Non-12-Step Recovery

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Non-12-Step Recovery

Many people know that Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. While he was intoxicated, he attended his first Oxford Group meeting. That organization later became AA, a volunteer-led, Christian-based organization with millions of members worldwide. Other groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous, have copied the successful 12-step model.

Many people do not know that Bill Wilson did not get sober by attending group meetings. He was under a doctor’s care for several months. It might have been this experience which prompted him to say that “the roads to recovery are many.”

So, the 12-step approach does not always work. If you or a loved one is in this situation, it’s nice to know there is an alternative to inpatient treatment. That alternative could be a non-12-step recovery program, like the ones available at The House of the Rising Son. We tailor flexible programs to meet individual needs.

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Do I Need a Non-12-Step Rehab Program?

In many cases, the answer to this question is “no.” That’s especially true if you have not tried 12-step rehab before. There are many reasons why this program has been successful for almost a century.

12 step programs in general, and AA groups in particular, are very convenient. Chances are, there is a chapter which meets within walking distance of your home, office, school, or other frequently-attended place.

Furthermore, 12-step programs are easy to integrate into the busiest lifestyles. Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the twelve steps, as well as the basic tenant that focusing on the sobriety process often brings about the desired result.

Finally, these programs are anonymous and free, or at least basically free. It is hard to understate the importance of these two things.

Of course, 12-step programs do not have a 100 percent success rate. This approach did not work for the group’s founder, and it may not work for you either. Some things to consider include:

  • Volunteers vs. Professionals: Volunteers run almost every aspect of most 12-step programs. In many cases, their commitment to work without pay is a very good thing. In other situations, however, the addict may need a more evidence-based approach.

  • Dual Diagnosis: If you are one of the millions of people who struggle with dual diagnosis issues, 12-step recovery is probably not for you. These programs are not designed to deal with mental illness and other such matters.

  • Individualization: Addiction is a highly personal problem, so it makes sense that recovery should be personal as well. Non-12-step rehab is flexible enough to work in several different ways.

  • Mental Illness Treatment: PTSD is one of the most common dual diagnosis issues. Many of these people self-medicate with alcohol to deal with symptoms like isolation, heightened awareness, and depression. Non-12-step recovery includes PTSD and other treatment when needed.

If these points resonate with your situation, you owe it to yourself, your family, and your future to consider non-12-step rehab. Additionally, if you tried the 12-step approach and were not successful, a non-12-step approach could be the non-residential care alternative you are looking for.

About Non-12-Step Drug Rehab

Fundamentally, Narcotics Anonymous works from the outside to the inside. By faithfully applying the Twelve Traditions and other core tenants, millions of people have recovered from drug addiction. 

Non-12-step drug rehab, on the other hand, works from the inside out. Our counselors start by focusing on behavior instead of labels, like “addict” or “diseased.” By shifting the focus, we help people reconnect with their inner, healthy selves, and bring those qualities to the surface. The non-12-step recovery process is also empowering. NA teaches that people are powerless to change themselves. But our non-12-step model focuses on the power within.

The subsequent mindset is different as well. NA participants are always “in recovery,” and that outlook works for many people. But non-12-step allows people to leave their prior behaviors behind and focus on the aforementioned reconnection. Furthermore, in addition to group therapy, non-12-step may include psychoeducational classes, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, and other elements.

During your initial drug treatment evaluation, we will review other aspects of 12-step and non-12-step outpatient recovery. If you never set foot inside our facility again and overcome your substance abuse problem, we consider that a win. However, if we can be part of the solution in any way, we want to help.

Both 12-step and non-12-step programs stress aftercare and follow up. Starting with Step 8 (making amends), the AA process focuses mostly on aftercare. Non-12-step recovery is the same way. Without effective follow up and aftercare, the progress made during the program itself quickly falls by the wayside.

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About Non-12-Step Alcohol Rehab

That same focus is inherent in alcohol 12-step programs. In fact, aftercare may be even more important in alcohol recovery, because temptations are almost literally everywhere.

However, there are also some differences. Philosophy is perhaps the biggest difference. Alcoholics Anonymous groups focus on a segregated group process. Non-12-step alcohol rehab, on the other hand, focuses on an individual, integrated approach.

At The House of the Rising Son, non-12-step alcohol recovery almost always begin with alcohol detox. THis process could take a few hours, a few days, or even longer. Furthermore, this process could involve chemical or non-chemical methods. If alcohol is not purged from the system and the patient is not emotionally stable, any subsequent efforts will probably not work.

These efforts vary in different cases. Some of the core activities in non-12-step alcohol recovery include:

  • Individual therapy sessions,

  • Group therapy meetings, 

  • Yoga, weight training, aerobics, and other exercise,

  • Nutrition education and cooking classes, and

  • A holistic treatment approach.

This regimen was not put together by accident or coincidence. Everything in our non-12-step alcohol rehab program is evidence-based and designed to help patients permanently recover, so they can have their lives back.

Dual Diagnosis Non-12-Step Recovery

As mentioned, AA was not designed to deal with dual diagnosis recovery. Non-12-step rehab, on the other hand, is specifically designed to deal with this issue.

Generally, people turn to alcohol to block or self-medicate certain mental health symptoms. The alcohol and mental illness adversely affect the brain in ways that they do not do individually. Many people who failed 12-step recovery did not fall short because they lacked willpower, but because there was an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder.

So, the first order of business may be restoring lost confidence. That’s relatively easy to do in a non-12-step environment. As mentioned, these programs bring out the patient’s inner strength. Once this hurdle is cleared, the dual diagnosis recovery can begin in earnest.

Although every approach is different, we often treat the mental illness first. That process makes the alcohol use disorder easier to treat. If there is no emotional need for alcohol, the physical addiction is the only real issue.

Reach Out to Us Now

The House of the Rising Son exists to help people just like you overcome substance abuse issues, even if they have tried and failed before. Contact us now, and let the hearing begin.

Call us at (888) 238-1038 to find out more about alcohol addiction. Alternatively, you can visit us at our rehab center in San Clemente to meet our expert team and discuss your treatment option.

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