Understanding Non 12 Step Rehab Programs
It may be frustrating to have many different options available to you when it comes to finding the right one. There are so many options that trying to find a comfortable rehab environment can be a challenge. However, it remains a critical component of the entire process and must not be overlooked. The selection process of a quality drug rehab program can determine the outcome before you ever walk through the doors of the facility. The reason behind that is quite simple: If you are unable to relax, if you are unable to feel safe and if you feel you are not being taken care of, it can be next to impossible to focus on the treatment.
When someone feels truly comfortable during treatment, his or her ability to focus exclusively on recovery and resolve his or her addiction increases exponentially. This can be attributed to a number of different factors, not the least of which has to do with feeling better physically first, followed by being willing to open up emotionally and trusting those providing the therapy.
While exclusive amenities can add to the level of one's comfort, these should not be the main focus when choosing a drug or alcohol rehab facility. A beachfront location means nothing if the program does not provide answers. The quality and style of therapy delivered is the core of any successful recovery program. For that reason, centers with the highest success rates provide some form of alternative, non-12 step treatment options.
While there are a number of factors why non 12 step rehabs are more effective at ending addiction, the most significant include:
Able To Honestly Open Up About Underlying Issues
Group therapy lies at the core of twelve-step treatments such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. During group sessions, a number of patients sit and discuss their past illicit substance abuse. Many people find it uncomfortable or unsafe to share previous experiences in a group setting. As you can understand, not being able to discuss the very nature as to why a patient is there can hinder the healing process. Finding and addressing underlying issues is vital when it comes to resolving the individual's compulsions.
It is evident that in group therapy, it is difficult, if not impossible, for most patients to address the core underlying issues of their addiction properly. Non 12-step drug rehab programs do not have any group therapy and provide one-on-one counseling and cognitive therapy to create the best level of recovery possible.
Eliminates Common Urge To Relapse After Group Meetings
In clinical studies, many AA or NA patients report that having group sessions makes them more eager to use rather than less eager. This is because group sessions involve patients struggling with addiction talking and sharing honest and intimate details about their experiences of substance abuse. For example, it may be common to hear someone talk about their 'excitement' in chasing the drug each day and the 'rush' of cooking pills/heroin, the 'anticipation' of how it would feel when injecting, etc.
Unfortunately, these stories can appear as though they are glorifying the behavior, causing many people to miss the sensations that they felt. The result for many that leave the meeting is a higher sense of cravings and the urge to use again.
Non 12-step rehab centers do not conduct meetings like this, thus eliminating this type of emotional distress that can impede treatment.
No "Once An Addict, Always An Addict" Concept
Traditional rehabilitation centers are often referred to as using a 'disease model'. This means that the programs are based on the theory that substance abuse is a disease. With this theory, the twelve steps and other applied therapies indoctrinate each individual with the concept that they are victims; that they are powerless and that they are incurable. In fact, one of the twelve steps that you must accept involves admitting that you are powerless over the substance controlling you.
Most people that enroll in this program have no idea that this is merely an outdated theory. There is no evidence in any scientific or medical study to prove this disease concept at all. Worse yet, what has been documented are the success rates, which are incredibly very low when patients use 12-step therapy. Most often less than 10% recover. This means that 90% or more relapse. If a doctor had a demonstrated success rate of only 10% with his or her patients, chances are that you would not seek him out any time soon.
One of the reasons for this low success rate is the fact that once individuals are told that they are diseased and incurable, they feel worse about their addiction. This type of statement also removes personal responsibility. Patients become hopeless and if they cannot get better anyway, there is no reason to try. This means that many succumb to the temptation to use again.
Non-12 step rehab therapies reject the idea that the patient is unable to address and resolve underlying issues that caused the addiction. Instead, they work with the patient until the patient is physically and mentally able to be in charge of their thoughts, emotions, actions and behavior; and as a result, no longer exhibit destructive behavior. Once this occurs, they walk out of the treatment facility without fear of relapse.
Drug Replacement Therapy Becomes Undesirable & Unnecessary
Because many of the traditional programs tell patients that they are incurable, it should come as no surprise to find that most also strongly advocate drug replacement therapy. We often see this if the patient is struggling with alcohol dependence or suffers from a prescription medication/opiate dependency. Disease model treatment programs tell patients that they are using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and since they are incurable, they should replace what they are doing with some other doctor prescribed medication. These controlled substances are highly addictive and powerful pharmaceuticals. The premise is not lasting change; it is merely switching out an illegal addiction for a legal one. Simply put, it is the least amount of effort for those who claim to be helping.
Non-traditional recovery programs know that the only route to true long-term success is to put in the time and effort to find, confront and resolve the underlying issues that cause someone to feel compelled to drink or use drugs as an escape. Once addressed, the dependency is resolved and no replacement medications are necessary.
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