Seeking alcohol addiction advice is the first step in getting help for excessive alcohol use and it is a difficult step to take for many individuals. It may be necessary for you to go to alcohol detox before you can begin a program for your use. Your doctor can best advise you on whether or not you need detox, but as you consider your options for getting help, here are some different services that may be able to provide you with alcohol addiction advice.

The most common program to give alcohol addiction advice is the 12 step program such as AA. 12 step programs hold the false belief that alcohol use is a disease that has been passed down from generation to generation and that there is no cure. They believe that you are powerless against your alcohol use and that you will relapse time and again.

12 step programs promote the false idea that you have a brain disease and that you cannot help the fact that you consume alcohol because you are a victim. However, the truth is that there is no alcoholic gene and alcoholism is not a brain disease. Your alcohol use is behavior that you learned from watching other people use alcohol, possibly family members. Your brain associates the happy feeling you get when you use alcohol with the actual act of drinking. You can remap your brain to associate the happy feeling with a different behavior – something more productive.

12 step programs teach that the only treatment available for your alcohol use is lifelong abstinence and 12 step meetings and belief in a higher power. 12 step meetings are events in which members express their views on alcohol, their experiences with alcohol, their inability to stop consuming alcohol and how much of a failure they feel because they cannot stop. The meetings are often opportunities for the members to vent frustrations and to blame everyone else for their alcohol use.

There is a 95 percent dropout rate in 12 step programs, due largely to the fact that members realize that there is no encouragement and no way that they can be successful according to 12 step philosophy. Individuals discover that once they stop believing the alcohol is a disease model, they can become successful in overcoming their substance use.

St. Jude Retreats is not a 12 step program. We are a non-treatment program. The St. Jude program uses cognitive behavioral education to teach  guests to reevaluate their decisions and choices and to make choices and decisions that are more productive and positive. Our guests learn to develop habits and behaviors that are enriching to their life and they discover that they are not powerless to their alcohol use. Many of our guests learn that they can be successful not only through abstinence, but also through moderation and they find that they can have a life that is not dominated by alcohol use.

Our six week program teaches that sobriety can be achieved without the need for lifelong meetings and return trips to rehab. We have been helping guests take back control of their lives for more than 20 years and we can help you as well.