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The Non-12 Step Approach to Rehab

Why should someone seeking treatment try the non-12 step approach to rehab?

image of man facing camera with 12-step meeting in backgroundAnyone who has coped with a drug or alcohol addiction, or helped someone else with one, has heard of twelve-step programs. Initially conceived by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s, the idea behind this approach is to slowly and methodically work through a series of actions. These actions are designed to culminate in the recovery of the individual from their addictions.

The subsequent popularity of AA’s methods inspired numerous iterations, all borrowing from the precepts of AA’s outline. However, the twelve-step approach is not without its fair share of critics. That is why modern “non-12 step rehab” approaches have been developed to address the shortfalls of the past.

Problems with AA’s 12-Step Approach

AA’s original method was printed in their 1939 book, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism. Over the years, both it and the spin-offs the approach inspired have gone through several updates and refreshes. One thing that has never changed is the ongoing criticism that twelve-step methods receive. From inconsistent success rates to accusations of being almost of a religious nature, twelve-step groups have faced continual backlash since they started. Many attendees expressed unhappiness with the focus on spirituality; others decried the lack of sufficient confidentiality. Non-12 step rehab methods seek to avoid such pitfalls while offering effective alternatives.

The Rise of Non-12 Step Rehabilitation

smiling man facing camera for Choosing Between Traditional and Non-12 Step Rehab OptionsNon-12-step rehab shares a few common characteristics with its AA predecessor. To begin, both ideas promote abstinence from the abused substances. It should also be noted that, like traditional twelve-step programs, there is no unified non-12 step approach. Some versions feature elements of spirituality, while others do not.

As World Psychiatry points out, “Disorders are different from diseases.” Unlike AA and its offshoots, some non-12 step programs don’t all classify substance addiction as a brain disease. Primarily this impacts how one thinks about substance abuse and their personal control over it. Non-12 step rehab does encourage detoxification under the care of qualified medical personnel, whether it be in a residential setting or as an outpatient. The philosophy also supports the use of managing withdrawals with medication.

In addition, as with AA, there are support groups associated with non-12 step programs. These include (in alphabetical order):

Choosing Between Traditional and Non-12 Step Rehab Options

As DrugAbuse.gov notes, “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.” In collaboration with their loved ones, every person must decide, when applicable, which program is the most suitable for their unique circumstances. At the end of the day, persons suffering from addiction must opt for the program with the best odds of success for treating their issues and the most ongoing support for their lifestyle.

AA, NA and similar programs feature compelling reasons for participating but simply aren’t effective for every person. Non-12 step solutions are a viable alternative. These solution strategies can be highly conducive to a successful recovery process and the avoidance of relapsing into harmful habits.

pool area of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

Why should someone seeking treatment try the non-12 step approach to rehab?

image of man facing camera with 12-step meeting in backgroundAnyone who has coped with a drug or alcohol addiction, or helped someone else with one, has heard of twelve-step programs. Initially conceived by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s, the idea behind this approach is to slowly and methodically work through a series of actions. These actions are designed to culminate in the recovery of the individual from their addictions.

The subsequent popularity of AA’s methods inspired numerous iterations, all borrowing from the precepts of AA’s outline. However, the twelve-step approach is not without its fair share of critics. That is why modern “non-12 step rehab” approaches have been developed to address the shortfalls of the past.

Problems with AA’s 12-Step Approach

AA’s original method was printed in their 1939 book, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism. Over the years, both it and the spin-offs the approach inspired have gone through several updates and refreshes. One thing that has never changed is the ongoing criticism that twelve-step methods receive. From inconsistent success rates to accusations of being almost of a religious nature, twelve-step groups have faced continual backlash since they started. Many attendees expressed unhappiness with the focus on spirituality; others decried the lack of sufficient confidentiality. Non-12 step rehab methods seek to avoid such pitfalls while offering effective alternatives.

The Rise of Non-12 Step Rehabilitation

smiling man facing camera for Choosing Between Traditional and Non-12 Step Rehab OptionsNon-12-step rehab shares a few common characteristics with its AA predecessor. To begin, both ideas promote abstinence from the abused substances. It should also be noted that, like traditional twelve-step programs, there is no unified non-12 step approach. Some versions feature elements of spirituality, while others do not.

As World Psychiatry points out, “Disorders are different from diseases.” Unlike AA and its offshoots, some non-12 step programs don’t all classify substance addiction as a brain disease. Primarily this impacts how one thinks about substance abuse and their personal control over it. Non-12 step rehab does encourage detoxification under the care of qualified medical personnel, whether it be in a residential setting or as an outpatient. The philosophy also supports the use of managing withdrawals with medication.

In addition, as with AA, there are support groups associated with non-12 step programs. These include (in alphabetical order):

Choosing Between Traditional and Non-12 Step Rehab Options

As DrugAbuse.gov notes, “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.” In collaboration with their loved ones, every person must decide, when applicable, which program is the most suitable for their unique circumstances. At the end of the day, persons suffering from addiction must opt for the program with the best odds of success for treating their issues and the most ongoing support for their lifestyle.

AA, NA and similar programs feature compelling reasons for participating but simply aren’t effective for every person. Non-12 step solutions are a viable alternative. These solution strategies can be highly conducive to a successful recovery process and the avoidance of relapsing into harmful habits.

pool area of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

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About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

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