What’s the Difference between Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and The Goodman Center?

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Is the Goodman Center just another treatment center like all of the others? The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So,….am I insane to try the Goodman Center? NO! In fact, the only thing wrong with you is your location. Until now, where you live didn’t offer the treatment that you need. Thankfully, The Goodman Center opened December 1, 2015, and its doors are open to the public.

What’s Different?

The Goodman Center uses a harm reduction approach which means that you do NOT have to stop cold turkey. In fact, you don’t have to stop at all. We focus on your goals, not on what we think your goals should be. For example, if you struggle with alcohol we can help you work toward only drinking at social events or having a beer at night with dinner, or we can help you avoid drinking all together. The choice is yours to make. You are in control of your life at The Goodman Center.

Does it Work?

What we do at The Goodman Center has a proven 90% success rate. This figure was taken across 30 years of clinical studies combined into a single approach. That’s huge! What’s even better is that the methods used at The Goodman Center utilize medication assistance to reduce cravings and prevent overdoses. This makes managing an addiction so much easier, and it takes the life threatening risk out of the equation.

What do I have to do?

At The Goodman Center we offer a variety of services that help treat the whole individual rather than just the addiction. The center attempts a holistic approach that incorporates support groups, family therapy, nutrition consults, psychiatric services, massage therapy, individual therapy, acupuncture, vitamin infusions, chiropractic care, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to reduce cravings, medications to reduce cravings, and wellness assessments. We asks that client’s spend 6 hours a week involved in any of the above services as they work toward the treatment goals that they have created. Again, the importance here is that YOU create the treatment goals, and therefore, you drive the treatment through your selection of services. We recognize that everyone’s schedule is different. That’s why our center is open 6 days a week: Monday-Friday 8AM-8PM, and on Saturday 10AM-6PM.

How is it Different from AA?

AA is one of many 12 Step Programs that are based on an abstinence based model. That means that people in 12 Step Programs are given the goal of never using, drinking, gambling, etc again. These Programs are to be conducted and ran by addicts, and have strict rules (labeled as the 12 Traditions) that guide their makeup and nature. At The Goodman Center, you will be receiving treatment from trained professionals that only use approaches that are backed by scientific research. We take your health very seriously, and do not use anything that hasn’t been proven to be effective. The Programs are guided by 12 Steps that are the same regardless of the addiction and the individual. These steps are to guide a spiritual journey that ends in a spiritual awakening. The Goodman Center doesn’t believe that one shoe fits all. So, we work hard to treat each client like the individual they are. In AA, the steps are never completed; they are to be repeated infinitely. While we appreciate that AA and other programs have helped people struggling with addiction in the past, we strive to reach a cure and empower our clients. Clients of The Goodman Center can expect to visit us for 6 hours a week for an average of 3-6 months. That’s it! We do not believe “once you are an addict, you are always an addict.” We believe addiction is a disease, and should be treated as such. Once we treat the disease of addiction, our client’s are free to live their lives. You wouldn’t expect to continue visiting your doctor for your sinus infection after the antibiotics cured the illness. We at The Goodman Center feel the same way about your addiction.

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