By Terence T. Gorski
There is evidence in the outcome literature that demonstrates the effectiveness of A.A. There are over 200 published articles that support the following:
1. Nothing works for everyone. 12-sstep programs are no exception.
2. People who had a bad experience with 12-Step programs are not reliable reporters (and neither are true believers).
3. Research shows very clearly the 12-Step programs can be helpful for some and not so helpful for others.
4. 12-step programs get most of their referrals from professionals counselors, therapist and doctors.
5. Most people who achieve long-term recovery use other forms of counseling and therapy at various points in their recovery.
6. Many people in long-term recovery use 12-Step very heavily in the first one to three years although the frequency of meetings goes down.
7. There is little or no agreement about the principles that underlie the 12-Steps.
8. Many people who start in 12-Step programs and achieve a stable recovery stop going to meetings and do well. Many do not relapse. Most in this category start attending meetings again or increase the frequency of meeting during highly stressful periods of life.
9. Twelve Step programs are still the single most effective, less expensive, and readily available recovery program world wide.
10. Twelve step programs work better when linked with other forms of counseling, therapy, and treatment.
11. relapse rates in all forms of addiction treatment are highest in the first 90 days.
12. After five years of continuous sobriety relapse in a group of alcoholics is less likely than have addiction develop in a similar group who has never had an addiction.
I might be wrong but I don’t think I am. You can find all the studies with a simple search on google scholar.