Is it appropriate for everyone with a substance abuse problem? As someone who has been though a rehab program and gone to AA meetings I have heard a lot about being in recovery and so on. While I think many our helped by the concept of recovery I do not think it is a good approach for everyone. My biggest gripe with the 12 step and Rehabilitation based on that program is the patients are told they will be in recovery for the rest of their lives. I feel like is not the best approach and can lead to long term psychological problems for those who are told they have an incurable disease(addiction) and have to spend the rest of their lives in recovery and this can possibly prevent a person from reaching their full potential. I feel like having the idea of having the addiction disease and being in recovery can lead to relapses, as it creates an excuse for someone to use drugs again. The reality is most who go through rehab program do relapse and maybe it is time to look at alternative ways to classify addiction that is not so demoralizing.