Another study brings good news about adolescents and 12 step recovery:
The proportion attending 12-step meetings was relatively low across follow-up (24 to 29%), but more frequent attendance was independently associated with greater abstinence in concurrent and, to a lesser extent, lagged models. An 8-item composite measure of 12-step involvement did not enhance outcomes over and above attendance, but separate components did; specifically, greater contact with a 12-step sponsor outside of meetings and more verbal participation during meetings.
The benefits of 12-step participation observed among adult samples extend to adolescent outpatients. Community 12-step fellowships appear to provide a useful sobriety-supportive social context for youths seeking recovery, but evidence-based youth-specific 12-step facilitation strategies are needed to enhance outpatient attendance rates.
- Twelve-Step attendance trajectories over 7 years among adolescents (addictionandrecoverynews.wordpress.com)
- 12-step involvement and continuous abstinence at 2 years (addictionandrecoverynews.wordpress.com)