Excessive and chronic alcohol use is a problem for more than half the population of the U.S. and each year millions of people join a rehab program or enter detox in an effort to get help with their problem. However, the majority of treatment programs promote an alcohol use is a disease theory and it leaves many alcohol users believing that trying to get help is futile because they are diseased and there is nothing they can do about it.

12 step programs would have you to believe that alcohol use is an incurable disease, that you inherited an alcohol gene from your family that has been passed down from generation to generation and that you are powerless in your attempts to quit using alcohol. 12 step programs teach that the only treatment available is belief in a higher power, abstinence and participation in group meetings for the rest of your life.

The truth is that you are not predisposed to be an alcohol user, there is no evidence to support an alcoholic gene and you do have the power to stop using alcohol. Alcoholism does not discriminate and only affect the individuals who have alcohol use in their family, anyone can drink to deal with life’s issues. You can take back control of your life from alcohol use. Your brain associates the feelings of contentment it feels when you consume alcohol with alcohol. However, you can remap your brain to associate the same feeling with another habit or action. This is where the choice to drink or not to drink comes in.

Alcoholism does not discriminate with regard to how long an individual has been using alcohol or if anyone in the family has been using alcohol. Alcohol use can develop, increase and destroy the life of anyone who allows it to; the choice is theirs.

St. Jude Retreats is a non-treatment program that offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self awareness and self change to reconsider their choices and decisions and to make choices and decisions that are productive and enhancing to their life. Guests learn to develop behaviors and habits that are positive and bring enrichment to their life and they discover that they have more self confidence and an increase in self esteem. Our guests realize that they are not powerless against alcohol use and that they have the strength to have a life that is permanently free from alcohol use.