My best friend has struggled with meth addiction for many, many years. Unfortunately, this addiction had taken over his entire life. He lost his job and his wife divorced him because of the fact that he could not control his meth use. Of course, it is difficult to say that anyone could ever control their meth use, as the drug has such a strong chemical addiction that most people who do it are horribly addicted. I attempted first to get him into NA when he had hit rock bottom, and he agreed. He knew that he needed help, and we were hopeful that this would help him. Unfortunately, after a couple months in this 12 step program, he ended up back on meth. After doing a little bit of research, I found a non 12 step program that had received rave reviews, and so we discussed it and he decided to give it a shot.
Well, he cleaned up his act rather quickly, as the counselors at the program were very good at relating with him and helping him to get back on his feet. He said that he liked this particular program a whole lot more than the 12 step programs he had attempted in the past, and the results spoke for themselves. He has now been completely sober for over two years, and he owes a lot of his success to the people at this particular program who helped him out.
It is important to understand that not all 12 step programs will always work for certain individuals. There are a number of other programs out there that might possibly work better. So, if you have a loved one who did not recover through a 12 step program, you might want to check out the alternatives.