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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?

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If you’ve never been to residential addiction treatment before, the typical experience goes like this:

  • Every day, there’s always someone new checking in as someone else checks out;
  • Everyone is at different stages in there recovery process;
  • People are constantly coming and going;
  • There is very little continuity

Even in the better programs, there’s an ongoing sense of hustle, bustle, and disruption, a fundamental lack of stability and security. All of this wears on you emotionally.

And it impedes your addiction recovery process.

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If you’ve been carrying around a lot limiting beliefs since childhood, does that mean that you’re doomed to stay stuck?

What are limiting beliefs anyway, and where do they come from? 

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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?

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Are drugs really the issue when it comes to addiction, or does the root cause go much deeper?

If you’re struggling with addiction, is there a need to take a look at your childhood experiences, and how they might contribute to your substance abuse in adulthood?

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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.

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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?

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Have you ever felt terrified to tell the truth because you knew that your partner, friend, or parent would react very badly?

Have you felt smothered by your loved one’s controlling behaviors: jealous comments, constant monitoring, or manipulative stories?

Ever found yourself questioning your sanity around one particular person, alternating between waves of shame and feeling numb?

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