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Holistic Drug Rehab vs 12-Step Drug Rehab

Struggling With Chronic Relapse? Consider Holistic Drug Rehab vs 12-Step Drug Rehabs.

When your loved one is struggling with addiction and you are reaching out into the world of internet information, a search for “drug rehab” will likely flood your web page with advertisements, inpatient clinics offered in your area, and possibly informational articles about addiction in general. While this isn’t a bad place to start your hunt, the difficulty lies in discerning what will work and is going to be worth your time. Drug rehabilitation takes on many forms- inpatient, residential, outpatient, 12-step, holistic, religious, secular, hybrid versions of each of these, etc.  Each one claims to be the best approach to true recovery. Truthfully, is there a “right” way to recovery? Let’s first explore the differences between 12-step programs and holistic programs.

Plenty of people, once they realize that their life is getting out of control with addiction, will start with some group support or outpatient care. Achieving sobriety and recovery in this situation is a realistic approach for many. For some people, seeking help right away when they start to recognize a dependence on drugs or alcohol can be done quickly and efficiently.


Struggling With Chronic Relapse? Consider Holistic Drug Rehab vs 12-Step Drug Rehabs.

When your loved one is struggling with addiction and you are reaching out into the world of internet information, a search for “drug rehab” will likely flood your web page with advertisements, inpatient clinics offered in your area, and possibly informational articles about addiction in general. While this isn’t a bad place to start your hunt, the difficulty lies in discerning what will work and is going to be worth your time. Drug rehabilitation takes on many forms- inpatient, residential, outpatient, 12-step, holistic, religious, secular, hybrid versions of each of these, etc.  Each one claims to be the best approach to true recovery. Truthfully, is there a “right” way to recovery? Let’s first explore the differences between 12-step programs and holistic programs.

Plenty of people, once they realize that their life is getting out of control with addiction, will start with some group support or outpatient care. Achieving sobriety and recovery in this situation is a realistic approach for many. For some people, seeking help right away when they start to recognize a dependence on drugs or alcohol can be done quickly and efficiently.


What are the “12 Steps”?

image of alcoholics anonymous book w coinsThe first of its kind, Alcoholics Anonymous, carries historical significance as it rose out from the 1930’s fathered by a doctor and a lawyer both of which struggled with severe alcoholism. Over the course of 80 years, variations of this program have become famous: Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Over-Eaters Anonymous, 12Steps in a generic form, and support groups for those who don’t struggle with addiction but have family or friends who do, called Al-Anon, etc. Programs utilizing the 12-step method typically includes a 28-day rehab stay utilizing prayers, mantras, rituals, practices, and scheduled groups with much enfaces on living a lifestyle including sponsors and daily meetings. While this approach has served many over the last eight decades, there is something to be said about those who haven’t found success in this program. Those who are experiencing “chronic” relapses often wonder, “what else is there to try?”

What are the “12 Steps”?

image of alcoholics anonymous book w coinsThe first of its kind, Alcoholics Anonymous, carries historical significance as it rose out from the 1930’s fathered by a doctor and a lawyer both of which struggled with severe alcoholism. Over the course of 80 years, variations of this program have become famous: Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Over-Eaters Anonymous, 12Steps in a generic form, and support groups for those who don’t struggle with addiction but have family or friends who do, called Al-Anon, etc. Programs utilizing the 12-step method typically includes a 28-day rehab stay utilizing prayers, mantras, rituals, practices, and scheduled groups with much enfaces on living a lifestyle including sponsors and daily meetings. While this approach has served many over the last eight decades, there is something to be said about those who haven’t found success in this program. Those who are experiencing “chronic” relapses often wonder, “what else is there to try?”


What is the purpose of a holistic drug rehabilitation center?

