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Alcohol Rehabilitation Myths

Myth #1 Alcoholics need willpower, not treatment.

It’s true that the initial experimentation with alcohol is usually a deliberate choice, but unfortunately, once alcohol abuse turns into alcohol addiction, willpower is not enough to help the alcoholic. Classified as a medical disease by the American Medical Association (AMA), alcoholism must be treated by medical and therapeutic professionals who are trained to help the alcoholic undergo alcohol detox and then rehabilitation.

Myth #2 Alcohol treatment doesn’t work.

The statistics, clinical studies and research, and thousands of success stories say otherwise. Not only does it help people stay clean but it also reduces the rate of contagious diseases and infections transmitted through risky behavior that those who are drunk tend to indulge in. After treatment, employment prospects increase and financial and legal problems are handled. Treatment for alcoholism does work in a number of ways.

Even still, there is no cure for alcoholism. Constant, regular use of alcohol and drugs changes the brain in fundamental and irreversible ways. Even after long periods of abstinence, the desire to drink will always remain in varying degrees and even a single drink can trigger a rapid downslide into full blown alcoholic behavior. Treatment or awareness of the problem must remain ongoing throughout the drinker’s life, and tools learned in an rehab facility like Orchid Recovery Center will come in handy each and every time an alcoholic is tempted to drink.

Myth #3 Alcohol treatment must be entered voluntarily to work.

Not true. In fact, even those who know they need treatment rarely want to go. The most common reasons that people go into drug and alcohol rehab facilities like Orchid Recovery Center is because they were court-ordered by a judge or encouraged by their friends and family. Some are even given an ultimatum at an alcohol intervention: go to rehab or move out. According to research, those who enter rehab because they are pushed into it have just as high a rate of success as those who enter voluntarily.

Myth #4 All alcohol treatment centers are alike.

This myth is false for so many reasons. First, there are too many different types of treatment or treatment models that programs follow for this myth to be even remotely true. Second, different professionals, peers who are in treatment at the same time, and the types of treatment services available make all the difference in the world. Even the same treatment center won’t provide the same experience to the same person twice. There are too many variables.

Myth #5 Relapsing means that treatment failed.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease, meaning that it may go into remission during your abstinence but there is always a chance of a “flare up” or relapse. At Orchid Recovery Center, we integrate relapse prevention techniques into our program, but it is crucial to know that if you or a loved one relapses, keeping the time spent drinking as short as possible is the next goal.

Alcohol Rehab at Orchid Recovery Center

At Orchid Recovery Center, our program is unique for a number of reasons. One of them is our specialization in drug treatment for women. Here, all of our staff are women and all of our residents in treatment are women, so right off the bat there is a sense of community and style of treatment here that you won’t find in any co-ed facility.

If you think that Orchid Recovery Center may be the right place for you, your daughter, sister, aunt, mother, or friend, call us today.

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