Non-12 Step Executive Program
Should I Choose a 12 Step Executive Program or a Non-12 Step Executive Program
In conventional 12 Step based treatment programs, people are taught they are diseased, powerless, and insane or disordered. They are convinced that in order to stay sober, they have to rely on God or a "higher power" to remove their shortcomings and have to experience a "spiritual awakening". Recruiting other "alcoholics" or "addicts" to more 12 step meetings is also another requirement of A.A.'s philosophy to stay clean and sober. These ideas and beliefs are not factually correct and are also harmful to the alcohol/substance abuser as research has shown lower rates of sobriety in those who follow the 12 steps when compared to those who have no allegiance.
The Freedom Model is the exact opposite of the AA approach. In 1989 when Mark Scheeren decided to build a better model to help substance users, he abandoned the powerlessness narrative that AA was promoting, and he created the first Non-12 step program in the world – The Freedom Model. The Freedom Model provides a definitive path out of the addiction/recovery trap that is promoted in treatment centers all across the globe. The Freedom Model is taught exclusively at the Saint Jude Retreat and again, is based on almost 30 years of research.
At The Saint Jude Retreat, our guests experience, first hand, the amazing results of learning personal responsibility, accountability, empowerment, and ultimately - happiness. We also address why the individual has a preference for heavy use, and then we dispel all the current treatment myths that keep that preference fueled. Our non punitive approach and experienced staff of world-renowned addiction experts ensure each guest is afforded kindness, respect, and dignity. The guest will obtain a complete understanding of their alcohol and drug problems, a specific solution to those problems, greater personal positive motivation, and how they can achieve a happier existence.
Statistics about Conventional 12 Step Treatment Centers
Alcohol and drug rehab centers do not work and are detrimental to the individual. Yes, you heard that right. Rehabs harm people. It is not helpful to ascribe a false disease to someone and also teach them a powerlessness narrative. For more than 30 years, we have said, "Rehabs create addicts and alcoholics; they don't cure them." 45% of the people who attend A.A. meetings never return after their first meeting. 95% never return after their first month. Based on Alcoholics Anonymous World Services' own statistics, A.A. has only a 5% retention rate. The people who leave A.A. look for solutions elsewhere, including conventional alcohol rehab and drug treatment. But, since 97% of all conventional drug and alcohol treatment centers are 12 Step based, these same individuals essentially rejoin A.A. This revolving door can get closed. The Freedom Model is literally the opposite ethos in nearly all aspects of how it addresses addiction and moving past addiction.
Success Rate of our Executive Non 12 Step Program - The Freedom Model
The Freedom Model Program offered at the Saint Jude Retreat has an Independent Success Rate 12 times higher than conventional Executive 12 Step Programs. As mentioned elsewhere, this Success Rate is measured and verified by a research organization completely independent from Saint Jude's or its parent not-for-profit company, Baldwin Research.