Addiction Rehab Programs are different. Comparing 12 Step to non-12 Step rehab programs, you’ll need to know what different types of rehab models there are and what you can look forward to after you make a decision. I’ll show you several core differences between 12 Step, medical, psychological and social educational rehab programs and I’ll make it quick and simple.
Rehab Doesn’t Require Admitting You Are Powerless, An Addict With A Disease
This is only belief, the 12 Step / medical belief, of recovery.
12 Step addictions programs use fellowship meetings and applying the 12 Steps to one’s life. The first several of these steps either turn people toward or away from further 12 Step meetings.
I will categorize each breakdown now:
- Quick philosophy
- Participation and Personal Investment
- Investment: time and financial commitments
- Intensive In-patient program costs
- Admitting one is powerless over their addiction
- Accepting a self-given label as addicted or alcoholic
- Very flexible scheduling, support groups in most cities, no financial investment into recovery, except occasional coffee donation
- ½ Way Houses, Group Meetings To Executive Class Time: 1 week to 90 days. Costs: for ½ way house $300 / week + mandatory group meetings. Mid Range In-patient $3,000 / week, nice location fairly reliable / knowledgeable staff. Executive Class $5,000 to $10,000 / week, great locations, expert staff
- Acceptance of disease belief causing addiction. The disease theory has not been broadly validated or accepted by addiction experts, so this remains a debatable point
- Managing the addiction is a life-long struggle and needs to be managed with counseling / medications. Relapses are expected
- Sometimes a brief or 30 day intensive program plus on-going visits to doctors, medications for long-term periods if condition persists. Costs for intensive treatment, medical plans and / or pharmacy costs Time: 1 week to 90 days. Costs: $5,000 to $10,000 / week. Hospital or medical center environments, medical staff / nurses
- Re-evaluation of situations with counseling assistance, requires considerable evaluations and many different strategies
- Methods are as varied as the number of psychologists practicing in addictions
- Sometimes a brief or 30 day intensive program plus regular therapy sessions, may require concurrent medication as well. Costs of intensive rehab program plus costs of visits and medications as required Time: 1 week to 90 days. Costs $2,000 to $10,000 / week. Residential / Center settings. Various levels of care providers / counselors
- Addiction is caused by problems, often un-confronted, that the person has not yet solved
- Ending addiction is expected through ones own efforts or participation in gaining greater skills / abilities
- Most programs are drug-free, no medications given
- Usually an initial intensive period of study in or out-patient, often a period of detoxification, followed by ongoing application of life skills or principal applications in life. Cost for intensive rehab program, no ongoing costs Time 1 month to 4 months. Costs $1,000 to $2,000 / week. These programs usually go for months as one is acquiring new skills – students refer to these programs as colleges of life
Choosing between which method of recovery is most appropriate to address their abuse or addiction depends on personal goals for rehabilitation.
Once one has decided on the basic approach one wishes to take to gain recovery, some bigger decision need to be made. Does one need to break the cycle of drinking and drugging abruptly? Is the addiction or alcoholism caused enough pain or damage already?
Deciding to break a drug / alcohol abusive pattern is the first step to end addiction. The next step is the strategy to take to get there. I’ve laid out the basic structure and costs involved. The question is will you continue to pay the price of addiction or pay the price to recover?