Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program

Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program

For those suffering from addiction, the Twelve-Step Program is the world’s most famous method of recovery. It was introduced back in 1939 in The Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book’ as it’s come to be known.

It’s since helped many more than one hundred men (and women) and has been only slightly adapted over the years. Regardless of small changes, the core principles of admitting alcohol/narcotic dependency, believing that God can restore health, and making amends to others hurt during one’s addiction are retained.

While this program has had many successes in helping thousands across the world to overcome their addictions, there are two main criticisms:

  • It doesn’t work for everyone, and;
  • It is founded on faith in a Higher Power.

Some people try this famous program, lauded as the ultimate key to sobriety, only to be disappointed and feel a sense of hopelessness that something that has worked for so many hasn’t worked for them.

Others are put off that belief in God is required to truly embody the program, which some people simply don’t align with.

It’s important to remember that the Twelve-Step Program is far from the only addiction management and recovery method out there. Every individual is different; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction (or indeed anything) is impossible.

Here are some other recovery programs that have facilitated recovery from addiction for many people around the globe.

SMART Recovery

This organization focuses on cognitive behavioral therapies that help addicts to adapt their reactions, thought processes and dependencies into healthier habits. It helps those with alcohol and drug dependency recognize the emotional and environmental factors behind their problems and learn to manage addictive behaviors. SMART is committed to evolving its program as scientific knowledge evolves; remaining active rather than static where addiction treatment is concerned.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, there are over 635 groups in the US and 613 international groups – it’s more than likely that there is one in your vicinity.

Women for Sobriety

If you are a woman who feels she would be more comfortable supported by a group of women, this is offered by WFS.

The group was founded in the 1970s by Jean Kirkland, who developed her own way of overcoming addiction and dependency. It centers on bolstering women’s self-value and addresses the individual emotional issues that lay behind each person’s addiction. 

S.O.S.

If Twelve-Steps hasn’t worked or isn’t something you want to try, but you’re open to getting support from a secular organization, then S.O.S. could be an option to explore.

They work on an abstinence-based approach and their groups are free to anyone who wishes to be free from addiction. They are a non-profit organization and cover running costs with donations, which are greatly appreciated by anyone who uses the service or other supporters.

Meetings generally begin with celebrations of sobriety and abstinence anniversaries, followed by discussions and group activities. They aim to create a positive, buoyant atmosphere through which to motivate members. Sharing of advice and strength is promoted and members are encouraged to offer their utmost support to others. 

Besides these examples, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of rehabilitation facilities all over the world that have developed their own recovery programs – it’s down to the individual to choose one that they think will benefit them best. This rehab website from NJ gives details about the SOBA College Recovery which integrates addiction rehabilitation with treatment for coexisting mental health disorders and return to education for young adults.

There are a multitude of options out there – some simple research is sure to find a path right for you.

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This article is not certified medical advice. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please consult your doctor for medical advice about how it is best for you to begin to change your lifestyle.

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How to Find The Best Jewelry Deals: 6 Tips to Shop Wisely

How to Find The Best Jewelry Deals: 6 Tips to Shop Wisely

Shopping for jewelry can be a daunting task. Not only do you have the pressure of choosing the perfect piece for the person you are buying for, but also the stress of selecting from the never-ending jewelers and online marketplaces. It’s overwhelming, to say the least.

With that being said, it doesn’t have to be. Armed with a little bit of know-how and a sprinkling of common sense, choosing the best piece of jewelry for the best price doesn’t have to cause you any more stress than it should.

If you are in the market for the perfect piece of jewelry for your friend or loved one, but don’t want to pay an armload, here are some excellent tips for the best jewelry deals.

Finding The Best Deals on Jewelry

1. Avoid Prestigious Brands

Companies spend millions of dollars every year on improving their brand and their awareness. The bigger the brand, the more they can charge for their products because of their perceived value. If you want to save yourself a pretty penny when shopping for jewelry, whether that’s an engagement ring, a diamond bracelet, a watch or an earring, take a look at the smaller, less obvious jewelers. The quality tends to be exactly the same, just at a marginally lower price point.

2. Shop Online

To build on the previous point about branding, another massive cost for regular retail businesses are the overheads associated with owning a brick and mortar business. Online business doesn’t have that problem. They need a domain name, hosting and a good-looking website design. That’s it!

Online jewelers tend to have far fewer overheads than a regular brick and mortar business, meaning a lot of that extra money is given to you, the customer, in the form of cheaper products.

When shopping online for expensive jewelry, make sure the vendor you choose is reputable. It’s easier to be scammed on the internet than it is in real life, so be diligent when buying jewelry online.

3. Consider Silver

Gold is all the rage right now, though, it’s always been a popular item. However, silver is becoming trendier, seen everywhere on the fashion scene. It’s also considerably cheaper!

If you don’t mind compromising on the type of metal that your new piece of jewelry is made of, consider choosing silver as opposed to gold. The amount of money you will save is enough to justify the compromise.

4. Second-Hand Jewelry

This tip on finding the best jewelry deals is not for everyone, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Pawn shops and second-hand jewelers often stock some amazing pieces of jewelry that look as good as new, just at a heavily discounted price.

Second-hand jewelry also has the mystique and history attached to it that brand-new jewelry does not. Always make sure that the jewelry is certified before you buy it. Again, it’s easier to be scammed by a pawn shop than it is from a reputable dealer.

5. More Carats Does Not Always Equal Better

The term carat refers to the weight of a stone, not its size. If you take a 1-carat diamond and a 0.9-carat diamond in the palm of your hand, the visible difference is often negligible. However, the difference in cost between the two is usually dramatic.

Save yourself some money by considering a step down in carat. Your eyes won’t tell the difference, but your bank account certainly will.

6. Set a Strict Budget

When you don’t have a strict budget in place, it’s easy to overspend. You are more likely to justify paying a higher price for something if you are loose with your budgeting. The first rule of saving money on a purchase is to know the highest price you are willing to pay, and sticking to it.

These 6 tips should help you find the best jewelry deals online.

 If you are in the market for the perfect piece of jewelry for your friend or loved one, but don’t want to pay an armload, here are some excellent tips for the best jewelry deals. #savemoney #onlineshoppingtips #shoppingtips