The 12-Step Program

3418 Public Works Drive Knoxville, Tn, (PressExposure) May 12, 2009 -- Drug addiction is one common problem faced by every country around the world. There is no generation or age that is exempt from it. Though common with adults, drug addiction can easily affect teenagers. Peer pressure and general family problems are some of the reasons why adolescents use drugs either to show camaraderie or to escape pain. Through constant use of drugs, teenagers develop a sense of dependency on the drug thus becoming a drug addict or a drug dependent.

Though considered a brain disease, psychiatrists have pointed out that drug addiction can be treated. One successful adolescent drug treatment used by many psychiatrists today is the 12-step program. A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. Prominent examples of the 12-step program includes Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

These are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous used as an adolescent drug treatment:


We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.


Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.


Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

This 12-step program is one of the most successful adolescent drug treatment used by psychiatrists to treat their patients. Through its gradual healing process, drug dependent youths are able to cope with the changes comfortably, unlike those that use medications which sometimes lead to drug withdrawal.

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Donna Sparks is a Professor and a Consultant Physician. Other than her clinical and local teaching commitments, she also continues to enjoy the privileges of research, writing and lecturing.

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