Hey there @Selfcare31, there are tons of options that can be helpful that don’t involve meetings! My brother (3 years in recovery from opiates) never went to meetings: he went to an individual trauma therapist and an addiction psychiatrist and that is what worked for him! He had been to rehab and meetings in the past and they didn’t really work for him, but this combo did!
Here are some common treatment options that help those struggling with substance use:
- Outpatient Services: Both group and individual behavioral interventions and medications when appropriate. Services can be offered during the day, before or after work or school, in the evenings or on weekends. Typically, outpatient programs are considered appropriate as the initial level of care for individuals with a mild to moderate substance use disorder, or as continuing care after completing more intensive treatment. Outpatient programs are also suitable for individuals with co-occurring mental health conditions. (Months or years).
Less Traditionally Recognized Route: For some, the road is long and gradual, not stopping use all at once, but tapering off. The biggest determinant in this kind of change is that life outside of substance use becomes more fulfilling and less stressful. These three factors help in the transition:
1. Involvement in community
3. Improved physical wellbeing
So, while he said he would go to meetings every day following his recent slip, I think going to the gym with a friend can be beneficial as well. He is in an environment where he will have improved physical health and is connecting with a friend and not isolating. For some, this can be more helpful than meetings. There’s no one size fits all, so some experimentation could be what’s needed!
When it comes to working individually with a counselor/therapist, finding the right fit can take some time. If possible, I’d encourage him to reach out to a handful of therapists that he feels drawn to, who have training in addiction, and see how they respond and if they feel like a good fit. Sometimes finding a therapist can be like dating, it can take a few tries to find the right person but once you do it can be a match made in heaven!