You are preparing to go to detox for your drug and alcohol use and you need to know if it is necessary that you go to an alcohol or drug rehab after detox. While there are many benefits to entering a program after you have completed detox; you should consider your reasons for going to the program and what the program has to offer.
12 step programs are the most common after detox programs, but research has shown that 12 step programs do more harm than good in the long run. 12 step programs teach the false idea that drug and alcohol use are a disease and if you have a substance use problem then it is because you inherited an addiction gene or alcoholic gene from your family. 12 step programs promote the notion that you are powerless against drugs and alcohol and that you are going to fail.
12 step programs assert the belief that there is no cure for your supposed "disease" and the only treatment is belief in a higher power, abstinence and treatment therapy for the rest of your life. 12 step programs require their members to attend nonproductive meetings which are usually filled with bitter and angry individuals or tearful confessions of drug and alcohol use. 12 step programs have a 95 percent dropout rate due largely to the fact that members are not successful.
If you are looking for a program to help you rebuild your life after alcohol or drug detox, there is a program that can help you; that is an alternative to all the rest.
St. Jude Retreats is not a 12 step program. We do not follow the false idea that you are diseased nor do we follow the belief in an addiction or alcoholism gene. Alcohol and drug use is a choice based on behavior that is learned and that individuals value. You did not inherit the desire to use alcohol or drugs from your parents. You learned to use alcohol or drugs from them, or others around you, and then found it brought a level of happiness and ease. Unfortunately, eventually the costs outweigh the benefits when some individuals drink heavily for longer periods of time.
The St. Jude Program uses cognitive behavioral education to teach our guests how to self assess and self change as methods to reevaluate their decisions and choices. Our guests learn to make more productive choices and decisions and to learn to develop habits and behaviors that are positive. We encourage them and help them build confidence and as a result our guests are empowered. They realize that they are not powerless and that they can have a life that is purposeful and permanently without substance use.
Theresa, Jim, Mark, Shannon, Renata, AlL the people at the St. Jude Retreats: I did not realize how much of an influence you all have had on my life until I have run into situations where I feel nothing is going right. In the each situation I have learned "from you" to look at the positive, in everything however small it may seem. Wow what a difference it makes focusing on the positive part of everything instead of the negative. I could give you numerous examples but they would be too lengthy to mention. Thank you again for teaching and coaching me to always look at the positive part of everything even if it only a small part of the total picture!More Testimonials Here