The other thing to consider about a rehab in Florida is what it offers by way of help or clinical programs that are designed to treat the addiction or alcoholism that they identify as being problem.
The type and range of programs at a rehab offers us vary considerably. Many are what as known as 12 step rehabs. They do not have any formal connection to 12 step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, but are very sympathetic to their programs and use much of their material in their own therapeutic work.
In addition a 12 step rehab will either encourage or insist that clients attend a number of AA/NA meetings during their time in treatment. These AA/NA meetings will either be in the local community, or maybe held on site, although they will be completely independent of the rehab if that is the case. Clients will also be encouraged to attend AA/NA once they have left rehab as part of their ongoing journey in recovery.
A rehab also offer different types of therapy on a daily basis for clients. This may be what is thought of as traditional one-to-one therapy or group therapy.
There may be therapy that is based around what are known as first five steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, although the link is fairly tenuous most of the time. A rehab may well offer other types of specific therapy such as CBT/EMDR or hypnotherapy.
A rehab in Florida may also offer what would be called alternative types of therapy which can range from pet or equine therapy, to music or dance therapy to yoga/tai chi/ shiatsu etc.
Some rehabs will also offer more challenging types of adventure based therapies such as rock climbing through to wilderness/trails hiking etc.
Some of these can sound very attractive, but should be viewed in context that the primary focus of a rehab should be the therapeutic work that addresses the underlying emotional drives and distortions of an alcoholic.
It is also very important to check that all the staff, clinical, admin and all therapies or practitioners are fully qualified and trained in the work that they are proposing to undertake.
Rehab in Florida – After-care and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
It is an important part of the process when choosing and entering a rehab to have some awareness of how the rehab discharges clients and helps them make the transition back into their lives afterwards.
The time spent in a rehab in Florida can be a very intense experience, and what happens afterwards can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery.
Many rehabs offer weekly or monthly alumni meetings, either in person or online or both. A rehab will often encourage clients to follow through with Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and use the full experience of these fellowships to help them stay sober and clean.
In addition, some rehabs may have connections with halfway houses that can help bridge the gap between coming out of treatment and returning to normal life.
It is often the case that someone will enter rehab largely out of a sense of pressure. There will undoubtedly be a lot of internal pressure, but also quite likely external pressure from family or work colleagues or business colleagues.
Returning to a family environment or a work environment after a time in rehab can be a daunting prospect. A rehab in Florida should be able to address these concerns in practical ways, as they will have had a lot of experience of dealing with these issues.
A rehab will virtually always have some type of family program that they will encourage family members to attend whilst the client is in residence in rehab.
These family programs will begin the process of trying to help the family put in context the fact that alcoholism is an illness, and they have been affected as well by the nature of alcoholism.
The process of rebuilding trust in a family that has been severely affected by alcoholism can take a long time, and often the value or a rehab is to begin the process of unpicking some of the anger and resentment that will be present.
A rehab can lay foundations for the alcoholic to build a better way of life, and for the family to be able to appreciate that and rebuild their own lives as well.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The term or word facilities is normally thought of in quite a practical way, whereas in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center it refers to a wide range of differing theoretical and practical approaches to helping an alcoholic gets sober and stay sober.
The facilities that a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center need to possess should refer to areas such as its staffing levels, its location, it cost and ease of approachability with regard to clarifying it admissions process regarding interventions and detox. A rehab should also have a serious plan regarding discharge for the client once they have left rehab.
This is in many ways the most important part of the process, and something that should be addressed prior to admission as well as during the time that the client is in rehab.
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center will normally accept a client at an inpatient for a period of weeks, normally between four and six weeks, where an intensive amount of therapeutic type of work will be done. Whatever the effect or nature of this work, the time spent in a drug and alcohol rehab is essentially something of a bubble.
Drug and Alcohol rehab centers
This to a degree is part of its selling point. A rehab is an environment where a client can go that is a way from their normal life and the pressures that go with it, where they can begin to identify and process some of the underlying emotional issues that have fuelled their drinking and their alcoholism.
The recognition that the rehab is a bubble is an important one, because the issue of how the experience of someone having been in a rehab can be integrated into their life once they have left is an issue that needs to be addressed from day one.
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida is likely to encourage clients to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous if appropriate. Clients will be encouraged to attend these meetings both whilst they are in rehab, and once they have left.
There is a sense that in many ways this encouragement of attendance at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous is the way that the rehab has focusing on individual on a process that will continue once they have left rehab.
