Since everybody seems really interested in addiction, I wanted to mention that old bromide: the first step to kicking the addiction is recognizing that you have a problem. Hi, I’m such-and-such, and I’m an alcoholic. Your sin won’t be forgiven until you confess and repent.
It only “works” in the sense that being addicted to endless masochistic rituals around the addiction “works.”
If people want to go to church, why don’t they just go and do it? Why turn everything – medicine, education, workplace – into a pseudo-church?