Non 12-Step Detox and Rehabilitation Programs for Drug and Alcohol Abuse in California

Created On Friday, 05, August 2016
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


The twelve-step program is one of the most common treatment methods used throughout the state of California. Many publicly funded programs, private for-profit, and non-profit services implement the 12-step program. Historically, it is one of the oldest treatment methodologies used in America and is also part of most faith-based treatment programs. However, because drug and alcohol addiction are always evolving, addicts and their families are in search of alternatives to treatment. There are a wide variety of treatment methodologies used to help addicts. Addiction assessment helps families determine what the best course of treatment is. Every addiction is different from the next, and not one form of substance abuse treatment works for every addict.

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Why should families choose a non-twelve-step program?

Families and addicts should look at these programs as there are very specific resources available to treat all types of addiction. Non-conventional approaches, meaning non-twelve-step programs, do offer holistic resources, behavioral programs, cognitive treatment, and pharmacological resources within detox programs. There are more options available for addicts, and better resources to handle more severe addictions.

Substance Abuse Treatment Trends and Statistics in California

According to the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), there is a variety of publicly funded services providing help to specific demographics. For example, approximately 48.5% of the treatment programs in the state are tailored to addicts with co-occurring disorders. Being addicted to drugs can also lead to legal problems, and 37% of the programs in the state cater to criminal justice clients. Women who are pregnant and struggling with addiction will require special care, and 27% of the facilities in the state can offer that help. Members of the LGBT community may want specific substance abuse treatment options, and 24% of the programs can offer that to them. When abusing drugs intravenously, there is always the possibility of contracting HIV or AIDS, and 23.9% of the facilities are equipped to help. Substance abuse treatment for veterans is also essential and 20.5% of the programs are available for veterans.

Here is a list that will help you find the different Non 12-step Treatments for Drug & Alcohol Abuse in California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.