Alcohol Rehab and Recovery

What Staff Does a Rehab Have ?

A rehab or treatment center should employ a wide range of different health care professionals, who have extensive clinical experience in dealing with alcoholism and addiction.

If the rehab is basing some of its therapeutic treatments on the twelve step progarm of Alcoholics Anonymous, then it is usually helpful if some of the staff are in recovery themselves, often having been in rehab themselves at some point.

This assessment of clinical staffing levels should relate to number of staff, different disciplines, qualifications and experience.

This information should be available on the rehab’s website, along with inforemation about availability of medical staff (should be 24/7) and regularity of therapy / conselling sessions etc.

Below is a list of the main types of clinical and therapeutic staff normally employed in a rehab. In addition a rehab should employ a number of well trained admin staff who can help the client through the often complicated admissions and insurance verification process.

Medical Doctor
Nurses
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Therapists / Counsellors
Yoga Teachers
Chi Kung / Tai Chi Teachers
Reflexology Practitioners
Acupuncture Practitioners
Art Therapy Practitioners
Meditation / Mindfulness Practitioners
Dietitions
Nutritionists
Shiatsu Practitioners
Social Worker
Transitional Living Worker
Spiritual Guides
Fitness Instructors

What Programs does a Drug and Alcohol Rehab offer?

Traditionally, a rehab program or treatment center would help treat people through two specific routes.The first would be a medical detox if needed, followed by a fairly intensive therapeutic process based around the first five steps of the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This would mainly be done in a mix of group discussion, group therapy and personal one to one therapy, with some life skills work done as well, under the supervision of qualified clinical staff.This has evolved into an environment where rehabs can offer a bewildering display of what they refer to as rehab programs.A selection of these programs is listed below !

This can be extremely confusing to people researching a rehab, both in terms of what the program is, and how effective it is.Part of the way through this is to have a general undertsnading of how rehabs work, visit the website of any rehab that interests you and see what programs they offer by way of treatment.These programs are sometimes referred to as therapeutic modalities.

If it is not clear what a particular program means, ring or email them and ask them. Also ask them whether the program is evidenced based, in terms of its effectiveness. This really means, is it based on current or ongoing clinical research.

Bear in mind also that the rehab industry is highly competitive and very lucrative, and some rehabs will offer exotic sounding therapies in order to attract business, ie you!Whilst these therapies might be fun, it is often questionable how effective they are in helping deal with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Acupuncture

Adventure Therapy

After Care Programs

Alpha-Stim& Hemi-Sync

Alumni Program

Art Therapy

Assessment

Behaviour Modification Therapy

Body Image Therapy

Chiropractic

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Co-occurring Disorders

Craniosacral Therapy

Creative Art Therapies

DBT – The Stages of Change

Detoxification Process

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Drug Primary Treatment

Drumming Therapy

EMDR (Trauma)

Eastern Modalities

EcoPsychology (Environmental)

Educational & Experiential Group

Emotional Freedom Technique

Equine Assisted Therapy

Extended Care

Family Therapy

Food Shopping

Group & Individual Therapy

Herbal / Homeopathic / Naturopathic medicine

HellerworkStructual Integration

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Individual Consultations with Registered Dietitian

Individualized Programs

Intensive Continuing Care Planning

Interpersonal/Group Therapy

Light Therapy

Life & Career Skills Planning

Life Coaching

Massage

Meal Planning & Preparation

Mindfulness Training

Mindsight and Interpersonal Neurobiology

Narrative Therapy

Neuro Feedback (Bio Feedback)

Nutritional Planning

Orthomolecular Therapy

P-Roshi

Physical Fitness Therapy

Qigong

Reiki

Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention Therapy

Relationship Building Activities

Ropes Course

Sand Play

Shiatsu

Spiritual Counseling

Sober Coaching

Somatic Experiencing (Trauma)

Somato-Emotional-Release Massage

Spirituality & Yoga Therapy

Systemic or Strategic Addiction Family Therapy

Thai Massage

Therapeutic Restaurant Outings

Thought Field Therapy

Trauma Resolution

Vivitrol Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Wilderness survival programs

Wolf Thearpy

Yoga

Zero Balancing

12 Step Groups

Long Stay Programs

Early Recovery Skills

Relapse Prevention Skills

Social Support in Recovery

Alcohol and Drugs Rehab Drugs List

Most rehabs will offer to treat addiction to alcohol and a wide range of drugs, as well as possibly other addictions. The website of the rehab should list the names of the drugs that it offers treatment for the addiction to.

