Entering an alcohol detox program is the safest way to overcome your alcohol dependency. Your program may be multifaceted, meaning that you may need detox and then seek an alcohol program such as rehab treatment or an alternative program. Making the decision to seek assistance is not a temporary fix to your problem, it can be a stepping stone to a new life that is free from alcohol use problems.
Depending on how much alcohol you have used; how long you have been using and the frequency of your use, you may need to enter alcohol detox before you go to a rehab program or alternative program. Detox is the process of your body ridding itself of the chemical toxins that have built up from your alcohol use.
An alcohol rehab treatment program or an alternative program can be either a residential program or an outpatient program. Many believe that residential programs are more effective because they give the individual a place to get away from the stresses of the world while they rest and focus on how to build a life that does not include alcohol use. Further, programs that are most successful are those that build confidence, inspire hope and help the individual plan for their future.
Issues to consider in alcohol treatment are the type of program: outpatient or inpatient, but also the philosophy of the program should be carefully considered. If the program promotes that you have a disease that cannot be cured and that say you must remain abstinent but relapse is expected, you might want to rethink the program. You want to find a program that will give you concrete solutions and encouragement in your new life, not a program that will break you down with labels and harsh judgments and force you sit in group meetings and therapy day in and day out.
There are outpatient alcohol treatment programs available that provide group therapy as well as counseling sessions. They also require that you attend 12 step meetings daily. The benefit to outpatient programs is that it some cases they allow the individual to continue their daily routines while they are getting treatment.
However, there are some drawbacks. Talk therapy has not been shown to be effective at helping substance users to overcome their problems, and the 12 step group AA estimates their success rate to be 5% at the end of one year.
St. Jude Retreats is not a 12 steps program and they do not offer drug replacement therapy. They are a non-treatment program that uses cognitive behavioral education to help their guests make positive and productive changes in their habits and behaviors. The St. Jude program builds confidence and as a result guests are empowered to build the life they have always wanted.