Using and Finding an Alcoholism Treatment Center
Going to an alcoholism treatment center will only have a positive effect on an alcoholic if the alcoholic is willing and ready to get better.
There are alcoholism treatment centers all over the country. People frequently refer to the as "Betty Ford" centers because former First Lady Betty Ford had a drinking problem and was a huge advocate of alcoholism treatment. These centers are different in location, cost and style, but they all have one mission — to help alcoholics recover from their disease.
These centers isolate the alcoholic from any kind of addictive substance. This includes keeping them away from mouthwash and other alcohol-based products. It is not beyond a desperate alcoholic to drink a bottle of mouthwash or cough syrup just to get their "high." The centers then use a combination of support groups, group therapy, individual theory and faith-based initiatives to help the alcoholic recover.
The idea behind these centers is that an isolated setting where an alcoholic has no access to alcohol and is relieved from his or her daily life and routine, will help them fully focus on recovering. Alcoholism treatment professionals try to help the alcoholics understand why they drink. They also help them learn how to resist alcohol.
For many people, alcoholism treatment centers are a last resort. Many times alcoholics will try different types of treatment before they agree to, or are court ordered to check into an alcoholism treatment center. Many alcoholics first try to quite drinking cold turkey. This means they just stop drinking. This technique does not work for a true alcoholic because the nature of the disease prohibits them from resisting alcohol. Even if they make it for a few days, they’ll probably experience alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal includes excessive sweating, headaches, nausea and hallucination. This is an extremely difficult thing to deal with and will usually drive the alcoholic to drink before the week is out.
Alcoholics who get in trouble with the law frequently get court ordered to go on prescribed medications that are designed to stop their drinking. Antabuse and ReViaTM are two common medications used for this purpose. They work by making the alcoholic sick as soon as they take a drink. However, many alcoholics will drink anyway. Those that don’t usually resume drinking when they’re no longer on the medications.
Alcoholics will also try to go to support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) well before they go to an alcoholisms treatment center. AA is effective however, the alcoholic continues their normal life while attending these meetings so they’re not kept away from alcohol.
An alcoholic that has tried several times to quit drinking on their own but failed, might decide to go to an alcoholism treatment center.