It is likely that the recovery process in the rehab will focus on the individual themselves and their underlying emotional drives, rather than on a specific addiction to a specific drug.

What is really important in this context is the detox process. Anyone entering a rehab who has has been or is addicted to any type of drug, prescribed or not, needs to be assessed by a clinical team to see if a medical detox is needed or not.

For this reason it is important to know if the rehab offers a program for recovery from the specific drug or drugs that the individual is or has been addicted to. This information should be available on the rehabs website. If not , it should be established during the admissions enquiry.

Below is a list of the most common types of drugs that a rehab will offer help with.

Bath salts

Benzodiazapine

Cocaine

Crack

Crystal meth

Demerol

Ecstasy

Heroin

Ketamine

Kratom

Marijuanna

Methamphetamine

Methadone

Morphine

Oxycontin

Percoceritalin

Prescription drugs

Salvia

Spice / K2

Suboxone

Valium

Vicodin

Xanax

Addictions Treated in Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Rehabs are probably best know for dealing with two types of addiction, people who are addicted to alcohol, alcoholics, and people who are addicted to drugs, either prescribed or not. People who are addicted to both alcohol and drugs are commonly referred to as dual addicted.

Some rehabs have broadened their scope of what they say addiction means, and offer treatment for a wide variety of addictions, some of which are listed below.

The rehab will take an approach that the individual is what they call an addictive personality, and use the particular addiction as a trigger.

This approach has allowed some rehabs to broaden their scope of who they treat enormously, which has many implications from a business point of view, and has rasied many ethical questions about what addiction really is and what it means, and whether or not some rehabs exploit that.

Alcohol Addiction / Abuse

Bath Salts Abuse

Bulemia

Drugs

Eating Disorders

Food Addiction

Internet Addiction

Love Addictions

Gambling Addiction

Prescription Drugs

Sex Addictions

Self Harm

Shopping Addiction

Smoking Addiction

TV Addiction

Alcohol and Drug Rehab Accreditation and Licensing

Most rehabs recommend, and most people follow, that anyone entering rehab goes to one that is a significant distance away from where they live, either in another state or in another country.

The logic behind this is that rehab is something of a bubble for a period of time, and it is better for the client / patient to be in this bubble away from their normal environment, home, family, work etc.

As a rehab is a clinical facility, and should oversee any medical detox and therapeutic work that needs doing, it is crucially important that you check the local accreditation and licensing requirements for where the rehab is located, and make sure the rehab fully complies.

This is a state by state list in the US where these requirements can be checked

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Columbia ( District)

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louissiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Emotional Sobriety ?

Emotional Sobriety is the title of an article written in the journal of Alcoholics Anonymous, known as the AA Grapevine, by one of its co-founders Bill W.

In the article, he writes at length about the need to address many of the underlying emotional drives that fuelled his alcoholism, and implied that this was in effect a stage that follows the initial phase of getting sober and staying sober.

Many people have interpreted this as meaning different things. Emotional sobriety is often used as a form of judgement as to how ‘well’ people are in sobriety, irrespective of how long they have been sober.

Other people will often compare what they call physical sobriety with emotional sobriety, implying that once physically sober the level with which people are able to adapt and integrate their lives into sobriety indicates a degree of wellness.

It is really important, to understand the thinking behind the term emotional sobriety, irrespective of how long anyone has been sober or not.

Firstly sobriety is about being sober, pure and simple. There are no degrees of it, there is no judgement about it in terms of wellness or not, or how well people cope with it or do not manage to.

Emotional Sobriety

Emotional sobriety should be thought of much more in terms of the underlying emotional drives that play a part in most people’s alcoholism.

Anyone getting sober, whether in a rehab or through a 12 step program or some other way, will soon begin to realise that once sober the real issue becomes how do people stay sober, whilst living with the emotional turmoil that most people feel is inside them.

The process of people understanding and making sense of their alcoholism is a really important one.

What is equally important is that they have the freedom to discover for themselves what this understanding and connection is between alcohol and their emotional states.

