For the last 80 years, Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping alcoholics get and stay sober. It has been a revolutionary program and a catalyst to change the public perception of alcoholism.
AA (and its subsequent 12 step programs) have helped millions of people, but not everyone has had success with the program. In recent years, a number of treatment facilities and autonomous groups have created non 12 step treatment programs.
Many of these programs have been met with high success rates.
The non 12 Step treatment approach is generally focused on treating individual patients, rather than the broad addiction. There are no pre-determined steps to recovery. The non 12 step treatment program instead offers individuals a series of treatment options that can be mixed and matched to find the perfect combination for each individual.
Personalization is the key to the non 12 step success. Therapies like equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and positive approach therapy offer individuals find the right mix of treatment for their specific needs and long-term success.
Non 12 Step Treatment and One-on-One Counseling
It is difficult to have personalization when dealing with large groups of people. One on one counseling reduces the risk of people simultaneously seeking the attention of a therapist.
Many non 12 Step treatment programs pay a great deal of attention to ensuring that clients receive one-on-one attention from the therapists. The goal is to ensure that the client has the sole focus and attention of the therapist.
This way it is possible for understand and analyze the client’s addiction, and determine what a personalized treatment program would look like. Everyone has their own issues to deal with, so finding the root of the addiction and impulsive behavior is critical.
Continuum of Care – Non 12 Step Aftercare Options
After one completes a stay at a treatment center, the real work begins.
Recovery is a life-long process. Simply entering a rehab program isn’t enough. Sobriety comes from a successful treatment program, and is followed up by a rigorous plan of action. A non 12 sep treatment program does not simply “cure” an addict or alcoholic. It is highly recommended that any recovering addict finds some form of continuous therapy or group program.
There are many options available for post-treatment recovery programs.
SMART recovery is a well-accepted program that is showing high success rates.
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
SOS – Secular Organization for Sobriety
S.O.S. credits the individual for achieving and maintaining his/her own sobriety. S.O.S. respects recovery in any form, regardless of the path by which it is achieved. It is not opposed to, or in competition with any other recovery program.
Women for Sobriety
Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics. Our “New Life” Program helps achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery. WFS has been providing services to women alcoholics since July, 1976. The WFS “New Life” Program grew out of one woman’s search for sobriety.
Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal. MM is run by lay members who came to the organization to resolve personal issues and stayed to help others.
Addiction does not discriminate. It can affect someone of any race, gender, occupation, or income. Individuals can become addicted to anything, but when an individual becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs, it can strain personal relationships, kill your professional life, and deteriorate your health.