I really like attitude and ideas here. They talk about using methods such as Smart for overcoming the deep problems in lifestyle and poor thinking, that addicts often use. They also recognise that there is a place for the 12 step group in a balanced recovery system. They warn about the powerless model, but point out that the social side of 12 step groups can be useful, mainly due to the fact that there are so many of them. I strongly believe that the CBT type treatment, would help many more, if they were exposed to it compared to the 12 step model. However, the most important thing in recovery is commitment, and having contact with others who suffer from the same problems can really help. I became quite competitive with fellow newcomers, as I did not want to be seen to fail, in the group. This helped me for a bit.
I always think it is best to move on from recovery when somebody feels ready and the CBT method will give you the tools to do this. There are a lot of unhealthy people who remain in the 12 step world for years, simply “treading water ” and spouting phrases. They are often considered dysfunctional outside the rooms, which is a shame. AA and the steps can bring on some kind of drastic change in lifestyle, which will help some people, but it does also mean that many become reliant on quite a dysfunctional group.Google+