Finding Alcohol Abuse Information

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The health care professionals at your local alcohol rehab center can assess your specific drinking circumstances and develop a treatment plan that is the most relevant and effective for your particular drinking problem.

Alcohol treatment programs typically employ a combination of counseling, education, doctor-prescribed medications, and support to help a person stop drinking.

In fact, this combination may be the current best case alcohol treatment scenario.

Stated more precisely, after treating and overcoming an individual's alcohol abuse via drug therapy and education, counseling and support can then help the individual make the necessary lifestyle changes that help him or her avoid relapse, stay sober, and remain on the road to alcohol recovery.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has developed a website that features the "Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator."

The general idea with this locator is to help people with a way to find a substance abuse treatment facility in or near their place of residence.

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To start the procedure, individuals simply have to click on the location where they live and they will be transferred to a page that will ask them to enter their city, state, and their searching radius information.

After this has been accomplished and based on the specific geographic location information that has been entered, the "facilities search tool" will generate a list of substance abuse facilities within the city, state, and the searching radius that was selected.

Specific types of information such as the following will be listed for each facility:

  • Type of Care (in-patient or outpatient.

  • Special Programs/Groups (for instance, individuals with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, postpartum/pregnant women, DWI/DUI offenders, etc.).

  • Services Provided (for example, substance abuse treatment).

  • Special Language Services (for example, ASL or other assistance for the hearing impaired).
  • Primary Focus of Treatment (for example, mental health or substance abuse services).

  • Forms of Payment Accepted (for instance, Medicaid, Medicare, or self payment).

  • Payment Assistance (Please check with the facility for details).

The SAMHSA "Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator" can be found here.

Conclusion: Finding Alcohol Abuse Information

If you cannot find an alcohol rehab facility close to where you live, use the SAMHSA "Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator."

If you have a "drinking problem," it is imperative for you to find out if you are essentially abusing alcohol via binge drinking or periodic heavy drinking, for example, or if you are alcohol dependent.

The health care professionals at your local alcoholism rehab center will be able to assess the severity of your drinking problem and generate a "drinking plan" that is less destructive and more healthy.

Be aware, however, that this "plan" may dictate total abstinence, it may define ways in which you can substantially reduce the quantity and the frequency of your drinking, or it may help you identify the psychological and situational "hot buttons" that trigger your problem drinking, thereby resulting in increased control over your drinking behavior.

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Whatever "plan" is developed by the professionals at the alcohol treatment center, keep in mind, however, that without "buying into" and following through with your plan, little, if anything of substance will result.

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