what are alternatives to AA
Alcohol Addiction

What Are Alternatives to AA?

April 5, 2021

AA is the acronym for Alcoholics Anonymous, an international fellowship of men and women who experience alcohol addiction. It is a support group comprised of people from all walks of life, ages, races, and religions, who come together to empower and encourage one another to overcome their challenges with alcohol and enjoy a sober lifestyle. As members of AA may tell you, sobriety is not easy. However, with the support and accountability of others who have experienced alcohol addiction, recovery is possible.

At BrightView, we understand that there are alternatives to AA that can provide users with the same supportive environment, accountability, and treatment as an AA addiction treatment program. Our addiction specialists are experienced in a broad range of treatment options to guide patients to long-term recovery. While the road to sobriety may not be easy, know that you are not alone as our staff walk alongside you each step of your journey. Learn more about alternatives to AA by calling [Direct].

Addiction Treatment Program Options

Alcoholics Anonymous utilizes a 12-step program to reach and help others. In its simplest form, an individual in recovery shares their story of overcoming addiction and invites others to join them on the journey providing support, compassion, and accountability. While AA has successfully helped those who suffer from addiction for more than 85 years, it is not the only means of treating addiction.

In fact, there are many other treatment options to treat alcohol and drug addiction, including:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to treat the biological aspects of addiction, including withdrawal symptoms. It helps to reduce cravings, decrease common drinking triggers, and compulsions to drink.
  • Counseling and therapy for addiction are critical to success in recovery. While MAT is effective in treating the physical effects of alcoholism, drinking alcohol is often a coping mechanism to fend off the discomfort of underlying issues or co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Counseling provides patients the opportunity to address the root of their mental health issues and develop positive coping mechanisms.
  • Therapy enhances and supports the individual and family's mental health to develop the social support needed to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

While not every solution may be appropriate for every individual, BrightView's addiction specialists work closely with patients to determine the best and most appropriate treatment path. Our approach is patient-centered and uses a comprehensive method to prevent relapse and ensure sobriety for the long haul. Learn more about alternatives to AA by calling an addiction specialist today at [Direct].

How Outpatient Treatment Programs Can Help

Taking the first step to acknowledge that you or a loved one needs addiction treatment is no easy task. It takes courage and a desire to battle the disease. Patients must understand that they are not alone and that there are options available for their drug and alcohol addiction issues.

At BrightView, we understand the complex nature of addiction and the many options to treat it. We use an evidence-based approach including medication-assisted treatment, counseling, and therapy across our 22 outpatient treatment programs in Ohio to help patients start on the road to a sober lifestyle. Outpatient treatment is not only about recovery now but about creating a supportive group of peers to support patients well into the recovery process, establishing a lifelong connection of accountability and compassion.

Reach Out to BrightView Today

Outpatient services at BrightView are rooted in compassion, respect, and empathy. We believe in providing all patients with ease of access to a safe, comfortable environment and immediacy of care. Find out how outpatient treatment may be the right outpatient addiction treatment option for you or a loved one suffering from addiction to begin the journey of lifelong sobriety by scheduling an appointment online or calling [Direct].

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