Non 12 Step Drug Rehab Programs
Have you or a loved one tried several 12 step treatment programs and are now looking for a successful alternative? We can help.
Over the past few decades, there has been a shift in treating addiction. More people are moving away from the traditional 12-step rehab programs in favor of the non-12 step options. There is not one particular reason why many people are making this change – there are several. Countless alternative rehab programs have an excellent record of accomplishment when it comes to helping someone successfully and permanently overcome addiction.
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Why is the 12-Step Method Popular?
This is undoubtedly the most common question whenever we mention alternative treatments that are not like the traditional treatment. The reason behind it is simple; it was the first available option that gathered mainstream attention. Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson - founded Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s. However, both founders were not without controversy and there is plenty of information available about that on the Internet.
The truth is that seven decades later, we see AA chapters throughout the world, even though the approach has not changed since the 1930s and the program has never been proven particularly successful. When people ask us why the AA treatment is still the most popular, the answer is simply, 'they have been at it the longest'.
The Problem with Not Changing the Approach
As you can undoubtedly understand, something introduced in the 1930s may be outdated in the 21st century. In the last decade alone, we have experienced medical breakthroughs that were impossible to think of in the year 2000, let alone in the 1930s. The problem is that the 12-step programs do not change their approach, according to its followers, the guidelines are infallible and don't need to be updated. Meanwhile, alternative options recognize that there is a better understanding of what dependence is and that we now understand how to deal with it on a biological level. You would not walk into a dentist's office that still uses the tools from the 1930s, why would you accept the same from addiction treatment.
Another problem with regarding a treatment option as infallible is that if it doesn't work, the blame is placed on the person rather than the treatment. If a patient relapses in the traditional method, they have to start their process all over again. The treatment is not tailored to fit the needs of the patient. According to the twelve guidelines, if the person fails, this means that they are 'incapable of being honest with themselves'. The reason why the patient failed is not taken into consideration and they have to go through the same twelve procedures again. This is not the approach that we have taken in modern medicine where if one approach is proving to be unsuccessful, it is time to try another approach. It seems strange to make patients go through the same stages again and expect different results.
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The Problem with a Higher Power
The original Alcoholics Anonymous started with clear religious undertones and this is another issue that has not been addressed sufficiently. There have been some attempts to modify the twelve steps into a secular approach, but it has not worked out. The belief in a 'Higher Power' or 'God' (depending on the particular group) is always present. The thought behind the original approach is that patients are powerless unless they accept the fact that a Higher Power will help them make a change. The idea of rendering oneself powerless, having to approach dependence as a daily struggle and that relapse is a part of recovery, may make someone lose all faith in the eventual chance of recovery.
More than half of the twelve original steps refer to God or a Higher Power. As you can imagine, this is uncomfortable for atheists and agnostics, but also those of a different religion. The faith in a Higher Power is not present in the alternative approach. If someone finds strength in religion that is fantastic, but it should not be required or pushed upon patients.
The Idea that Addiction is a Disease
Perhaps the most important difference between the traditional and the alternative approach is the fact that most traditional programs believe that addiction is an incurable disease. Not only do they believe this, but if you wish to enroll in this type of program, you must also believe this to be true. They believe that addiction is a disease that someone can't overcome; patients can only hope to maintain the disease and keep it at bay by attending meetings on a regular basis. The traditional AA and NA programs rely on the concept that disease is permanent and may only be managed temporarily. This takes away personal responsibility, because if someone relapses or feels like using drugs or alcohol, they can simply suggest that they were stricken down by an incurable disease that was more powerful than they were.
The alternative treatments are aware of the fact that overcoming addiction is not going to be easy, but it is possible. The focus is on personal responsibility and understanding the reason(s) that drove someone towards their habit in the first place. The difference between the two approaches are when someone walks out of an AA or NA treatment center, they are still considered a 'sober addict'. Whereas someone walking out of an alternative treatment center is considered someone 'who once had a problem with addiction but no longer has that problem'.
While many of the 12-step drug treatment options rely on group therapy, they tend to ignore the physical side of substance abuse. Even though detoxification is presented as an option, the underlying problem with the toxic residue that resides in fat cells which is responsible for the physical cravings for additional narcotics is not addressed. Many alternative programs do address this aspect and provide the patient with biophysical detoxification through natural means including nutritional supplements, exercise and extended body cleansing procedures.
The integrative approach in numerous non-12 step centers combines a number of successful phases in substance abuse treatment. It is time the majority of the drug rehab industry wakes up and realizes change is necessary; the mainstream substance abuse centers need to offer the non-12 step alternative program, not just because it is more welcoming to people of all creeds, but it has also seen substantially better results.
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