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Non 12 Step Rehab Centers in the US – Listings & More

Finding non 12 step rehab treatment centers can be a challenge. A list of Non 12 step rehab centers in the US is available below. These are alternatives to the standard AA-based model of treatment programs. Historically, the Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous has been considered an integral part of 95% of all drug and alcohol treatment programs. These non 12 step rehab treatment centers and recovery programs do not use the Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most are not anti step fellowships.

Alternative rehab programs offer a holistic, therapeutic, clinical approach. They often use an evidenced-based philosophy, which focuses primarily on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Non 12 Step Philosophy

non 12 step sign vs 12 step pathDr. Lance Dodes, is a training and supervising analyst emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of, “The Sober Truth” debunks the Bad Science Behind AA Programs and the Rehab Industry.” In his recent book, Dr. Dodes claims AA has only a 5 – 10% success rate. He goes on to state the AA program has no psychological therapeutic component, by today’s standards. Dr. Dodes says the federal government spends millions of dollars on funding treatment programs that are AA based and therefore “religious” and this is a violation of the First Amendment.

Currently there are a limited number of non 12 step rehab centers in the United States. Below is a map and listing of alternative treatment centers. You can find reviews and more information about each program on the map. Click on the red marker or the menu button in the upper left-hand corner to see more information.

List of Non 12 Step Rehab Centers in the US

Here a list of non 12 step rehab programs in the United States. These programs all offer an alternative treatment model using the Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Each subscribes to the philosophy of empowerment, rather than powerlessness. All of these programs utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and individualized counseling. Most take a progressive holistic approach.

Treatment Center Listings  State  Phone
Alo House California 877-247-6467
Assisted Recovery Center Georgia 912-352-2454
Center For Motivational Change New York 413-229-3333
Clarity Way PA 717-969-9125
Cold Creek UT 801-803-5299
Elevate Rehab Center  California 831-740-8298
Sanctuary at Sedona Arizona 877-710-3385
St. Gregory’s Iowa 888-778-5833
Synergy Recovery Centers Missouri 417-812-4440
The Clearing Washington 425-309-7981
Practical Recovery California 800-977-6110


The History Of Non 12 Step Rehab Programs

For the past 65 years, the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been the cornerstone of most treatment centers clinical philosophy. Treatment centers have incorporated the 12-Steps into their approach to recovery. Recently, however, some facilities have started offering an alternative to this model for people who have tried it already and failed or who consider themselves atheists. Some experts are now contending the steps are a good recovery support group, but not real treatment.

Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) state unequivocally “alcoholism is a treatable, chronic disease”.

Reasons For Alternative Non 12 Step Rehab Options

According to this recent article in Radio Boston, the treatment industry needs a new agenda.

  • It does not work for everyone
  • It is considered religion
  • It is a merely a support group
  • Admitting “powerlessness”
  • Treatment needs more options
  • Doesn’t support medication
  • 5-10% success rate

Courts Rule AA is a Religious Organization

In several landmark cases, the federal courts have ruled AA is a form of religion. The issue has come up because traditionally the courts have been ordering people to attend AA meetings as part of their sentencing protocol. The issue came before Federal court when an atheist claimed he should not have to go to AA because he did not believe in God. After considering the facts, the courts agreed that AA was too much like a religious organization and therefore, someone who did not believe in their spiritual approach, should not be ordered to attend.

Documented Court Cases

Here are the Steps, from Alcoholics Anonymous.

The first step starts out asking a person to admit they are powerless over alcohol (or drugs, etc.) and their lives have become unmanageable. The remaining steps ask a person to communicate with God (higher power) and down the road of self examination. Towards the end they suggest making amends to the people they have harmed. The program is considered to be “spiritually based” and one of the final steps urges prayer and meditation.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over  alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

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4 responses to “Non 12 Step Rehab Centers in the US – Listings & More

  1. I don’ have confidence in the 12 step program because of the success rate. But, I’m reliant on my insurance. What options do I have with Cigna ppo.

  2. You did not mention Practical Recovery in San Diego, CA. This is the grand-daddy of non 12 Step recovery. The founder, Tom Horvath, is also the creator of SMART Recovery.

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