If you are addicted to alcohol or narcotics and you are seeking help for your problem, you may think the only choice is to join Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
Being faced with only one choice appears to mean that your problem is the same as everyone else’s in that group – but you are an individual and you’re probably convinced that you don’t actually have a “disease”. You’ve taken the steps to come to terms with the fact that you do need help, and you may not want an approach with a strong religious aspect.
The good news is there are alternatives to NA and AA. The majority of these alternative programs base their help on also acknowledging that alcoholism and drug addiction are not diseases. They consider them to be bad choices that got out of control. Bottom line is that some who attend NA or AA meetings simply cannot make them work, even though they may be helpful to thousands of others.
Each of us is an individual and some people aren’t comfortable in language that involves a higher power.
The 12 steps may also not click for all addicts..
Some of these alternative programs focus on looking deeper into the individual, finding the reasons for addiction while giving those individuals a better respect for themselves, and instilling hope. Rather than repeating phrases that translate to “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic”, alternative programs offer hope ,even if you failed in the past to kick your particular bad habit. Their credo is for each person to raise his life expectations, and therefore add hope to his outlook.
One such approach is written about by Amy Lee Coy. Amy was not someone who found Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous the key to her recovery.She spent 20 years of her life battling substance abuse and tried all the conventional methods, including extensive psychiatric courses and medication. Amy shares everything in the book she wrote about her journey from addiction to personal success, taking us through her entire recovery process.
“From Death Do I Part: How I freed Myself From Addiction”, is written by somebody who did everything, using all the conventional means which ultimately failed her. This book is a captivating story which will encourage any reader to follow Amy’s methods.
Amy understands completely what it’s like to be labeled as a “drug addict” or a “recovering alcoholic”. She firmly believes combining willpower and holistic methods will ultimately be the answer to overcoming addictive patterns and “self-destructive” behavior. Her interviews are also quite inspiring and useful for motivation.
Read an interview with Amy Lee Coy and learn about alternatives to alcoholics anonymous at Addiction Recovery Interviews.