Non 12 Step Rehabs

Non 12 Step Rehabs

Non 12 Step Rehabs are treatment programs that employ other approaches and techniques to treating substance abuse and addiction, instead of the 12 Step approach.

The 12 Step approach, also called the Disease Model, has long contended the maladaptive patterns of alcohol and substance use displayed by addicted individuals are the result of a lifelong disease that is biological in origin. This perspective renders the alcoholic and/or addict essentially powerless over their problematic behaviors and unable to remain sober without the use of a spiritual program that places their problem in a Higher Power, much like someone with a terminal illness are unable to fight the disease by themselves without medication. Behavioral treatment, therefore, necessarily requires individuals to admit their addiction, renounce their former lifestyle, and seek a supportive social network who can help them remain sober. Such approaches are the features of Twelve-step programs, originally published in the book Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939.

Non 12 Step Rehabs apply different approaches such as:

Non 12 Step Rehabs: Person-Centered Therapy (PCT)

PCT is a form of talk-psychotherapy. The goal of PCT is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self wherein they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected and make an effort to find their true positive potential. In this technique, therapists create a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating congruence (genuineness), empathy, and unconditional positive regard toward their clients while using a non-directive approach. This aids clients in finding their own solutions to their problems.

Non 12 Step Rehabs: the Cognitive Models of Addiction Recovery

  • Relapse prevention

Four psychosocial processes relevant to the addiction and relapse processes: self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, attributions of causality, and decision-making processes. Self-efficacy refers to one’s ability to deal competently and effectively with high-risk, relapse-provoking situations. Finally, decision-making processes are implicated in the relapse process as well. Substance use is the result of multiple decisions whose collective effects result in consumption of the intoxicant.

  • Cognitive therapy of substance abuse

This therapy rests upon the assumption addicted individuals possess core beliefs, often not accessible to immediate consciousness. The cognitive therapist’s job is to uncover this underlying system of beliefs, analyze it with the patient, and thereby demonstrate its dysfunctionality.

  • Emotion regulation, mindfulness and substance abuse

Emotion regulation in the treatment of substance abuse; mindfulness based approaches

Non 12 Step Rehabs: Behavioral Models

Behavioral therapy lays much emphasis on the use of problem solving techniques as a means of helping the addict to overcome his addiction.

Non 12 Step Rehabs: Holistic Drug Treatment Approach

The perspective of a holistic drug rehab is similar to that of a 12 step rehab: that alcoholism and addiction are a physical, spiritual, and psychological disease, meaning it pertains to the body and the mind. This approach differs from a 12 Step rehab in that it offers many holistic practices to improve spiritual as well as physical and mental health and may include but does not necessarily include the 12 Steps. A few of the practices that are included in holistic drug treatment are but are not limited to:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda medicine
  • Natural diet
  • Exercise
  • Counseling
  • Herbal remedies
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Bodywork
  • Energy-based therapies
  • Prayerful intention






How to improve your focus

How to improve your focus

Most of us wish it was easier to be productive and stay alert throughout the day. Unfortunately, most of us have trouble focusing at one point or another. Everyone eventually has a day where it is a problem to focus and keep their mind alert in order to memorize things faster and become more productive. Luckily there are ways to improve your focus so you can reach your maximum potential at work, school, and whatever else you want to focus on.

  1. From now on if you are in the middle task and losing focus or getting ready to give up just do five more. This could mean five more pages, five more math problems, or five more minutes of work. Athletes use this technique to build physical stamina by pushing past the point of exhaustion if you can build mental stamina you can build past the point of frustration and seriously improve your focus.
  2. If you are beginning to feel all over the place, overcome the scatter brain by making your mind a deal that it can’t refuse. Your mind will respond to bribes. Instead of telling yourself not to worry about something which will cause your mind to actually begin thinking about it, give it a task with a start and stop time limitation. An example of this would be you need to go home and walk the dog, instead of thinking about how you need to go home and do it think about how long will you give your complete focus to the task at hand. This can greatly improve your focus for the time being. If you have other thoughts you cannot get rid of just write them down on your to do list so you are free to forget about them for the time being.
  3. If you really don’t feel like focusing and find yourself procrastinating then ask yourself three easy questions:
  • Do I have to do this?
  • Do I want it done so it’s not on my mind?
  • Will it be any easier later?

These three questions can give you the incentive to get the job done and make your realize the task isn’t going to just go away and delaying will only add to your guilt and make the task occupy more of your energy and your time. Want to improve your focus don’t procrastinate.

  1. Next time you are having trouble focusing bring yourself into the present moment to improve your focus. For example you could study an object on your desk or peer out a window for a moment. This will make the present moment come alive to you and you will all of a sudden be able to focus better on what is going on right now thus improving your focus.
  2. If you really want to improve your focus use the physical act of moving your hands as blinkers around your face. Cup your hands around your eyes so you have tunnel vision and are solely looking at what you need to focus on. This takes the quote “out of sight out of mind” to a literal level. And if you do this enough times you will even teach your mind to focus when you put your hands on either side of your eyes like this.