75 years ago AA had one good idea – anonymity. Unfortunately, it’s been more than half a century since there was any confidentiality in AA even if you’re a member of the tiny minority for whom it works.
Almost equally unhappily, there are almost no confidential services available in the field of alcohol treatment for men.
Think of it this way:
- Any program that uses groups or has a large staff – meaning all residential programs and nearly all out-patient programs – expose you;
- Anytime you use insurance, you are exposed;
- Whenever you disappear for 30, 60, or 90 days you have exposed yourself;
- If you are cut off from the usual e-mail, cell phone, and computer contacts that are your habit and livelihood, you’re exposed again;
- If follow-up and support are defined as AA, well, we already covered that.
An option that avoids all of the above is to seek the help of a private practitioner, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Trouble is, most of them will send you off to treatment or AA because they lack the skills and expertise – or interest – in dealing with alcohol issues. Even if they agree, they are usually unable to provide the initial intensity required to define, evaluate, and create a workable solution.
We, on the other hand, believe that you deserve affordable, effective, and confidential help that avoids all of the problems mentioned above.