Why Non-12 Step?

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.

Traditional 12 Steps Compared to Centered Recovery Programs Non-12 Step
AA/NA Based Programs Centered Recovery Programs
More set in ways with traditions, teaches outside in Innovative personalized model, teaches inside out
Labels the individuals rather then the behavior, i.e. addict, alcoholic, diseased, etc. Non-judgmental and doesn’t label people, but instead identifies their actions
Promotes that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is incurable Teaches that people can reconnect with their innate health and free themselves
Believes you have to admit that you are powerless Teaches that people do have the power to overcome it
Requires continued meetings to remain “in recovery” Encourages support groups, but allows for people to put their old behaviors permanently in the past
Relies heavily on talk therapy and step work Provides psychoeducational classes and mindfulness practices
Asserts that everyone must follow the same 12 steps Encourages personal path development for individualized results
Treatment has religious overtones through inclusion of “higher power” Is completely secularized and incorporates many therapeutic and philosophical influences