Alcohol is a drug that, even though it is completely legal for persons 21 or older to buy, can still end with addiction and dependency. Once an alcoholic has gotten into the bottle, it can be hard getting out again. This is true no matter how badly someone wants to stop drinking. This is why it’s important for those who want to quit drinking to seek out a recovery center that can help them get sober.
What Kinds of Centers Are There?
Alcoholism, like any other form of addiction, comes in various shades of gray. For instance, those who have only a minor addiction may just need some community support and help from others occasionally. Those who have a serious addiction will need detox, along with more strenuous care to get sober and to stay that way. It’s for this reason there are various different kinds of alcohol treatment centers.
Those with relatively light addictions can go to outpatient centers. These are facilities where alcoholics come for therapy, whether it’s one on one or in a group session, and then afterwards leave again. They offer a variety of programs, from traditional Alcoholics Anonymous to faith based initiatives and beyond. The variety depends on the specific center.
More extreme addicts may find their needs better met by an inpatient facility. These facilities offer full medical staff, and they can deal with those whose addiction is extreme enough that detox poses a serious threat, physically. These facilities are best for individuals that need to be completely separate from their day to day life in order to properly leave drinking behind.
How Do They Work?
The first step any center will go to is to detox the alcoholic. For some this means just not drinking, and for others it could mean a slow step down in drinking along with medical treatments to be certain that there’s no harm done with the sudden withdrawal of alcohol. Once the individual has been detoxified, he or she is encouraged to find a treatment program that will address the causes of their alcoholism and addiction.
That’s the real key that these centers offer; addressing the cause. If someone has depression, or unresolved issues with a loved one, or any other factor that has caused them to seek refuge with alcohol then cutting off drinking isn’t going to make that issue go away. Alcohol, in many cases, becomes the answer to what that person does to deal with stress and anxiety.
So by presenting other methods of dealing with negative emotions, and helping alcoholics address what has driven them to drink in the first place, these centers arm them with the tools to deal with life on their own terms. While an alcoholic may never stop wanting to drink once he or she has started, it is possible to make it so that they don’t need to drink in order to deal with the problems they come across after the help they receive in treatment has been completed.