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What is a Rehab and how does it work ?

How a rehab works

From the outside, a rehab might look very much like a smart hotel or country club, or a five-star resort.

A rehab/treatment center is quite likely to be situated in a very pleasant location, such as in Florida. This is obviously intentional, as a rehab/treatment center is a business and needs to attract customers.

In this case customers are patients suffering from alcoholism/alcohol abuse who go into a rehab/treatment center as a way of getting sober and learning how to stay sober.

A rehab/treatment center will be a very tightly controlled environment in terms of its internal structure and timetable.

This is in part to allow a wide range of therapeutic techniques and activities to happen, it is also to give some sense of order to the life of an active alcoholic whose life seemed to him or her to be very much out of control.

Having said that few regulations and timetable can seem quite oppressive, and it is important to understand the thinking behind how a rehab/treatment center actually works.

The structure of a rehab/treatment center falls into two main areas.

One is the admissions procedure which is quite a detailed narrative, and the other is the structured timetable and rules and regulations for the period of time the patient resides there.

A rehab/treatment center will have quite a detailed list of what the person should bring and what they should leave at home. The clothing list that a rehab/treatment center for a person to bring is normally fairly extensive.

The person will be requested to leave at home any clothing that shows alcohol, drugs, sex or violence etc. In addition the clothing the person requires will be detailed on the rehab’s website .

In general a rehab/treatment center is trying to put people off bringing or wearing clothes could in some sense to be deemed inappropriate.

Clients will be required to bring with them an appropriate insurance card if they have one, a prepaid telephone calling card, their own stack of cigarettes if they smoke, any particular books they might want to read.

Reading material will normally be expected to be related to recovery issues and is likely to be vetted by someone at the rehab to see if it is appropriate or not.

There will be a long list of things that people are not allowed to bring into rehab, some of them fairly obvious, others not so. In general people will be asked not to bring into a rehab/treatment center any medication that is non-prescription.

They will be requested however to bring with them any prescription based medication that they are on. In addition most rehabs/treatment centers ban all forms of cellphone/laptops/computers/iPads/tablets etc.

The use of phones and computers and television is highly monitored in a rehab/treatments center. Note that it is a selling point of some so-called luxury rehabs that they allow these things and actively encourage some type of business environment for people when in treatment.

The effectiveness of this approach is debatable. No products containing alcohol will be allowed such as mouthwash, aftershave etc.No item that might be deemed sharp or dangerous such as razorblades, knitting needles etc will be allowed.

The type of food that people can bring is normally heavily restricted and will exclude a lot of items that are essentially sugar-based.

A rehab/treatment center will normally allow smoking and people to drink caffeine, but at the same time will be critical of it, indirectly, in order to discourage it.

This can often put added pressure on people trying to deal with one particular problem.

The thinking behind it by a rehab/treatment center is often that people are so called addictive personalities and try and break any form of addiction to any mood altering substance or chemical.

A rehab/treatment center will have a very strict timetable for inpatients following admission and any potential detox that might be needed.

The timetable will specify limited periods of time during the day, from the moment a person gets up to the moment they go to bed, that has taught activities and group or individual work that is expected to be undertaken during those times.

The thinking behind this is simply to give a sense of order and structure that can aid recovery.

In addition a rehab/treatment center will encourage so-called good behaviour during the persons stay there and potentially give them a sort of bonus structure by way of allowing them to privileges such as watching television, using a cell phone for a certain length of time, or using a laptop or computer.

Whilst this may encourage certain people, the whole sense of being in such a tightly controlled environment may also adversely affect some peoples sense of their recovery.

What Facilities should a Rehab in Florida have ?

What are rehab facilities ?

A rehab/treatment center is most likely to be a residential inpatient facility, although there are rehabs that simply deal with daycare patients.

A residential inpatient facility must have a number of specific areas of expertise, both in terms of facilities and staff in order to have a reasonable chance of helping someone to recover from alcoholism.

A rehab/treatment center will need to ensure that someone arriving and ready to be admitted to the rehab is in a safe physical condition to do so.

This means that the rehab needs to either have its own in-house detox facilities, or immediate access to detox facilities at a local hospital.

It is very often the case that someone arriving for admission to a rehab will have been continually drinking or taking drugs up until the point of entry.

