Psychology of Addiction

Rational Recovery® is a registered, commercial program to help individuals recover from substance addiction through permanent abstinence. Rational Recovery® was founded in California in the 1980s by a social worker named Jack Trimpey as a direct counter to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs.

The premise of Rational Recovery® is that an addicted person wants, and is capable of, sustained abstinence, but retains a desire to use due to an inner “addictive voice.” The Rational Recovery® program relies on a combination of counseling, guidance, and direct instruction to teach individuals how to overcome this inner voice.

Practitioners of Rational Recovery® believe substance addiction is an individual choice, not a family disease. As a result, people who have families also in need of support may not find this program to be the right fit for them. Indeed, as a direct counter to 12-step programs, the Rational Recovery® program may even discourage the loved ones of the addicted person from getting the help they need. Rational Recovery® relies exclusively on outpatient programs and, therefore, may also not be the right fit for those struggling with severe substance addiction or in need of medically supervised detoxification.

At Asana Recovery we offer a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program that utilizes a wide variety of different therapy options in order to ensure that the unique and specific needs of each individual patient can be met effectively. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is right for you.


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