how do I do I find a longterm treatment program?
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Short term vs long term… I guess it depends on the person. What I don’t get is why these places do not have counselors follow up by phone or email after their client leaves. Reminds me of in Shawshank Redemption, the old guy gets released and then hangs himself. I’ve heard of similar stories of people right after leaving rehab. I agree with you, some of us need longterm. But, especially for people who have little or no support system to return to, why can’t rehab centers train people to support their clients to adjust to the transition? Most of the people I met in rehab had been there or other places before. I’m tempted to believe that rehabs are tempted to not help people so much that they’d be likely to not relapse and return.
You raise some valid points, Art. Sometimes the treatment center industry feels like a revolving door, because the same clients seem to go in and out. But the industry is not starved for repeat business….the epidemic of addiction among this nation’s youth is enough to keep our hands full. Believe it or not, the treatment center industry is actually trying to help people.
Jeanette, to find a longterm treatment program in your area, I would start by contacting a local treatment center or detox unit or guidance clinic. If you can’t find one of those, contact a local hospital and ask them to direct you towards any nearby substance abuse facilities or counseling. Those are the people that can help place you in a long term facility.
There are many centers offering a long term treatment depending on your condition. An easy way to find them is over the internet. Another way would be using the yellow pages. You can ask your doctor to refer you to one if you think it’s necessary.
You have to want sobriety and be willing to go to any lengths to get it.
For me prayer isn’t working neither is daily attendance at meetings. Neither is daily mediation and prayer.
Every morning, I read Romans, Chapter 13 and that is not working either. Regular attendance at AA meetings is not working either. I guess I have to change my attitude and behavior. I still want to drink. P.S. Idon’t have a sponsor. That is probably one of my major problems. The truth is: I want to drink.
Hi there Anonymous, thanks for your comment. I wouldn’t blame yourself or your failings on the lack of a sponsor…I don’t see that as being critical in achieving sobriety, although it could be helpful.
It sounds like you just haven’t really surrendered yet. Have you really admitted to your innermost self that you are a true alcoholic? Have you really made peace with that fact? Have you made peace with the idea that you can never drink successfully? Take some time to genuinely explore these questions, really think them through, and I think you will start to accept yourself and your disease and come to a position where you will eventually be able to move forward with sobriety, if that is what you desire.
But you gotta want it.
Good luck to you and God bless.
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