Making the decision to quit drinking alcohol can be a difficult one, but now you are ready to select an alcohol recovery program. Finding the right one can be a challenge. Here is a list of the major approaches used by alcohol recovery programs.
Holistic alcohol recovery programs use yoga, acupuncture, meditation, vitamin therapy, hair analysis, equine (horse) therapy, music therapy, exercise therapy and any of a large number of other techniques in attempting to help people overcome their drinking problems. You can find These programs exist in both outpatient and inpatient form. Inpatient holistic programs often feature a spa environment designed to renew the mind, body and spirit. Attending such a facility can be an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that any of the techniques used in holistic programs actually help people achieve or maintain sobriety.
Methadone clinics serve as an outpatient alcohol recovery program in which the individual receives the drug methadone. Methadone is an opiate, the same family of drugs as oxycodone and morphine. Taking methadone carries a high risk of dependency, which is why so many people are on "methadone maintenance" and have been for decades. That is, they have traded alcoholism for dependence on methadone. However, it is successful for some people.
The 12 steps constitute another type of alcohol recovery program. Twelve step programs are based on the theory that alcoholism is a disease, that alcoholics will remain so for the rest of their lives, that they are powerless over alcohol, that they must abstain for alcohol for the rest of their lives, that they must submit to God or a Higher Power, that they will suffer from "loss of control" if they consume any alcohol whatsoever, and that they will need to follow the 12 steps for the rest of their lives.
Cognitive Behavioral Education treats alcoholism as a behavior over which people have ultimate control. It helps people to prioritize their personal goals, to self-analyze the ways in which their behaviors promote or hamper achievement of their goals, to develop behavior patterns that help them achieve their goals, and to apply a variety of techniques to help them achieve gratifying lives free of unwanted alcohol problems The effectiveness of St. Jude Retreats' Cognitive Behavioral Education program is periodically evaluated by independent researchers. Former guests of the St. Jude program have a success rate of at least a 62% in enjoying lives free of alcohol problems.