What should you look for when choosing an alcohol treatment center?

What should you look for when choosing an alcohol treatment center?


The first thing is to do when considering which alcohol treatment center you would like to use is a credentials check.  Is the center licensed to operate as an alcohol treatment center?  Ask questions like, “How effective is the program?” and “Does the center have statistics for their success rate?”  A qualified center will be upfront with all it’s important information and treatment options.  Most centers will also provide a list of details or “extras” that their center offers that you can’t get at every facility such as The Ranch.


Types of treatment centers


Recovery.org is a great resource for information about finding the right Alcohol treatment center to meet your individual circumstances.  Since treatment centers vary as much as the patients who need them, there is no one “best” treatment center.  Each treatment center has it’s own values and methods for reaching a successful outcome.  Each prospective patient needs to find the fit that is best for their own recovery success story.


For example, The Ranch treatment center offers special amenities such as equestrian therapy.  The Ranch claims “Our approach, while different from many traditional programs, is valued by the many substance abuse treatment centers who actively refer their clients to us for ongoing treatment, because our program builds on our client’s previous recovery work in powerful ways. As we support our clients in continuing and deepening their use of 12-Step sponsorship, meetings, and step work, we encourage them to broaden their focus to explore how they are creating every aspect of their lives, and take responsibility for creating a life of personal empowerment and fulfillment.”


Meridian Treatment Solutions in Florida resembles a condominium more than an inpatient rehabilitation center.  Their site offers encouragement to those looking for their services. “we believe that addiction is a disease that centers in the mind.” Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Meridian Treatment Solutions offers you a safe, supportive and structured setting to begin your residential inpatient treatment program. While there, you will receive ongoing treatment from professional clinicians that is unique to your specific needs. An individual care plan will be created and implemented throughout your stay to help you move towards the ultimate goal of being self-sufficient, sober, and an active and contributing member of society. The Meridian Treatment Solutions is non-secular, but will gladly help you support your religious beliefs by taking you to houses of worship, etc.


What about free services?


If you don’t have the option of choosing from one of the luxury inpatient facilities, there is still hope.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health  Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free service to help match patients to the facility that best suites their budget.  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov  offers help and hope to those struggling with alcohol addiction.  No one, no matter their financial standing, has to live with an alcohol abuse program, everyone has a chance to get and stay sober.


Another option would be to apply for a rehabilitation scholarship.  Certain charities offer a second chance to those with addictions and sponsor their rehabilitation costs.  Some of these are Christian organizations and some are social organizations but many will judge your eligibility off of your income and the severity of the situation.  Most faith based centers will have scholarships for those that meet their financial criteria and agree to their methods of treatment.  The best way to find out if you qualify is to search and apply.  Even if you do not qualify for free treatment, many treatment facilitates will offer their services on a sliding scale based on income.


Choosing the right spot for you

The most important thing to remember is that no matter which center you decide to attend, the outcome should be the same.  The centers will work with you on therapy and recovery giving you the best chance to stay sober in the future.  The right facility will make you feel welcome and it will be a safe haven for recovery.  Everyone deserves a chance to belong and to get their life back from addiction.

Weekend Update

The weekend (such as it was) is already a blur, but I’ll try to re-cap the highlights. On Saturday morning I got up at the crack of dawn and drove to Battle Creek to get some footage of Mark working the crowd at the World’s Longest Breakfast table event. They basically line up picnic tables end-to-end through the heart of downtown and serve up free bowls of cereal from Post, Kellogg and Ralston. It was actually a lot of fun — I tried a bowl of Fruit Loops with Marshmallows (sugariffic) and got to see our guy in action shaking hands and kissing babies, so it was worth the trip.

I made it back home by late morning, and got to spend the rest of the day with Stefy as she came through town on her way back to Chicago. We didn’t really do anything that special, besides take a short walk through the Beal Gardens and hang out at my place. But that’s exactly what I needed… some time to relax.

Most of Sunday was spent in campaign meetings, but I didn’t feel to bad about not seeing my old man on Father’s Day since he was (ahem) out of town on vacation anyway. Of course, I still made all the requisite phone calls during my drive home yesterday afternoon, and even managed to squeeze in a short visit at my grandma’s house on the way home so I could spend some time with my grandpa for Father’s Day.

So yeah, that’s basically it for the weekend. I don’t mind busy days like that, but the thing I missed the most was the ability to sleep in past 7 a.m. Guess I better get used to it.

On an unrelated note, I am now officially hooked on Viva La Vida:


Okay, so I nailed the Dems last Thursday with my Iowa predictions, and blew it with the GOP. Not a huge shock.

Things are even clearer on our side this time around, but more confusing than ever on the Republican side. Anyway, here are my predictions for tomorrow’s New Hampshire results:

Democrats: (1) Obama, (2) Clinton, (3) Edwards

Republicans: (1) Romney, (2) McCain, (3) Huckabee

Most polls have shown Barack picked up about 18% nationally since his win in Iowa, and he now leads Hillary by anywhere from 3 to 10% in New Hampshire. My prediction is that his margin of victory is at least ten points. While I think Clinton beats Edwards by a nose, I don’t think it’s unreasonable that he could pull into second place again, since the nebulous issue of “change” is so hot right now (and her rush to embrace this theme has been so haphazard).

Looking ahead, polls already show Barack crushing Hillary in South Carolina. I think he wins big there, goes onto win Nevada, and deals another blow to Clinton when “Uncommitted” gets at least 40% in Michigan on the 15th. Hillary still looks solid in the big Super Duper Tuesday states like California, New Jersey, Florida and New York, but with her campaign running on fumes, I just don’t see how she survives five big upsets and hangs on to win the nomination.

On the Republican side I’m going with Romney simply because he hasn’t lost quite as much ground after Iowa as people expected, and I think Obama will pull too many independents over to the Democratic primary for McCain to win. I think if Barack wins by 12% or more, Romney definitely wins. If Obama wins by 7% or less, McCain takes it among Republicans.

Beyond New Hampshire, it’s either going to come down to Romney and Huckabee, or McCain and Huckabee. Rudy might hang in there for a while, but I think the other losers will drop out before February 5.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

In a word, dumb:

MSU just released the names of four more Spartans who won’t play in the Champs Sports Bowl, joining Jonal Saint-Dic. Sophomore T.J. Williams, senior Terry Love and freshman Abre Leggins also are academically ineligible, while senior SirDarean Adams won’t play after violating an unrelated team rule.

Not exactly the kind of news release MSU likes to put out on Christmas Eve. Saint-Dic is obviously the biggest loss, but it’ll hurt to not have Adams as well. Williams is playing sparingly of late at cornerback, Leggins doesn’t play, and Love’s exit means Devin Thomas will return punts — the biggest case of addition by subtraction I can recall.

Still, it’s a downer for a team that was so excited for this opportunity.

Yep, bust your ass for four years, finally make it to a bowl game during your senior season, then screw yourself out of an opportunity to graduate with an important victory.

I’m glad Dantonio is putting the screws down on these kids, but this is still really disappointing. We can’t expect the program to move forward if our guys keep making bone headed mistakes like these.