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The 12-step approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment has been around for decades. Many people have overcome addiction using this method. However, some people may want a non-12 step recovery approach. How does recovery without 12 steps differ from the 12-step model? Moreover, can it help you?
It’s a familiar but frightening story: something terrible happens early on in your life, and before you know it, you find yourself doing increasingly awful things to your body. It’s the only way you know how to cope.
Sure, you know better than to drink to excess or to take that many pills. Of course you wish that you could stop. On the rational level, it’s easy to see the folly of substance abuse and addiction.
But what really caused this? What is the connection between trauma and addiction?
Does the term “toxic relationships” ring uncomfortably true for you? Have you ever found yourself browsing through a library or bookstore and gravitating toward the titles about healing addiction and relationships?
If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand - much less improve - the dynamics of their most difficult relationships.
If you’ve been struggling with an addiction for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve been told to get yourself to a 12 Steps meeting, pronto. The 12 Steps are the prevailing addiction recovery paradigm in America today, and for many people, they provide much-needed help and support.
But what if you’ve already tried a 12 Step-centered program, and it didn’t work for you?