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12 Step And Non-12 Step Programs Compared

You are comparing 12 Step to non-12 Step programs and want to know what you can look forward to after you make a decision. I’ll show you several basic differences between 12 Step, medical, psychological and social educational programs of rehabilitation.

12 Step 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 support.

12 Step — First Steps

1. Admitting one is powerless over their addiction

2. Accepting a self-given label as addicted or alcoholic


1. Acceptance that addiction is a disease

Managing the addiction is a life-long struggle and needs to be managed with counseling / medications. Relapses are expected


Re-evaluation of situations with counseling assistance, requires considerable evaluations and many different strategies

Success is as varied as the number of psychologists practicing in addictions

Social Educational

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

Deciding between which method of recovery is most appropriate to address their abuse or addiction depends on personal goals for rehabilitation.

Participation and Personal Investment

1. 12 Step – very flexible scheduling, support groups in most cities, no financial investment into recovery, except occasional coffee donation

2. Medical – 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

3. Psychological – 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

4. Social Educational – 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

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?

Intensive Recovery Programs – In-patient

1. 12 Step, 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

2. Medical

Time: 1 week to 90 days. Costs: $5,000 to $10,000 / week. Hospital or medical center environments, medical staff / nurses

3. Psychological

Time: 1 week to 90 days. Costs $2,000 to $10,000 / week. Residential / Center settings. Various levels of care providers / counselors

4. Social Educational

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

There is a lot to learn about different rehab programs. I hope this summary helps you start your journey forward on clearer footing.

Would you like to hear from a recovered addict of his experience with 12 Step and Social Educational programs?

Contact Tibor A. Palatinus, CCDC and Drug Rehab Advisor and Intervention Consultant


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