12-Step programs are typically the first thing that people in the recovery world recommend for aftercare. Although a 12-Step program can be second-to-none for some people, others just do not get what they need from the 12 Steps and the meetings. Having some sort of aftercare support is extremely important and decreases the chances for relapse tremendously, especially since addiction already has a high rate of relapse. Finding an alternative that has a philosophy that works for the individual is important to finding some inner peace that can keep them sober.
Celebrate Recovery (CR)
Using the eight recovery principles based on the biblical beatitudes, can help to explain personal recovery with the assistance of the bible. The goal of the program is to help to liberate people from their “hurts, hang up, and habits”. CR is not limited to drugs and alcohol, but can promotes that it can be instrumental in all types of addictions.
The program uses a 4-point system to encourage abstinence for drugs and alcohol, although it welcomes any addiction to join. Using the four points means building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and living a balanced life. “Taking control of events instead of letting them control you” is the main point of their system. Recognizing environmental and emotional factors of addiction and getting new ways to respond to them, can be more productive during abstinence.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
Instead of using any sort of spirituality, this organization has suggested guidelines that are distinctive from using religious or spiritual beliefs as a point of reference to help in staying sober. The main priority is sobriety and their motto is “do not use no matter what”.
LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR)
This group broke off from SOS because of differences of opinions of how SOS should be structured. Their three fundamental principles are sobriety, secularity, and self-help. The philosophy of LSR is to rely on human efforts of support rather than on something that is considered tobe divine intervention.
Women for Sobriety (WFS)
This abstinence-based program is responsible for encouraging the thought process since women think differently than men. Taking care of the emotional issues that women experience in their personal life and in recovery with other like-minded women, gives them the support that they need to stay sober. Their 13 affirmations are designed to be encouraging and promote replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
Finding a common bond in recovery is crucial for lasting results. Recovery is not meant to be trekked alone. Having others who have compassion and inspiration along for the ride will make a big difference in the caliber of recovery that can be achieved.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center wants to help you or someone you love to gain the support that is needed in recovery. Our clinical and medical staff can give someone that is struggling with drugs and alcohol a new outlook on life.
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