Most people would recognise that their alcoholism is a mix of an instinctive or instinctual need to drink, and the sense of relief or freedom that alcohol gives them once they have taken a drink or several.

Often this connection between the effect of alcohol and what it is affecting you within is only clear at a felt level. Once sober, it becomes clearer that the emotional states such as anger, fear, loneliness etc that are a common part of alcoholism play a major role as a trigger for the compulsion or obsession to drink.

Emotional Sobriety and AA

However people come to understand their emotional states, it is normally clear from early on either in rehab or in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous that the main type of therapeutic/spiritual work that needs to be done, is on helping the individual stabilise their inner world, and as such prevent the reflex action of picking up a drink or feeling the need to have a drink.

This work on one’s inner world, on helping to stabilise one’s emotions and begin the process of feeling relatively at peace with oneself at some level begins the moment an individual gets sober, either in a rehab or in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is the real focus of emotional sobriety, the understanding and need to be at peace with yourself.

How to Treat Addiction

Many people use the word addiction almost quite loosly in a way to refer to people’s liking or obsession for virtually any substance, activity or behaviour. In normal everyday life the term addiction is often used jokingly, saying that someone is addicted to x, y or z, and it’s not really that much of a problem.

When it comes to dealing with addiction in the context of alcoholism and addiction to various types of drugs and other behaviours such as gambling etc, then it is really important to understand the gravity of what these conditions and situations refer to, and what help is available and where.

Addiction is a widespread term, and in the context of rehabs and treatment centers first came into being in the context of alcoholism in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholism is often treated in the same context as other types of addiction, but this is normally a mistake and should be treated with caution.

Whilst it is difficult to generalise about alcoholism, and there are many types of it, it is properly fair to say that an alcoholic will drink because they are an alcoholic, not the other way round.

In other words, an alcoholic will not become addicted to alcohol in the same way that someone will become addicted to cigarettes, through a pattern of using an addictive substance that leads to a form of addiction that they cannot break.

A rehab or treatment center will offer addiction treatment programs for alcoholism, alcohol addiction and other types of addiction as well, and should be fully licensed and accreditted

Most rehabs will treat all of these types of addiction as essentially the same problem, and will focus on the individual as being the real problem, with the solution being helping the individual to change.

A rehab is likely to stress that the individual is something referred to as an addictive personality, and that their addiction is or was essentially about a drug of choice, be that alcohol or something else.

The advantage of this type of approach is that it can help the individual to realise that their real problem is within themselves, and thus is changeable either with the help of a 12 step program or through some other means.

A basic underpinning of this approach is that addiction itself is a disease, leading to the idea of an addictive personality and a drug of choice.

Again this may be helpful or not depending on the approach taken by the rehab, and at what level the individual feels it helps them make sense of their lives.

The issue of addiction is quite a complex one, and one that has undergone and continues to undergo much medical and social research.

When considering entering a rehab, it is worth bearing in mind what weight the rehab treatment center places on current clinical research, and how up-to-date that addiction treatment programs are in the context of modern day research.

Addiction and Rehab

A rehab or treatment center also often offer treatment for other types of addiction.

These can range from what is referred to as dual diagnosis, which means people who are alcoholics, addicted to alcohol as well as being addicted to various types of drugs both prescription and non-prescription, through to food, gambling, sexual addiction and addiction to the internet and video games.

It is worth being slightly cautious with any rehab that offers too broad a range of addiction specialities and addiction treatment programs.

There is a belief that some rehabs use the term addiction or addictive personality much too broadly, and use it essentially as a catchall phrase that allows them to treat virtually anyone for virtually any problem that they can classify as an addiction.

Remember that the problem and solution in the context of a rehab or treatment center tends to be seen as that of an addictive personality with a drug of choice. This allows some rehabs to take an approach that has some questionable ethical and moral issues.

At the end of the day a rehab is a business, normally a very profitable business, and the more they can broaden their client base or their customer base the more profitable they will be, even rehabs that describe themselves as Christian rehabs

Addiction to alcohol, alcoholism and addiction to drugs and gambling and other types of serious problems are a major issue, and for many people a rehab or a treatment center is the first port of call that they will enter to seek help.

