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There are a plethora of drug and alcohol rehab options available throughout the country. Many of these have different methods of treatment. With that many options to choose from, it is often difficult for individuals wanting to make a change, to realize the difference between non 12-step drug rehab and the traditional options. One of the main reasons that our service is dedicated to providing a one-stop solution for everything related to non-twelve step programs is because the majority of rehabilitation programs still follow the outdated, traditional model. This makes it a challenge to find a program that incorporates the latest strategies based in addiction science.
Finding a non 12 step addiction recovery option comes with its own unique series of challenges. While there are countless chronic conditions that require professional treatment, it would be difficult to find another illness, problem or disease that carries the same social stigma as does drug or alcohol addiction. While no one is likely to blame a patient for receiving a cancer diagnosis, countless people still believe that those struggling with dependence somehow ‘did this to themselves’.
However, anyone struggling with addiction understands that sometimes, recreational use becomes an uncontrollable issue – something most people do not find out about until it has taken hold of them and completely consumed their life. In the event that this happens, it is important that someone is there to offer advice or support.
When we discuss the importance of finding the right rehabilitation facility, some people are skeptical. Some ask why it would not be acceptable to try a short-term option first and if that doesn’t work, try longer, non-traditional options next. At no point will we try to impose on you – we merely provide unbiased advice that has a basis in research and experience. Studies have proven that if someone relapses after undergoing treatment, they are less likely to seek out help in the future. This is not simply a matter of “well that method did not work, let me move onto the next.” Oftentimes it sends recovering addicts into a downward spiral of dependence.
Another aspect is that if someone hears something reinforced, even though there is no scientific basis, it may prove detrimental for him or her later on. For example, some addicts leave the traditional 12-step facilities after 30 days. Because they are sent on their way, many of them assume that the problem they had is now under control. However, these individuals do not have any experience in how to avoid pitfalls or triggers in their immediate or distant future. This makes a relapse far more likely, which can turn into a fatal overdose if they relapse after long periods of sobriety.
There are many qualifiers and subtleties that you have to take into account before enrolling someone into non 12-step addiction recovery. It is important that a counselor take a moment and evaluate the individual’s personality, what they consider their ‘normal’. Just because a patient is withdrawn from the group does not indicate a problem if they have an introverted personality. This is precisely why you need someone to take their time and establish the best possible course of action for that particular individual. Unfortunately, for many of the traditional facilities, this is not a standard approach.
Many of the traditional programs using the same information that they have had for more than 40 years. One of the problems with finding the right behavioral treatment program is the fact that there are no regulations from any governing body. This leads to many of the traditional programs using the same information that they have had for more than 40 years, despite the fact that scientific studies and countless statistics prove that these programs have a low success rate.
Because there is no regulating body, it means that many people make a ‘bad decision’. They opt for the first available program without realizing that alternative options are available. They go with the name that they have heard before and are enamored by the fact that these traditional 12-step facilities promise to help them. Again, despite the fact that they offer no real statistics or recovery rates to back up their claims. Many quickly find out that all these programs care about is money and getting people out the door again to open up another bed.
Remember that addiction has a large social stigma attached to it. This means that the majority of people are not comfortable discussing their struggle with dependence with others. That is one of the reasons for us to keep our service available, to help people reach out and ask the questions that are on their mind. If you have questions that you do not want to ask friends, family members, coworkers or your personal physician, we are there to offer assistance or a friendly voice to talk with.
We have received countless phone calls from people struggling with drug or alcohol abuse who knew that they needed help, who were aware that something needed to change, the only thing they needed was to hear someone say that help was available, that it was possible for them to recover and live a sober life.
Addiction science provides psychological evidence and neurobiological evidence that treating people on a reward-based incentive system is far more successful than punishing them or shaming them into recovery. That is the approach the majority of non-12 step treatment centers take, help someone live a sober life without making them feel as though someone is constantly judging them.
Whether you or someone close to you needs motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy or another form of non-traditional recovery that you would like to talk about, we have experience in finding the right program that suits your needs. Do not waste another minute on programs that simply do not work, that have high relapse rates and refuse to adapt. Make sure that you pick up the phone and get the answers or help that you need.