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Alternatives to a 12-Step Recovery

While most recovery programs use the 12-steps emphatically as part of a treatment plan, there are several alternatives to this traditional approach. A recovery program is essential to your success in sobriety. Choosing the right one for you is critical and we are here to help you.  

You may be asking why do most addiction recovery programs focus on a 12-step approach? Great question! The short answer is because it works. Alcoholics Anonymous has a longer sustainable record of recovery than all of other programs. Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping millions of people recover for more than 80 years. While some people struggle with the idea of God or a higher power, it is important to recognize that this is a higher power of your own understanding. This makes the idea a little less intimidating.

If you feel that you would like to try an alternative approach to your own recovery, here is a list of other recovery programs:

1. SMART Recovery:

The acronym stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This program is secular and claims to be scientifically-based. Their approach relies heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. SMART incorporates both meetings and online support. It differs from a 12-step program in that it views addictions as a dysfunctional habit rather than a disease and they do not focus on the idea of powerlessness as outlined in the first step of AA.

2. LifeRing:

This is another secular abstinence-based program. The main belief here is that each person has the power to achieve sobriety within themselves, which they refer to as the sober self. This program also offers meetings and online support.

3. Moderation Management:

This is a secular-based program focused on moderating alcohol consumption, rather than abstinence. The main ideas here are self-management, balance, moderation and personal responsibility. There are a limited number of meetings and online resources.

We incorporate the 12-steps into our treatment program. While other programs also include meetings, the fellowship of AA supports recovering individuals by bringing together experience, strength, and hope to everyone. We want you to feel supported in the choices you make and if you feel that AA is not for you, research other recovery programs. You may find it helpful to work various programs in conjunction with each other. A recovery program is individualized to your own needs and we are here to support you along the way. The most important thing is the maintenance of your sobriety. Call us today.

Villa Tranquil Recovery stands as a new staple in the women’s treatment community, offering gender-specific services for women between the ages of 18-65. Our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida provides a transitional living opportunity for women to continue their treatment process while regaining the skills they need to thrive in sobriety. Owned and operated by clinicians, we offer exceptional care so women can build exceptional lives of recovery. Call us today for information 214-799-3080.