You know your use of alcohol or drugs has gotten out of hand, and you know you need help. It doesn’t matter how or why it happened: genetic predisposition, a prescription for chronic pain or depression, experimenting at parties. Addiction is a disease. All that matters is doing something about it.
You’re not the only one. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 23.5 million Americans – more than 13.5 percent of the entire U.S. population – “met diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder” for alcohol and/or any illicit drugs, including misuse of prescription drugs, and even more admit to use of illicit drugs or binge drinking.
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Only about 10 percent gets treatment. By looking for help, you’re already ahead of the pack.
Now that you’ve decided to get help for your substance abuse, you need to find the best treatment for you. Some people benefit from a step by step rehab program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. But they’re not for everyone, and they’re usually not enough on their own. You might want to consider non-12-step treatment programs.
Are You Looking for a 12 Step Alternative Approach to Addiction Recovery?
Countless people who have attended addiction treatment believe that religion will help to carry them through to sobriety. Many people swear by the 12 step process that is used in programs like Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. While these types of programs can be helpful to some, and have helped many, what about people that are looking for an alternative to the 12 step process. If you are looking for something different you can attend our addiction recovery rehab in Orange County, California. Our program focuses on improving your overall physical health through diet and exercise, improving your self-esteem without the use of religion and helping you overcome addiction through the use of a wide range of therapies.
Non 12 step programs have no formal definition but is something that many people opt to partake in and there isn’t one type of non twelve step treatment. Simply put that means that it isn’t a rehab program that abides by a 12 step formula. Some rehabs will take a scientific approach while others may decide to take a more holistic approach to their own unique form of treatment. The great thing about programs like these are that they cater to you as an individual instead of putting you through a program that was set up as a “one size fits all” type of treatment. When looking for addiction treatment it is extremely important that you explore all of your options and look at every treatment option available before making your final decision.
Why Does 12-Step Rehab Fail Some Individuals?
Twelve-step facilitation isn’t a treatment for substance abuse, nor does it claim to be, although it is sometimes mistaken for one. The purpose is to spend time with other people who also are substance abusers, share their stories of relapse and triumph, and act as peer pressure reinforcement or support and “work” the 12 steps. It’s a fellowship, a gathering of fellow substance abusers, none of whom are there as therapists or doctors even if they hold those professions. Twelve-step facilitation or something similar is often a useful adjunct to recovery.
Some people dislike parts of this stepped program. For one, 12-step programs are quasi-religious. At least half of the steps reference God, although some programs use a euphemism such as “higher power.” Atheists and non-Christians aren’t excluded. But if you’re not religious, or believe in keeping faith private, or if your religious experience is part of the source of your problem, you might not be comfortable with the 12 steps.
Others dislike the rigidness of the steps, which participants must complete and complete in order. The steps also rely heavily on asking for forgiveness and the strength to change rather than emphasizing personal responsibility and evidence-based substance abuse treatments.
What Are Non 12 Step Rehab Programs?
Broadly speaking, any rehab that doesn’t use the 12 steps is a non twelve step treatment programs, even faith-based rehabs. Many rehab centers in California offer multiple treatment options which tailor to each individual and their specific needs. They also offer treatment for dual diagnosis, a condition that includes two co-occurring problems that may be interrelated and requires treatment for each problem.
Non-12-Step Alcohol & Drug Treatments
These treatments include:
- Detox:. Before you can get well, you must cleanse your body of the problem substances. Sometimes it’s not safe to quit cold turkey. Medical professionals may need to gradually reduce alcohol and some drugs to prevent life-threatening withdrawal pains. It may even be necessary to substitute a weaker, less addictive substance – such as methadone or buprenorphine – during a transition period. Any drug or alcohol detox program will occur in our properly equipped medical facility.
- Psychological therapies: Although addiction is a disease with physical symptoms, treatment is primarily connected to the mind. Psychotherapy, in one-on-one and group sessions, can determine what led to drug addiction and teach new behaviors and new coping strategies to prevent a relapse. Therapies include cognitive-behavioral, motivational enhancement, contingency management, and community reinforcement.
- Physical therapy and nutrition: Addicts tend not to take care of their bodies or eat right. Getting well may include exercise, balanced meals, and better habits. Many rehab programs include a range of physical activities and a nutritionist on staff.
- Alternative therapies: Meditation, acupuncture, reiki, tai chi, yoga, and spiritual contemplation also are among the practices that can be a part of non-12-step rehab programs.
Non 12 Step vs. 12 Step
While both of these programs have a long list of advantages and disadvantages it is vital that you take an in-depth look into them so you can figure out which program will work best for you and your recovery.
Non Twelve Step Treatment Programs include:
- Professional Counseling: Generally speaking, because these rehabs utilize a more evidence based approach to their treatments, you’ll oftentimes experience therapy with a professional who is certified and licensed to effectively and properly help you overcome your addiction.
- A Large Variety Of Approaches: Non 12 step rehabs will somewhat adhere to a traditional 12 step approach but they will also provide you with a very individualized plan that will help you overcome your specific addiction while also addressing your specific needs.
- Dual Diagnosis Support: These rehab treatment facilities understand the need to integrate mental health treatment and psychological treatment into their programs. It is key to treat an underlying mental illness disorder in order to achieve total sobriety, a non 12 step addiction treatment center makes this a priority.
However, to be completely transparent, there are some drawbacks to a non twelve step approach:
- Available Locations: Due to the relative scarcity of these specific types of programs it can at times be difficult to locate or physically get to one. Chapters Capistrano knows this and can assist you with anything you might need in order to get you the help you need.
- Scarcity: Locating a rehab can be extremely challenging largely due to the fact that there aren’t very many available in comparison to the number of 12 step systems available.