In contrast to Non 12 step rehabs, the 12 step program is based on the belief that a person cannot recover from an addiction, codependency or other co-occurring disorders. We believe people can.
The 12 steps are based on powerlessness over a person, place or thing. Powerlessness creates fear of taking the first drink/drug. Fear may be a motivator in early recovery, but it often proves to be ineffective in the long term. Fear and powerlessness are limiting and constricted mental states, and neuroscience supports that prolonged fear and stress hinder recovery and limit human potential. 12 Step programs have become synonymous with the disease model. The disease model keeps one stuck in the past, reliving old patterns, being a victim and living in hypervigilance. In fact, the majority of the addiction treatment industry is based on the premise that you will need to manage your symptoms for the rest of your life.
12 Step programs do not address the neuroscience or mind/body connection. They are not holistic, and they do not focus on the underlying issues or resolving trauma.