By Jennifer McDougall
The traditional 12-step approach to addiction treatment has been the go-to method for many years. However, since 2001, when Passages Malibu opened its doors, the non-12-step approach has been gaining popularity as an alternative to addressing problematic substance use. This approach focuses on individualized treatment that addresses the underlying causes of addiction rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. In this blog post, we will explore the non-12-step addiction philosophy, how it differs from the 12-step approach, and how individuals can identify problematic substance use before it becomes an addiction.
What is the non-12-step addiction philosophy?
The non-12-step addiction philosophy at Passages is a treatment approach that focuses on treating addiction as a whole-person issue rather than simply addressing the symptoms of addiction. This approach recognizes that each individual’s experience with addiction is unique, and treatment needs to be tailored to their specific needs. Our non-12-step approach emphasizes the importance of individualized care that addresses the root causes of addiction, and unresolved issues, including trauma, mental health issues, and other underlying issues that may contribute to problematic substance use.
How does the non-12-step approach differ from the 12-step approach?
The traditional 12-step approach to addiction treatment is based on the belief that addiction is a lifelong disease that can only be managed through abstinence and reliance on a higher power. The 12-step approach focuses on group support and adherence to specific principles outlined in the 12 steps. This approach can be effective for many individuals but does not work for everyone.
At Passages Malibu, we understand that addiction is a complex issue requiring an individualized treatment approach. This approach emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying causes of addiction and developing coping strategies that work for each individual’s unique needs. Our non-12-step approach recognizes that not all individuals with addiction will benefit from group support and may require a more individualized approach to treatment.
How to identify problematic substance use before it becomes an addiction using the non-12-step approach?
The non-12-step approach at Passages emphasizes the importance of early intervention and identifying problematic substance use before it becomes an addiction. Here are some ways individuals can identify problematic substance use using the non-12-step approach:
- Take an honest inventory: Individuals should take an honest inventory of their substance use and evaluate whether it is causing negative consequences in their lives. This includes physical, social, and emotional harm caused by substance use.
- Evaluate patterns of use: Individuals should evaluate their patterns of substance use, including frequency, amount, and the reasons behind their use. If substance use becomes a coping mechanism for stress or other issues, it may be a sign of problematic substance use.
- Evaluate the impact of substance use: Individuals should evaluate the impact of their substance use on their relationships, work or school performance, and overall quality of life. If substance use negatively impacts any of these areas, it may be a sign of problematic substance use.
- Seek professional help: If an individual is experiencing problematic substance use, it is essential to seek professional help early on. One of our admissions coordinators at Passages Malibu can help assess an individual’s substance use and provide treatment options, including non-12-step treatment approaches.
Our non-12-step treatment approach focuses on individualized care and addressing the root causes of addiction. This approach recognizes that addiction is a complex issue requiring a tailored treatment approach. Identifying problematic substance use early on is crucial in preventing addiction from developing. Using the non-12-step approach, individuals can evaluate their substance use, seek professional help, and create personalized strategies for managing problematic substance use. By taking an individualized approach to treatment, individuals can address the underlying issues contributing to addiction and find long-term success in their recovery journey.