Drug treatment programs offer options to get help with substance use problems. Unfortunately, there are serious problems with traditional drug treatment programs.

12 step support groups and treatment programs support the belief that alcoholism and addiction is a chronic disease and that there is no cure. They also support the idea that individuals who use drugs have an addiction gene that is inherited from their parents. The disease makes them powerless which means they have no control over their alcohol or drug use. 12 step programs dictate that belief in a higher power is the only solution and that complete and total abstinence is the only measure for success.

Drug treatment programs tell their patients that they will need some type of therapy or treatment for the rest of their lives. 12 step programs require their members to attend daily support group meetings. These group meetings usually become a venting session where people continuously talk about their problems and their disease. Typically there is very little that is productive coming from them. Many members report their cravings or urges to drink or use drugs are greatest during or right after a meeting. 12 step programs use fear, labeling, judgment and manipulation to control their members.

Drug treatment primarily consists of various forms of talk therapy. The problem with this is that in talk therapy, there is the possibility that the therapist can influence the member to see things that may not necessarily be true. Additionally talk therapy typically focuses on problems, rather than finding solutions. Diagnoses and labels can reinforce feelings of helplessness rather than give people hope for a better future. Methadone clinics and maintenance centers are places where opiate users receive the controlled substance methadone or suboxone as replacements for the drugs they overuse. Methadone clinics are funded by state and federal agencies. There are multiple problems associated with methadone clinics. First of all, you are trading one drug for another drug.

Methadone and suboxone are both narcotics. Next, there is no incentive for stopping the use of methadone or suboxone once the individual has started taking it. In fact, there are cases where some individuals have been taking methadone for more than 20 years. If the individual decides to stop taking methadone, sometimes the withdrawal symptoms and the withdrawal period are worse than for the drug they were originally taking. Methadone clinics also require that their clients participate in a 12 step support group program.

There is an alternative to these problematic traditional treatment centers. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches drug use is not a disease but is a choice that you make and that you can control your choices. Cognitive behavioral education uses self assessment and self change to reevaluate choices, habits and behaviors that are connected to drug use. St. Jude Retreats does not use manipulative tactics, does not label and never passes judgment on their guests. They teach their guests that they can move past their circumstances and be free from drug use and truly change their lives for the better.

The St. Jude Program knows that you can make the choice to not use drugs and you have the power to overcome your drug use habit. There is no such thing as a drug addict gene and you are not diseased. St. Jude Retreats is not a 12 step program and we do not use substitute drugs. We are a non-treatment program that advocates a change in thinking, choice, habit and behavior can lead you to a more purposeful life that is permanently free from drug use.