Overview of the Disease Model and 12 Step Self Help Programmes

This course examines the role of 12 step self help programmes that are designed to assist addicts in remaining alcohol and drug free. This course will prepare the candidate to understand the roles and efficacy of self help groups in the treatment and recovery process.


The following topics will be addressed and reviewed:
  • Brief history of alcohol use
  • Alcohol use in America
  • Historical responses to alcohol use and abuse
  • Myths and preconceptions about alcohol,
  • Alcohol use and alcohol dependence
  • Alcohol’s acute effects on the body
  • Alcohol and ethnicity
  • Alcohol and families
  • Drinking patterns
  • Patterns of alcohol consumption that vary according to a number of demographic factors.
  • Social costs of alcoholism
  • Personal costs of alcoholism
  • History of alcoholism treatment efforts
    • The disease concept
    • E.M. Jellinik  and classification
    • Diagnosis
    • Alcohol & alcoholism facts
  • The history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
    • The 12 suggested steps of alcoholics anonymous
    • 12 step meetings
    • Program tools
  • Other self help groups
  • Finally, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice regarding diversity issues in addiction treatment.
Course Outcomes:
After completing this course, candidates will be able to:
  • Assess the place of 12 step programmes and other self help programmes in the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the integration of 12 step treatment approaches with other modes of treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of alcohol use and abuse and of the various classification and treatment programmes.
  • Develop and apply integrated approaches to alcohol and substance abuse treatment.