Why do we promote a non-12 step recovery program? Although there are some fundamental differences in various types of treatment programs that are available, we feel that they are all beneficial for some people, and that there is no single rehab that is best for everyone.
Rehab centers based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA/NA) are the dominant variety and most people who have recovered through treatment incorporated some or all of the 12 steps into their process. However, we feel that people in Atlanta and surrounding suburbs ought to have more options than facilities based on the 12 steps, religious programs or medical models.
One of our core philosophies is that we don’t focus on the concept of addiction being an incurable disease. Whether it is or isn’t a disease can be debated with many facts one way or the other, but what truly matters is that people have the ability to fully recover – and that should be the focus. We have found that people can still recover whether they believe in the disease model or not.
We promote the innate health concept and encourage program participants to acknowledge more of what is right with them than what is wrong. Of course certain parts of life and the addictive behaviors have to be addressed with our licensed clinicians, but people must be able to accept their past and learn to be present with a new set of eyes and not get stuck in their thinking mind.
Mindfulness is all about being fully present and being non-judgmental, and when those are occurring more often than not, people cease to live reactionary, thought-driven lives that create trouble, and instead move toward a much happier future overall that is derived from an inner stability.