It is also true to say that most of the work that is done in rehabs on a therapeutic level is normally a set of principles that are adapted from the 12-step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There is a sense that drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres work on two specific levels. One is the time spent there and the effect that it has on the client, for better or worse. The other level is an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous, which over time is likely to be the more beneficial element.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are much more commonly thought of or referred to as a rehab or a treatment center, even if people don’t readily understand these terms are or what they mean. Most people have differing views of what a rehab is, ranging from a celebrity rehab to a fairly grim notion of what they might have seen or read many years previously about the process of detoxification and the nation of different types of sanitariums that were often referred to as rehabs.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers or rehabs are clinical settings designed to help an alcoholic focus on the reality of where their life has got to, in terms of their drinking and in terms of their behaviour and in terms of their alcoholism generally.
The focus of the clinical programs and treatment methods that will take place in rehab are likely to focus on a broad range of emotional issues that have probably been a major part of the make up of the alcoholic for most of their lives. There will be a broad range of different emotional issues, that will differ from person to person, a common one of which will be the sense of an overwhelming need to feel that the alcoholic belongs somewhere.
This need to belong is perhaps one of the most basic human needs there is, and it is a common voice of many an alcoholic once over who says that they spent most of their life feeling that they did not belong, that they did not fit in, that they felt that they were adopted (when they were not). Whilst all these expressions do not fully match the experience, the sentiment behind them is the important issue.
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This vocalisation by the alcoholic that they do not feel they belong, or have ever felt that they belonged, is the expression of them feeling ill at ease with themselves internally. That their inner world is somehow out of control, is somehow disjointed or distorted.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers cannot hope to do any real therapeutic work that can seriously address this issue in a short period of time available to them whilst in rehab. There is likely to be a degree of what is thought of as traditional therapy or counselling, either on a one-to-one basis or in group therapy.
This is likely to open up some of the underlying issues. Perhaps one of the main benefits that the time spent in the rehab can bring to a client is that of validating their experience and their felt sense that they do not feel they fit in or belong anywhere. A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that can achieve this will have gone a long way to helping an alcoholic begin the process of getting sober.
An alcohol and drug rehab in Florida will be a clinical setting, where people who are alcoholics and/or have a problem with drugs of some sort can go to seek professional help by way of a range of addiction program treatment facilities, that should be administered by a wide range of clinical experts and a team of professionals that can help.
The staff that should be employed in an alcohol and drug rehab should be at minimum a range of medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and a range of different type of therapist and councillors.
In addition an alcohol and drug rehab should have a highly motivated and efficient administrative staff who can help guide and advice people on the admissions process.
The admissions process of an alcohol and drug rehab in Florida can seem to be an over simplistic term. Most people think of admissions to a hospital or some other type of clinical environment as being fairly straightforward.
The main area that makes admission to an alcohol and drug rehab different is that of the cost, and the need to validate an insurance plans coverage of the client entering rehab and all the costs involved.
With a rehab, the cost of an inpatient stay is normally related to a period of about 4 to 6 weeks and can be extremely expensive.
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Alcohol and drug rehab admissions policy will need to relate to helping the client or their family make sure that all costs are covered under their health insurance plus any additional costs that are likely to be incurred by way of medication or alternative therapies need to be clarified in advance of entry into rehab, and agreed upon prior to entry.
The admissions unit of an alcohol and drug rehab will also deal with two other issues, that of what is known as an intervention and the potential need for a detox of a client or anyone admitting entry into rehab.
The issue of a potential detox is an extremely important one, and anyone researching which alcohol and drug rehab they are intending to enter should be clear that the rehab is capable of performing and overseeing both an alcohol and drug detox if needed, by way of personnel and facilities.
If the rehab does not have appropriate facilities for overseeing and performing a detox, they may have arrangements with a local clinical setting such as a hospital who will perform the detox on their behalf.
Sometimes this can be satisfactory, other times not. In any event this issue needs be clarified with the alcohol and drug rehab admissions unit prior to entry, and clear guidance given as to how a detox is assessed and undertaken if necessary.
Most, if not the majority of rehabs in Florida will promote themselves as drug and alcohol rehabs, or alcohol and drug rehabs in Florida. There is a specific reason for this that needs to be understood, although it can sometimes be confusing for most people.
The understanding of an alcoholics mindset that they need to drink is perhaps unique to those people who are alcoholics themselves, suffice to say that there is a difference between a heavy drinker and an alcoholic.
