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Non-twelve-step programs consist of any form of substance abuse treatment that isn’t the traditional twelve-step model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. These include options like holistic programs, some faith-based programs, and many newer recovery models. Twelve-step programs became so popular that, until recently, finding a program that offered anything different was sometimes challenging. But the demand for non-twelve-step programs has grown, and now many options are considered non-twelve-step programs.
Non-twelve-step programs are appropriate for anyone looking for an alternative to the traditional twelve-step model. They might be looking for a completely different approach because they’ve tried twelve-step programs before and not found success. Or perhaps they are simply looking for a specific methodology for their first and hopefully last treatment attempt. There are various reasons why someone might be searching for non-twelve-step treatment. Thankfully, those needs are being met more and more so that people aren’t forced into recovery models they may disagree with.
After non-twelve-step treatment is complete, the next step is to follow the discharge and aftercare plans developed while in treatment. If the person is discharged from inpatient treatment, the next step is usually outpatient treatment or a sober living environment such as a halfway house. For others, they may rely on a support group such as AA or NA even though they didn’t attend a twelve-step program. Most importantly, they are getting adequate support transitioning back to independent living after treatment.
The questions from Addicted.org’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at [email protected].