There are a number of programs available to help addicts to recover from their respective addictions. No alcohol treatment program can offer addicts a quick fix, as alcoholism is a problem that develops over time. The struggle to end alcohol addiction is fraught with challenges, but it offers an unparalleled reward—a second chance at life.
The key to a quality alcohol rehabilitation program is to offer alcohol abusers a social/educational model of treatment rather than relying on a medical treatment plan. This means that alcoholics will not fight their addiction with drugs or medication intended to offer quick fixes but will instead be taught by treatment counselors who emphasize the process of learning through experience and through role models who provide a lasting support system. In this sense, program participants are not patients but are instead students enrolled in the program, learning how to approach life in a drug-free way.
Before beginning a social/educational rehabilitation program, alcoholics must be examined by a doctor or other medical professional to ensure they are healthy enough to participate in this model of treatment. Contrary to public opinion, very few alcoholics will experience detox symptoms that are serious enough to warrant intervention by a doctor. However, since the social/educational program considers its participants as students rather than patients, they will not be treated for an illness such as a patient would. Rather, they will be taught new skills to help them succeed in leading a drug-free life.
How Social/Educational Treatments Centers are Different
The social/educational model of alcohol treatment prepares program participants for drug-free lives by providing them with the tools necessary for their re-entry into society. This way, the responsibility for recovery lies in the hands of the alcoholic rather than an outside party such as a doctor or therapist. These tools for success include teaching alcoholics that they are able to live without drugs, that they must keep an open mind for learning new ideas, they must develop an understanding of the role ethics and morals play in their daily lives, and an understanding of the responsibility they hold for their own actions, and they must develop the ability to solve problems without turning to alcohol. It is the goal of social/educational treatment programs to provide program participants with enough resources so that upon completion of the program, they are able to stand on their own as recovered alcoholics.
They will not need to attend counseling meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous because they will have enough strength to support themselves on their continuing quests to live sober lives. The foundation of the social/educational model is the belief that alcoholism is not a disease but a choice. By changing the thinking of program participants, the social/educational treatment program empowers participants to make positive, drug-free changes in their own lives.
The social/educational method of treatment takes four to six months to complete in a therapeutic community setting which is oriented around peer group recovery in a home-like rehabilitation center. Once completed, graduates are released into the world to continue living drug-free and productive lives.
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