Many people will have differing views of the nature of alcoholism, but there seems to be common agreement in the book Alcoholics Anonymous that an alcoholic will have a different physical reaction to alcohol than people who are not alcoholics.
The book Alcoholics Anonymous refers to this difference as being like a physical allergy to alcohol, not an ideal term but one that is designed to differentiate out the physical reaction of alcoholics to alcohol to other people.
Alcohol and Drug Rehab
An alcohol and drug rehab in Florida is likely to treat someone who is both an alcoholic and a drug addict as being an individual who has what a rehab term as an addictive personality, that can choose the type of drug, basically alcohol or any other that they use to effectively medicate themselves.
The focus that a rehab is likely to have is that the addictive personality is the issue, and that the substance or chemical that an alcoholic uses is secondary in the sense that it can be one of many addictions.
This idea of an addictive personality is seemingly attractive to a number of people as it explains a degree of behaviour, and patterns of abuse or destruction. The problem with it is that it oversimplifies a number of core issues concerning alcoholism and alcoholics.
An alcohol and drug rehab in Florida will refer to an individual who has a problem with both alcohol and drugs as being what is commonly termed dual addicted. The rehab may also say that the individual has problems with food, codependency, or a wide variety of other addictions.
This is an area that should be of concern to anyone considering entering an alcohol and drug rehab in Florida.
Potential clients who are alcoholics will have a felt sense of their alcoholism, even if they do not fully understand the reality of what is happening to them. They will realise that their alcoholism is not simply an addiction to alcohol in the sense that people are addicted to cigarettes or coffee.
An alcohol and drug rehab should be able to make a clear distinction betweenthe nature of alcoholism, and other types of addiction that can be dangerous or harmful. This is important because it is a truth.
Alcohol rehabilitation centres in Florida, often known as treatment centers, put a lot of value on the fact that they are a physical environment where an alcoholic can take time out of their ordinary lives to go into as a residential inpatient or client.
They will normally spent a period of time normally 4 to 6 weeks where they can begin the process of dealing with their alcoholism, and take some of the pressure off them that they inevitably will feel by virtue of their life prior to entering rehab.
Many alcoholics entering a rehab, will talk about their life in such a context that it implies that their life is completely out of balance, and that the real problem is to find a level of balance in their lives. This can sound quite logical given that most people’s lives are made up of different aspects that require allocated period of time and behaviour to coordinate them into a whole.
Treatment programs that an alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida will offer as part of their treatment facilities will most likely be a wide range of different types of therapeutic approaches to helping an alcoholic understand the reality of their alcoholism.
This can involve what is thought of as traditional therapy or counselling, on a one-to-one basis or group therapy. There can also be group work which is not literally therapy that will be of a therapeutic nature.
In addition there can be what is commonly termed or thought of as alternative therapies such as yoga, tai chi, reflexology, acupuncture, art therapy, shiatsu, mountain hiking and other types of physical adventures if the terrain permits it.
Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Florida
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida can help focus the mind of an alcoholic that the real issue in their life is not balance but alcohol.
The nature of an alcoholics mind obviously varies widely, but one common aspect is likely to be that the worse everything has come in their lives, the more likely they are to see alcohol as the only thing that is of value to them and the one thing they need to protect above all else. This is the root of their denial, and the main sense of their focus.
The notion of balance is one that is an important one in life, but can only be realised for an alcoholic once they are sober. Part of the focus of the rehab needs to help an alcoholic understand at some level that sobriety is a precondition of everything else in their lives, and that without sobriety nothing will be in balance or of any value.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida offer a unique opportunity for an individual to get sober and stay sober, as there is always a degree of self acceptance and self-love within an alcoholic that can be nurtured.
The term alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida can be slightly misleading in the sense that the word rehabilitation normally applies to some type of physical recovery or physical therapy, or some type of period of time when a person undergoes some type of recuperative recovery from illness.
Whilst this is certainly true in the nature of the work that happens in alcohol rehabs, is also true that an alcohol rehabilitation center, more commonly known as a rehab, focuses its help on a much broader spectrum than is normally associated with the word rehabilitation centre.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida will focus in a number of different ways of helping an alcoholic get in to treatment, hopefully get sober, and hopefully learn some of the basics about the nature of their alcoholism and give them a sense of awareness about their reality that can help them get sober and stay sober.
The work that an alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida will do will be in a very general sense that of a therapeutic nature.
