There are many different possibilities when it comes to addiction recovery therapy. You can choose an inpatient or outpatient program and you can choose from several different approaches including the traditional 12 steps, replacement drug therapy, a holistic approach or Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE). Whichever program you select, remember that you are making a major decision to improve your health, life and happiness.
The following are a few forms of addiction recovery therapy:
12 Step Programs
The traditional approach is a 12 step program. Twelve step doctrine includes the scientifically unsupported theory that drug and alcohol use is an incurable disease. Proponents believe that the only addiction recovery therapy that works involves submission to a Higher Power, complete abstinence, attending support groups, and continuing therapy for life.Twelve step programs promote the idea that alcohol and drug users are powerless over their use and that relapse is a certainty. It is important to know that 12 step programs have a 95 percent failure rate.
Holistic philosophy stresses the interconnectedness of the mind, body and soul. Most holistic retreats use a variety of Eastern techniques such as acupuncture, meditation, herbal therapy, and yoga. The holistic approach promotes a sense of calmness and harmony while addressing symptoms. Many, but not all, holistic therapy centers include the 12 step steps. A large number of holistic addiction recovery therapy facilities are based on Zen Buddhist philosophy.
Replacement Drug Therapy
Methadone and suboxone are typically used in replacement drug therapy. The idea behind replacement drug therapy is to transition the substance user from one drug to another. Methadone and suboxone are controlled substances from the opiate narcotic family that oxycodone, morphine and heroin belong to and both methadone and suboxone work in the same manner. With long term use, the same risk for dependency exists and quitting methadone and suboxone may lead to withdrawal period.
Cognitive Behavioral Education Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) is based on the fact that behavior, including drug and alcohol use, is a choice and that we are in control of our own behavioral choices. There is no addiction disease. The reasons or causes of addiction that we give are only excuses we make for our substance use. For example, we may have stress in our lives, but we don't have to use alcohol or drugs to deal with it. Stress is an excuse for substance use. The reason is our choice to use.
CBE teaches that through self-analysis we can reevaluate our choices and make decisions that are more productive and satisfying. By developing behaviors patterns that are positive and enriching, we can achieve our goals and enjoy a happy life without using substances.
CBE is exclusively available only at the Saint Jude Retreats. The program does not use the 12 steps, a holistic method, or replacement drug therapy. The truly effective program helps guests achieve the power to take back control of their lives from substance use.