Most people who look at addiction rehab options are familiar with 12-step treatment programs, and many find that this approach works well. But 12-step programs may not be right for everyone. That’s where 12-step alternative programs come into play. Each of our Promises P.A.T.H. location offers Non 12 Step programs to our enrolled clients and the public.
These approaches include:
- SMART Recovery®
- Refuge Recovery
- Evidence-based treatments
The 12-Step Approach to Addiction Recovery
With the 12-Steps recovery approach, a recovering person admits they can’t control their addiction. That person then uses self-reflection and examination to assess themselves and the impact of their addiction. From there, they commit to honestly admitting to and making amends for past mistakes. A vital part of the process is recognizing a higher power, whether God or something else, that is stronger than the addiction and surrendering control to that higher power.
The 12 Steps are integral to AA and similar programs, such as:
Why Are 12-Step Alternatives Needed?
So why do we need alternative substance abuse treatment programs? One reason is the intense core spirituality at the heart of the 12-step system. That doesn’t always fit the needs or lifestyle of some who don’t practice those beliefs. 12-Step alternatives also allow for a little flexibility.
The Promises P.A.T.H. locations offer 12-step alternatives for those who need support in their recovery but feel that the traditional 12-step programs are not suited for them. No single addiction treatment works for everyone and we want to make sure we offer a diversity of options for our diverse populations.
Alternative #1: SMART Recovery®
SMART Recovery® is for people with alcohol or drug addiction and people with behavioral addictions, such as gambling. SMART Recovery is a four-point recovery plan. The four points are:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors
- Living a balanced life
As with 12-step programs, there are SMART Recovery meetings worldwide, every day. You can attend face-to-face meetings or attend meetings online.
Alternative #2: Refuge Recovery
The Refuge Recovery program uses Buddhist teachings. It’s a systematic practice and process designed to free people from the suffering caused by the cycle of addictive cravings.
The program has some core tenets and beliefs, including the idea that recovery is possible and available. Core tenets of Refuge Recovery include:
Alternative #3: Evidence-Based Behavioral Therapy for Addiction
Scientific research proves evidence-based treatments are an effective approach for substance use disorders. The Promises P.A.T.H. outpatient rehab treatment centers offer different therapies, which may include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often a core part of addiction recovery. Many substance users develop belief and behavior patterns that are harmful. These patterns contribute to their addictions and make it harder to quit. CBT helps you question your patterns and replace them with healthy ones.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): Many substance users believe they’re unable to change and are incapable of beating their addictions. Through dialectical behavior therapy, you learn four key elements, emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. This therapy teaches you to stay mindful and aware of your internal chatter during stressful situations.
Interpersonal therapy: Addiction can cause a cycle of harmful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that impact personal relationships. Interpersonal therapy helps people learn new ways of thinking and behaving that help mend and improve those relationships.
Multi-systemic therapy: This treatment model focuses on multiple risk factors contributing to your addiction. These might include individual and family factors and work or college and community or peer-group factors.
Alternative #4: Medication for Addiction Recovery
Medication is helpful for many individuals in outpatient rehab treatment programs. Naltrexone and acamprosate, for instance, help prevent relapses. These drugs usually work best in conjunction with therapy.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol): Helps reduce cravings for alcohol or opioids and reduces a relapse risk. It can also help an alcoholic moderate their drinking.
Acamprosate (Campral): This drug reduces an alcoholic’s desire to drink and can help them abstain entirely from alcohol.
Get On The Path To Healing
Have you found traditional 12-step treatment frustrating or difficult to follow? Do you feel like your recovery is blocked by the idea that you “have” to use the 12-steps to beat addiction?
There are many ways to beat an addiction, and we want to help you find the right program that works for you. At Promises P.A.T.H, we offer various non 12-step and 12-step meetings for clients and our surrounding communities. We can also help you decide which outpatient drug treatment services may be best for you. Call us today at 888.622.7809 to find out more.