It is absolutely essential to their health, that they are medically supervised in a safe environment whilst they are being detoxified.

This means simply being clinically supervised whilst undergoing in a safe way the withdrawal effects that may happen at the result of tapering off alcohol and/or drugs over a period of time.

A rehab/treatment center must have a number of qualified medical staff, both doctors and nurses, as well as other clinicians such as a pharmacist, nutritionist, chiropractor and also a significant number of qualified therapists or councillors.

It is quite likely that a rehab/treatment center comes under some type of state legislation as to the level of medical personnel it needs to employ, so this is unlikely to be an issue from a point of view of safety of the patient.

A rehab/treatment center should have a number of qualified therapists and counsellors available to look after the inpatients during their stay.

Much of the work that the in-patient will do in a rehab/treatment center will be of a therapeutic nature, and there is a need for a good staff patient ratio in order for inpatients to be able to get the most benefit from this type of treatment.

Because of the length of stay of most patients, the nature of the therapeutic work is going to be short-term. It is not going to be long-term therapy.

However it may be that some of the work done in a rehab/treatment center leads the patient to seek longer term therapy once discharged. Having said that, there is likely to be a significant amount of one-to-one work of a therapeutic nature done in a rehab/treatment center.

There is also likely to be a significant amount of group therapy work, much of which will be facilitated by trained counsellors and therapists.

A rehab/treatment center will be aware that many people when choosing where to go for treatment will look at the various facilities offered. It would be easy to assume that many rehabs have similar facilities to high-class country clubs or hotels.

It is a strange irony that a rehab/treatment center may well have outstanding facilities and accommodation, whilst at the same time having a fairly strict regimen and timetabling of work that seems somewhat oppressive to many people.

A rehab/treatment center, aside from its physical location, will also seek to offer much by way of different types of therapy that will enhance people’s general well-being.

Rehab is likely to offer things such as yoga, Chi Gong, mindfulness and meditation training, a gym or other types of physical activity.

A rehab/treatment center will realise that helping people get well physically is an important part of their recovery generally, and this will be scheduled into someone’s personalised programme of treatment recovery.

A rehab/treatment center that is really well focused will also consider issues concerning discharge from the moment of admission. A rehab can easily become a bit of a bubble, indeed that is part of the attraction.

The danger with that is that when leaving it is difficult to reintegrate into so-called normal life from the effect of the bubble.

For this reason a rehab will try to balance these two factors, making clear that whilst the patient is in the rehab, it is a safe place where they can address their issues and hopefully move on.

At the same time a rehab will prepare someone for when they leave and have to return to life before rehab, at a practical level normally meaning family and work.

Family issues are a huge part of someone’s program of recovery in treatment and need to be dealt with very delicately.

For most people entering rehab, the family is an integral part of their alcoholism, and how the patient reintegrate with the family once sober and out of treatment someday at least be carefully planned and worked at.

A rehab should encourage families to investigate fellowships such as Al-Anon, and make use of the program they offer as a way of healing fractured relationships.

Spirituality in a Rehab in Florida

Some people might be surprised when considering entering a rehab that there is any talk of spirituality, let alone the significant amount of time devoted to concepts associated with spirituality and religion, God, prayer and meditation – a spiritual life !

In truth, spirituality has been at the heart of recovery from alcoholism since the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the subsequent development of all 12-step programs.

The debate about what spirituality is and isn’t, what God means and doesn’t mean has been at the heart of the recovery movement since it started.

Bill Wilson, one of the cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous, wrote an article once in which he said something to the effect that the phrase he used in step three of the Alcoholics Anonymous programme, God as we understood him, was perhaps the most important thing he had ever written.

It is certainly true that it is key to everyone’s recovery from alcoholism or any other addiction that they have the freedom to choose for themselves what type of God or higher power they want to have in their lives.

Aside from being a very practical freedom, it does in theory avoid the debate about what God does and doesn’t mean and what spirituality does and doesn’t mean.

This is not an academic debate. Most people have a fair amount of baggage, for better or worse about religion, and it is an area that should be treated with enormous sensitivity. Unfortunately it often is not.