A rehab and especially the rehab staff is likely to help the individual understand some of the underlying emotional drives and issues that have fuelled thir addiction, and help give them a structure or program that will allow them to rebuild their life and offer them the chance to live a life that is essentially free from their addiction and their addictive behaviours.

What are Rehab facilities?

People who ask or talk about rehab facilities often do so with a understandable but misguided idea that rehab is are a mix between an upmarket hotel and a country club, a sort of retreat with varying degrees of comfort or opportunities.

The reality is that rehabs differ widely in terms of the facilities that they offer to people, and that approach as to how the environment and addiction treatment programs should be offered to any individual who enters an inpatient rehab.

Traditionally, a rehab would treat someone who was an alcoholic or had a problem with alcohol, and their time spent in a rehab would consist of a medical detox if needed, followed by a period of different types of therapeutic treatment, often a mix of 12-step program ideas and meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

There would be a need some type of clinical facility, along with a modicum of comfort and very basic facilities.

The rise of treatment centers and rehabs has meant the growth of this industry, and a white approach that can differ considerably.

The initiators of the treatment center industry tried to strike a balance between providing an environment where the alcoholic could feel safe and secure, along with facilities treated them as someone who was trying to get well, rather than as a  bad person.

Rehab facilities

At the same time, there was a belief that treatment centers and rehabs  needed to be a fairly structured environment, and should be designed to focus the individual fully on their recovery process.

Rehabs and treatment centers take a number of different approaches. Some believe that a rehab should be a fairly spartan place, with very basic facilities and an entirely structured timetable from morning till night.

Some rehabs believe in an incredibly tight grip on what the individual can bring into rehab, and what they can and cannot do whilst there.

This can seem incredibly regulated some people, inevitably attracting some and alienating others.

There has been a growth in recent years of what can be termed luxury rehabs, which take almost an extreme opposite view. They believe that a rehab should essentially be the most serious and pleasant environment that someone can spend their time in, and that this is conducive to aiding in their recovery.

Both these approaches are somewhat of the extreme, and inevitably there are a wide number of different approaches in between.

There is no right and wrong approach to recovery, and every individual should approach a rehab based on what they feel is most appropriate to them.

The rehab facilities that are available should be outlined on the rehabs website, and rehab should be open to discussing what these facilities are, and how they help a client in their 12 step recovery.

 

What is a dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term that specifically refers to people who would consider themselves both alcoholics and drug addicts, or people who have had problems with both alcohol and drugs. The term arose mainly in rehabs and treatment centers, and it is important to understand this context.

Initially treatment centers and rehabs treated people who had a problem with alcohol, whether they were turned alcoholics or problem drinkers, or people who had alcohol abuse issues. As this industry grew, people entered rehab who not only had problems with alcohol but with other substances including many narcotic drugs, and various behaviours.

Treatment centers and rehabs quickly picked up on this, and in the specific case of people who have problems with both alcohol and drugs they refer to them as being dual diagnosed. In addition, the rehab industry widened their scope of potential clients or a client base by beginning to define people as an addictive personality.

This meant that  in effect, any individual who had any addiction to any substance or any type of addictive behaviour could be labelled as an addictive personality, and  their particular addiction,  whether substance or behaviour, could be labelled their drug of choice.

Dual diagnosis

There are many people who believe that the terminology employed in the idea of an addictive personality and a drug of choice is simply to enhance the pool of people who can be susceptible to needing to go into treatment.

There are other people who defend the term addictive personality as being  a reasonably good definition of some help an individual who has a number of differing emotional drives and issues which fuel that alcoholism or addiction.

Whatever someone’s take on the term dual diagnosis, in reality it simply means that it refers to someone who has a problem but with alcohol and drugs, or has had a problem with alcohol and drugs and is now clean and sober.

In terms of 12 step recovery, what it really means is that individual will have used both alcohol and drugs at different stages of the alcoholism and addiction, and probably recognises a need to keep clear of both in order to stay clean and sober.

 

Motivation in Sobriety

Free on Amazon Today

What is an inpatient drug rehab?

An inpatient drug rehab is normally simply referred to as a rehab  or a treatment center.

The vast majority of rehab is deal with the question of drug addiction of all sorts, as well as alcohol addiction or alcoholism, and a wide range of other compulsive or addictive behaviours.

