More than 22.5 million individuals in the U.S. have a drinking problem. Unfortunately, only 3.8 million will receive help from one (or more) of the various groups or types of treatment available, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of the 41.4 percent of individuals admitted to alcohol recovery programs a very small number of those will be successful in their sobriety and that will depend largely on the type of program that they attend.

One of the largest groups offering alcohol rehab treatment is Alcoholics Anonymous. AA boasts a two million member enrollment; however the number of members that have been successful in alcoholic sobriety has been the subject of much scrutiny. Many consider the methods and philosophy of 12 step programs to be the reasons for a high fail rate, because they promote disease over hope to substance users.

12 step programs, such as AA support the idea that alcoholism is a genetic disease that is passed down in families. The program teaches that while there is no cure for alcohol addiction, there is treatment through belief in a higher power, abstinence and lifelong therapy. AA reported in the Big Book Sponsorship of 2007, of the number of individuals that enter their program, 50 percent were immediately sober and 25 percent reached sobriety after several relapse and the rest were not serious about their sobriety.

However, AA is not the only program available to the masses in need of assistance. Research has showed that individuals that were enrolled in the St Jude Retreats program which uses a cognitive behavioral education (CBE) approach were more successful in achieving sobriety as those who attended AA meetings. St Jude Retreats has a third party verified success rate of 63%. St Jude’s is a non-treatment alternative to alcohol rehab, that can truly help people change the reasons behind their drinking, rather than promoting a disease.

The key difference between St Jude’s and AA is the ideology that AA supports the disease model and in cognitive behavioral education, using alcohol is a choice and behavior that the individual makes to use alcohol. In cognitive behavioral education there is no disease, only a choice. Another factor is that 12 step programs, such as AA put a large amount of emphasis on abstinence and in other programs such as in St Jude’s there is an understanding that individuals can be successful in sobriety through moderation as well as through abstinence. It has been proven that individuals whom feel as if they are in control of their choices can maintain complete abstinence or successful moderation from alcohol.

AA does not work for many people. If you’re tired of being in and out of recovery programs, it’s time to try something different at St Jude’s. Call now to change your life.