When someone has been unable to quit drinking alcohol excessively after several attempts, it may be time to consider spending some weeks in an inpatient rehab centre. This person might find coping with rehab to be easiest when staying a good distance from home, making it clear this is a time for transformation. Some rehab options offer housing for clients that actually is in a real house with independent living arrangements.
An option like Affordable Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centre, or ARC, uses a combination of strategies instead of just one approach. This has been found to be a more effective way of helping clients begin the path to recovery and to stay on track after leaving. People staying at the centre can expect to spend time focusing on Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Framework Theory, and the 12 Steps without any emphasis on religion.
Many people are familiar with a self-improvement book by Thomas Anthony Harris titled I’m OK –You’re OK. This book explains transactional analysis in terms that anyone without a background in psychology can easily understand and use. The concept is that people have three main aspects of personality that develop in early childhood. These correspond to parental, adult and child parts of the personality.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
During this type of therapy, the client focuses on replacing substance use with healthier activities. Often, alcohol use has become so ingrained in the person’s life that he or she has trouble thinking of other activities that would be as much fun. Alcohol may feel like an integral part of social life and a stress reduction technique. One important aspect in this therapy is helping people discover why they began using alcohol to the point of becoming dependent.
The 12 Steps originated with the group Alcoholics Anonymous and have proved to be highly effective for many people. Some individuals, however, feel put off by the religious aspects in this program. They may appreciate a focus on the steps with a more technical and scientific viewpoint, using them as tools to begin and continue recovery from alcohol dependence.