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The very first step in the 12-Step Programs gives us the key to successful drug and alcohol treatment. “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction --that our lives had become unmanageable.”

That may sound trite, but there are two very important points for the person affected in that statement, that, (1) we are out of control and, (2) our lives are unmanageable.

I see people come and go from the treatment center every week. Some are seeking help after a repeat bout with the disease, while others are obviously there because someone else has either encouraged them or pestered them enough to force an action. Sometimes a person is there because of a court order. Those who have had a relapse may be discouraged or angry with themselves, but they are participating because they agree with Step 1.

People who aren’t in agreement with that initial realization will most often say it’s the other person’s problem. If they are there by court order, they are often pretty angry about it. People who are either abusing alcohol or are in the grip of drug addiction may completely deny their problem, and when they enter treatment it’s with “kicking and screaming” and not their own idea.

Why is treatment necessary?

Why is treatment necessary? Consider the following pieces of information and make your own determination. If a person with the illness decides to quit on their own, they stand about a four percent chance of staying sober for a year.

If that same person were to go through treatment, their chances of staying sober for the following year will increase to 50 percent. If a person goes through treatment, accepts weekly aftercare and regularly participates in meetings, their chances of staying sober for the next year increase to 90 percent. You can see that treatment and maintenance are effective. But it doesn’t stop there.

There’s no cure for addiction

There’s no cure for addiction. I'll say it again, there is no cure for drug and alcohol addiction. Once addicted always addicted. It’s important to understand this vital fact. Because of that, addiction needs to be managed. People need a plan. Treatment programs are varied, and you should go to a doctor to help you to choose the best option for treatment. The treatment option that is right for you, or someone you love, is best outlined by a professional and we encourage you to seek help. The professional counselor or therapist is well equipped to map out the right strategy for the individual.

Correct diagnosis imperative for treatment

Like any disease, there needs to be a correct diagnosis, followed by a good treatment plan. That initial assessment may lead to a stay in a residential treatment center, or outpatient treatment, or participation in an AA group. In any case, it’s important to tailor make the best possible program.

The programs will be determined largely by a person’s battle with the disease. What is the level of alcohol dependence? Let’s say, for example, that a person is functioning well in life and they can demonstrate a level of control over their drinking, some minor intervention to assist in giving the person tools to help control the illness may be sufficient. However, if a person is farther down the path and they aren’t in control, that option isn’t going to be effective. They must stop drinking entirely and that will take some work.

There’s a thirty percent dropout rate for outpatient treatment

There’s not much evidence to suggest that inpatient is better than outpatient for other than there’s a 30 percent dropout rate in outpatient people.

The dropout rate for inpatient is about 10%, so that would suggest an edge to inpatient treatment. The following page will give you a look at the various types of treatment, and as you pursue options, you may want to consider what each has to offer.

In any case, we encourage you to seek help.


and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8






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- Intervention, introduces you to Change-Talk as an alternative to "tough-love". Change-Talk is a method, which you can learn, to get an addict (including yourself) to move away from addiction and toward recovery.  This is a 2-hour class that meets October 5, at 10:00 am central-time at a cost of $10.

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- Change-Talk, is a building-block for addiction recovery. This course teaches you to recognize, listen to, and encourage Change-Talk in yourself and others.  Research has shown it helps lead to positive change. This is a 2-hour class on Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 am central-time, for a cost of $10.

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- Effective Conversations, teaches how to use conversation to connect for recovery. Productive, change-focused conversations facilitate positive change and addiction recovery. This is a 4-week, 60 minute class that meets each Wednesday beginning on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm central-time, at a cost of $29.

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