A rehab will, for many people, be the first time they are introduced to the concepts of recovery as laid out in the experience of 12-step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

A rehab will most likely use an adaptation of the first five steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as the basis for its therapeutic approach to treatment.

There are some rehabs/treatment centres that are very specifically religiously orientated, and this will be made clear in their mandate and mission statement.

A rehab of this type will appeal to certain people, and that is fine for them.

Spirituality is a term that people will use in many different ways. In terms of recovery from alcoholism and other types of addiction, a rehab should use the time available and its therapeutic techniques to introduce the concept of spirituality as being a personal issue, and one that the individual should have a total freedom to explore for themselves.

There is a real danger with this whole issue, that individuals will get very excited about telling other people what they should and shouldn’t believe in and how this should affect their recovery.

This happens a lot in life generally, but in a rehab can be especially dangerous.

This is because the environment in a rehab should be one of safety, hopefully with an absence of pressure, where an individual can explore some of the underlying emotional drives that have fuelled their alcoholism/alcohol abuse.

A rehab does have a real responsibility in this area, as anyone admitted to a rehab will be in many ways be in a very vulnerable situation.

That vulnerability will of necessity be as a result of active alcoholism or other addiction, and a rehab needs to take special care that that vulnerability is respected, and people are given a space to explore their spirituality and what it means to them in their own way.

A rehab like any organisation, can sometimes exploit people for its own good. It will often do this by rationalising that what it is doing is for the good of its clients. In the area of spirituality and religion, a rehab has a special role in helping people understand the freedom that recovery can bring.

A major part of this freedom of recovery from alcoholism/alcohol addiction is the freedom for people to discover what spirituality/religion/meditation and prayer means or doesn’t mean to them.

People who work in a rehab, such as therapists nurses etc need to take special care that their own personal views do not cloud the work they do with clients who come into a rehab seeking recovery.

This is a special area of personal and professional development that these professionals need to beware of. A rehab should have special mentoring or line manager type processes to make sure that this is happening.

Alcoholics Anonymous in a Rehab

Alcoholics Anonymous was the first of the so-called 12-step programs to be developed, followed by Narcotics Anonymous, followed by literally hundreds if not thousands of other 12-step programs, most based on the AA principles, using a different addiction or weakness instead of alcohol.

Although Alcoholics Anonymous and all 12 step fellowships are completely independent of all rehabs and detox’s and hospitals, there is a significant overlap in terms of the therapeutic work that is done in a rehab, and the fact that many, if not most, rehabs will either have AA meetings on site.

Some will make it a condition of being in recovery in a rehab that clients attend a certain number of AA/NA meetings whilst in treatment.

In many ways rehabs grew out of a need for alcoholics to be detoxed and hospitalised prior to and being able to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This was because most of the early members of AA were effectively end-stage alcoholics who needed some type of medical attention before any type of treatment could be given.

This has changed dramatically over the last 60 to 70 years, and many people attend AA/NA etc by approaching these fellowships directly, or by being introduced to them through being a client at a rehab.

In many ways the approach of Alcoholics Anonymous is significantly different to the approach of many rehabs. A rehab will often promote the fact that it’s therapeutic program is based on the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

There is some truth in this but it needs to be understood more fully. A rehab will normally work through what it calls the first five steps, but its interpretation of what steps mean will normally be significantly different to that written in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

To someone entering a rehab or their family, this can be something of an academic debate, as all they are really interested in doing is getting sober or clean in a rehab. It often becomes more of a question where the issue is once a person has left a rehab and is attending AA meetings and trying to get sober and clean or stay sober and clean.

Alcoholics Anonymous is best understood by understanding the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The most prominent book is titled Alcoholics Anonymous and is the experience of how the first hundred members of AA got sober and stayed sober at a time when there was virtually nothing else around that worked.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous gave rise to the name of the same fellowship, and the subsequent growth in that fellowship and all other 12-step fellowships.

There is a vast amount of other AA literature available, including a substantial and significant number of history books. Some of these may be available in a rehab or not.

Understanding the history of how AA developed, its timeline and subsequent growth, is actually essential to really be able to use the freedom of AA/NA, as it was originally intended.

Understanding the literature of AA is important. AA is its literature.

