Non-12-Step Substance Abuse Rehab Is an Option at Chapters Capistrano
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.
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 12-step 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.
Why Does 12-Step Rehab Sometimes Fail?
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 the 12-step program. For one, traditional 12-step programs are quasi-religious. At least half of the 12 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 12 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 Is Non-12-Step Rehab?
Broadly speaking, any rehab that doesn’t use the 12 steps is a non-12-step rehab, even faith-based rehabs. Many rehab centers in California offer multiple treatment options, including 12-step and non-12-step rehab, which they tailor to each individual. 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 basic 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 non-12-step 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.
What Happens after Non-12-Step Rehab?
Rehab isn’t the end of the road to recovery, just the start of it. The better non-12-step substance abuse rehab programs offer aftercare: continued medical and psychological monitoring, plus some sort of support group.
Non-12-Step Support Groups
Here are some nonprofit, non-12-step groups:
- SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) uses evidence-based behavioral therapies.
- Moderation Management: A support group for those who don’t consider themselves alcoholics but want to reduce their alcohol consumption.
- SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or sometimes, Save Our Selves) is a network of independent, rational addiction recovery support groups.
- LifeRing Secular Recovery was once a part of SOS. It is a peer-run addiction recovery group that offers face-to-face and online meetings and even e-mail contact among its members.
Why Should You Choose Chapters Capistrano?
Whether you want 12-step or non-12-step rehab, Chapters Capistrano can make you feel welcome. The luxurious, computer-and-cellphone-friendly oceanfront facility offers a range of treatment options, traditional and alternative, a flexible length of stay, and fully-licensed counselors, marriage and family therapists, and addiction specialists. This experienced staff will design treatments to suit your individual preferences and needs. On-site detox is available separately or as part of a longer treatment.
If you’re not sure that your insurance will cover your stay, we can check for you. We will work with your health insurance provider so that you can receive treatment, and all you have to do is verify your insurance with us.