Are you looking for a different approach to drug and alcohol rehab? Perhaps one not rooted in the 12 Steps? Most people who look at addiction rehab options are familiar with 12-step treatment programs, and many find that this approach works well. But not everyone feels that the 12 Steps are right for them. Fortunately, there are alternatives. In fact, there are options that can be as effective as a 12-Step rehab program. At some Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers, we offer Non 12 Step Rehab Centers to our clients.

These approaches include:

  • SMART Recovery®
  • Refuge Recovery
  • Evidence-based treatments

If you’re interested in starting your recovery journey but would like to try a 12-step alternative, Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers offer choices.

The 12-Step Approach to Addiction Recovery

The 12 Steps were devised in the 1930s by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both recovering alcoholics, and Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA) co-founders.

In following the 12 Steps, a recovering addict admits they can’t control their addiction. Through self-reflection and examination, they commit to honestly admitting to and making amends for past mistakes. A key 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:

Both Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, which are support groups for families of addicts, also have some association with the 12 Steps.

Why Are 12-Step Alternatives Needed?

Why are alternative substance abuse treatment programs so important? One reason is the strong core spirituality at the heart of the 12-step system. This doesn’t fit the needs or lifestyle of some. Another reason is that some people prefer a more flexible approach than the 12 Steps.

Many people who come to Promises rehab centers are looking for 12-step alternatives. Some have tried the 12 Steps before but felt it wasn’t quite right for them. Some people want to try a different approach from the start. No single addiction treatment works for everyone, so our centers offer options. Clients can use the 12-step program if they want to but can try something else if they prefer.

Alternative #1: SMART Recovery®

SMART Recovery® is for people with alcohol or drug addiction as well as people with behavioral addictions, such as gambling. The focus of SMART Recovery® is helping you make life changes that keep you sober.

SMART Recovery is a four-point recovery plan. The four points are:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life

As with 12-step programs, there are SMART Recovery meetings all over the world, every day. You can attend face-to-face meetings or attend meetings online.

Alternative #2: Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is available at non-12-step rehab centers. The Refuge Recovery program is based on Buddhist teachings. It’s a systematic practice and process, designed to free people from the suffering caused by addictive cravings.

The program has some core tenets and beliefs. These include the belief that recovery is both possible and available. Core tenets of Refuge Recovery include:

  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Meditation

Alternative #3: Evidence-Backed Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

Scientific research proves evidence-backed treatments effective for addiction treatment. Each Promises Behavioral Health rehab treatment center offers different therapies, which may include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often a core part of addiction recovery. Many addicts 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.

Motivational interviewing: Many addicts believe they’re unable to change and incapable of beating their addictions. Motivational interviewing therapy program can help you understand that change is possible. Through this therapy, you’re taught to want and commit to change.

Interpersonal therapy: Many addicts have harmful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that impact their relationships. This therapy helps people learn new ways of thinking and behaving that help them mend and improve those relationships.

Multi-systemic therapy: This mode of therapy focuses on multiple risk factors that contribute to your addiction. These might include individual and family factors, as well as work or college and community or peer-group factors.

Alternative #4: Medication for Addiction Recovery

Medication is helpful for many addicts in a rehab treatment program. Naltrexone and acamprosate, for instance, help prevent relapses. These drugs usually work best in conjunction with therapy.

Naltrexone (Vivitrol): This drug helps reduce cravings for alcohol or opioids and reduces the risk of a relapse. 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 completely from alcohol.

Start Your Recovery Journey

Have you tried a 12-step treatment program before, but found it frustrating or difficult to follow? Is your recovery blocked by the idea that you “have” to use a 12-step program to beat your addiction?

There are alternatives. Many Promises Behavioral Health rehab centers offer one or more non-12-step drug rehab options. This gives our clients the best chances for success.

There are many ways to beat an addiction. At Promises Behavioral Health, we embrace the path that works for you.