The AA literature is the body of experience that constitutes Alcoholics Anonymous. What is said at meetings and by individual members of AA is their own opinion, experience, belief etc.

What is in the literature is the experience of AA globally, since it first started.

Understanding that the AA literature is what Alcoholics Anonymous is, and that it is a body of experience is key to giving people the freedom to interpret and use that literature in any way that they find helpful.

This is a point made over and over again in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, that people can effectively take what they like and leave the rest.

Unfortunately, often in a meetings and likely in a rehab, people will be far more rigid in terms of telling newcomers what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot believe in, often under the pretext of being essential in terms of staying sober or clean.

A rehab has a special responsibility in many ways to make sure that its promotion of Alcoholics Anonymous, and its interpretation of the Alcoholics Anonymous programme is presented in its entirety, and in such a way that people realise the two tiers of recovery.

Firstly that there is a body of experience they can use however they wish to, secondly that their sobriety is their own responsibility, and how they choose to put that experience into their life will play a major role in whether they stay sober or not.

A Rehab in Florida and its approach to Alcoholism.

What is alcoholism ?

The term alcoholism tends to be quite an emotive one for many people, but describes a problem that has been around for a long time, almost as long as humanity itself.

People have always had problems with alcohol, and have been variously described as dypsomaniacs, drunks, alcohol abusers and various other terms.

The term alcoholism/alcohol abuse really came into being in the 1930s, along with the formation of the recovery movement Alcoholics Anonymous.

There was a medical view at the time, although not widely shared, that alcoholism was an illness and that people who suffered from it were alcoholics.

This belief that alcoholism/alcohol abuse was an illness took root in the medical profession and in society as a whole, and is much more widely accepted today than it has ever been.

A rehab/treatment center will very much focus on the belief that alcoholism is an illness, or quite probably refer to it as a disease.

A rehab/treatment center will quite likely take the belief to a slightly different level by saying that the real disease is addiction, and that alcohol is effectively the drug of choice.

The reason a rehab/treatment center will do this is because it effectively allows them to treat the person as an addictive personality, and say that their drug of choice is either alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex addiction, codependency etc etc.

A rehab/treatment center will take this approach because it enables them to lump these various addictions together and make the problem a so called addictive personality.

This is quite a controversial approach and the notion of an addictive personality is one much questioned in medical circles.

There is no definitive answer to this, but it is safe to assume that alcoholism/alcohol abuse is an illness, and that anyone suffering from it needs help. In the end if the treatment that someone gets makes the person better, then de facto the person was ill in the first place.

Questions about illness and disease and addictive personalities can be theoretical, but can also be quite distracting.

A rehab/treatment center is most likely to recommend some level of engagement with fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

It is likely a rehab will want a person to attend AA meetings as part of their programme of treatment, and will recommend that they continue to attend AA meetings once they leave treatment.

This is because attendance at a meetings and becoming a part of AA is probably the best way of helping to maintain to priority.

Alcoholics Anonymous does not have any belief systems about anything, including whether or not alcoholism/alcohol abuse is an illness.

It was certainly the belief of the early members of AA, and is explained at length in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, that people who were alcoholics suffered from an illness, effectively a mental compulsion to drink that ultimately they had no control over.

A reading of the book Alcoholics Anonymous will give someone a sense of the experience of members of this that they can then use in their own interpretation of what alcoholism means to them.

A rehab/treatment center should make a large part of the focus of their treatment program an awareness of what alcoholism means to the individual concerned.

It is a major part of someone’s recovery to be able to make sense of their drinking, and why it has taken them to where they are.

For some people this is a question of why they are an alcoholic in the first place, for other people it is a question of reconciling why they believe that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together, when the evidence of their lives shows that it is also the one thing that is destroying them.

Alcoholism/alcohol abuse as an illness, affects many people apart from the alcoholic themselves.

It is often considered to be a family illness as the impact of the drinking and the emotional and manageability has a huge impact on those close to the alcoholic over a long period of time.

For this reason a rehab/treatment center should offer some type of family program, which would involve some attempts to explain to the family the nature of alcoholism/alcohol abuse, and how it has likely affected them.

A rehab/treatment center may have some type of family reconciliation meeting program as part of its recovery programme generally.

