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When AA Isn’t Working

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If you believe you have developed an addiction to alcohol, and that drinking is controlling your life, you may have tried Alcoholics Anonymous at some point.  AA is the most well-known addiction support group, and it is conveniently available in almost every city and town for free. A quick internet search can help you find the closest meeting, and you are likely to be welcomed by enthusiastic members ready to tell you all about the basic principles and the 12-Steps.  AA is a great resource for those who wish to quit drinking, but for many people with addictions, a support group alone is not enough to truly heal.   Addiction is complex, and navigating sobriety in a culture that normalizes alcohol use at nearly every social gathering can be a serious challenge.  It is common for new AA members to feel motivated and inspired by their first few meetings, only to become overwhelmed with shame after returning to drinking.  It can feel like something must be wrong with you if AA isn’t working as it does for everyone else. The truth is that AA alone doesn’t work for most people, and true recovery requires a holistic treatment plan that addresses every aspect of your life.  

Addiction is Multi-Faceted

Holistic treatment for addiction looks at the big picture and focuses on the underlying issues that led to your substance abuse.  For many people, this means the identification and treatment of co-occurring mental illnesses, as well as therapy for unaddressed trauma.  It can also include lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and exercise. Many effective treatment programs follow the 12-Step model to recovery, and AA can be an informative support system when working through the steps.  AA has become a fulfilling part of recovery for many individuals recovering from alcohol abuse, but relapse is best prevented by seeking the holistic healing of a quality treatment center.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.