“Traditional rehab” vs the “evidence-based, best practices, model.”
Traditional alcoholism treatment is based on AA and the 12 Steps and demand that you admit to being a powerless alcoholic.
Evidence-based — also known as “best practices”, or AA alternative, or Non 12 Step based models — are based on alcohol abuse being a symptom, and a choice, not a disease.
Fifty years of research supports the AA Alternative model, none supports the traditional model.
Does it matter?
It does if you want to fix the problems your drinking has created for you.
The traditional approach says you must isolate yourself from normal people, including your spouse, and most social activities other than the AA meetings that you must attend for the rest of your life.
Successful alternatives encourage you to expand your social and recreational activities, including marital and other intimacy, and avoid alcohol focused groups including AA and Alanon. After all, if you want to quite abusing alcohol it makes sense to avoid people and situations that are obsessed with alcohol.
For many of us, alcohol is also our coping device of choice. A fast, effective, legal, and readily available escape from anxiety, loneliness, boredom, etc. Traditional treatment has nothing to offer beyond endless meetings.
Non 12 Step alternatives offer CBT, anti-craving medication support, assertiveness training, diet and exercise possibilities, motivational enhancement, mindfulness, and a vastly more interesting life, not an even more deminished one.
The list can go on, but we imagine you get the point. Do you want a better life than the one afforded by alcohol, in whatever form, or not?
Traditional alcohol treatment and rehab, along with the lifelong isolation that follows, is one route which will lead to a successful outcome about 5% of the time.
The alternative integrated and reality based approach leads to a fuller, happier, and more productive life over 60% of the time.
Or you can skip making a choice and continue to be as miserable as you are. But that too is a choice.
Again, your life, your choice.
And another factor to consider… Neither AA nor traditional treatment are confidential.
Whether inpatient, so called residential, or outpatient, 99.9% of all programs use groups and groups are not confidential.
Using insurance also destroys confidentiality.
But going to, and paying for, an individual therapist will often prove to be too little help.
We offer the only truly confidential, effective, and affordable option available anywhere.
No one else has or offers the expertise, experience, research based, absolutely confidential, individual approach we have developed over the past 25 years.
Isn’t that what you want and deserve?