In any event a rehab should give information and encourage family members to attend meetings of Al-Anon, or other fellowships such as Families Anonymous, which address these issues.

What is the difference between a rehab in Florida and a treatment center ?

The term treatment center is often used when talking about alcoholism, rehabs, alcohol rehabs, drug rehabs or substance abuse addiction.

A treatment center in Florida is in reality simply another name for a rehab in Florida. A treatment center can vary widely in terms of its facilities, its staff, its clinical programs, its costs and as such it’s level of effectiveness.

All these are questions or issues that anyone thinking of entering a treatment center or rehab in Florida should be asking about the facility, and doing appropriate research about what type of treatment center best meets their needs.

A treatment center is essentially a facility, normally residential, where someone who has a problem with or needs help with an addiction to alcohol or drugs goes to get help.

Treatment Center Clinical Facilities

A treatment center will normally have a range of clinical experts such as doctors, psychologists, nurses etc who will be part of the clinical team involved in developing treatment methods to help the alcoholic get sober and stay sober.

The cost of a treatment center can be significant. Often the costs are covered under people’s insurance plans, but as with all health insurance issues this needs to be approached with much care.

If you are thinking of entering a treatment center or a rehab in Florida, then the treatment center should have a designated team of staff who can advise you about insurance coverage and appropriate plan benefits.

If you have an insurance plan youself this might well cover you for most of the costs, but it is important to clarify with the treatment center any additional costs that you might incur whilst in residence that are not covered by your insurance plan.

Any additional costs should be identifiable prior to entry treatment, and should be clearly specified prior to entry.

A treatment center will have a number of clinical programs that they use as a basis for helping people to recover from alcoholism and other types of addiction. A number of these clinical programs will be adapted from the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step fellowships.

In addition, there are likely to be a number of therapy based sessions, either as one-to-one therapy or various types of group therapy. There may also be specific types of therapy offered such as CBT/EMDR etc.

Treatment Center Therapies

A treatment center also try and distinguish itself from other treatment centres by offering numerous add-ons by way of alternative therapies. These can range from yoga/Tai Chi/acupuncture through to hiking/wilderness adventure programs.

Whilst these may of themselves be of some benefit, they should not be seen as an alternative to the main therapeutic approach and the effectiveness of the main therapeutic approach that the rehab advocates as its main treatment method.

Often these so-called alternative therapies seem more attractive and can be a bit of a distraction. They are valuable as a marketing tool or selling point for a rehab, and certainly have some value in their own right.

A treatment center may well offer various types of clinical programs for other types of addiction, mainly those such as gambling, sexual addiction, videogame or Internet addiction.

If a rehab believes that someone is addicted to more than one substance by way of alcohol or drugs or has numerous addictions they may well refer to them as being duly addicted, by way of what is known as a dual diagnosis.

A treatment center, whilst mainly residentia,l may well also have some type of outreach or day center or daycare facilities.

In addition to encouraging clients to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the local vicinity, many treatment centres will host AA meetings and meetings of other 12 step fellowships on their premises.

This can be helpful, but it should always be remembered that a treatment center is totally separate from and has no connection to Alcoholics Anonymous or any other 12 step organisation.

What is a Florida rehab ?

What is a Rehab in Florida ?

It is not by chance that Florida has become known as the rehab capital of America.

This may not be strictly true in terms of the number of rehabs situated in Florida, but it certainly underlies a lot of people thinking that if one is going to go into a rehab or treatment center, that it makes sense to go somewhere that is an environment you would want to spend quality time in.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida can make it seem to a prospective in-patient that it is more like a holiday than a stay in a hospital.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida is not a hospital, nor is it a holiday, but there is some sense in spending time in an environment that is distinctly more pleasant than you would expect from a hospital environment.

When approaching the issue of someone going to a rehab/treatment center, the location and facilities of the rehab/treatment center are of particular importance.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida does not of itself mean anything particular, other than it is likely to be governed by state regulation as to the quality and level of care that the rehab provides.

This is important and provide some measure of security about the nature of the therapeutic work being undertaken there.

A Florida rehab/rehab in Florida will likely sell itself in terms of its environment, situation and view.

The facilities that a rehab/treatment center in Florida offers may be similar or dissimilar to rehabs in other parts of the country, and in fact makes little difference to the persons recovery.

