Most people need support from peers during and after addiction treatment to help maintain their sobriety. Peer support means getting together with like-minded individuals who\u2019ve been in your shoes and know what it\u2019s like to leave drugs or alcohol behind and do the work of recovery. They understand your struggles and celebrate your victories alongside you. Many find this support through 12-step groups, but they\u2019re not a good fit for everyone. Fortunately, there are many alternatives available.\r\n\r\nAt Clarity Way treatment center, we meet you where you are. We understand that recovery looks different from one person to the next, which is why we offer both 12-step groups and alternatives. We\u2019ll help you discover what works best for your individual recovery, whether that includes the 12 Steps or an alternative that incorporates peer support.\r\nWhat Are 12-Step Groups?\r\nTwelve-step groups like\u00a0Alcoholics Anonymous\u00ae\u00a0are well-known in the recovery community. Similar programs include\u00a0Narcotics Anonymous\u00ae\u00a0and\u00a0Crystal Meth Anonymous\u00ae. These groups are often peer-led, and most attendees are also recovering addicts. Participants find a sense of community through shared struggles. They learn from one another about how best to stay sober.\r\n\r\nTo get the full benefits from a\u00a012-step group, you \u201cwork the steps.\u201d The 12 Steps can be summarized by the following points:\r\n\r\n \tAdmitting you are powerless over your addiction\r\n \tLooking to a higher power for help\r\n \tAccepting responsibility for your mistakes and making amends\r\n \tCreating new morals and values for yourself and acting on them\r\n \tSharing your experience and wisdom by helping newer recovering addicts\r\n\r\nThat last point highlights the importance of sponsorship in 12-step groups. A sponsor is someone who guides and mentors a newer member of the community. They come to know your history, triggers, and relapse warning signs. Sponsors can then help you correct your course through support and advice.\r\nCommon Concerns About 12-Step Groups\r\nTraditional 12-step rehabilitation programs don\u2019t work for everyone. In a study conducted over a 30-year period,\u00a081% of newcomers to AA\u00a0stopped attending in their first month. There are many reasons people may not continue in a 12-Step group:\r\n\r\n \tFocus on spirituality \u2013 Although \u201chigher power\u201d doesn\u2019t have to mean God, AA is a self-identified Christian organization. Other 12-step groups are not, but still have a spiritual focus. They are influenced by religious themes and practices like prayer. Some participants find the concepts too basic, such as asking a higher power to remove defects of character. Others who attend aren\u2019t religious and may find these religious elements uncomfortable.\r\n \tOutdated and\/or accusatory language \u2013 Members are asked to identify as \u201caddicts\u201d for life. This may not sit well with some people suffering with substance abuse.\r\n \tOne-size-fits-all approach \u2013 Only\u00a015% of those with alcohol addiction\u00a0are diagnosed with a severe alcohol use disorder. Some people find 12-step groups are tailored to those with complex and pervasive alcoholism or drug addiction. Alternatives take into account that some have milder addictions and may not want or need the type of in-depth personal reflection that AA and NA ask for.\r\n\r\nAt Clarity Way, you have the option of attending tried-and-tested 12-step groups. If you\u2019re seeking a different approach or you\u2019ve tried the 12 Steps and found they weren\u2019t for you, Clarity Way offers a variety of alternatives. These include\u00a0Refuge Recovery\u00ae,\u00a0Stages of Change\u00a0and\u00a0SMART Recovery\u00ae.\r\nNon 12 Step Rehab Programs\r\nClarity Way provides clients a high level of control over their recovery. This means involving you in key decisions about your treatment plan. You and your therapists identify treatment modalities and activities that align with your individual goals, interests, and needs. You can also customize an aftercare addiction treatment program.\r\n\r\nOur non-12-step approach includes:\r\nStages of Change Model\r\nThe Stages of Change model helps therapists, clients and loved ones understand drug addiction and the motivation to change. With specialized training in this model, our clinicians assess whether you\u2019re ready to be sober. Then therapists work with you to choose and carry out customized treatments that meet you where you are in your journey of recovery.\r\n\r\nThe Stages of Change model views recovery as a timeline, broken up into five segments:\r\n\r\n \tPrecontemplation (not ready for change)\r\n \tContemplation (considering making a change)\r\n \tPreparation (ready to make a change and planning to act within the month)\r\n \tAction (has made significant lifestyle changes within the last six months)\r\n \tMaintenance (increasing confidence and working to prevent relapse)\r\n\r\nOur clinicians at Clarity Way help you determine your current stage. We\u2019ll continually re-assess your progress as you work through your substance abuse treatment plan.\r\nSMART Recovery\u00ae Meetings\r\nAnother non-12 step alternative, SMART Recovery\u00ae is a non-spiritual, non-step, self-empowering alcohol and drug addiction recovery support group. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. Clients who participate in our SMART Recovery\u00ae support groups engage in supportive, educational meetings and evidence-based psychological treatments and medications, according to need. SMART Recovery\u00ae is a four-point program that includes:\r\n\r\n \tBuilding and maintaining motivation\r\n \tCoping with urges\r\n \tManaging thoughts, feelings and behaviors\r\n \tLiving a balanced life\r\n\r\nThis approach views substance abuse as an unhealthy way of coping with life\u2019s hardships. It teaches \u201ccommon sense self-help procedures\u201d and uses a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy called rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). According to this therapy model, your thinking influences your emotions, which then influence your actions. By altering your thoughts, you can change your behavior.\r\nRefuge Recovery\r\nRefuge Recovery is a Buddhist treatment method that integrates mindfulness practices. It is non-theistic, which means that it doesn\u2019t involve a belief in God or a higher power. You learn to view your life and actions from an accepting and non-judgmental perspective. This recovery approach emphasizes empathy and knowledge as the keys to healing from addiction and underlying issues. It draws on teachings from the\u00a0Four Noble Truths:\r\n\r\n \tAddiction creates suffering.\r\n \tThe cause of addiction is repetitive craving.\r\n \tRecovery is possible.\r\n \tThe path to recovery is available.\r\n\r\nPractices like meditation, service to others and yoga can help you break free from the grip of substance abuse.\r\nSpirituality\r\nWe recognize that spirituality can be a vital resource for many people in recovery. That\u2019s why it\u2019s such a major component of many 12-step groups. We make it easy for you to take the spiritual elements of 12-step programs and integrate them into your treatment plan. Clarity Way doesn\u2019t endorse a particular religion, but we support all clients in their quest to develop a deeper level of spirituality\u2014whatever that means to them. You\u2019ll have opportunities to engage in mindfulness practices and other activities. These include meditation groups, yoga, and outings to local religious services.\r\n\r\nWould you like to learn more about support group and alcohol and drug rehab options at Clarity Way? Give us a call at\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0to start a conversation with us about what treatment will look like for you.