A recent article explores what types of treatments render the best results when treating substance use in individuals. The treatment success of alcohol and drug intervention programs can vary based on each individual’s internal motivation, social network or support. Generally, people who participate in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (and other similar 12-step programs) tend to exhibit a more positive outcome if they attend by choice rather than out of legal obligation.

So, why does motivation and determination matter? Simple: The individual can make all the difference in his or her own outcomes. Those who actively participate in mandated programs see better results. Approaches like evidence-based counseling and motivational interviewing are just two of the many ways that clients receive helpful feedback and maintain structure within their designated program. In some cases, evidence shows how motivational and cognitive behavioral treatments are more effective than 12-step programs in general. Offering social skills training, community reinforcement, and behavioral therapy gives clients of substance use a better chance at recovery and long-term success.