The disease model of addiction—a lifelong condition that manifests itself mentally, physically, and spiritually—has always challenged the patterns of alcohol and substance use displayed by addicts. The disease renders the individual essentially powerless over his or her behaviors and unable to remain clean by himself, just as individuals with a terminal illness are unable to fight the disease without medication.
Behavioral treatment requires individuals to admit their addiction, give up their former lifestyle, and seek a support network that enables them to remain clean. Such approaches are the most important features that Drug Help Line considers when considering Twelve-step programs. We find that some of the best ways to attain long-term recovery begin with the 12 Steps implemented at our preferred treatment centers.