Finding a non 12 step alcohol detox is not an easy thing to do because the vast majority are attached to questionable programs that also advocate steam sauna detox methods that are unproven and dangerous.
12 step programs adhere to the false philosophy that alcohol over use is a disease and that somehow you inherited an alcoholic gene from your family. 12 step philosophy teaches that you are powerless against your attempts to refrain from alcohol and that you will fail. They want you to believe that it is not your fault and that you are a victim. 12 step programs support that the only treatment is abstinence, belief in a higher power and group meetings; for the rest of your life.
The truth is that you are not diseased and you can overcome your alcohol use. If you are in need of a detox center that will not only help you get clean from alcohol, but also give you hope for your future, there are some options for you that are medical and nonmedical.
Detox is the removal of the toxic chemicals that have accumulated in your system from your alcohol use. Not everyone who uses alcohol needs to detox; it will depend on the amount of alcohol you have been using and how long you have been using alcohol. Some individuals experience withdrawal symptoms that are both psychological and physical and may include headache, cravings, sweating, nausea and vomiting, irritability, seizures and loss of consciousness. In some extreme cases, individuals have been known to suffer the DTs or delirium tremens which are periods of confusion and hallucinations and possible seizures. The extent and degree of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the amount of alcohol toxins in your system and the level of consistent drinking you perform. If you are unsure if you need detox, you should consult with your doctor.
One approach to non 12 step alcohol detox is IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy is supervised by a physician and is implemented through intravenous therapy. After a full assessment of your physical, psychological and social health and well being, a personalized detox plan will be created for you. Intravenous therapy is important because it allows the doctor to make changes to the medication protocol as your withdrawal symptoms change, which keeps you comfortable and the more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be to stay and complete the detoxification process.
After you have completed detox, it may be necessary for you to enter a program that can help you rebuild your life. Freedom Model Retreats has an educational cognitive behavioral program that teaches guests to use self assessment and self change to reevaluate their choices and decisions. Our guests learn to make choices and to form behaviors and habits that are more productive, supportive and enriching to their lives, and they discover that they are not powerless against alcohol use.