Traditional drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers utilize a 12-step program in order to help their patients overcome addiction. While a 12-step program has proven to be effective for many people, it doesn’t work for everyone. For many people, attending treatment at one of our non-12 step rehabs may be a better solution that yields more successful results.
Understanding the Difference Between 12 Step and Non-12 Step Rehabilitation
Twelve step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), are based on 12 steps toward recovery. The belief behind these steps is that completing each one will help an individual successfully attain sobriety from either drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. These types of programs take a spiritual approach to sobriety, and offer support group meets, as well as individual sponsors to assist participants when cravings are high or when triggers are present. The majority of the attention provided by a 12 step rehab program is provided by other members of the program; however, these members typically do not have training in addiction or medical experience.
Twelve step programs are free, which is one of the reasons why they are so appealing to those who are trying to overcome substance addiction and abuse. While they can be effective way for many people to overcome addiction, a lot of people require more structured support and care from professionals who have experienced in addiction.
At Start Sobriety now, our non-12 step rehabs offer a different approach to reaching sobriety. The model that is used is focused on various evidence-based therapies and practices that have been found to be extremely effective for treating substance and alcohol abuse and addiction. Twelve step programs view the dependence on drugs and/or alcohol as the main problem, and believe that treating dependence on a substance will help the patient recover. On the other hand, 12 step programs view other underlying issues as the source of the dependence on drugs and/or alcohol. Once the underlying issues are dealt with, the patient will be able to start working on recovering from substance dependency. For more information on the differences between 12-step and non-12 step rehab programs, speak with one of our addiction specialists today.
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A More Detailed Look at Non-12 Step Rehab
In 12 step programs, a belief in a higher power is a primary principal. This allows those who are recovering to accept their addiction. However, non-12 step programs do not require a belief in a higher power (however, one can certainly believe in one); instead, these programs, patients learn that they are, in fact, responsible for their own lives and essentially, their own fate. In other words, their addiction is not who they are or what a higher power has planned for them. This helps patients gain more responsibility for overcoming their addiction, as they learn that they can control it.
In a non-12 step program, five core areas of psychological functioning are focused on. These programs believe that addiction is a chronic illness that can be treated. The five core areas of psychological functioning that are focused on include:
- Non-12 step programs help patients identify, balance and regulate their emotions. It is believed that emotions play a large role in substance use, abuse and addiction. By successfully handling emotions, patients are able to avoid the pitfalls that impulsivity that often lead them to use drugs and alcohol.
- Secure sense of self. It is believed that the ‘self’ is a container that has boundaries, as well as limits and sensitivities. When a person does not have a secure sense of self, he or she may be more inclined to use, abuse and become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
- Conflict can be difficult for anyone to handle. When a person is unable to successful manage conflict, it may be a trigger to use drugs or alcohol. A non-12 step program teaches patients conflict resolution skills in order to better help them avoid the desire to use drugs or alcohol as a way to handle conflict.
- Mental health. The state of a person’s mental health can lead to drug and alcohol use, abuse and addiction. Often, people who are battling depression or anxiety, for example, use substances to handle the symptoms that he or she experiences.
A high-quality non-12 step rehabilitation program will focus on each individual, offering the tools and strategies that are needed for each person to overcome his or her addiction, recovery from addiction and attain sobriety. Call us today for a free addiction assessment to determine if a non-12 step rehab program is the right treatment program for your unique needs.
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Evidence-Based Treatment to Treat Addiction
A non-12 step rehab program uses evidence-based treatments to help patients overcome substance abuse and addiction. Some of the evidence-based treatments that are often utilized in these types of programs include:
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Abstinence-based counseling
- Motivational effectiveness
- Patient education
- Family therapy
These and other methods are combined in a way that is unique to each and every patient. In other words, patients receive the therapies that will help them handle their specific addiction most effectively. Unlike a 12-step program, a non-12 step program is not a definitive; patients do not have to follow the same practices and steps in order to recover from their addiction and attain sobriety. Speak with one of our trained treatment specialists today who can help create a custom tailored addiction recovery program for you.
After completing a non-12 step rehabilitation program, patients are often advised to seek a 12-step program as a way to help them stay on track with their recovery and get the support that they need in order to remain sober. Twelve step programs do offer excellent support and guidance, which has been found to help patients abstain from using and abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
By using a non-12 step rehab to initially treat substance abuse and addiction and receiving continued support from a traditional 12-step program, patients can increase their chances of recovering from addiction, avoid relapsing and remain sober. For more information on aftercare that is essential for sustainable recovery, call us today.
If you or someone you love is battling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, a non-12 step program could provide the education, therapy and support that is needed in order to overcome addiction and actually attain sobriety. You don’t have to go through addiction alone; there is help available. Call us today at (800) 553-6192 for a free, confidential assessment to determine the best path to recovery. You do not have to walk alone on this journey to health and wholeness.