Guest post today from John Daily:
What is the difference in drug treatment programs, and what is the best type of drug rehab available? This is a common question for people researching drug treatment for a loved one or who have an addiction problem themselves.
Two fundamental differences that separate drug rehabs are “The 12 steps” and the “Non-12 Step.” Following are the main differences between the two types of drug treatment programs, and why one is better than the other.
According to the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, in 2007, there were 1,867,212 members of the 12-step groups and 106,202 12-step groups, which includes both inpatient and outpatient drug treatment centers. That means the majority of the drug rehabs in the US use the 12-step programs. Although it is great to see so many rehabs available for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, their success rate is very low; somewhere around 5-10 percent.
The reason is the 12-step programs teach that addiction is an incurable disease. They also teach that “once an addict, always an addict”, and that relapse is a part of recovery. This is a dangerous philosophy that victimizes the addicted individual and does not allow him to take full responsibility and understand why he turned to drugs in the first place.
A non-12-step drug rehab center offers a much more common-sense approach in dealing with drug addiction. They don’t teach that addiction is a disease; rather they teach that it is a learned behavior. They don’t accept relapse as a part of recovery. And they teach that you can overcome your addiction and live a happy, healthy life without drugs and alcohol. During treatment, the focus is on health, and counseling to learn why a person did drugs in the first place, along with life skills to teach the person how to live life without drugs.
This type of drug rehab is also long-term which allows for the person to separate himself from his drug-using environment. Most of the non-12-step drug rehabs have a 70-80 percent success rate; much higher than the 12-step drug treatment programs.
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