The argument is often made as to whether or not it is necessary to continue in a recovery community after you have completed a detox and rehab treatment program. Traditional treatment programs support the idea that alcohol and drug addiction is a disease that requires treatment for the rest of the individual’s life. On the other hand, non-traditional or alternative programs do not support the disease model and as such, they do not feel that long-term therapy is not needed. But how do you know which one is right?
Traditional Treatment and 12 Step Programs
Most individuals that participate in a traditional detox or rehab treatment program will most likely go from treatment to a 12 Step program such as A. A. or N. A. Both of these groups have mixed reviews from members and former members. For example, many of the members of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous feel that they benefit greatly from being held accountable and reminded that they are an addict. The emphasis in a traditional recovery program is on abstinence and preventing relapse. Members believe that accepting the disease model and acknowledge that they may relapse from time to time; gives them comfort and reminds them that they are still human and cannot go it alone. Many believe that surrendering their addiction to a Higher Power is reassuring and supportive and it helps them relate to other addicts they encounter in their meetings. On the other hand, a number of former A. A. and N. A. members did not find any peace in being labeled an addict and being told that there was no hope. As they worked to leave that life behind them, they discovered that listening to others discuss their drug and alcohol addictions did not help them. For these individuals, they realized that going it alone; surrounding themselves with family and friends that were supportive; and disassociating themselves from anything from their former life was the best thing to help them continue sobriety.
A Different Approach to Tradition
To the contrary, alternative programs, such as behavior education therapy, offers a different approach to alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. Instead of accepting substance abuse as a disease, these groups consider addiction to be a choice that stems from learned behavior. In these groups, the belief is that an individual can learn to not use drugs and alcohol and that moderation is an acceptable solution to total abstinence. According to cognitive behavioral therapy there is no need for a recovery community after rehab. Whether you agree or disagree, an overwhelming number of people join 12 Step programs each year, many of whom have nothing but positive things to say about their experience. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from substance addiction and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.