Substance abuse and addiction is a serious epidemic across the globe. A report issued by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSHUH) reported that 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12 were struggling with substance abuse disorder in 2014. Of those who struggled with this disorder, 80 percent were abusing or addicted to alcohol, and more than 7 million abused or were addicted to drugs.
For a long period of time, rehabilitation centers focused on using a 12-step program, which is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, as a way to treat substance abuse and addiction. This type of treatment approach focuses on individuals taking personal responsibility for their addiction and the acceptance of a higher power.
While the 12-step model has helped countless people gain control over their battle with substance abuse and addiction, many who are suffering from this affliction find that it is not the right choice for them. Either they are not comfortable with the idea of taking personal accountability and/or accepting a God as a principal element in their recovery, or they have found that it just doesn’t work for them. Furthermore, some people find that this type of approach does not allow them to take advantage of alternative treatment options that could offer more effective results.
Though the 12-step approach does have a proven track record, there is a high-rate of relapse. In fact, it has been said that many people who follow this approach relapse at least twice before they achieve sobriety. There are alternative treatment options that offer the same type of success, if not better.