Abstinence for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Everyone’s journey to recovery is different. For some, quitting a drug “cold turkey” works for them. Abstaining, or giving up, the drug that led to a substance use disorder is the key to lifelong success in staying clean. Part behavioral therapy, part social support, 12-step programs have been used in helping millions of people recover from addiction, from alcoholism to opioid addiction, tobacco use and even gambling and sex addiction.
According to NIDA, “Twelve-step facilitation therapy is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with and actively involved in 12-step self-help groups, thereby promoting abstinence.”