Elizabeth, Colorado

12-Step Addiction Treatment & Alternatives

Addiction has grave consequences, which are primarily psychological, and needs urgent treatment for one to get out and overcome this cycle. One of the most effective treatment methods is the 12-step addiction treatment. Healing Pines Recovery specializes in treating addiction and uses the twelve-step method and other alternatives to rehabilitate most patients either as a group or an individual, depending on the patient’s personalized needs. 

Here are some insights on 12-step addiction treatment and other alternatives, as offered in Colorado by Healing Pines Recovery.

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Why 12-Step Addiction Treatment?

The twelve-step addiction treatment was devised by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to help individuals, their families, and friends overcome the addiction. The steps advocate for addicts to accept, be honest about their situation, and surrender themselves to addiction cessation. One should consider the treatment given that it helps patients to overcome what triggers their abuse and learn practical ways to curve a new path towards recovery.

AA and other 12-step groups can help people struggling with addiction navigate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Support groups and peer support can be instrumental in helping people find long-term recovery. 

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12-Step Treatments vs. Alternatives

The 12-step alcohol treatment program, as well as other alternatives such as cognitive behavioral therapy, helps assist one in overcoming addiction. However, the 12-step treatment has a different path toward recovery as it takes a holistic and spiritual approach to assist patients in overcoming addiction and beginning a new life chapter. 

Some of the ways 12 steps treatment is different from other alternatives are that:

The program is overtly spiritual and relies more on a greater power than other secular methods.

12 steps emphasize becoming powerless over one’s addiction and relying on a more spiritual energy to help them overcome addiction. Other therapy alternatives emphasize having adequate power within them to overcome addiction.

The twelve-step approach focuses on a long-term strategy to overcoming addiction and follow-up individuals attending meetings even after a long time of recovery, as opposed to other alternatives that use short-term methods to overcome addiction.

The 12-step alcohol treatment program does not evolve as rapidly as other treatment methods, which changes as more evidence of effective treatment is discovered. The alternative treatment methods are evidence-based compared to the twelve-step AA program.

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How Healing Pines Recovery Uses the 12-Step Treatment Approach

Healing Pines Recovery understands that people have different experiences with addiction and need different approaches to overcome it. Maximizing the 12-step treatment approach of alcohol cessation, treatment and recovery will effectively use the 12 steps and other aspects of AA to assist individuals and their families in staying away from alcohol and substance abuse which causes addiction. 

While not strictly 12-Step-based, we can incorporate 12-Steps into our programs. Our steps consist of:

The patients have to admit that they are powerless over alcohol and other substance abuse and that they cannot contain themselves when faced with deciding whether to abuse a substance.

You must find hope to overcome the addiction. They have to rely on an even greater power to assist them in recovery.

Patients need to surrender their lives and will to a divine spiritual being or deity to take charge of their lives as they strive to overcome addiction.

The addict needs to examine and understand themselves better. Addicts need to take account of their problems and challenges and get to know how addictions affect their lives.

The patient needs to admit their challenges and share them with others in their group, therapists, and higher being.

Acceptance is the key to effective treatment. When you accept the addiction, you show that you are ready for change and God can take charge.

You need to humbly ask God to take care of your situation and do in their power what you can’t ordinarily do to overcome addiction.

You need to come to terms with your need to reform and make a list of everyone you’ve harmed before beginning the program. Approach the people and make amends with them.

Asking for forgiveness is crucial to clear you from any wrongdoing you might have done and who you might have wronged.

Spiritual recovery is essential in the process. You need to admit your wrongdoings and that you are wrong to progress successfully with treatment.

Prayer and meditation will clear your conscience and help you connect with God and other deities a patient believes in. By doing this, God will impart knowledge and wisdom on successfully overcoming addiction.

Being helpful is last in the 12-step alcohol treatment program. Once you successfully overcome addiction, it would be essential to help others overcome their addiction.

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Non 12 Steps Treatment in Colorado

Some find the 12-step treatment approach unsustainable, given its spiritual aspect. They tend to adopt the non-12 steps to treatment which are more scientific and evidence-based. One of our most popular non-twelve-step rehabilitation programs is our SMART Recovery approach.

In SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), our approach tries to assist addicts in overcoming addiction by training them not to think of indulging in addictive behaviors and become better. The SMART program aims to empower individuals to recover and attain skills that make them forget their behavior. The approach makes most addicts comfortable, often comparing it with AA programs.

The leadership and staff were committed to my success.

Paul is a man of integrity which flows through his team. I have been to other recovery programs and HPR stands far above them all. The small group structure offers a more intimate and personalized experience. This was so much more beneficial to my recovery than facilities preaching a "one-size-fits-all" solution to larger and fragmented groups. It was like having personal and knowledgeable therapists dedicated to me for a full month! They went out of their way to understand the root of my challenges and construct a path for improvement that is unique and relatable to me. This was a huge benefit!

Jay C

It saved my life, in every sense.

