The Center for Professional Recovery (CPR) Accepting Patients Resistant to 12-Step Treatment

In January 24, 2019

Center for Professional Recovery

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Center for Professional Recovery conducts comprehensive 72-hour evaluations and Residential Treatment for professionals exhibiting signs and symptoms of substance use and mental health disorders. CPR is approved for evaluation and treatment by almost every state medical board and physician health program in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Greg Skipper has designed a small dedicated program, focused on the needs of professionals, that is not a track of a larger treatment program. CPR accepts a maximum of 8 patients at any one time, which allows the program to be individualized much more than most programs. We offer numerous evidence-based modalities of treatment. We provide an extremely therapeutic and healing environment with small groups of other professionals in treatment, as well as individual therapy with doctorate level providers, participation into 12-step groups, as well as alternatives to 12-step groups, including Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery, are a routine part of the curriculum.

CPR with AA Recovery Programs

As many professionals have tried and failed traditional AA recovery, the CPR staff have become experts in working with individuals opposed to 12-step programs. Their opposition may be based on a view that the 12-step programs are a cult or religion. They may cite that God is mentioned in the 12-steps. Others see themselves as resistant to any group, or simply oppose the concept of surrendering. We are equipped and have the experience to work with resistant patients. We see their resistance as an opportunity for growth and use the power of our professionals only milieu to break through resistance. Groups are designed to meet the specific needs of high achieving professionals who often view their addiction as a weakness, a failure and fear surrendering. We have been very successful with this population, helping even the most resistance patients to find the aspects of traditional AA recovery that they can benefit from and add to their recovery toolbox. During their treatment, most of these resistant patients decide the 12-step programs are not only tolerable but helpful. A big advantage of 12-step recovery is that it is not only effective but the groups are plentiful and free.

Alcoholics Anonymous has been a lifesaving program for millions of people. Developed by Bill Wilson, a stock broker, and Bob Smith, MD, a physician, the program was first described in 1939 when they published the first edition of their book, Alcoholics Anonymous, referred to by many as the “AA Big Book.” They list 12-steps to recovery from alcoholism. These 12-steps have been borrowed by many other programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and many others. The pathway to recovery they describe has been called a spiritual program. It is said that AA is not a religion but rather a spiritual program. The word God, however, is mentioned in 4 of the 12 steps. In two of those steps it specifies, God, as we understood him. The 4th chapter of the book entitled “We Agnostics” mentions that about half of the original members of AA were agnostic or atheist.

Currently, it is estimated that there are over 118,000 AA groups and about 2 million AA members worldwide. In Los Angeles area, there are more than 200 AA meetings per day. Los Angeles area offers a wide variety of interesting 12-step meetings. We encourage our patients to try all types of groups. Most find support and encouragement when they are given a choice. This is just another reason why being located in Los Angeles give our patients a major advantage as they take their first steps to recovery with us.

Contact Greg Skipper MD at 310-633-4595 to find out more.

By Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor

Primary Therapist