There are many slogans in the recovery world, and one of the most common ones is that of awareness, acceptance and action, commonly known as the 3A’s. Like a lot of slogans they can either help people or irritate people, or do both. The important thing in many ways is the reality behind the slogan.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida can perhaps do one primary task that is of supreme importance. That is of opening up in the mind of the alcoholic to some sense of the reality of what they are doing to themselves by virtue of their drinking and the nature of the alcoholism in general.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida
It is well-known that the denial of an alcoholic about their drinking and its consequences can be immense. What is often not so much appreciated is that this denial is primarily a form of a defense mechanism to protect an alcoholic,to protect the alcohol from other people trying to take it away from them.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida work best when they understand this mindset of the alcoholic and aim to make the rehab a safe environment that does not threaten the alcoholic more than he already feels. If a rehab feel safe in some sense, by virtue of the nature of the environment, and the nature of the staff, then the alcoholic is more likely to be able to grasp some of the basic concepts of that slogan, awareness acceptance and action.
The work that is done in a rehab normally focuses on the awareness aspect, but like awareness of any issue, once turned on it cannot be turned off.Alcohol rehabilitation cenerss in Florida are likely to have a limited amount of time to do this work, but if done can be highly effective.
An alcohol rehab in Florida will employ a wide range, or should employ a wide range of clinical staff who have a theoretical understanding of alcoholism, who have wide experience of alcoholism and its effects, different types of alternative practitioners and the number of staff or volunteers who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves.
Members of staff, either paid or volunteers, who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous bring an important dimension to the work that goes on in an alcohol rehab in Florida, by virtue of their lived experience of alcoholism as an illness, and by virtue of the fact that they have got sober and stayed sober and can carry a message of hope to any alcoholic who enters a rehab as a client.
The nature of alcoholism means that there is a broad range of addiction treatment options that a rehab will offer as a way of helping an alcoholic to begin the process of addressing that problem.
To an alcoholic it will take quite a while for them to realise that they have a problem with alcohol, such an awareness may happen before they enter rehab, at some point during rehab or sometime later once they have left rehab.
Alcohol Rehab in Florida
An alcohol rehab in Florida can do many things, but perhaps the most importantis that generate a sense of awareness within the alcoholic that they have a problem with alcohol, and that their denial or defence of alcohol is actually destroying them and ruining their lives in the process.
For an alcoholic, alcohol is normally the one thing they believe is holding their life together, they see the prospect of not drinking as been a major threat to their sense of stability and security, they are unlikely to see sobriety as being an attractive prospect.
An alcohol rehab in Florida that can help an alcoholic develop some degree of awareness of the reality of their situation will be opening a door in the mind of an alcoholic that can never be closed. Once anyone has an awareness of anything, it is impossible to change it.
Such an awareness may not mean that the alcoholic will get sober or stay sober, but it does mean that they will have an awareness of the reality of their situation that they otherwise would not have. An alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to introduce clients to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous once they are in rehab, and encourage them to attend meetings and to have left.
Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous will also act as a huge opening for the alcoholic to understand the reality of their lives and their situation, not through someone else telling them about it, but through other people, who are recovering alcoholics, sharing their experience strength and hope.
An alcohol rehab in Florida is often referred to as a clinical facility, similar in some ways to a hospital setting or environment, where clients spend a period of time as an inpatient, where they begin to address the nature of the alcoholism or addiction to alcohol that has presented itself as a real problem in their life.
The nature of alcoholism can be fairly baffling to most people, including the alcoholic themselves, and an alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to have a minimal affect in the sense of the need for a long-term process of recovery and treatment.
The time spent in rehab will be relatively short, normally between four and six weeks, meaning that whilst some valuable work can be done, the real recovery process will need to be on a longer term progressive trajectory.
An alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to introduce a client to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous whilst they are in treatment, and will normally recommend that the alcoholic attends and becomes an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous once they have left rehab.
Alcohol rehab in Florida
An alcohol rehab in Florida will have a number of different clinical programs that they believe are of value in helping an alcoholic to begin the process of their recovery. Whatever the therapeutic programs or different types of therapy that are introduced to an individual’s recovery, the key element is that the alcoholic has reached a stage internally where they believe that they need help in some way, and have in some sense expressed this need for help by agreeing to go to a rehab.
The alcoholics decision to go to a rehab may well have been induced by other people, either family or an employer or both, but it is likely that the alcoholic themselves has also reached a stage where they realise that they need help of some sort.
