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Treating Addiction: Alcohol Abuse Rehab Centers Part 2

Updated on July 1, 2010

Addiction to alcohol is thus seen in the light of an individual's social, economic, and psychological troubles and problems while the treatment centers on enhancing personal ethical responsibilities as well as rebuilding lives to be constructive and accepted within society at large.

Alcohol Abuse Rehab treatment within these therapeutic communities is tightly controlled, managed and structured, thus has the tendency to become aggressive at certain times, since it focuses on activities developed and studies to assist recovering alcoholics analyze their own damaging belief matrices, concepts of the self, and ingrained structures of behaviour in order to rebuild the foundation whereby they interact with other people for the rest of their lives which will be spent constantly resisting the temptation to relapse into self-destructive prior forms of alcoholic consumption and high risk behaviors.

Alcohol Abuse Rehabs also are able to offer outpatient drug-free treatment which varies significantly according to the types, frequency and density of the various services which are offered. These outpatient programs generally are far more affordable than therapeutic residential community options and are considerably more effective for those individuals who can count on significant social supports.

Alcohol Abuse Rehabs are generally not directly involved with the various twelve step programs, although they too have reported a successful number of alcoholics who are able to go through very long periods of time without relapsing into self-destructive consumption of excess amounts of alcohol and the personal and social tragedies that accompany them.

The most well known twelve step program is Alcoholics Anonymous. It has a remarkable success rate, but it is not universally favored since it seems to cross the line between the secular and the religious context. There are many references to theology in Alcoholics Anonymous twelve step dictum which makes some people uneasy about participating in the program, regardless of the success rate. The twelve steps according to Alcoholics Anonymous can be summarized and paraphrased as:

1. Admitting that the alcoholic's life is no longer manageable.
2. Realizing that God could restore sanity.
3. Turning their lives over to God.
4. Making an inventory of individual morality.
5. Admit to everyone that the alcoholic was wrong.
6. Allow God to fix these character flaws.
7. Ask God to remove these particular addictive shortcomings.
8. Make amends to all people who have been wronged.
9. Ensure no injury comes to people who have been wronged.
10. Admit to having been wrong through a personal inventory.
11. Pray for the power to be able to avoid alcoholism.
12. Carry this message to alcoholics and continue to walk this path.

Alcohol Abuse Rehabs have become a staple of celebrity and personality life as it sometimes seems like some well-known characters are constantly running in and out of Alcohol Abuse Rehabs. The alcoholic and their families should not concern themselves with stereotypes played out on the media to get news coverage for celebrities. Alcohol Abuse Rehabs are a valid and important factor in the rehabilitation of alcoholics from all walks of life, and have saved the lives of countless thousands of alcoholics.

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