Reflecting on historical drug policies aimed at reducing or even eliminating drug use has led us to wonder -- have those policies been effective? Did they actually result in reduction of drug abuse, or did consumption increase? Should we legislate a life-choice decision, and a crime a crime without victim?
Since the 1930s, the 12-step treatment approach to overcoming alcohol addiction has been a standard for recovery, and has also been incorporated by many other groups that help people overcome certain additions. Some of the other addictions where the 12-step treatment approach have been applied to includes: narcotics anonymous, gamblers anonymous, sex addicts anonymous and self-mutilators anonymous. On today’s episode, we discuss our opinions on the efficacy of these and similar programs, along with challenges that have made it a little difficult to study the program’s effectiveness in treating these and other addictions.