An alcohol rehab in Florida will likely be aware that the fact that the alcoholic has in some way admitted needing help does not mean that they have necessarily admitted that they had a drink problem and need to do something about it.
The nature of alcoholism is such that most alcoholics tend to have a belief system centred around an understanding that alcohol is the only thing that is really holding them together, and this belief system deepens and strengthens the worse their drinking becomes and the more unmanageable that life becomes.
An alcohol rehab in Florida will take this on board, and be aware that an admission of need for help can be as confusing for the alcoholic, as the fact that they do not accept that they have a drink problem is confusing for everyone else around them. The work done in a rehab can begin the process of helping everyone to reconcile these facts.
The nature of the therapeutic work that Florida rehabilitation centers will aim to undertake when working with an alcoholic who is beginning the process of recovery will in the main focus on the emotional patterns of behaviour and thought that in the main make up of the identity and personality of the alcoholic.
An alcoholic, is generally defined in one sense as someone who suffers from the illness of alcoholism. Beyond that general definition, alcoholics are people like everyone else, but with a number of character traits that seem to present themselves in an extreme fashion when living the life of an active alcoholic.
There is always a danger of overgeneralisation, leading to a set of principles or a sort of a box that people are then fitted into. This can be a dangerous route for people trying to treat alcoholics, or for Florida rehabilitation centers that are aiming to provide a range of treatment methods that can help an alcoholic gain some insight and understanding of their condition, and the nature of their alcoholism.
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One of the most common character traits that people label in an alcoholic having is that of arrogance. The danger with labelling anyone as arrogant, is that it is quite a severe form of character judgement, and one that may be counter-productive in terms of helping a person understand their thought processes and patterns.
Anyone dealing or working with an alcoholic who is beginning the process of their recovery would do well to understand the context of how an alcoholic lives their life in an emotional sense.
Whilst there is no one set pattern of behaviour or thought processes, anyone entering a Florida rehabilitation center will be acutely aware that their thinking and the nature of their life has become increasingly defensive and protective.
It is probably true to say of most alcoholics, that their denial of their drinking, is effectively a protective mechanism, a mindset designed to protect their need to drink, and their freedom to drink.
For many if not most alcoholics this belief that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together is a belief system that deepens itself into the mind of the alcoholic the more they drink, and the worse their drinking becomes.
Character traits such as arrogance and belligerence can be deeply unpleasant if an individual is on the receiving end of this type behaviour. There is no doubt that often the behaviour of an active alcoholic whether drunk or sober can be pretty terrifying and unpleasant.
The work done in Florida rehabilitation centers can help change this.
Florida rehabilitation centers are normally referred to as rehabs or treatment centers, and are focused on providing advice and guidance and a range of treatment methods for alcoholics and/or drug addicts, and anyone who feels they need help with an addiction to any other type of substance, normally known as substance abuse addiction.
Florida rehabilitation centers will vary in terms of their range of clinical programs and treatment methods, but will aim to provide, or should aim to provide a safe environment where an alcoholic can feel secure enough to begin the process of their recovery.
A Florida rehabilitation center that is rooted in an understanding that alcoholism is an illness, will be acutely aware of the likelihood that any potential client about to enter a rehab will be acutely anxious concerning the experience.
The nature of anxiety and of levels of fear and panic, mean that an alcoholic is likely to be in a pretty terrified state generally, and the idea of entry a rehab is likely to increase the level of fear in many ways.
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Florida rehabilitation centers are likely to have a number of staff who are recovering alcoholics themselves, and are quite likely to have been through a rehab, either in Florida or someone else. The advantage of having people on staff who are in recovery, is that not only will they have first-hand experience of their own alcoholism, both active and in recovery, but they will be able to impart that experience to other staff numbers who are not in recovery.
Florida rehabilitation centers that are open to the premise that alcoholism is an illness, will or should be acutely aware of the trepidation that an alcoholic is likely to feel about the idea of entering treatment. This fear or trepidation is likely to be on two levels, that of entering the rehab and that of letting go of alcohol.
Whilst it is difficult to generalise, it is extremely likely that alcoholic will be in a space where they are terrified of everything, terrified of continuing as they are and terrified of letting go of alcohol, believing that it is the one thing that is actually holding them together.
