The thing about alcoholism and treatment is that it is only going to work for a very select group of people. What defines that group of people?
Desperation. If you go to AA meetings, you will hear them talk about the “gift of desperation.” This really is a gift, because without it, you are not likely to stay sober.
Many times we want to see a struggling friend or family member get sober and stop drinking, but they are not in a position to do so because they are not desperate. They have not endured massive consequences, and they are not facing complete and utter destruction at the hands of alcohol yet. Sometimes it might seem like they are completely out of control with their life, but in their own little minds they are probably doing just fine. Just because we are desperate for them to stop drinking does not mean that they are desperate to change their life just yet. Denial can be very strong in some cases and sometimes the alcoholic has to bang their head against the wall for several years before they are ready to make a real change in their life.
Once the alcoholic is ready for change, what is the best course of action? In my opinion, the best action is to call a local treatment center and get them admitted. This is the best route to go and you will notice that I said “local” treatment center. There is no reason to look far and wide for the “best” treatment center because that is a waste of time. There are more benefits to using a treatment center that is close to your home, and no rehab facility offers a superior success rate to any of the others. They are all about the same and there is no amount of money that can buy you an extra good chance at staying sober. Just get to rehab. It does not matter which one or how much it costs. These details mean almost nothing when it comes down to long term sobriety.
The best treatment for alcoholism will push the alcoholic to make major changes early in their recovery. For example, attending 90 meetings in 90 days is a pretty big change for most people. But is it enough? Maybe. The people who stay sober are the ones who go way above and beyond what would seem to be necessary to stay sober and they take truly massive action. Just ask any successfully recovering alcoholic and they will confirm this: massive action is the key.