I spent a month at Healing Pines Recovery. The actual location itself is unreal. A beautiful cabin lodge, with gorgeous scenery. The rooms are large, queen beds, very comfortable! Great bathrooms with great showers! There is a pool table, slam jam, (Christine! 😉 frisbee golf, and daily access to a nearby gym. The property also has a pickle ball court that was used daily, Zoey the counselor beat us men constantly!

Clay M

My experience with Healing Pines Recovery has been wonderful.

My husband was their client, and they helped him be able to help himself. He is doing amazing! I think the combination of counseling, physical labor, meditation, AA, and just the beauty of the place itself all had a very positive impact on him. They really cared about him, and that did not stop just because he came home. Also they have counseling for the families and it has really helped me a lot. Heather is awesome! I thank God that we had them in our lives when we were most vulnerable.

Susan M

We wanted to share our gratitude to the staff.

Our son was under the care of Healing Pines recently and we wanted to share our gratitude to the staff. There were many challenges in his pursuing treatment, and thankfully Paul and Heather C helped us navigate all of them skillfully with patience and compassion.

Jim E

You'll get your life back!

Healing Pines Recovery is/was instrumental in setting me up for long term success in my recovery journey. I've been to treatment centers in the past and HPR is nothing like anything I've attended before. They're very small, intimate, and hands-on approach to recovery was exactly what I was looking for when seeking treatment. I knew that a large, one size fits all program like those offered by many other treatment centers in Colorado wouldn't provide me with the help I desperately needed. Paul and his Team are incredible and I would highly recommend HPR to anyone who needs help starting their recovery journey. Big shout out to James for all of his guidance during my time at HPR. His grace, knowledge, understanding, and direction were/are key to my continued success in recovery. One HUGE piece of the puzzle I love is the after care I've received from HPR... I am in constant contact with Paul, James, and many other staff members through the their alumni programs and it has helped me so much with life after HPR. This program was truly a miracle in my life and I know it will be for many other men struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism. You'll get your life back!

Nicholas P

This is truly a great recovery facility.

My learning experience here was something I’ll take with me throughout my whole life. The staff here will always be a part of my family and I am beyond thankful for everything they have done and continue to do for my well-being.

Gunnar P

I can't speak more highly of Healing Pines Recovery & Addiction Center.

It is located in a beautiful Colorado location with lots of outdoor activities and fresh air. They have a very knowledgeable and professional staff that goes above and beyond to meet your needs.

Riley K

I couldn’t have been at a more amazing place to begin this journey.

Seriously an amazing place. Everything from how beautiful the house and the property it sits on down to every person staffed there was nothing less than perfect. More than highly recommended in every sense. If you’re reading this and trying to find the right place for treatment and recovery I would absolutely look no further. Everyone’s recovery is different and we all need a comfortable place with people we can trust through this battle, healing pines understood that everyone’s path is different and they 100% cater to that. I couldn’t have been any luckier with finding Healing Pines. I won’t go any deeper and start to thank everyone there individually, But I want to express my gratitude to everyone on the HEALING PINES TEAM. Without you all, my path in sobriety would not look anywhere near the way it looks today. Seriously from the bottom of my heart thank you!

James M

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Healing Pines Recovery is an exclusive private rehabilitation center in Colorado, particularly focusing on assisting men to overcome addiction. The facility has psychotherapists and professionals with adequate knowledge in helping patients to overcome their emotional needs while in rehab. We believe there is no single treatment method that works for all. 

Healing Pines Recovery provides both the twelve and non-twelve-step rehabilitation approaches to overcome addiction. We care for everyone and their needs and tailor the treatment approaches to meet everyone seeking our rehab and treatment services. 

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Michael Marrow, MS, LAC, MFTC

Lead Therapist

Mike is a Licensed Addiction Counselor with a passion for science and evidence-based practice. As an undergraduate Mike participated in the McNair Scholars program where he partnered with a highly published scientist to create an original project seeking to understand the intersection of trauma types and interpersonal behaviors. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Latino Studies, Mike went on to study at Cal State San Bernardino for a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Christina Hassija, Mike learned the intricacies of trauma-focused therapy including Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and went on to co-author an encyclopedia chapter on trauma-focused treatments with his said mentor. After graduation, Mike worked in the addictions field applying trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) within various treatment settings including government mental health clinics, residential units, and outpatient non-profits. Mike has also completed post graduate training in addictions and obtained multiple certificates in various CBT modalities.

Despite the scholarly and clinical resume, Mike truly appreciates the process of change and seeks to find joy in the work of therapy. He believes that therapists are present to serve the milieu and that a custom approach to recovery is paramount. He takes personal stories of trauma, grief, and general loss seriously while finding humility in being a part of another’s recovery journey.

Dr. Heath D Canfield, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Canfield grew up in Southern California and graduated Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in psychology.  He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in California before moving to Colorado to complete his psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado where he served as chief resident.  He completed additional training in psychoanalysis at the University of Colorado.  He has worked in forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and physician mental health.  He strives to stay current with evidence based treatments in psychiatry.  When not working, Dr. Canfield is spending time with his wife and three boys.