Many substance users have an initial fear about publicly announcing they have a problem with substance use, and may prefer to deal with their problems in a private recovery program. Others prefer to experience their journey alone and not among a large group of people, a setting typical of many traditional rehab and treatment models.
If privacy is your main concern a 12 Step recovery program is not for you. Not only do 12 Step programs promote a powerless and diseased based philosophy, but typically you would have to talk about your problems in front of a group ranging in size from 10 to 50 people. Also, you should be aware some treatment programs can project their own fears, and judgments on you regarding substance use as part of your treatment including in the case of some religious based programs, their religious beliefs, morals and tenets.
Some people seek the help of a therapist but once again, caution is recommended. A good therapist will not simply listen to your problems, suggest you got to a meeting, or diagnose you and write you a prescription for more drugs. An effective therapist will help you put things into perspective and give you concrete ways to adjust your thinking; focusing on things you can change about yourself to improve your situation. There is no point talking in therapy about how you wish others would behave because you have no power to change them. A good therapist will instead steer the conversation to areas of your life you can change and support you to take steps to make those changes.
Luckily there are also alternatives to private and 12 Step recovery programs such as the Saint Jude Retreats program. Not only does our program focus on a personalized plan you create with goals that are important to you, we help you renew your hope and empowerment to permanently move forward, leaving substance use behind.
If you are fearful to go away to a program, please know that you are the only one that can change your life. Delaying getting help is further delay to moving forward on the road to the life you want to lead. Isn't it time to build the life you truly want? Don't you deserve happiness and success and to enjoy the fruits of your labors? Of course you do! Now is the time. You have control over your actions and it's time you know that. Make the choice to move forward and call Saint Jude Retreats now and speak privately to one of our Guest Service Representatives. We value your privacy and everything you relate is confidential. Call 888.424.2626 today.