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6 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 11. 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. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs. While there are other methods for dealing with addiction, “Twelve Step” groups generally produce the best results. A recent landmark study tested a theory which held that alcoholism treatment would be most effective if alcoholics were “matched” with types of treatment programs best fitting an individual’s personality. 1,726 alcoholics in treatment at nine locations, over a three month period, were studied with followup analysis made every three months through the fifteenth month. Those 1,726 alcoholics were randomly assigned to three types of popular treatment programs: “Twelve Step” groups, “Motivational Enhancement Therapy,” and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” While results of treatment were “excellent in all three treatment groups,” the “Twelve Step” program achieved the best results. Abstinence from the fourth through

the fifteenth follow-up months was achieved by 24 percent of those treated with “Twelve Step” programs compared to 15 percent in the “Cognitive” program and 14 percent in the “Motivational” program type. 3 Explore Other Treatment Options The “Twelve Step” programs are not for all people. If such a program just doesn’t feel right for you, there are other options which can be explored to break alcohol or drug addiction. However, unlike “Twelve Step” programs, which are usually without financial fees, other treatment programs have expenses which are sometimes covered by medical insurance. Here are four other significant ways of treating substance abuse: 1. Inpatient Rehab Treatment This is inpatient treatment at a hospital or center running some 28 days or more. There are centers all over America patterned after the famous Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California and the Hazelton Group, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You should check the center out first and ask about results. 2. Outpatient Rehab Treatment Such treatment takes several months and is done under the supervision of medical and psychological professionals. 7

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