Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Programs

Saint Jude's Is An Alternative To Addiction Recovery Programs

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery ProgramsAddiction Recovery Programs are available in many different forms from 12 step programs to drug substitution programs to a combination of both programs. Most of those programs support the belief that alcohol and drug addiction is a disease with no cure. But there is an alternative program that stands out from the rest. Listed below are various types of traditional treatment addiction recovery programs that are available.

12 Step Programs

12 step programs promote the belief that drug and alcohol use is a disease that cannot be cured but only treated. They advocate belief in a higher power, that alcoholics and addicts have no control over their alcohol and drug use and that they are powerless. 12 step programs teach that to be successful people must maintain abstinence, but they also teach that relapse will happen and there is no way to avoid it. 12 step based treatment programs require their members to participate in group therapy as well as support group meetings to confess to other members their inner thoughts, experiences and habits. Members must choose a sponsor and meetings are usually conducted with members venting their hostilities and anger about their life because of their drug and alcohol use, as well as the problems they are experiencing in recovery.

Methadone Clinics

Methadone clinics are facilities where individuals receive the drug methadone for the treatment of opiate use. Methadone clinics are funded by the local, state and federal governments, as well as private insurance in some cases. Individuals participating in treatment at methadone clinics receive between 20 mg and 200 mg of the drug per day. The purpose of methadone is to detox the individual from the substance they have been using, however this poses a problem because the individual becomes dependent on methadone. Users report that methadone withdrawal symptoms are more severe than from other opiates and it is not unusual for people to continue methadone treatment for 20 years or more because they have been told that is necessary.

Antidepressants are not without their own equally debilitating side effects. An alarming amount of people take antidepressants for depression that is caused other medicines they are taking. Corticosteroids, diet pills and pain medicines all list depression as a common side effect. Depression is also attributed to cancer and thyroid problems as well as a great many other medical conditions. However, many of the underlying causes of depression go unquestioned and people are prescribed antidepressants to combat depression. The long term side effects for taking antidepressants such as Zoloft, Abilify, Prozac and Cymbalata, are not limited to problems with the prostate, heart rate, blood pressure, weight gain, lack of energy and vision issues.

Like 12 step programs and others, methadone clinics also require individuals receiving drug treatment to participate in group therapy sessions and support group meetings. Their idea is that the more people who know about your drug or alcohol use, the more likely that will be a deterrent. However, group therapy sessions generally promote a feeling of degradation and are demeaning to the individuals. Therapists have the potential to promote their own opinions and beliefs on the individual. These methadone addiction recovery programs are very ineffective and most people return to habitual opiate use, and/or develop problems with methadone.

Self-Help Programs

Some self-help programs use teaching techniques that motivate participants to want to change, and help them learn how to avoid or overcome self-created stumbling blocks ythat lead to their alcohol and drug use. They also promote that members can self change and manage their use by addressing their feelings and behaviors. While these alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs seem to have higher success some also promote group therapy and the use of medication to help get people off drugs.

Cognitive Behavioral Learning

Cognitive Behavioral Learning recognizes that drug and alcohol is not a disease but a choice that you make. It teaches thatyou are always in control of your choices. Cognitive Behavioral Learning allows you to re-evaluate behaviors and habits connected to alcohol and drug use. Unlike 12 step programs and other rehab treatment, (CBL) does not use manipulation; it does not pass judgment or label. (CBL) helps people move past their current circumstances gain freedom from drug and alcohol use problems and the perpetual lifelong treatment that other programs promote.

Cognitive Behavioral Learning supports the idea that if you make the choice to not use drugs and alcohol and then reinforce that decision with different habits and behaviors, that you will overcome your problem usage of drugs and alcohol. It supports that there is no cause for substance use, but only the reasons you make for using. Regardless of the reasons you find, you always maintain control over your drug and alcohol use.

Different Choice, Different Result

Saint Jude Retreats offers a non treatment non-treatment approach to overcoming substance use problems that uses Cognitive Behavioral Learning to help our guests understand that they have the power within them to change. We are not a 12 step program; we don't use replacement drugs or group therapy. We believe that change from within can reinforce change on the outside. We have helped thousands of individuals defeat their drug and alcohol use problems and we can help you. Call Saint Jude Retreats today and let us help you take back your life!


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