If you go off to a traditional alcohol treatment program, not only will you be exposing yourself and your problem, but you be signing up for the failed AA cult, and you will be checking into a prison of varying degrees of comfort, but a prison nonetheless.
Treatment centers, no matter how good the view, the meals, and the personal assistants, are still all about molding you to fit their model. You will be told that you can’t bring anything beyond some clothes. No cell phone, no laptop, and, in some cases, no prescribed medications even though they are necessary.
You will also be required to “admit” that you are a “powerless alcoholic” and if you dispute this you will be told you are in “denial” and will require an even longer stay.
All this despite the fact that the vast majority of the people seeking help are alcohol abusers, not alcohol dependent “alcoholics”. Of the roughly 60 people we interview each year, fewer than 5 actually meet the criteria for needing residential placement, and these are in need of medical services, not AA.
We, on the other hand, treat you with the respect you deserve for being willing to face and fix a difficult and troubling problem, not by shrinking yourself and your life with labels and myths, but by using you strengths, abilities, intelligence, interests, and successes to fashion a better life – one without alcohol’s destructive influence.
That means we invite you to choose accommodations that meet your needs, desires, preferences, and budget. We’re happy, as in all matters, to recommend, but never dictate.