You may be looking for an alcohol program to enroll in to help you quit alcohol use. It is often time consuming to search through all the different programs available to find the one that is just right for you. Alcohol programs are available in inpatient and outpatient, some offer medical help and some offer holistic approaches and still others offer therapy, but this should give you a good idea of the bottom line on each.

First of all, you may be wondering exactly what is alcoholism recovery and relapse. Alcoholism recovery may involve detox and a program that helps you deal with your alcohol use and helps you work on strategies that prevent you from returning to alcohol use, or abstaining. Relapse is what treatment calls it when you return to alcohol use. As you will discover, some programs make relapse a certainty, while others teach  that it is your choice to drink or not to drink. .

The Natural Approach
Some alcohol users find that a natural approach such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation and vitamin therapy are helpful as they overcome an alcohol use problem.  Holistic methods have been used for many generations and while they are very effective for some individuals they do not seem to work for everyone.

12 Step Programs
12 step programs believe in the false idea that alcohol overuse is the result of incurable genetic brain disease – that you inherited an alcoholism gene from your parents or grandparents and that you will fail at your attempts to abstain and will relapse. Their primary mode of treatment is belief in a higher power, support group meetings for the rest of your life and abstinence  (which according to their belief structure is impossible for you to achieve).

Cognitive Behavioral Education
Cognitive behavioral education helps people to regain power over their lives. It does not teach people that alcohol use is the result of a disease, but instead acknowledges that alcohol use is always a choice and the reasons you give for drinking are excuses, not causes. Cognitive behavioral education provides the truth; that people  use alcohol because they want to and that they  can always make the decision not to drink..

St. Jude Retreats offers a  cognitive behavioral education program to teach guests how to self analyze their thoughts, choices and behaviors so they can identify areas of their lives they want to change. This allows them to make choices and decisions that are more productive to their life. Our guests are empowered to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and enhancing to their life thus building their self confidence and self esteem. Our guests learn that they can go on to have a life that is free from alcohol use problems and without the need for lifelong meetings.