An inpatient drug rehab will be a clinical facility which will admit and look after someone who is suffering from some type of addiction to one or more drugs and/or alcohol.

It is important that an inpatient drug rehab has two main areas of focus.

Firstly should be the facilities and medical staff to assess and if necessary oversee any medical detox that may be needed.Iinpatient drug rehab

Inpatient drug rehab

This is crucially important. Anyone who has been addicted to any type of drug may well have been using different types of drugs as well as alcohol, and the coming off of these drugs can present significant, often life threatening medical challenges.

Such an inpatient drug rehab needs to either have its own facilities and medical staff, or arrangements with another local clinical facility such as a hospital who can assess and oversee any medical detox that may be needed.

Once a medical detox has been assessed and overseen if necessary, then the time spent in an inpatient drug rehab is likely to focus much more on a number of therapeutic approaches, often 12 step based, which are geared towards helping the individual begin the process of understanding a number of emotional and mental issues that have fuelled the addiction to drugs and alcohol.

This therapeutic work that is done in an inpatient drug rehab will vary depending upon the nature and type of rehab or treatment center, and will by its very nature be fairly short-term.

The majority of rehabs and treatment centers recommend that inpatient clients to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous’s, both during their stay in rehab and once they have left. This is to give them a sense of whether long-term recovery is most likely to be based, and how they can most effectively ensure their long-term sobriety

ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL ADDICTION

Anyone entering a rehab for a problem with alcohol, commonly referred to as alcoholism or alcohol addiction would be well advised to be aware of the potential effects of alcohol withdrawal, sometimes referred to as a detox, historically referred to as the DT’s.

The effects of withdrawal from alcohol addiction or alcoholism can be severe in some people, and it is a good idea to make sure that anyone entering a rehab is clinically assessed,  by experienced clinical staff to  monitor the effects of withdrawal from alcohol.

One important aspect of alcoholism that is often not fully understood is that it is regarded commonly as what is termed a progressive illness.

There are sometimes a debate about whether alcoholism is a disease or an illness or a combination of nature or nurture, and people will have differing views on this question.

Too many  people who have got sober using Alcoholics Anonymous, they are very aware that her own alcoholism is a progressive illness, and for many it is the progressive element that is really important.

ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL ADDICTION

The progression of alcoholism in many people is not simply a issue of tolerance for alcohol, it is a description of both how their drinking has progressed over a period of time, how that emotional state has changed during that time, and how alcohol has become at the end of the drinking the only thing of real value, the only thing that needs to be protected and kept safe.

One of the reasons this is so important, is in terms of understanding the nature of alcoholism, and in truth the only people who probably really do understand it either active alcoholics themselves, or people who have got sober and would consider themselves to be alcoholics in recovery.

The nature of alcoholism as an illness can be quite varied and widespread, the progression of it is an element that people who are alcoholics will at some level be able to identify with, either in terms of the  tolerance or lack of tolerance of their drinking, or a more general felt sense of their inner and outer world closing in on them, and alcohol remaining the only thing that is holding them together.

ALCOHOLIC TREATMENT

The nature of alcoholic treatment can be detailed in certain ways, but should always be fully understood that there are a number of variables that determine whether any form of addiction treatment programs will actually work or not.

Probably the most proven method of treatment for an alcoholic is effected through the  organisation Alcoholics Anonymous,  and its 12-step program of recovery.

There has also grown a huge industry of treatment centres and rehabs which offer a wide range of varying treatment programs for an alcoholic, normally residential, and normally for a period of around 28/30 days.

One of the main issues concerning any type of treatment for an alcoholic relates to what is commonly referred to as the self delusion of the alcoholic themselves.

This normally refers to the nature of an alcoholic themselves, in terms of emotional and mental character, and  the nature of how they relate to alcohol itself.

There are a number of different interpretations of what being an alcoholic means, and how alcoholism itself manifests within different people.

They are also a number of common features of alcoholism and alcoholics, which allow people to relate to each other at a particular level, and can help in terms of enabling people who are alcoholics to get a measure of stability and stay sober.

An alcoholic treatment program, whether it be in a rehab or treatment center, will need to address a number of highly sensitive areas, one of which will be the relationship between the alcoholic and alcohol itself.

