We Offer Both 12-Step and Non-12-Step Programs
You make the call what program is right for you – with our guidance. At Oakvine, we recognize and respect that not every recovery program works for every individual. Recovery is a life-long commitment and our goal is to guide you on the path that meets your unique needs. That is why we offer two different treatment paths – our faith-based 12-Step Program and our evidence-based SMART Recovery Program, which does not adhere to the 12-Step philosophy.
We’ll introduce you to both approaches and then help you choose which one works best for you.
Both programs are similar in that they require abstinence and offer group support meetings. Both also have long records of success in helping people overcome their addictions. The major difference between them is that the 12-Step approach is based on a reliance on a higher power, while the SMART Recovery program focuses on self-motivation.
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Founded in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a non-profit foundation that helps people reach sobriety through spirituality. According to the organization’s website, AA is “an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.”
Here is a description of the 12 Steps:
- Honesty – admitting you have a dependency problem
- Faith – recognizing your belief and trust in a higher power
- Surrender – turning everything over to that higher power
- Soul Searching – taking a fearless self-inventory
- Integrity – admitting your wrongs to yourself and others
- Acceptance – accepting character defects and being willing to let them go
- Humility – asking a higher power to do something in you that you cannot do by yourself
- Willingness – making amends with those you have harmed
- Forgiveness – forgiving those who have harmed you.
- Maintenance – doing the spiritual work necessary to keep moving forward
- Making Contact – discovering the plan God has for your life
- Service – putting the program’s principles into action in all parts of your life
AA meetings typically include the reciting of The Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
While AA meetings focus on alcoholism, many other support groups and recovery treatment programs, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), have adopted the 12-Step method to their own treatment plans. The principles that guide these 12-Step support groups are focused on fellowship and helps individuals form a network of peers who are working toward sustained sobriety.
The language of 12-Step programs allows for different interpretations and religious beliefs. As a result, many non-religious people have found the program essential. However, the 12-Step approach does not appeal to everyone.
Some people prefer what has come to be known as a Non-12-Step Program, meaning one that is focused on scientific and evidence-based guidance rather than spiritual guidance. Alternatives to 12-Step recovery programs evolve with new scientific research and typically are more flexible in their approaches than AA and other 12-Step plans.
The SMART Recovery Program
The Non-12-Step program we offer at Oakvine is our SMART Recovery Program. Founded in 1994, SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a not-for-profit organization for individuals with addictive problems. According to the SMART website, the program’s meetings are “open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.”
The SMART approach focuses on educating and equipping the individual with new tools to prevent relapse. Participants learn cognitive-behavioral techniques to manage cravings and to develop and maintain personal motivation. The program is designed to help resolve the underlying issues surrounding addictive behavior and emphasizes the following four points:
- Finding and building motivation
- Learning to cope with urges
- Handling behaviors, emotions, and thoughts
- Creating and maintaining balance in life
Group meetings are led by our Masters-level therapists who use the most current scientifically-based treatments. People dealing with any type of addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, overeating, or compulsive spending, can benefit from attending a SMART Recovery program.
Some of the topics that members discuss in SMART meetings include:
- Replacing self-destructive thoughts with healthy ones
- Setting achievable goals
- Accepting impulses as part of the recovery process
- Learning how to resist those impulses
- Recognizing a relapse as a mistake, not a failure
- Building self-control and self-motivation
- Applying SMART lessons and resources to daily life
The goal of the SMART Recovery program is to equip people with the right tools and techniques to change their own behavior. Participants also learn how to build upon their individual strengths to lead satisfying, addiction-free lives.
No One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Participating in a recovery treatment support group, along with Oakvine’s other proven therapies, can provide you with many benefits. A support group offers social interaction, helps you develop coping skills, enhances your motivation, and increases your sense of well-being.
Some of our new patients may be hesitant regarding the amount of personal sharing they might have to do at a support group meeting. In most groups, you can share as little or as much as you want. We’ve found that it gets easier to open up about yourself and your recovery journey as you get to know the other group members.
However, we know from experience that the same program will not work for every person. Your road to recovery will be as unique as the path that led you to seek treatment in the first place. Also, you can observe support group meetings to help decide which one is the right fit for you.
At Oakvine, we will help guide you in this decision. Many of our staff members have been through these recovery treatment programs ourselves, so we fully understand the challenges you are facing.
If you have questions about the 12-Step Program or the SMART Recovery Program, please let us know. Feel free to call us at (877) 255-6890. All of our calls are 100% confidential. We will be happy to offer you more information. Our only goal is your recovery.