You Have Options
Created as a component of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step programs have become the go-to solution for many people. Nevertheless, they aren’t right for everyone.
Perhaps you’ve already struggled through a 12-Step program and don’t want to find yourself failing again. Consider other models that can help you to still achieve your goal of sobriety.
One of the tools we offer at DK Solutions Group is called recovery mentoring. It provides you with the ability to work closely with a professional through your recovery efforts. Having a mentor to help you make decisions and to guide you in your journey can be quite important. In many ways, it can be empowering. You’ll know you are making the right decisions and that your recovery is moving forward. Also, we provide you with resources within your community that can strengthen your support network.
Many men and women find the SMART Recovery process to be more meaningful and beneficial to their recovery efforts than the AA program. This process focuses on using self-help techniques to encourage you to avoid the negative, destructive habits you have now. You’ll learn how to develop a healthier and positive lifestyle.
SMART Recovery is based on a specific type of therapy called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). This is a form of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. In short, it teaches you how to notice the negative thought patterns you have so you can change them into a more positive thought process.
For those who are Christian, Celebrate Recovery can be a powerful option. It is a Christ-centered program for addictions as well as other forms of hurts and hang-ups.
Celebrate Recovery is somewhat based on a traditional 12-Step program, but focuses more on a religious viewpoint. It’s generally available through churches and religious programs in local communities, but you don’t have to be a member to enroll in the program.
Like the 12-Steps, there is a considerable focus on forgiveness and making a dedicated decision to change. The Celebrate Recovery program also involves working towards improving yourself by becoming more like Jesus.
Women for Sobriety
Women for Sobriety is a nonprofit organization designed to provide support for the challenges women face when trying to free themselves from alcohol and drug addiction. The program has 13 acceptance statements, all of which focus on promoting emotional growth and positivity.
Like the 12-Step program, there is a strong belief here that a person’s actions, such as using drugs or alcohol, come directly from negative thought processes. As a result, changing those thoughts can lead to better outcomes.
Each day, those within the program commit to living life by the 13 statements. There is a significant amount of reflection in this program. It includes healthy eating, holistic healing, and meditation as well. The program is excellent for women who want more of a female-led focus in their recovery journey.
For men and women who wish to follow the Buddhist lifestyle and healing process, Refuge Recovery can be an excellent program. This is a nonprofit organization built on the belief that wisdom and compassion should be central focuses on the path towards recovery.
In Refuge Recovery, individuals will focus more on being mindful of the thoughts they have. They will develop a better understanding of how addiction creates a deep level of suffering. Women and men also learn to have compassion for themselves and the pain they feel due to addiction.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety, more commonly known as SOS, removes the religious components of AA and focuses on personal responsibility. The program is built on self-reliance. Individuals learn how to control their future and are educated in how to carve out a life for themselves. Throughout the program, those who participate are encouraged to focus on the task of remaining sober using taught strategies and thought patterns.
SOS isn’t a new program, as it’s been used heavily for over 30 years. While it removes the religious component from addiction recovery, it’s still an uplifting and positive program focused on helping people to help themselves on their path to lasting sobriety.
Which Option Is Right for You?
There’s no wrong answer here. All of the various alternatives to 12-Step programs can be helpful in providing you with the support and encouragement you need to stay sober. It’s OK to keep searching until you find a program that is the best fit for your unique needs.
If you’re facing addiction and worried about your success, begin with a consultation through DK Solutions. Your first step should be to start the conversation about getting clean.