you are powerless over the substance that you were using. The program uses a spiritual approach that includes a belief in a higher power.

If you are battling an addiction to LSD or other drugs – even other mental health conditions – we have the resources and know-how to help you. We will address your concerns and answer your questions when you call us on our 24/7 toll-free line. We can even help you determine how much your insurance coverage will pay for this vital care.

12-Step programs are an important part of a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program3, and we are known for having one of the top programs in the country (more than ten independent studies say so). Lean on someone you can trust at a critical crossroads like this. We care…one person at a time.


1 Sack, David, M.D., “Why the Hostility Toward the 12 Steps?”, Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201211/why-the-hostility-toward-the-12-steps, (November 20, 2012).

2 “Recent Research Offers Compelling Support for the Effectiveness of Twelve Step-based Treatment”, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, https://www.hazelden.org/web/public/vcsum0research.page.

3 “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment, (December 2012).