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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.

Are You Looking for a Non 12 Step 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 non 12 step rehab in Orange County, California. Our non 12 step 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 recovery has no formal definition but is something that many people opt to partake in and there isn’t one type of non 12 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 non 12 step 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.

Whether you’re looking for a non 12 step rehab or a more traditional 12 step approach it is extremely important that you explore all of your options and look at every treatment option available before making your final decision. While both 12 step and non 12 step are beneficial, some people will achieve a longer lasting sobriety if they choose a treatment program that is right for them.

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 Treatments

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.

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-12-step rehab centers benefits include:

  • Professional Counseling: Generally speaking, because non 12 step based 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: Non 12 step 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 non 12 step 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.

Some of the benefits of 12 step rehab programs include:

  • Easy to locate and very common: Most people are aware of the 12 step process, they may not know every step but they have a good idea as to what it encompasses. They’re generally more common and easier to find.
  • Availability and Convenience: More often than not it is highly recommended as part of the aftercare process to enroll in a 12 step program. This allow you to keep practicing clean living a sobriety and generally a 12 step program is located in close proximity to your home.

Some of the disadvantages to 12 step programs includes:

  • Non certified: Most of the time the people running the 12 step program are volunteers. Rather than have trained professionals its oftentimes run by someone who has been through the program, while this may give it a more personal feel, you could be missing out on the evidence based treatment you truly need.
  • Lacking the proper dual diagnosis support: It’s quite possible that your addiction could be fueled by an underlying mental disorder that has not yet been identified. This would require a much more in-depth treatment that a 12 step program would not address making relapse very likely.
  • A questionable success rate: There are many studies out there that show 12 step programs having a low success rate. Yes, these numbers are the topic of many debates, maybe it show that the 12 step program isn’t what it once used to be.

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.

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What Chapters Capistrano Has to Offer


Chapters Private Rooms

Private rooms and a small client base allow our patients to focus on sobriety and health on their own individual terms. Our maximum occupancy is six clients at a time, and our spacious facility makes our environment inviting for those who desire a more secluded setting for recovery.


One on One therapy

Our individualized treatment services are tailored specifically to each of our clients. We’ll develop your individual plan to include services you prefer, including spiritual or non-spiritual approaches, personal or group sessions, 12-step or non-12-step programs, and much more.


On site detox treatment

Detox can be the most intimidating part of the recovery process for any recovering addict. We offer convenient and confidential detox in our 12,000 square foot facility, with support from experienced addiction specialists to ensure that the entire process is as quick, painless, and effective as possible.


Chapters Capistrano Pricing

We clearly detail your recovery package, leaving no important details out of the picture. Though our gorgeous beachfront facilities are popular, our pricing is clear and straightforward. We believe in transparency with our guests, from the very moment you consider Chapters for addiction treatment.

Find Out How You Can Stay at a Luxurious Rehab Facility with Little to No Out of Pocket Expenses

We will work with your health insurance provider so that you can enjoy treatment, and all you have to do is verify your insurance with us.

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