Holistic Non 12 Step

Holistic Non 12 Step

When it comes to combating addiction and alcoholism there is a myriad of options out there on how to do it and what works best. Really, the point of it all though is to find whatever is going to work for you whatever that is. Many people use a 12 step programs to get sober and overcome their addiction and alcoholism. And other people, well they prefer a different approach and this approach is usually labeled as holistic; holistic non 12 step.

Holistic non 12 step is exactly what it sounds like. It is a program to help individuals who are suffering from an addiction or alcoholism stay sober without the use of a 12 step program such as AA or NA. A holistic approach can be very beneficial for anyone who is dealing with addiction and alcoholism because it focuses on the whole rather than just separate parts of the problem. Holistic literally defines into treating the whole meaning treating the physical, mental and spiritual parts of an individual.

So what can you expect from something that holistic non 12 step that will help you to stay sober? Here are just a few of things:

•An abundance of one-on-one, customized therapy each month

•Treatment of the underlying reasons why you are abusing substances, not just the symptoms of addiction itself

•A variety of holistic methods that provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing

•No requirement to declare yourself as powerless or incurable

Those are just a few of the things. In more detail, the varieties of holistic methods that provide physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing are all extremely beneficial. Here are some examples of the holistic methods that a holistic non 12 step approach provides:

Acupuncture- Fine needles are inserted at specific points to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve well-being and treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions in children and adults.

 

Aromatherapy- Using “essential oils” distilled from plants, aromatherapy treats emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herb ology, chiropractic, and other holistic treatments.

Breath work- It is a simple yet powerful technique for self-exploration and healing, based on combined insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology and perennial spiritual practices. The method activates non-ordinary states of consciousness which mobilize the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche. Sustained effective breathing, evocative music, focused energy work and mandala drawing are components of this subjective journey.

Colon Therapy- The therapeutic goals of colon therapy are to balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function. Colon therapy releases toxins, cleans the blood, stimulates the immune system, and aids in restoring the pH balance in the body. Colon Therapy, also known as colonics, is believed to relieve a wide range of symptoms related to colon dysfunction.

Chiropractic-The chiropractic views the spine as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma (such as addiction and alcoholism) cause pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the spine, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments

Not only are those holistic non 12 step methods applied but also counseling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, native American sweat lodges, naturopathic medicine, Reiki, tai-chi, yoga and vitamin therapies.

Through these different methods the holistic non 12 step approach can be just as effective as the 12 step approach. Holistic non 12 step is all about healing from addiction and alcoholism just without the use of 12 steps.

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What is SMART recovery?

What is SMART recovery?

SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is an international non-profit organization which provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviors. The approach of smart recovery is secular and science-based using non-confrontational motivational, behavioral and cognitive methods. Meeting participants of smart recovery learn recovery methods derived from evidence-based addiction treatments.

Smart recovery emphasizes four areas which they call the 4-point program in the process of recovery. The 4-point program of smart recovery includes: building motivation, coping with urges, problem solving and lifestyle balance. The smart recovery tools used are various types of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy. Smart recovery does not use the twelve steps like AA or NA and is actually listed as an alternative to AA and the twelve steps. Even though smart recovery is listed as an alternative it is also suggested as a supplement to a twelve step program.

Smart recovery was incorporated in 1992 as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network, the organization began operating in 1994. SMART recovery is recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). NIDA and NIAAA are agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Smart recovery meetings are free for all wishing to attend, and are intended to be informational as well as supportive. Over 800 weekly smart recovery group meetings led by volunteer facilitators are held worldwide.

Smart recovery meetings are also held in correctional facilities in many states including: Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

In smart recovery there are stages of change, seven of them and these changes are essentially how the smart recovery program works.

  • Stage one of smart recovery change: pre-contemplation: at this stage of smart recovery the participant may not realize that they have a problem.
  • Stage two of smart recovery change: contemplation: the participant of smart recovery evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the addiction by performing a cost/benefit analysis.
  • Stage three of smart recovery change: determination and preparation: the participant completes a change plan worksheet.
  • Stage four of smart recovery change: action: The participant in smart recovery begins to seek out new ways of handling their addictive behavior. This can include self-help, the support of addiction help groups or professional guidance from a counselor etc.
  • Stage five of smart recovery change: maintenance: At this stage a few months of smart recovery have gone by and the participant in smart recovery’s behavior has been changed and now seeks to maintain their gains.
  • Stage six of smart recovery: Relapse: although it is not inevitable, relapses even in smart recovery are normal and part of the change cycle and if they are handled well can serve as a learning experience in overcoming addiction.
  • Stage seven of smart recovery change: termination: once the participant in smart recovery has sustained a long period of change they may choose to move on with their lives and graduate from smart recovery.

How to tap into Serenity in Recovery

Serenity in Recovery

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

These are the first lines of what’s known as the Serenity Prayer, which is well-known to many recovering alcoholics. It is often recited in the rooms of 12-step programs, and it reminds us of the main goal of recovery-to achieve a serene state, no matter what is going on around us. To be able, at any time, to tap into serenity in recovery.

Before becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, my life was absolute chaos. Every day was consumed with getting, buying, and using drugs and alcohol. The smallest bump in the road or comment by a friend or family member would send me into a tailspin. I was irritable, bad-tempered, and angry towards everyone around me. I hurt people around me and I didn’t even care.

I almost lost it all; my friends, my family, and most importantly my life. My body was dying, and if I didn’t get help, I was going to overdose or commit suicide. I went to treatment, and I was given a chance to see what life had to offer.

This didn’t mean, however, that I was able to tap into serenity in recovery as soon as I put down drugs and alcohol. In fact, at first, the chaos got worse. Every emotion that I had been numbing with drugs and alcohol came surging back, all at once. Without my chemical escape, I was brutally aware of all the terrible things I had done in my addiction and all the harm I had caused. Thoughts of drinking and using pervaded my every waking moment. Even when I was asleep, I’d be bombarded with dreams of drugs and alcohol.  I had to learn how to tap into serenity in recovery, and it took time.

Part of how to tap into serenity in recovery comes from exactly what the prayer states, understanding and accepting that some things cannot and will never change. Also, from having the courage to change the things I can, which I came to realize was actually one thing: myself. I have no power over people, places and things. I am responsible for taking the action, not the outcome of the action. I can’t control how people behave, but I can control how I react to that behavior and in some cases whether I choose to spend any more time around that person.

This I achieved from working twelve steps with a sponsor, taking life one day at a time, and practicing steps ten, eleven, and twelve every day. I don’t do these things perfectly, and sometimes I find it difficult to tap into serenity in recovery. However, today I know how to fix it. I know which action to take to get myself back into serenity in recovery. My life today is peaceful and I live with a sense of calmness which I never thought I could have.