Is Every Pennsylvania Rehab Center A 12 Step Program?

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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, even getting through each day can begin to feel hopeless. While many addictions develop slowly, they often can leave you feeling as though you’re stuck: you can live without your drug or drink of choice (which often seems impossible), or you can continue living a life that seems unworthwhile.

Confronting any addiction takes immense courage and strength. If you are here reading, you have taken a crucial first step toward wellness: you understand that you have a problem to confront, and you are starting to work toward confronting it. And if you are reading for a loved one, you have realized that there is hope–and you’re willing to help your loved one find it.

However, if you are like many people, you may not understand just how a rehab center works. Specifically, you might be wondering how (or if) Pennsylvania rehab centers differ from 12-step programs. The short answer is this: while some rehab centers in Pennsylvania are 12-step programs, not all of them are. Many rehab centers involve creating a personalized treatment plan for each individual. And depending on your individual goals, circumstances, and needs, you may prefer one approach over the other.

What Are Some of the Differences Between Personalized Treatment and a 12-Step Program?

Generally speaking, 12-step programs are not residential, although some residential treatment centers involve 12-step programs as part of treatment. The 12-step program approach to treatment is community based, and it generally involves more experienced members serving as guides, or sponsors, for the newly clean and/or sober. While the sponsor may help the sponsee tailor elements of the program to his or her individual needs, the 12-step program approach typically involves having all program members progress through the same 12 steps of confronting and processing their addiction.

By contrast, rehab centers that don’t involve 12-step treatment will usually rely on the creation of an individualized treatment plan. This means that a provider, who is often an addiction specialist or psychologist, will help the client address some of the root causes of his or her addiction as part of the treatment program. This is important, as identifying the root causes will help the provider develop a treatment plan for the client.

One of the key elements of personalized treatment plans is that they take into account (and also help treat) co-occurring conditions like anxiety, PTSD, and depression. For some clients, addictions have developed partially as a result of trying to treat or manage these conditions alone. With a personalized treatment plan, you or your loved one will be able to better understand the way the addiction developed as you also learn how to manage your addiction and any other psychological issues that go along with it. Sometimes, rehab programs also involve group therapy and recreational activities to help create a sense of camaraderie and community support. This will help you realize you aren’t alone as you work alongside others to reach wellness.

How Do You Know if a Personalized Treatment Program or a 12-Step Program is Better for You?

This is a somewhat complex question, as different people will have different values and needs. However, for many people, just confronting an addiction feels overwhelming enough. Having to decide on a treatment program can seem disorienting, and for this reason, many addiction treatment centers have support staff who are happy to talk with you about your goals and needs for treatment. Depending on the center, some of these staff members are available to chat with you via a web chat device or by phone, and many are also open 24 hours a day.

If you are like most people considering treatment, you are probably worried about cost. Most Pennsylvania rehab centers accept a variety of insurance options, and some offer payment plans. Community based 12-step programs, while they do not offer residential support, are completely free. If you are seeking treatment but have concerns about cost, don’t hesitate to reach out to a treatment center near you.

How Do You Prepare for Treatment?

Making the decision to seek addiction treatment for yourself (or to help a loved one seek treatment) is a major positive step towards reaching wellness. But even after you’ve made this decision, you may find yourself anxious and unsure of what to do next. The good news is that a rehab center will help take you through the steps you need to get well–you aren’t expected to know what to do on your own.

If you have chosen a specific rehab facility or treatment program, it may be helpful to reach out to ask if you should take any specific steps before you arrive for your first day. If you have not yet chosen a specific facility, take your time–look at websites, talk to staff representatives, and think about what approach might work well for you. If you are seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, he or she may be able to offer insights into whether you would benefit more from a 12-step program or a rehab center.

In Conclusion

Seeking help for an addiction may be intimidating, but it is a tremendous step forward. As you think about what type of treatment to pursue, remember the following.

  • Not all Pennsylvania rehab centers are 12-step programs.
  • Some rehab centers may include elements of 12-step programs in their treatment plans.
  • If you aren’t sure which treatment type is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to a center or to a mental health professional.

If you have decided to seek treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, or if you are considering treatment and would like more information, give us a call. Our counselors are ready to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Give us a call at 888-380-0342 if you’re ready to help yourself or your loved one work through the struggles of addiction.

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