Do You Want to Stop Drinking? 7 Effective Ways to End Alcohol Addiction Without the 12-Steps

Do You Want to Stop Drinking? 7 Effective Ways to End Alcohol Addiction Without the 12-Steps

by Jennifer McDougall

If you’re tired of living with alcohol addiction, know that there’s no shame in wanting to get help. In fact, if you’re ready to stop drinking for good, you should be proud of yourself!

The most effective way to end alcohol addiction is through detoxification and non-12-step treatment at Passages Addiction Rehab.

Detox is a medically supervised process that helps you safely withdraw from alcohol. Detox may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of your addiction. It’s often followed by a treatment program, which can last for 30-90 days, such as what we offer at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Holistic therapy will help you heal on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

Holistic therapy is a way of treating the whole person. It goes beyond just addressing a physical problem to addressing the whole person and their life circumstances. Holistic therapy can help you heal on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.

In holistic treatment, your therapist will listen intently while helping you heal your body, mind, and spirit through personalized treatments that address all aspects of addiction. The goal is to treat the entire person rather than just treat symptoms as they arise, which can often lead to relapse after recovery.

Non-12-step rehab is based on the belief that you are not powerless over your addiction and you do not have an incurable disease.

Instead of focusing on being a victim, non-12-step rehab at Passages helps individuals struggling with addiction get to the root causes of substance abuse-related problems and find effective solutions for them individually.

During one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed therapist at Passages Malibu, for example, you’ll learn how to understand why it’s so hard for you to stop drinking or using drugs, identify any underlying psychological or neurological issues causing these feelings, heal those conditions, and discover healthier ways of coping with stress or pain that don’t involve drugs and alcohol. You might also be encouraged to seek out other forms of treatment, such as one-on-one counseling or art therapy, if this feels right for your recovery process.

Non-12-step treatment at Passages does not use labels like “addict” or “alcoholic.” These terms are demoralizing and counterproductive because they can suggest something fundamentally wrong with who we are rather than acknowledging our struggle with an unhealthy habit and what is causing it. Instead of labeling individuals as “addicts” who need fixing — which only reinforces the sense that someone is powerless over alcohol –, there must be a reframed way of thinking by replacing these negative thoughts with more positive ones like: “I’m going through some tough times right now…and I want help!”

That is courageous and should never be shameful, certainly not stigmatized.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps replace distorted thinking with healthier, more realistic thoughts.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that uses psychological theory and techniques to modify behavior patterns. As a treatment for alcohol addiction, CBT can help you identify the negative thoughts that lead to drinking and replace them with healthier, more realistic ones.

Cognitive-behavioral therapies aim to change your thinking patterns by helping you achieve greater self-awareness about the ideas and beliefs that shape your actions. This can be achieved through meditation and mindfulness exercises in which you get into the habit of observing yourself rather than getting lost in thought—all valuable tools to combat addictive behaviors like substance abuse.

Finally, hypnotherapy is a type of counseling where an individual undergoes trancelike states combined with suggestions that help them break old habits or learn new ones. For example, a person who struggles with insomnia might come up with what they think are good sleep hygiene habits during an interview session, then continue those habits until they become second nature again!

Acceptance and commitment therapy encourages you to accept your circumstances while committing to change actively.

It can be used as a standalone treatment or alongside other addiction treatments. ACT focuses on three core components:

  • Acceptance: You learn to embrace the present moment full of ups and downs.
  • Commitment: You commit to living your life in line with your values instead of giving in to cravings for things like alcohol or drugs.
  • Orientation toward valued living: This means aiming for more meaningful goals than just trying not to drink anymore; it teaches you how to identify what’s important enough for you to stop drinking and stay sober over time.

Motivational interviewing enables you to confront your ambivalence about change in a non-judgmental environment.

It’s collaborative and geared toward helping you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors surrounding your drinking problem.

Motivational interviewing is not confrontational or directive. Instead, it’s designed to help you develop a plan for change by providing guidance through questions and reflections from the therapist.

Motivational enhancement therapy focuses on enhancing your internal motivation to change.

  • Motivational enhancement therapy focuses on enhancing your internal motivation to change. It’s based on the belief that you can change your own behavior, not just as an end result of treatment but also during therapy sessions.
  • Motivational enhancement therapy is an active, directive therapy that includes motivational interviewing (MI).

There are several techniques for treating alcohol addiction, and it’s important to find the right one for you to stay sober.

It’s important to remember that there are several effective ways of treating alcohol addiction, and it’s vital that you choose the one that works best for you. Detoxification and treatment programs vary greatly in their approach to treating addiction. For example, holistic therapy will help you heal on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level; non-12-step rehab is based on the belief that you are not powerless over your addiction, and medically supervised detoxification rehab seeks to eliminate all harmful substances from your body through medical intervention.


Addiction is a serious issue, but it’s not impossible to overcome, regardless of what you may have been told before. You can learn how to stop drinking and lead healthier lives with the right approach. Remember: there are many treatments available for alcohol addiction, so don’t give up hope if one doesn’t seem like it’s working for you!

Non-12-Step Addiction Rehab at Passages

Passages Malibu is an alternative to traditional rehab that provides a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction treatment. Find lasting healing through our model of care and experiential therapies. You will uncover the root causes of your addiction, and we will provide you with tools for lifelong sobriety and change. We can help you turn your life around and find hope again. Call (888) 397-0112 today for more information.

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