Many Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers operate, in part, using the 12-step program, which originated with the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, specifically William Griffith Wilson, who lived from 1895 to 1971. The spiritual-centered steps, including belief in a higher power, do not always resonate with everyone with an alcohol abuse problem. Some alcohol rehab centers have chosen to work outside these steps, refusing to tell people that they are powerless over drugs and alcohol, or an addict or an alcoholic. These rehab centers work, instead, on the theory that alcohol is not the problem in your life, but a poor solution to your problem. If you detox from alcohol, this may help you temporarily, but eventually, because you’re still living the same life, you’ll find the same problems, and you may be tempted to choose the same solution, i.e., alcohol abuse.
The non 12-step rehab centers operates from the idea that addiction is a sign: Not only is your blood chemistry out of balance, but also something in your life needs work. If that problem doesn’t receive treatment, if it isn’t corrected, then most likely the problem will continue and a relapse is more likely, beginning your struggles again.
This solution begins, after detox, with hours of individualized therapy, one-on-one, with therapists who may help with the kinds of problems that lead to seeking out alcohol as a solution. The goal here is to regain control in your life. Once these problems are addressed, it’s far more likely that you’ll be able to free yourself from substance abuse.
Most of these problems include such things as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, fear of crowds, grief, loss of loved ones, childhood trauma, even headaches and insomnia. Chemical and neurotransmitter imbalances, an inability to get ahead in life, legal difficulties, purposelessness, may be typical of the kinds of problems that bring about the drinking problem.
The 12-step program is not for everyone. Alcohol Rehab Centers which operate without them are attempting to fill a need for those not comfortable with placing a higher power before them. Such centers focus on the idea that there isn’t shame in having developed a dependency on alcohol; instead, the focus is on the present and the fact that you’re attempting to use therapy and counseling now to get to the core of the problem that caused the drinking in the first place.
These programs explore how to end relapse as well as dependency, in order to return your life to you.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance dependency, our list of drug and alcohol detox centers is a good place to find the help necessary.
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