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Addiction Rehab Programs Quick and Simple — 12 Step, Medical, Psychological, Social Educational

By Tibor A. Palatinus

Addiction Rehab Programs are different. Comparing 12 Step to non-12 Step rehab programs, you’ll need to know what different types of rehab models there are and what you can look forward to after you make a decision. I’ll show you several core differences between 12 Step, medical, psychological and social educational rehab programs and I’ll make it quick and simple.

Rehab Doesn’t Require Admitting You Are Powerless And An Addict

This is only one belief, the 12 Step belief, of recovery.

12 Step addictions 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 12 Step meetings.

12 Step First Steps

  1. Admitting one is powerless over their addiction
  2. Accepting a self-given label as addicted or alcoholic


  • 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
  • Methods are as varied as the number of psychologists practicing in addictions

Social Educational

  1. Addiction is caused by problems, often un-confronted, that the person has not yet solved
  2. Ending addiction is expected through ones own efforts or participation in gaining greater skills / abilities
  3. Most programs are drug-free, no medications given

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

Deciding to break a drug / alcohol abusive pattern is the first step to end addiction. The next step is the strategy to take to get there. I’ve laid out the basic structure and costs involved. The question is will you continue to pay the price of addiction or pay the price to recover?

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

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Tibor A. Palatinus, CCDC, is the Director of a Drug / Alcohol Detox and Rehab Consultancy which specializes in Referring Clients to Drug-free Detox and Rehab Programs which End Addiction for Life.

contact: 1-866-266-6616

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