Frankly many people may not even realize that anything besides 12 Step programs for the treatment of substance abuse issues exists. Perhaps it is because in countless movies and TV shows if a character has an addiction problem they promptly go to a meeting, tell long heartfelt monologues and suddenly, are on the road to recovery. All accompanied by a happy ending.
However, when you are deciding how to address your own substance abuse challenges, what works in the movies shouldn’t be your first criteria. While there are plenty of stories of successful individuals, there is no evidence that the program itself works better than simply the determination to change and having a support network. And in too many cases 12 Step programs result in numerous relapses followed by self-reproach. The long-term success rate of 12 step programs is surprisingly low given how many people try at least one meeting.
Thankfully, 12 step it is not the only choice, and you need to consider what is likely to work for your particular circumstances.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports, “Ultimately, choosing to get treatment may be more important than the approach used, as long as the approach avoids heavy confrontation and incorporates empathy, motivational support, and a focus on changing drinking behavior.” (Link)
Below is a chart that is helpful in making a decision. As you can see, there are many major differences between these approaches.
Now that you understand the choices, the important thing is to take action on them. Don’t wait, give me a call at 760-822-7729 and I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.