The environment in which a rehab/treatment center operates provides a culture both in terms of the people who work there, and the prospective inpatients who go there for treatment.

A Florida rehab will have or should have a significant number of trained medical personnel.

This should include a number of qualified doctors both medical and psychiatric, a number of nurses, a number of trained therapists and counsellors as well as a number of ancillary staff.

In addition a Florida rehab is likely to offer a large number of alternative types of therapy such as music therapy, art therapy, yoga/Chi Kung as well as a gym and other physical recreation activities.

A Florida rehab/treatment center will probably make the point that being situated in such a beautiful location aids environment in which the recovery process can take place.

There is potentially some logic to this argument. Any environment has an effect on a person, either good or bad, and the need for a really healthy environment does speak to someone whose life feels out of control, such as an alcoholic or drug seeking help.

It is important however not overstate the importance of location in general terms of recovery.

Whilst an environment such as Florida can aid a seemingly pleasant stay or time in rehab, the most essential part of a person’s recovery is how they approach that in a world and the sense of safety they feel in the environment that allows them to do it.

A reading of the website of a rehab/treatment center in Florida should give some indication of that approach, and should offer a toll-free number people can call for further information.

It is impossible to estimate how safe a place will feel before going there, but it is possible to gain a sense of their approach to recovery beforehand.

A word of caution about any rehab. A rehab/treatment center will often talk about a success rate in terms of people getting sober and staying sober after discharge.

This is quite a tenuous approach to recovery as in many ways these numbers are impossible to quantify. It can give a false sense of hope people alternatively a full sense of disillusionment to people.

Part of the job of a rehab/treatment center in Florida and elsewhere is to make people aware or help people come to understand the nature of their alcoholism, and helped give them the tools to get and stay sober.

Equally to give people an awareness that anyone can get sober, although the reasons people do and don’t are far more complicated, and in some ways beyond the scope of a treatment center/rehab in Florida or anywhere else.

A feature of a certain number of rehabs/treatment centres in Florida is that they approach what they refer to as the executive market.

This is a type of rehab/treatment center in Florida that aims to cater for high-end business executives who want a level of exclusivity in treatment.

Whilst this is understandable, it is an approach that should be taken carefully and should not be the overwhelming factor in deciding where to go to for treatment, either in Florida or elsewhere.

Rehab in Florida – What does it cost ?

The first, or perhaps second question that most people will ask about a rehab in Florida is, what does it cost ?

Going into rehab is notoriously expensive, pretty much like all forms of health insurance related ttreatment.

Most rehabs will work with the major insurance companies to enable their plans to cover the cost of going into rehab.

That is definitely your first port of call. See if going into rehab is covered under your insurance plan if you have one, or an insurance plan of your partner that is more relevant.

If your insurance plan covers the cost of going into a rehab or treatment center, check with the rehab that you intend to enter that they are accepted by the insurance company.

Most rehabs will have a dedicated team of people who can advise you on the insurance related aspect of cost.

If the cost of entering rehab in Florida is covered under your insurance plan, make sure that the rehab specifies any additional costs that may not be included and which you might be liable to pay for separately.

This could include a number of alternative therapies, or certain medications etc. Make sure the rehab is clear and statesin advance which if any additional costs you might be liable for that are not covered under your insurance plan.

Rehab in Florida – no insurance !

If there is no insurance cover available, then obviously options are more limited. The first thing to do is to contact a number of rehabs see if they can help at all financially. Some rehabs are non-profit and may have scholarships or bursaries or some type of fund available to help defray the cost of treatment.

Some rehabs have their own in-house loan companies with agents that they described as loan advisers or some other type of term.

Be under no illusion that this is a credit agreement for which you will be liable for a considerable amount of money. Enter into such an agreement with great caution and make sure you explore other options first – check out any potential loan agreement with a trusted independent financial advisor first.

Most rehabs websites will give no figures at all as to what the cost of treatment is. The one exception is the main Hazelden website, which estimates the cost of treatment for a 4 to 6 week stay at between $20,000 and $32,000.

Whilst this might seem a lot of money, this could well be a significant under estimate of what some rehabs might charge for a similar period of residential treatment.

