Alternative Addiction Treatments

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Probably the most widely reported and accepted method of treating drug and alcohol addiction is the 12-Step approach. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are both international organizations that have millions of members worldwide. Many people report that they have been saved by AA and NA. However, many people have tried this approach and been unable to maintain their sobriety. Often these addicts will go in and out of 12-Step programs. With each relapse they feel more and more discouraged and begin to feel hopeless. The truth is, they may not be the problem. They may not be failing the program, the program may be failing them.

Is There Anything Besides 12-Step?

When it comes down to it, getting sober and staying sober is the only thing that matters; so who cares how you do it? There are other alternatives to the 12-Step program that have successfully lead many addicts into recovery. When it comes to beating an addiction, anything is worth a try.

One alternative treatment uses a combination of a detoxification program, counseling, physical exertion, and teaching of life skills and life improvement classes. This is a more holistic approach to treatment. The philosophy behind this type of treatment is that in order to maintain sobriety, addicts must rid their systems of the drugs and alcohol completely, confront their underlying emotional problems, and relearn the skills that will guide them to make better choices in the future.

The skills an addict must relearn, according to this program, are many. They must relearn communication skills, learning skills, values, integrity, flexibility, and perception. The addict leaves this treatment not only free of addiction, but with a positive attitude about the options available to him/her in life.

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