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While Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Programs continue to evolve -- it has become customary to hear of news stories of new treatment plans and programs that promise to provide hope, relief and even cure for alcohol and drug addiction problems that have plagued mankind since he first learned to crush grapes. Obviously, no single drug addiction or alcohol treatment approach works for everyone. However, our extensive experience proves that there is one program that has helped millions of individuals to recover from their problems and recreate and rebuild their lives!

For addicts and alcoholics we seem to be like people who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like non-alcoholic or non-addicted types. Many of us have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism addiction generally agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasnt done so yet.

There is no single approach to alcohol and drug treatment that works for all people -- BECAUSE some people are unwilling to do what is necessary for the particular approach to work for them.

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

If you have previously tried AA, NA, or other 12 Steps Programs, or other methods, and even if you have tried different forms of professional treatment and therapy for alcohol and drug addiction recovery -- and it didn't work for you -- you can't just give up on trying to find something that will work for you. Well. You could give up. But, why? Those of us who have recovered were in the same boat of experience as you. We continued to sink deeper and deeper into our addictions -- appearing to be hopeless and helpless -- until, something different did happen and we discovered a way out that would work for us.

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 or drug addict and their family and loved one's suffer alcoholic addiction torture.... and I believe that anything that will help anyone to get help and relief from the torture should be worth a try!

2). You can always change your mind about AA, or another 12 Step Program 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 the 12 Step Treatment approach, and how it was supposed to be done -- went back, tried it differently, and it worked for them!

3). You can seek professional, medical, and/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.

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

The only time you are hopeless and helpless 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 at least give it a try and seek professional help.

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. Will the program cost you money? If it does, will they 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? (I would want this if seeking an expensive treatment program and my life depended upon it).

  • 3. If you have to check-in to their facility for treatment -- is the facility clean, organized and well-run?

  • 4. Does the program encompass the full range of your needs (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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"Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!

Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum." ~page 31, Alcoholics Anonymous

To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years. Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop. We, who are familiar with the symptoms, see large numbers of potential alcoholics among young people everywhere. But try and get them to see it!" ~page 33-34, Alcoholics Anonymous"

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