Non-12-Step Rehab Program

The federal courts have ruled many times that Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization. Therefore, it has no place in treatment.

Inspire Malibu uses a non-12-step rehabilitation model for treating drug and alcohol abuse. Our methods involve proven clinical therapy, controlled self-empowerment and a science-based approach.

Why Inspire Malibu does not use a 12-step model

addiction - we can helpThe 12-step model can be effective for a self-help group structure and to assist in recovery maintenance. It certainly has validity for those who have followed it and those it has helped. But there are many reasons why the 12-step model does not work well for some individuals. They may include:

• Inability to deal with a group setting during initial withdrawal and treatment of addiction
• Having a problem with the Higher Power concept, either as a secular individual or as a religious one who believes in a different definition of a Higher Power
• The need for highly customized and specialized treatment for initial addiction recovery and management; each individual is different and does not fit a template

Inspire Malibu non-12-step recovery programs

The primary goal of our evidence-based, secular program is to teach our clients at an intellectual and emotional level to deal with addictive cravings and the motivating factors behind them so they can enjoy a life free from addiction.

Inspire Malibu uses complementary approaches to therapy, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Abstinence-based counseling
  • Motivational effectiveness
  • Family therapy
  • Patient education
  • Pharmacotherapy

These different methods are combined in a way that is most helpful to each individual, rather than forcing them into a set program.

Our methods do not require compliance to any one theoretical model or method of treatment. Each patient is evaluated with a full psychosocial and interpersonal assessment prior to treatment to determine a customized approach to recovery treatment. Our specialists then coordinate, assess progress, and make ongoing treatment decisions for the patient according to the patient’s customized recovery plan.

Our self-empowering approach

Throughout the course of their recovery, our clients learn self-empowerment which helps them communicate and experience their thoughts and feelings properly without the need to abuse a substance to deal with them. Self-empowerment also provides our patients with the inner strength they need to say no to addictive substances in the future. Inspire Malibu gives our clients the psychological and emotional tools they need to function more effectively not just as recovering addicts, but tools that will help them grow in their relationships and careers.

Focus on the Five Core Areas of Psychological Functioning

Addiction is a chronic illness that must be addressed with proper treatment. Our comprehensive, non-12-step recovery program has evolved over a decade and utilizes a variety of best practices in substance abuse treatment. One of the key areas that make our recovery programs different from other approaches is a focus on the Five Core Areas of Psychological Functioning:

  1. Balancing, identifying, and regulating all emotions, avoiding the traps of impulsivity and dumping anger on others.
  2. Understanding and maintaining a secure sense of self. The stable self is a container with boundaries and limits and sensitive areas. Adults can become aware of how they are either affirmed or invalidated by others.
  3. Identifying and not avoiding realistic conflict with others. Learning conflict resolution skills.
  4. Maintaining adequate self-care. All clinical and nutritional needs are addressed.
  5. Dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. Determining if substance use and depression or other mental health issues are present at the same time.

Customization, experience and understanding make our approach to recovery treatment special

The cornerstone of our methodology is treating clients as individuals, not as stigmatized members of a diagnostic classification. Extensive research has confirmed that no one approach to treatment is superior to all others and that effective treatment must be customized to meet individual goals and needs.

Our staff has experience in all areas of addiction treatment and use their expertise to help our patients. The road to a successful recovery begins with a clinical diagnosis by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist and continues with a treatment plan specific to each individual patient.

12-step and non-12-step treatment: what’s the difference?

A non-12-step program centers on a self-empowering addiction treatment program that blends multiple disciplines including evidence-based treatments, holistic care, recovery groups and different therapy methodologies. A 12-step program relies on following prescribed steps to recovery, all of which may not be appropriate for the individual undergoing treatment. They also require a belief in a Higher Power, which secular individuals or those with a faith outside of the Judeo-Christian belief system may not be comfortable with.

12-step programs can be useful as a post-recovery program to follow after treatment is completed, but are not an appropriate standalone treatment for addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs follow a model that is spiritually centered. Their model incorporates believing in a Higher Power and building a relationship with that Higher Power. Inspire Malibu believes there is nothing wrong with this and it is a good format for living and staying sober – for those who respond well to it.

We focus on non-12 step rehab programs because traditional 12-Step programs are focused on support rather than science-based treatment. Many of our clients have come to us because they realized they needed to see a doctor more than they needed a meeting. We pioneered the non 12-step program treatment approach to meet the needs of patients who are serious about recovery. It has shown to be the most effective approach to overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction. Inspire Malibu offers the only non-12-step therapy-based program in the world that treats addiction as a chronic medical condition.

For those who prefer secular aftercare, we provide SMART recovery aftercare classes to meet everyone’s preferences and needs. Patients who are responsive to the 12-step model are not discouraged from following it after their initial recovery from addiction is complete, but non-12-step programs are made available to those who prefer a secular model.