I'm an alcoholic, I think everyone here knows that already
Addiction treatment sucks. 12 step programs are actually one of the least effective treatments for alcoholism but everyone seems to think they are the only way. CBT and drugs are a lot more effective.
Look up "The Sinclair Method," it's been used very effectively in other countries.. I will say it did not completely work for me but it did curb my drinking a lot, so I find it's worth doing.
Came to this thread to say 12 Step programs are bullshit.
It would be one thing if they could just admit that they're a religious approach to addiction. For some people (very few who enter the program, like 5%?), they work. But you can't claim it's scientific or even that it's secular when every damn meeting begins and ends with a prayer. Besides that, the philosophy of 12 step is basically telling people that they're incurably sick and that their only hope is to dedicate their lives to a TOTALLY NOT A CULT organization. If you've been clean and sober for X years and you still go to meetings multiple times a week, you're just letting your addiction control your life in a different way. Know what gave me peace with my history of drug use? Moving the fuck on.
I've never heard of the Sinclair method, gonna go look it up.