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Do I Need 12 Step Meetings After Drug Detox to Stay Sober?

The truth is that you can change without Treatment and 12 Step Meetings

As you prepare for life after detox, you may be wondering, do I need 12 step meetings after drug detox to stay sober. 12 step programs promote the false idea that drug use is a disease, that you have inherited an addict gene and that there is no cure. 12 step programs teach that the only treatment for drug use is belief in a higher power, total abstinence and lifelong treatment therapy. They also believe that relapse is going to happen and that you are powerless over your drug use. 12 step programs require their members to participate in group therapy and counseling. Group therapy sessions and meetings are activities where members are able to vent their hostilities, drug experience and often times become an emotional roller coaster, filled with anger and tears.

12 step programs offer little in the way of hope. If you are trying to stay sober, being part of a group that tells you that you are going to fail and that you will not succeed; is not supportive and does not benefit you. 12 step programs are a revolving door for drug users. They enable the drug user by giving them a reason to use drugs – you cannot help it, you are diseased. A 12 step program leaves you helpless.

When you complete detox, you will be drug free. So ask yourself, knowing what you know now about 12 step programs, do you want to join a group that says you will always go back to drug use? 12 step programs have a 95 percent dropout rate because people, like you cannot achieve success.

The truth is that you are not diseased. There is no such thing as a drug addict or addiction gene. You use drugs because you want to use drugs. You went to detox because you wanted a change. You did not inherit your desire to use drugs. Your drug use is a learned behavior. You learned to use drugs from watching others use drugs. Right now you associate happy feelings with drug use, but you can retrain your brain to associate happy feelings with something else.

Many individuals believe that after detox they are supposed to join a 12 step program, but that is not true. It is not necessary for you to have counseling for the rest of your life. There is a different way; a better way.

If you need help rebuilding your life after detox, St. Jude Retreats has a program that can help you not only rebuild your life, but also give you the tools you need to have long term success without drug use and without the need for treatment and counseling for the rest of your life.
St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self assessment and self change to reevaluate the decisions and choices they make. This is a non-treatment approach. Our guests learn that by making choices and decisions that are more productive, developing habits that are more positive and supporting those habits with positive behaviors, they build a more purposeful life that is free from drug use permanently. Makes sense doesn't it.

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