Drug abuse is a huge problem in the United States of America which is why people have been looking for many ways to overcome it. So when it comes to the solution to drug addiction, there are two choices: the traditional 12 step program or the non-traditional program. The 12 step program may be more popular but that doesn’t mean that it is more effective. The main difference between the two programs is their approach to drug abuse and their solution.
12 step programs label the drug dependence as the main problem and suggest that you leave it all to a Higher Power, thus accepting that it is not in your hands to get better but His. The non-traditional way believe that there is an underlying problem to the drug abuse that needs to be addressed and the way to do that is by empowering the patient. Motivating the addict to make their own choices, believe that they can do it and overcome it.
The traditional program is a rigid 12 step plan which is expected to work on every patient. If it fails to help a patient improve, he is blamed instead of the system. This further discourages and demotivates the patient. Someone who has come to face and overcome such a big obstacle in their life is told that they aren’t trying hard enough. Furthermore, patients are told that addiction never goes away, that their best hope is to suppress and control it; and the way to do that attends meetings regularly. This doesn’t give anyone a lot of hope, does it? It only ends up discouraging people who are trying to go through one of the most difficult things in life and pushes them away from rehab and the hope that it will make them better.
The biggest advantage to the non-traditional program is that it is tailored according to the patient’s needs. The plans are flexible and paced in a way that the patient can follow. If there aren’t any improvements then different approaches are taken till one works. There isn’t one program that everyone needs to participate in as that completely ignores the strengths and weaknesses of each patient, hence making rehab ineffective. Drug abuse is considered a serious problem by the nontraditional program, but one that has a solution, a long-term recovery, and therapy.
Most of these centers are residential and keep patients for around three months. They help detoxify patients and provide them with therapy and all the facilities to help them overcome their addiction. Latest technologies are used as well as the latest research. It doesn’t look to only heal the physical effects of drug abuse but also the mental and emotional effects, which is why psychiatric treatment is also necessary for this program. So while the traditional program was around much longer and seems to be the safe way, it is recommended that you try the non-traditional way as it is much more effective and fixes the underlying cause of addiction.