Alcohol treatment programs want you to believe that you have an incurable disease, that you are genetically predisposed to be an alcoholic and that you are powerless in your attempts to quit your alcohol use. Traditional treatment programs such as 12 step programs (AA) promote that you are destined to spend the rest of your life in and out of rehab and in group meetings; the truth is that alcoholism is not unbeatable and you do have the power to take back control of your life.

12 step alcohol rehab programs teach the false belief that alcohol use is a disease and that you inherited an alcoholic gene from your family that has been passed down from generation to generation. 12 step programs teach that the only treatment is abstinence, meetings and belief in a higher power. They also teach that even if you attend the meetings, believe in God and try to abstain from alcohol use; you will fail. It’s not unheard of that program leaders use manipulation, labeling and judgment to keep members under control. While there are more than two million members, there is a 95 percent dropout rate because members cannot achieve success.

The truth is that you are not diseased and there is no such thing as an alcoholic gene. Your brain connects the elated feelings from alcohol use with the alcohol use and you can train or remap your brain to connect some other activity or behavior with the elated feelings. You are not diseased because unlike individuals who have leukemia and who experience physical symptoms from having leukemia; you don’t have that. Whereas in a leukemia patient, they cannot tell their body to stop having leukemia, but you can stop your alcohol use.

As to whether or not you inherited your alcohol use, since there is no alcoholic gene, then you could not inherit alcohol use; however you could have learned to use alcohol from your family. By watching and copying the behavior, you learned to use alcohol.

St. Jude Retreats uses a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guest to use self assessment and self change to reevaluate their decisions and choices and to make decisions and choices that are productive and enhancing. Our guests learn to develop habits and to form behaviors that are positive and purposeful.

Cognitive behavioral education teaches that the reasons you give for your alcohol use are just excuses. You have the power within you to stop your alcohol use. The St. Jude program builds confidence and self esteem and inspires our guests to overcome their alcohol use. Alcoholism is not unbeatable and our guests discover that they are not powerless against their alcohol use.