It is highly likely that an alcoholic will see a Florida rehabilitation center as a threat rather than an as an opportunity or a route to freedom. It is likely that alcoholic will feel a huge level of pressure, either internal or external or both, that is the main reason why they are agreeing to enter a rehab.
Florida rehabilitation centers that are open and understanding of the levels of fear that an alcoholic will be experiencing, can do a great deal of good by opening a door, a door that effectively is a route to freedom.
The primary focus of the majority of rehab centres in South Florida is likely to be that on people who have a problem with drugs or alcohol, commonly referred to as people who are alcoholics or of various descriptions and types.
The rehab is also likely to focus on people who have addictions to other substances, often referred to as substance abuse addiction, and also addictions to areas such as food, gambling, Internet addictions etc.
Rehab centers in South Florida will refer to a person who is an alcoholic and a drug addict as been dual addicted. This may or may not be a helpful diagnosis, but does point towards an issue that is important for anyone considering entry to a rehab to consider.
Any individual who is on the point of considering entry to a rehab center in South Florida or in else is likely to be undergoing a severe state of anxiety, both about their own lives, and about the prospect of going into a rehab, what might happen if they do and what might happen if they don’t.
The term anxiety is normally thought of in a fairly general, non threatening context such as anxiety about a job interview or anxiety about first day at school that type of thing.
For an alcoholic the idea of anxiety is probably more keen something approaching disintegration anxiety, where they feel that their whole inner world and life is at risk.Rehab centers in South Florida need to have a healthy awareness of the likely state of any alcoholic considering entry to a rehab as an inpatient stay.
Rehab centers in South Florida
Whilst it’s difficult to generalise about people and their emotional state, it is fair to say that an alcoholic is likely to be in a state of emotional turmoil, which is likely to fuel and be driven by an overwhelming sense of anxiety and dread.
In recovery terms this is sometimes referred to as a sense of impending doom, and is a state that normally gets worse over time.Rehab centers in South Florida will have a different range of clinical staff and clinical experts who are focused on helping alcoholics recover and get better by way of a range of treatment methods and clinical programs.
The majority of work that will be done in a rehab will be of a loose therapeutic nature, and the nature of this work will vary by rehab to rehab.
What is important, is that rehab centers in South Florida provide a safe and secure environment within which the alcoholic can begin the process of feeling safe and begin the process of looking at some of their emotional drives and distortions that have fuelled their drinking, and have effectively fuelled their sense of anxiety and disintegration fear. Rehab centres in South Florida have a big responsibility to their clients, one the majority of them recognise.
Yes, in a word – rehab centers in South Florida are numerous and whilst this provides a wide array of choice for any potential clients or a loved one looking for help, the sheer number of rehab centers in South Florida can also make the job of choosing the most appropriate one more difficult and seemingly more difficult than it might otherwise be.
Part of the reason for this is that there is often very little idea as to how effective a rehab is likely to be. Anyone considering entry to a rehab either for themselves or someone else is likely to want some type of guarantee that the rehab is going to be successful, that it’s going to work.
It is probably fair to say that rehab centers in South Florida are no different to this notion than any rehab anywhere else.
Rehab centres in South Florida have one advantage over others perhaps, in terms of location, which whilst not being the predominant fact in terms of getting people sober, can be an important consideration in getting the person to agree to go into a rehab in the first place, which can then provide a setting or environment within which some of the therapeutic work necessary can begin to be done.
Rehab centers in South Florida
Rehab centres in South Florida provide a serene and tranquil setting that is focused on treating alcoholics with dignity and respect, helping them to build a better way of life, and generally giving people their life back. There should be a full team of clinical experts and admin staff who are able to focus on a wide range of addiction treatment programs, to understand the nature of addiction treatment and alcoholism, and are able to help an alcoholic begin to understand the nature of their denial of the alcoholism.
Rehab centers in South Florida that are focused on providing a safe and secure environment can help an alcoholic begin to understand the nature of the illness, and begin to understand why they feel the need to protect their drinking and stop other people taking it away from them.
Whilst it is difficult to generalise, it is probably fair to say that alcoholics see alcohol as being the main thing that is holding their life together. This may always have been a belief system or may be something they come to believe over time, that is pretty likely to be their belief system at point of entry to a rehab. It is important that rehab centers in South Florida recognise that this is likely to be the mindset of an alcoholic, and base their approach and treatment programs towards helping an alcoholic work on this basis.
Rehab centers in South Florida are likely to be staffed by a number of members of Alcoholics Anonymous, many of whom will have been through rehab themselves.