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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment That Works For You!

"AA and 12 Step Programs isn't for everyone. And, in some cases, an individual needs professional care before and after other support programs designed for after-care."

There is no single approach to treatment that works for all people

If you have previously tried AA, or other 12 Steps Programs, or other methods, and even if you have tried different forms of professional treatment for recovery -- and it didn't work for you, you can:

1). You can keep looking for something different that works for you. And, I do sincerely hope that you find it. (Regardless of what approach you try). It is sad to watch any alcoholic and their family suffer alcoholic torture.... and I believe that anything that will help anyone to get and relief from alcoholic torture should be a try!

2). You can always change your mind about AA, and give it another try. We have heard from numerous individuals that tried AA, over and over and over again -- and, it didn't work for them. Then, they happened to discover -- that they were doing it wrong within AA! So, they let go absolutely of their preconceived ideas about AA, and how it was supposed to be done -- went back, tried it again, and it worked for them!

3). You can seek professional, medical, or scientific approaches to treating your alcoholism and/or drug addiction. This may work for you

4). You can try a 12 Step Recovery Program AND seek professional, medical, or scientific approaches to treating your alcoholism and/or drug addiction. This might work for you.

4). You can continue drinking and/or using drugs until it does kill you and those that care about you.

50. The only time you are hopeless is -- when you quit trying!

No one can, or will, force you to do anything that you don’t choose to do!

If you or someone you care for is dependent on alcohol or drugs and believe that you need professional treatment, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals.

Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one's needs.

Here are 12 questions that you may want to consider when selecting a treatment program:

  • 1. Does the program accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?

  • 2. Is the program run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?

  • 3. Is the facility clean, organized and well-run?

  • 4. Does the program encompass the full range of needs of the individual (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?

  • 5. Does the treatment program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?

  • 6. Is long-term after care support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained?

  • 7. Is there ongoing assessment of an individual's treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?

  • 8. Does the program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?

  • 9. Does the program offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual's ability to function in the family/community?

  • 10. Does the program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate?

  • 11. Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?

  • 12. Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?

We hope those suggested questions help. And, we wish you the best for your recovery!

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