Non 12 Step

Next Step hope 9 copyChoosing the right addiction treatment plan may mean the difference between vitality and illness—or even life and death. Unfortunately, since there are hundreds of program types, selecting a plan can become overwhelming. Next Step Intervention consultants help you weigh the benefits of each program and are qualified to make comprehensive recommendations for the admissions, treatment, and aftercare processes.

While 12-step program models are proven to work in many cases, they are not the best fit for everyone. Most 12-step programs rely heavily on group therapy and peer support, and may not work for addicts who struggle with shyness, lack a support network, or are facing a dual diagnosis.

Non-12-step plans are more flexible than their 12-step counterparts. Rooted in evidence-based approaches, these programs employ the latest scientific research and support the idea that addicted individuals are in full control of their decisions. As a result, non-12-step programs teach new coping skills based on individual strengths and weaknesses, rather than emphasizing the importance of willpower or God-given strength.

12-Step Program Alternatives

Next Step MeditationThere is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. If a 12-step model does not suit your needs or has not worked for you in the past, you may find these non 12 step rehab programs helpful:

  • Secular treatment programs. 12-step programs developed out of the Alcoholics Anonymous model and often take a spiritual approach to healing. Secular treatment programs are geared toward retraining the mind and suggest that people control their own choices rather than being powerless to help themselves. This approach may be preferable for individuals who do not profess faith in a higher power or embrace non-Western views.
  • Holistic programs. Holistic treatment programs encourage clients to spend time in nature and focus on mind-body-spirit healing through alternative therapies like acupuncture, herbal remedies, meditation, and dietary changes. Most of the time, holistic programs do not encourage the use of pharmacology to help with detox and withdrawal—but they may be combined with more traditional treatment approaches.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). While it can be used for first-time addiction treatment, CBT is commonly employed for patients that have relapsed in the past. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the idea that addiction is a maladaptive behavioral pattern that must be “undone” or unlearned. CBT helps addicted individuals recognize triggers and develop new coping patterns to replace substance use.
  • Individualized dual-diagnosis programs. Addicted individuals managing a co-occurring mental illness need specialized care. Some facilities specialize in dual-diagnosis addiction treatment. Next Step will help you find a facility or program that understands the need for an integrated therapy approach.

Enroll in a Non-12-Step Program
To optimize chances of success, choose an addiction treatment program that coincides with your personal values. Next Step Intervention partners with a network of residential and outpatient programs and our team members customize treatment planning to your unique therapy needs and belief system. Call 1-800-298-1850 today to discuss payment options and insurance benefits, or to inquire about intervention facilitation for a friend or loved one in addiction denial.


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