ALCOHOLIC TREATMENT

It is probably fair to say, that at some point in their drinking, an alcoholic will come to see alcohol as being the solution to their problems, rather than the problem itself. This may happen at the beginning of their drinking, or maybe an element of the progressive nature of their drinking, Becoming the only type of reality they are able to understand towards the end.

This sense that alcohol becomes the only thing that is holding them together is perhaps unique to alcoholics, and is one of the hardest things for anyone outside of that circle to either understand or be able to deal with.

What is important, is that there is a safe environment created that allows an alcoholic to begin the process of feeling safe enough to dismantle the various emotional coping mechanisms that they have erected in order to keep themselves safe. This can include a variety of emotional survival  skills as well as the main coping mechanism, alcohol itself.

RECOVERY ALCOHOLISM

Recovery from alcoholism can in some ways be as difficult to understand at the nature of alcoholism itself when someone is drinking as a full-blown alcoholic.

This in part is because recovery from alcoholism for most people is not simply about stopping drinking.

Stopping drinking is an essential and crucial part of the process, but for many people who  intend to stay sober long-term, there is a real need to address and deal with a variety of underlying emotional and mental drives that have fuelled by drinking in the first place.

Many people will often talk about the issue of willpower in connection to either their drinking, that ability to stop drinking, and their ability to get sober or stay sober, or as a reference to an individual’s self will and the ability to seemingly force their life to happen.

Much of this can really refer to a distorted understanding of willpower, self well and alcoholism itself.

RECOVERY ALCOHOLISM

For anyone who is an active alcoholic, the issue of willpower often does not simply arise.

The reason for this, is that there are many alcoholics who simply do not wish to stop drinking, and never do or never try to.

This is not because they are oblivious to the reality of what their drinking is doing to them, but because the nature of that alcoholism in someway turns them in would, and makes them believe that however bad the lifers either internally or externally, alcohol becomes the only thing that matters, and the only thing that is actually holding them together.

In  those cases, will power does not refer to an individual’s desire to stop drinking.Willpower is more likely to be seen in how an alcoholic will try their life board in order to allow them to keep drinking, and somehow seemingly hold themselves or their lives together, however precariously.

This sense of trying to force life to happen, regardless of the reality of how that life presents itself, is often a key characteristic of alcoholism. It is often referred to as self will, which is one expression of this type of enormous energy that somehow can manifest itself in a drive to create and living what in today’s jargon is referred to as a virtual reality.

 

REHAB ADDICT TREATMENT

Anyone entering a rehab is likely to be referred to as an addict.

This is in one sense a bit of a label, in another sense anyone entering a rehab is looking for help or treatment with one or more  addictions, either to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food or a combination thereof.

Inevitably, a rehab  or treatment center will offer a wide range of treatment addiction programs, normally based upon the 12th program of Alcoholics Anonymous, as a way of helping the individual overcome any or all of these addictions.

This approach may work for some people, may be helpful to some people and  unhelpful for other people.

When treatment centers first came into being they were essentially hospitals and detox units for people who had a problem with alcohol, such people commonly referred to as alcoholics.

Truman centers then began to work with and help people who had other addictions such as narcotics and prescription drugs, and would refer to these people as being dual addicted.

Over time people were admitted to rehabs and treatment centers who were not only  alcoholics, but had other problems as well.

REHAB ADDICT TREATMENT

Treatment centers quickly realised that they could effectively treat anyone who had any addiction to anything, if they focused their efforts on the person, and treated their addictive substance or behaviour as ‘a drug of choice’.

Whether this approach was based on clinical evidence or not is unclear, but it did allow a  significant growth in the number and scope of treatment centers and rehabs.

The potential problem with this approach, and the categorisation of everyone as an addict,  is that it can be a slight distortion of an individual’s reality.

Dealing with the underlying emotional causes that can fuel someone’s alcoholism or addiction to drugs or other substances is inevitably going to be helpful, but it can also distort reality of what an individual’s problems with that substance or behaviour actually are.

There is a danger of fine tuning reality to fit a model that suits the finances and growth of the treatment center industry.

That is not to say that the majority of rehab’s and treatment centres do not approach that addiction treatment programs correctly, the majority of them do.

What is important is that any addiction treatment program at a rehab treatment center offers is based on solid clinical evidence and on solid therapeutic evidence such as the process of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.