You may have reached the point at which you are ready to get help with your drug or alcohol use but are not sure where to turn. You're not alone. These addiction treatment center facts might help you to identify the program that best meets your needs.
Twelve step programs are based on the questionable theory that alcohol and drug abuse problems result from a supposed disease of addiction over which you have no power. Proponents believe that you must submit to God or a Higher Power to obtain deliverance from use, that you suffer a "loss of control," that you will always be an addict, that you must completely abstain, and that you must continue to attend 12 step meetings for the rest of your life.
Traditional treatment and 12 step programs use moral judgment, labels, and manipulation to control their members and clients. Twelve step programs require their members to attend meetings, which in many cases consist of venting sessions for hostile and bitter members to express their feelings of blame against others for their substance use problems.
Another addiction treatment center fact is that there are more than two million members enrolled in 12 step programs in the United States and yet the success rate is only about five percent, at best. They suffer a dropout rate of about 95 percent during the first year, and more after that. The vast majority of members realize that there is no way they can be successful in the very demanding and inflexible program. After being told repeatedly that they are diseased, that they will always be addicts, that they can't be cured, that they will always lack self-control, that they must constantly fear relapse, that they must never again drink or use drugs, and that they should attend 12 step meetings for the rest of their lives, most come to believe that there is no hope for them.
But there is hope. You don't have an addiction disease, you are not fated to be a substance user, and you are not actually powerless over your substance use. The St. Jude Retreats provide highly effective Cognitive Behavioral Education based on neuroscience. They don't make moral judgments, don't label people, and don't manipulate them in an effort to control their substance use. They teach their guests how to use self-assessment to reevaluate their choices. Guests learn that by making more productive choices and forming positive behavior patterns, they can have a more purposeful and enriched life free of substance use.
The alternative to 12 step rehab and drug programs is the St. Jude Program which is demonstrably very effective. It is the only program in the U.S. that has professional researchers evaluate the success rate of their former guests in remaining clean and sober. That long term rate is at least 62%. This compares favorably with a success rate of only about five percent for the first year in 12 step programs.