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I am wondering if there are any people out there that have been in rehab and if so did it work? I myself was an addict for over 12 years and have been clean now for over 15. I did it all on my own with no rehabs or 12 step program. I can not imagine there aren't more people like me who have done it on their own. I ask because I am becoming a drug and alcohol counselor and don't think that the 12-step program, which they all say is the only way, although its success rate is really low, works and am wondering what others think.

Sat. Mar 24, 9:23pm

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The only rehab I have seen succeed is Teen Challenge, which is a Christian live-in program. I congratulate you that you took back your life. God Bless you. I know two peolple that credit Christ for thier sobriety without a rehab,the day that they finally realized that God loved them and that He desired that they survive was the day they were able to stand up and walk out of the hell of addiction, one of them was my husband. May God give you strength and wisdom everyday.

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 9:47 PM

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I have two close friends, both male, who became alcoholics in their late 20s. They both gave it up very quietly on their own, no counseling or support groups or hospital programs. They've been dry for 5-10 years. Another friend did the 12-step program with AA and now he's addicted to AA meetings - he's been attending a minimum of 2 meetings a week for 8 years because whenever he goes less often, he falls off the wagon.

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 10:13 PM

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i went to a 45 day rehab 19 years ago..attended aftercare and CA, NA, and AA meetings and still attend my home group once a week and have been sober since 12-4-87...IT WORKS!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 11:09 PM

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I tried the 12-step program and NA meetings and they didn't ever help. I tried support groups and one on one counseling. I didn't like the 12-steps because I felt it was just replacing one addiction for another and I also didn't like the whole religious aspect of it. I didn't think my faith in God was the answer, not for me. I ended up just getting to the point of utter disgust with myself and packed up and moved. That was it. Do I miss it, no. Is my life happier, definitely. Do I think about using again, not at all. So yes, there are others like yourself out there. I was an addict for 16 years, I'm clean now for 13.

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 12:03 AM

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I just want to congratulate all of you for getting clean/sober. Seriously, I don't care you do it, what ever method has brought you out of your addiction, it matters not. what matters is that you did it! you're alive and well!
I was on the road to becoming addicted to cocaine... After a wks of serious abuse followed by a few nights of serious bingeing, I suffered a collapsed lung. I thought I was having a heart attack. I decided I was too young to die and regardless of age, I simply did NOT want to die of a drug overdose. that was it, that got me off coke.
congratulations to all, and God bless!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 1:30 AM

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I remeber I took a course about 30 years ago and recntly 5 years ago and both times I was told AA works more then most. I live in small beach town,for some reason there are alot of people in recovery. My brother has benn in recovery for
26 years.My husband has not drandk for 20 years He had a spiritual experience. For most people trying to give up on their own just doesn't work. How long have you been clean and sober? I know if you are going for drug couseling AA and NA is a big part of your program. Keep an open mind and try it.

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 9:10 AM

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I started using drugs when I was 12, I also grew up in a beach town where anything you could think of was available, things most people never heard of. I was an addict until I was 26. I'm clean now for 13 years. I never went to rehab or counseling, didn't do any 12-step program. Although I am not a religious person I am spiritual, which is how I just walked away from it all. I had what I like to call my vision from god. In a split second something inside me changed and I saw myself for the way I really was and I knew in that instant that if I continued down the path I was on I would either end up dead or in jail, and I didn't want either. I have never had a craving for any drug I use to do and I am happier with myself and in my life than I ever remember being as a child, teen or young adult. In fact when I look at who I was all those years ago its like looking at someone else's sad, angry life, its completely foreign to me. I watched a lot of so called friends die and struggle with drugs. I know about 15 different people who did the whole rehab and 12-step program several times with no success. !2-step is not the only way, in fact their success rate is extremely low. Good for everyone here posting telling their stories and being clean. I'm glad to see that people do believe in their inner strength and faith in themselves to conquer their demons. Looking at how many already responded that didn't do rehab or the 12-step program I would say so far doing it on your own if you have the strength and faith in yourself that it is a better system then the over-hyped 12-step program.

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 10:10 AM

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Has anyone watched the "intervention" show on A&E ?

Monday, March 26, 2007, 4:25 PM

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Intervention only works if the person is really ready to change. Addicts don't care how their lives affect the people who love them, if they did maybe they wouldn't be addicts in the first place.

Monday, March 26, 2007, 4:42 PM

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Recovery Rocks!

I have been in recovery for 11+ years. It started in NA and now I am very involved in my church as well. There are a few perspectives, specially as a counselor talking to a client. Not only does the 12 step process work, it is a community of people all striving for the same goal. That would be freedom from active addiction and a better way of life. Just like this site, we are a (online) commiunity of people striving towards a similar goal.

The good thing about 12 step meetings is, if we only know the people that we used to use with, chances are we'll get loaded again. But if we continue to go to meetings and hang out with others in community, chances are we'll stay clean. And better yet, if/when we go out of town, rather than going to a bar, we can look up a meeting and go there. Knowing that we will be accepted the minute we walk through tthe doors.

It's all in the way you look at it. We are just another family trying to find a better way to live, with great values and wanting to help others along the way.

Monday, March 26, 2007, 5:50 PM

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