One of the best choices for the struggling alcoholic is to check into an alcohol addiction treatment center. The reason for this is because it is the most intense form of therapy that they could possibly choose when trying to deal with their problem.
Most other solutions for alcoholism are less intense and can be incorporated into residential treatment anyway. For example, counseling. The alcoholic might try going to see a therapist as their solution, but this is not very intensive. However, if they choose to go to an addiction treatment center, they will receive counseling there anyway. The point is, that they will be in the most helpful environment possible, with the greatest amount of resources available to them.
In other words, a residential treatment center is the perfect place to start a recovery, because there are so many options available to you. You will likely be exposed to 12 step meetings and can use them for follow up care if you choose to. You will also be able to continue on in treatment with outpatient rehab if that seems to be fitting. Or you can find a counselor or therapist to work with one on one after you leave rehab. With all of these options at your disposal, it makes a strong case for going to inpatient treatment in order to access these choices and be able to find the path that is right for you.
When I went to an alcohol treatment center, I ended up leaving and going straight into a long term program. That long term program is just what I needed in order to stay clean and sober in my early recovery. Without it, I did not have the support system available to me at the time to be able to make it in my recovery. Had I not gone to short term treatment, I would not have found the opportunity for long term care.
In some cases you might even be put on medication at an alcohol treatment center that can help you with cravings. This is just another opportunity to get help in the fight against your addiction. Not that everyone will want or need medication, but this just shows you that the power of residential treatment is the concentrated amount of options and choices there can be beneficial to you. It is a platform for getting the most healthy start that you can in your recovery.