There are a number of different options for alcohol treatment therapy available for you or your loved one to get help with an alcohol use problem. Depending on your needs, whether you want an outpatient program so that you can continue to care for your family and work, or an inpatient program where you can get the rest you need and counseling assistance to put things in perspective, there is a program for you.
Certain types of alcohol treatment therapy promote the false idea that alcohol use is an incurable disease that is inherited and passed from generation to generation. 12 Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), state that the only effective treatment for alcohol use is to totally abstain from alcohol, develop a belief in and a submission to a higher power; and attend group meetings for the rest of your life. This type of alcohol treatment therapy incorporates a victim mentality that your alcohol use is not your fault and that you are powerless to do anything about it. In fact, they tell you that you cannot stop your alcohol consumption, that you are an "alcoholic" forever and that you will spend the rest of your life in and out of rehab and relapsing.
The truth is that there is no evidence to support the alcohol use, drug use, or substance use as a medical disease is scientifically valid or even an effective treatment philosophy. There is no proof that an alcoholic gene or drug addict gene exists. Your reasons for consuming alcohol are just excuses for you to choose to drink. You may have learned to use alcohol from seeing your family or friends model the use of alcohol, but you have the choice not to follow the same pattern. Your brain associates the happiness or stress relief with the act of consuming alcohol. However, you can retrain your brain to associate happy feelings and pleasure with something you choose that is more positive and productive for you than alcohol use.
St. Jude Retreats offers a Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) program that uses self assessment and self change to teach guests to reevaluate their decisions and choices and to make choices and decisions that are more productive. We teach guests to develop habits and to form behaviors that are positive and that are enhancing to their life. Our guests discover that they are not powerless against their alcohol use and as a result have an increase in self esteem and self confidence. Our guests realize that they have the ability to overcome their alcohol use and that they can have a life that is permanently free from alcohol use.