The truth is that secular rehabs do not teach the twelve step method as it is supposed to be taught. They alter it to accommodate these laws. They teach the addicts that they can create their own imaginary higher power, it doesn’t have to be G-d, it can be whatever they wish. The wind, the trees, the A.A. group room, a doorknob if they wish. It becomes into a self-created illusion to fill that void in his soul. Since he has just patched up his void with this imaginary reality there is no chance of a lasting cure. He is again just temporarily fooling his soul that it has found the solution. Many secular rehabs also deny the existence of a soul entirely, and that a human being is just a complex animal, which is a direct contradiction to the twelve step method that a human being is spiritual with a spiritual drive to fill. It is no wonder that the success rate of the secular rehabs without relapse is about 3%. How can it be that they are properly working the twelve steps, when doing the twelve steps properly is guaranteed 100% to work. מי יצר אל ופסל נסך לבלתי הועיל Who formed a god or molded an image, being of no avail? (Yishaya 44)
Another reason why the secular rehabs don’t have success is because they don’t properly give over the twelve steps. They usually mix many different and conflicting methods in their work with addicts. Many of these rehabs will teach the addicts to control their triggers, and the same time working the first step of not being in control of their addiction. They’ll waste their time teaching about the harmful affects drugs and alcohol have on the body when many of the patients are quite aware that they will end up dead in a few years yet still it doesn’t stop them from using or drinking. Even in the twelve-step process they don’t teach the twelve steps as an experience-based procedure, but rather as an intellectual one, which will never have an affect on the life of the addict.
Rehabs which take insurance also must answer to the insurance companies, and must show progress. This pressures them to make that the addicts are more advanced than where they truly are, and of course without doing the steps properly they can’t possibly have a lasting cure. What happens is they leave the rehab and relapse right away. To protect themselves the rehabs together claim that relapse is part of recovery, and several rehabs are necessary to cure addiction, an obviously ridiculous claim.
(Also it is needless to say in secular rehabs with such a mindset the Jewish addict will not return to yiddishkeit. The secular rehabs actually encourage that which our Torah despises.)