Addictions Recovery


About Addictions Recovery

For most of the duration of addictions treatment in the United States, the 12-Step model has been the prevailing framework utilized by substance use disorder treatment providers. However, not only is the 12-Step model ill-fitting for some individuals, the 12-Step approach is intended to be voluntary, with individuals self-selecting to participate rather than being coerced to “work the steps” and “go to meetings” against their will. Ethical and contemporary addictions treatment should appropriately educate clients about the 12-Step model and support client involvement with those for whom it is a good fit, but other research-based and effective approaches should also be utilized. These include variations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Trauma-Informed/Trauma-Specific treatment services in addition to the traditional Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) approach.

SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 

The Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are best-practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse. Access this collection of over 50 publications.

Go to TIP Series


Spirituality has been a long-recognized and vital component of 12-Step fellowships & faith-based treatment programs. In recent years, spiritual matters have gained growing recognition for their role in overall behavioral health and well-being, even by secular organizations as diverse as the American Psychological Association & the World Health Organization. Access any of the publications below to find out more:

Special Populations


Special Populations - OLDER ADULTS

Special Populations - SEXUAL MINORITIES

Special Populations - WOMEN

Special Populations - YOUTH

Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series