Rehab in Florida – other options

Whilst for some people a rehab in Florida might seem the ideal route to recovery, there are many other options available. A number of rehabs will offer outpatient or outreach facilities, in effect some type of a day programme which are significantly cheaper than a residential stay.

Often the attraction of a rehab is that it is a bit of a bubble that takes people away from their normal environment and gives them an opportunity to examine things away from their ordinary lives.

This can undoubtedly be of benefit to some people, but also presents problems when people have to re-enter their normal lives and integrate the experience of having being in a rehab into a normal life.

Many people, get sober and stay sober by going directly to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, in fact this has been the traditional route for getting sober since AA started in the mid 1930s.

If the cost of a rehab is prohibitive, be assured that it is perfectly possible for someone to get sober and stay sober and rebuild their lives without the need to go into a rehab in the first place.

Rehabs, whilst performing a valuable function, do often present themselves as the main wayor best way to get sober and stay sober. This simply isn’t the case, and is really just a marketing tool for what is a very significant industry.


How does a Rehab in Florida regard alcoholism ?

​Alcoholism often gets referred to as alcohol addiction, alcohol dependence, dipsomania or simply the question of how to stop drinking. Whatever terms people use to describe it, someone entering a rehab in Florida is most likely having a problem with alcohol and needs help to get sober and stay sober.

Alcoholism is recognised by most health professionals as being an illness, although it is sometimes referred to as a disease which can be misleading. It is normally clear to most people who are objective that someone who is an alcoholic is suffering from some type of illness over which they have no control.

The consequences of their drinking, and of the person they have become can be devastating for themselves, their families, work colleagues and any person present in their life.

Rehab in Florida – Alcohol Addiction

The decision to enter a rehab in Florida, sometimes referred to as an alcohol rehab is normally taken as an absolute last resort. There are many reasons for this, as alcoholism is a complex illness, and people’s drinking and emotional patterns can differ widely in many ways.

The nature of alcoholism means that a person who is alcoholic will reach a point where they begin to believe that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together, in a world in which they feel very scared and a terrified.

It is quite likely that an alcoholic will believe from early on in their drinking that alcohol is the solution to their problems are not the problem itself. This is unlikely to be a conscious belief system, but will underlie much of their rationale and behaviour.

What this means in reality, is that the worse a person’s drinking gets and the worse their behaviour gets the more they will turn to alcohol as being the thing that they need to protect and keep safe.

This will create a huge anomaly in the reality of their lives, and the lives of the people around them. This is often the root cause of someone’s denial of the fact that they are an alcoholic or they had a drink problem.

An alcoholic will normally feel the need to protect alcohol and protect their drinking as this increasingly becomes the only thing that they feel safe with, whatever the reality of their lives may be as a consequence of such a course of action.

Rehab in Florida – Role of a Rehab

Rehabs can vary quite widely in terms of their approach to dealing with alcoholism, their various clinical treatment methods, their clinical programs, their clinical experts and whether or not they are sympathetic to and supportive of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Whatever their clinical facilities or programs, perhaps the most important thing that a rehab should do is provide a safe environment, where an alcoholic and their family can begin the process of unpicking the nature of the illness and how it has affected them.

In many ways this is a lifelong process, but a real start can be made and real progress made if the right approach is taken at the beginning. Much, if not all of a person’s recovery will depend to a large extent on the internal dynamics of the alcoholic themselves.

Much of this relates to a person’s sense of safety or security and how they approach that. A rehab in Florida can play a part by being non-threatening, non-pressuring and trying to allow the alcoholic and their family some space to understand the reality of what is happening.

Alcoholism is a very complex illness, and a rehab needs to have an understanding, in both a corporate sense and by its clinical staff, of the nature of the illness.

In particular a rehab in Florida needs to understand the protective nature of why an alcoholic will deny they have a problem and how to address that in a way that allows the alcoholic to own their reality without feeling threatened by it at the same time.

This is a very difficult tension to hold in many ways. Many rehabs will base their therapeutic approach upon some of the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, and will actively encourage clients in rehab to attend and participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

They will also encourage people to attend AA meetings once they have left rehab as being their main source of support in their journey in recovery as they begin the process of building a better way of life.