The next most commonly sought after the experience is holistic recovery centers. The purpose of a holistic drug rehabilitation center is to take the individual’s past, present, and desired future and formulate a more individualized plan for recovery. There is a depth in holistic recovery that offers a personalized method that can be more congruent with a person’s desires. If for example, someone is dealing with chronic pain or a co-occurring disorder, a holistic approach would likely include some specialized counseling and reconfiguring coping mechanisms. On average, someone’s drug rehab length of stay will be 30 days. The stay varies depending on the needs of the person as well as the requirements of the center. Once someone has finished the program, they are in an aftercare plan that can include attending other types of group therapy. Holistic programs offer an alternative to those suffering chronic relapse for whom the 12-step program has not been successful.image of man holding a compass for a blog article entitled "Holistic Drug Rehab vs 12-Step Drug Rehab" for Gulf Breeze Recovery


What is the purpose of a holistic drug rehabilitation center?

The next most commonly sought after the experience is holistic recovery centers. The purpose of a holistic drug rehabilitation center is to take the individual’s past, present, and desired future and formulate a more individualized plan for recovery. There is a depth in holistic recovery that offers a personalized method that can be more congruent with a person’s desires. If for example, someone is dealing with chronic pain or a co-occurring disorder, a holistic approach would likely include some specialized counseling and reconfiguring coping mechanisms. On average, someone’s drug rehab length of stay will be 30 days. The stay varies depending on the needs of the person as well as the requirements of the center. Once someone has finished the program, they are in an aftercare plan that can include attending other types of group therapy. Holistic programs offer an alternative to those suffering chronic relapse for whom the 12-step program has not been successful.image of man holding a compass for a blog article entitled "Holistic Drug Rehab vs 12-Step Drug Rehab" for Gulf Breeze Recovery


Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE program is unlike any other Holistic Drug Rehab!

Holistic can be better, but what happens if even holistic doesn’t seem enough? Gulf Breeze Recovery's THRIVE® program is unlike any other and offers a proven "niche" for those who have struggled with chronic relapse. When you watch the testimonials of past residents, you find that each person’s experience with detox, if needed, and the general entrance into the facility was a pleasant and welcoming transition. Unlike other programs, 12-step or holistic, where there is a progression of checklist items to get through, Gulf Breeze Recovery takes holistic to the next level with its various treatment stages and the principles of total health recovery which creates a higher level of understanding concerning thought and addiction. An insightful understanding of these principles helps those suffering from addiction to “see” and focus on what they want rather than focusing on what they don’t want and what they should avoid. Imagine that instead of leaving a facility with a “toolkit” on ways to get buy and “white knuckle” life without drugs or alcohol, you leave with a rediscovery of who you really are and an entirely new view of life and your purpose in it. Gulf Breeze Recovery should be the first place you look to for recovery, especially if you have been unsuccessful in maintaining sobriety after other rehabs. Many have not only found lasting recovery, but also a new and better way to live.

If you or a loved one are considering rehabilitation services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our highly-trained and skilled staff are eager to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.


Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE program is unlike any other Holistic Drug Rehab!

Holistic can be better, but what happens if even holistic doesn’t seem enough? Gulf Breeze Recovery's THRIVE® program is unlike any other and offers a proven "niche" for those who have struggled with chronic relapse. When you watch the testimonials of past residents, you find that each person’s experience with detox, if needed, and the general entrance into the facility was a pleasant and welcoming transition. Unlike other programs, 12-step or holistic, where there is a progression of checklist items to get through, Gulf Breeze Recovery takes holistic to the next level with its various treatment stages and the principles of total health recovery which creates a higher level of understanding concerning thought and addiction. An insightful understanding of these principles helps those suffering from addiction to “see” and focus on what they want rather than focusing on what they don’t want and what they should avoid. Imagine that instead of leaving a facility with a “toolkit” on ways to get buy and “white knuckle” life without drugs or alcohol, you leave with a rediscovery of who you really are and an entirely new view of life and your purpose in it. Gulf Breeze Recovery should be the first place you look to for recovery, especially if you have been unsuccessful in maintaining sobriety after other rehabs. Many have not only found lasting recovery, but also a new and better way to live.

If you or a loved one are considering rehabilitation services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our highly-trained and skilled staff are eager to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

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