12 Steps of AA and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addiction treatment

12 steps of AA is a method for achieving sobriety followed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  12 step programs have been adapted for addiction therapy and compulsive gamblers, where is it employed by Gamblers Anonymous.

While Club Recovery does not follow 12 Steps and is not affiliated with AA, our approach can be utilized together with attendance at AA meetings.  Many of our clients find that intensive outpatient treatment at Club Recovery is the first step on the road to rehab, recovery and sobriety.  Attendance on an ongoing basis at AA meetings is a good way to reinforce their commitment to remaining sober.  Also, Club Recovery can provide referrals to alternative outside support groups for those looking for options other than 12 steps and AA programs. Club Recovery respects that each individual must find a support system in conjunction with treatment that feels most comfortable and that will be most effective for the individual.

Club Recovery uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT is a form of psychotherapy, developed by psychologists, Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis that emphasizes the underlying role of how the way we think influences our attitudes and our behaviors.

Positive Thinking leads to Positive Behavior

It is our thoughts that cause our feelings and behaviors, not external factors.  We can change the way we think and feel better, even if our situation does not change.

Club Recovery also employs Motivational Interviewing (MI).  MI is a persuasive but supportive technique to help people recognize problems – intended to motivate a person to start some movement on the path to change. It is not argumentative and confrontational because it is employed by trained, supportive therapists who are mindful, respectful and realize all individuals have innate heath.  This is particularly helpful in the treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse and contrasts with the 12 step program and philosophy.

Our staff is also trained in Health Realization (HR).  HR is a process that emphasizes innate health as a means to promote healthy choices and change.

Club Recovery Approach

In individual and group therapy we provide tools to challenge and examine distortions in our thinking, including the resignation that people will always do things a certain way.  We do not believe that people are programmed.  Our objective is to enable individuals to reframe their thinking in order to gain control of how they respond to situations and interactions with others that in the past have caused unnecessary unhappiness and lead to addictions.

Club Recovery is a leading provider of Cognitive Behavioral Counseling, Motivational Interviewing and Health Realization-based addiction therapy in Minnesota.  Our highly trained addiction counselors have a proven record of helping thousands of Minneapolis-area residents recover, maintain sobriety, and get their lives back on track.

All you need is the desire to change.  Our methods can train you to change your thinking in a way that can change your life.