Is Recovery Possible Without the 12 Steps?

Is Recovery Possible Without the 12 Steps?
November 13, 2015 Tien Nguyen
In Aftercare, Recovery Tips

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been used by millions of recovering addicts over the past several decades. Because of its popularity, some would think recovery is not even possible with any method other than the 12 steps. For those who have tried this method and relapsed the good news is recovery is possible without the 12 steps.

At Elevate Recovery, we want to help you put your addiction behind you for good, and we do that through a completely customized treatment program for you. We offer a combination of therapy models, including — but not limited to — the 12 steps. If the 12 steps aren’t an option for you, we have many other methods for recovery. The important thing is for you to learn that sobriety is possible and that it can be fun and rewarding as well. Contact us at [phone] today to learn about our program options.

The 12 Steps for Recovery

The 12 steps focus on admitting one is powerless over their addiction and need to turn control over to a higher power and work through different phases of recovery. It relies on a support group setting that follows certain guidelines in each session. While it works for some, this technique does not appeal to everyone.

Recovery happens all the time without the 12 steps. It all depends on the individual and their perception of the problem of addiction, how they process information, and what motivates them. It also depends on the rehab program and treatment staff. Some treatment professionals have had much greater success with methods other than the 12 steps.

Alternatives to 12 Steps

The 12 steps are not the only way to recover. Here are some alternatives to the 12 steps:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy This method helps the addict analyze their thoughts and then change negative thought processes through replacement and modification techniques. CBT is extremely helpful in cases where a person has had conflict in the past that continues to disrupt their life and contribute to addiction.

SMART Recovery This is another alternative to the 12 steps. This results-orientated model helps the person evaluate their goals for recovery and work to achieve them through therapy and rehab.

Individual Therapy A strong component of AA and the 12 steps is support group meetings where individuals share their stories with the group. This doesn’t work for everyone. Individual counseling is an option for those who are uncomfortable in the 12 step format and need to work through issues individually.

Group Therapy Group therapy in a different format is more effective for some. Instead of sitting in a circle, sharing stories, and working through the 12 steps, groups can get out and do team building exercises, bond with each other through recreational activities, or simply build sober relationships.

When selecting a treatment program, look for one that fits your personality and will help you achieve your goals. If you are a person who doesn’t like a lot of rules, you don’t want your rehab program to be overly strict.

Part of recovery is getting out of your comfort zone. While you can choose a program that is more appealing to you or you think will be a better fit, be open to trying new things and, most importantly, trust the expertise and guidance of your treatment professionals.

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