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Alternative to 12 Step Based Rehab

Alternative to 12 Step Based Rehab

Turning Point Centers is different from many traditional 12 step based residential programs in our approach to treatment for addiction and co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders. We view our program as a compassionate culture of recovery. At Turning Point Centers we believe that during ones active addictions they develop a broken connection with themselves and other people. We also find that there is a lot of un-metabolized grief. A key piece of what we work on at Turning Point Centers is healing ones relationships with themselves. When a person is reconnected to themselves they can be more fully available to heal their broken connections to significant others, family members, and friends. As a non 12 step facility, the main way we help one reconnect is through teaching Emotional Regulation skills and Mindfulness based CBT, as well as incorporating CBT, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, and group therapy.


The 12-step approach was started back in the 1930’s before the medical community had any real understanding of what causes addiction, or how to treat it. It certainly has helped many people to achieve and sustain sobriety over the years. However, the 12-step approach is a peer-based community support group…basically one addict or alcoholic helping another. It is a culture of recovery that is based in the personal opinions of those who attend meetings and does not take into account the science of addiction, the role of the mid-brain, or the overwhelming presence of co-occurring mental health issues for those who struggle with this vicious disease. Licensed professionals do not moderate the meetings themselves. However, the same fellowship and support found within 12-step groups is very present within our program, made up of individuals seeking a holistic, therapeutic path to recovery. And we encourage and support our clients in taking advantage of the 12-step approach, if they wish, once they complete residential treatment.

Our Approach

The last week of a client’s stay at Turning Point Centers covers “relapse prevention.” During that week we actually introduce the clients to the 12-step community so they can understand how it works and see if it will help them in their sobriety.

Do proper research on CBT, REBT and the 12-steps to be certain what is going to be best for you and/or your loved one and don’t hesitate to get help and ask questions!