Is There a Sensible Luxury Non 12 Step Approach for Executives in the US?
We Get Asked Questions Like This All The Time
The vast majority of people who go to rehab, rate the occurrence as a failure and a bad experience. Executives and CEO’s and other top performers do not fall prey to the typical “you’re powerless to stop using drugs and alcohol” narrative being peddled by treatment centers all across the US today. They want a sensible approach, and one that does not include the 12 step rhetoric or 12 step meetings or endless therapy. They want a solution that makes logical sense, is a nice experience, and is effective for the long haul.
28 years ago two researchers made a decision to change the treatment industry to a model that was more effective. They too came from an AA background and found that pessimistic message to be ineffective and counterintuitive. Not people to look at a problem unsolved and walk away; they committed themselves to seek an answer to people’s heavy and habitual use of drugs and alcohol. They determined that the only way to truly understand the problem, and the solution to these issues was to build a retreat and create a new non 12 step model. That was the foundational work of what today is known as The Freedom Model, the only true alternative to treatment and its stable mate recovery. They have achieved what was once seen as impossible – they created a non-treatment alternative to the rehab industry.
There is no way to be a true non 12 step/non disease based model and also be treatment. Think about that…treatment implies there is a disease in which to treat. Being that addiction is not a disease, there is nothing to treat. This is not to say that detox is not needed. But let’s be clear here, choosing to poison oneself is not a disease, but doe require detoxification.
So the St. Jude Executive Retreat remains the only true non 12 step model – in that, The Freedom Model goal is for the individual to know, unequivocally, that they choose the level of use of substances or their abstinence from them as well. The Executive Retreat was the first to allow a guest to keep their cell phones and tablets, allowed them to work during their stay, and kept no locked doors. The researchers found no reason that a guest, especially someone who has experience in the business world, to be treated as a criminal or a “less than” at one of the St. Jude Retreats. We have retreats and options for people of all walks of life and financial scenarios; from those with no money, to those who want luxury and high-end amenities.
The best part: The Freedom Model is a sensible alternative to the 12 steps and recovery – it’s called freedom from both.