12 step recovery programs do not have a monopoly on the recovery process. This being said, millions of addicts and alcoholics have fully recovered using the 12 steps. No other plan of action has had anything like this success rate. This is how I see it: If you were diagnosed with another disease and the doctor offered 2 Tx one has been around for over 75 years and millions have recovered or other Tx’s that have been around less time and there is not much eveidence that it works or it may take longer, which would you pick. By the time an individual wants help they are usually in an incredible amount of emotional pain and want relief, 12 step programs offer that relief.