Today there are more choices than ever when it comes to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. There can be so many options, in fact, that the decision-making process for selecting a rehab center can sometimes be overwhelming. Part of the issue stems from the fact that many alternative forms of therapy have come to prominence over the past decade. And taking the time to understand these non-traditional approaches can be a critical before committing to one.

Opting for either a 12-step program or entering a non 12-step rehab center is going to be one of the major decisions that you will have to make. And although 12-step programs have a strong history as effective treatments, they may not be suited for all patients.

Altus Treatment Center will work with you to determine which program is right for you based on your addiction and goals. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will provide you with an overview of your options and make recommendations based on their skills and capabilities for treatment.

In some cases, patients may be uncomfortable with the idea of submitting to a higher power that is such a major component of traditional 12-step programs. Others find 12-step programs to be too rigid, or not focused enough on personal development. Whatever your specific reasons may be, it is important to know that many non 12-step addiction treatment centers are excellent facilities, it is just a matter of finding the right one for you. It might be necessary to work in collaboration with other treatment facilities in the Aliso Viejo area in order to secure complete treatment options, but Altus Treatment Center is at the heart of those relationships and treatment programs.

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How is the non-12-step program different?

Traditional 12-step programs see the dependence upon drugs or alcohol as the primary issue in an addict’s life. All other problems, according to this viewpoint, are products of the addiction. And once the addiction has been successfully addressed, then the patient should begin recovering.

However, non-traditional approaches view recovery in a much different light. The role that dependence plays in the disorder is recognized, but not necessarily seen as the crux of the matter. They argue that there are also underlying problems that drive addictive behavior, which also must be addressed. At a basic level, this is a completely different interpretation of what the term “treatment” means.

Non-12-step programs also view the motivating factors for recovery in a different way. In the traditional 12-step approach, the concept of submission to a higher power is a centerpiece, and it is stately flatly that recovery is not possible until this happens.

However, many feel this too greatly diminishes personal responsibility on the part of the recovering individual. It is as if the addict has been rendered powerless because it is not his or her efforts that will ultimately lead to success or failure.

Non-12-step rehab facilities seek to empower the patient to be the agent of change and participate at a greater level in the rehabilitation process. There is a greater onus on the patient, but it is argued that this is the only way that genuine change can be accomplished.

Empowerment is a central theme of this non-traditional approach. The idea is that the motivation for successful recovery can only come from some place that lies within. By discovering their own incentives to overcome addiction, patients are turning into the most powerful motivators available to them. But until that process has been accomplished, real recovery is not possible because the underlying issues have yet to be confronted.

Traditional 12-step programs have also been accused of being too rigid in their approach. In a 12-step program, every patient is funneled through the exact same process and improvement is expected from all who follow the steps. However, if one fails to make a successful recovery, even after following the steps, the program itself is never called into question. It is only the patient who is to blame.

In non 12-step rehab centers, the patient is viewed as already being in a state of emotional vulnerability brought on by their addiction struggles. Heaping blame upon them, it is thought, only pushes them away from fully engaging in recovery. The approach taken by non 12-step addiction treatment centers is to develop treatment protocols that are more tailored for an individual patient’s needs. Recovering individuals find a pace that is comfortable to them and the program is adapted to their level of progress. If the desired outcome cannot be achieved through one particular method, then the treatment takes a new direction until the goal has finally been reached.

Finally, in the traditional 12-step method, drug addiction and alcoholism are labeled as “incurable” diseases. Only by a lifelong commitment to attending meetings can the problem be held in check. To some struggling with addiction, however, the thought of constantly fighting a never-ending battle is so disheartening that it actually diminishes their desire to remain sober.

The non-traditional approach does view addiction as a very serious disease that can be potentially fatal. However, they look at this problem as one that does ultimately have an answer to it. Through programs focused on long-term recovery and therapeutic approaches that can teach recovery skills, an addicted person can move on to a life of lasting sobriety.

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Choosing a non 12-Step drug rehab

Non 12-step rehab centers claim to be seeing much greater rates of success than the traditional approach. Many of these programs feature long durations of inpatient treatment, which may last longer than 90 days in some instances. Despite this longer commitment and a greater level of personal responsibility expected from the patient, non-12-step programs have continued to grow in popularity in recent years.

Contact Altus Treatment Center today to discuss your options for dealing with addiction. we offer inpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial rehabilitation services at several locations in the Aliso Viejo area. Our facilities provide comforting and modern spaces to overcome addiction and get better as soon as possible. Treatments, like those offered by Altus Treatment Center give people hope and an opportunity to recover, if they choose to go down that path. We provide a pressure free environment in which to get well.

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