Effectiveness Analysis of the 12 Step Recovery Program from the Standpoint of the Cultural-historical Approach

  • Marya S. Radionova The Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology


Some provisions of Vygotsky’s concept allow us to understand in a new way the effectiveness of the action of 12 step programs in the recovery of addicts. From our point of view, the program implements the following provisions of the cultural-historical approach: the basis for human mental development is a qualiitative change in one’s social situation; training leads to development; thanks to directive training, the addicted people aquire self-regulation; the program promotes the formation of the agency. Becoming a subject of one’s own activity for getting rid of this dependency and its reflection, a person begins to change his/her life in many directions. The article analyzes the tools of the program, allowing to develop a agency position in the process of recovery: the content of the program, the community itself as a collective teacher, specific members of the community as role models of a healthy lifestyle.


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RADIONOVA, Marya S.. Effectiveness Analysis of the 12 Step Recovery Program from the Standpoint of the Cultural-historical Approach. Revue internationale du CRIRES : innover dans la tradition de Vygotsky, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 228-239, sep. 2017. ISSN 2291-6717. Disponible à l'adresse : >http://ojs.crires.ulaval.ca/index.php/ric/article/view/46>. Date de consultation : 23 nov. 2017
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