Internet and Library
Learn as much as you can about alcoholism. There is much information available on the Internet. Look for sites that provide information that is current. Find articles that are well-written and informative. Not everyone agrees on the best treatment plan so it will serve you well to get various opinions before making any treatment decisions.
This treatment group specializes in using a 12-step program to provide recovery treatment to alcoholics. There are chapters located all around the world and even those that specialize in teen alcoholics (Alateen). Visit a meeting as an observer to see what it’s all about. You’ll likely learn a lot in that hour!
Alcohol Recovery Support Groups
Other groups are available through local churches and hospitals. You can locate these groups by looking in the phone book or calling your local hospital. They usually meet regularly and welcome observers to come and see what they have to offer.
Therapy and Counseling
Ongoing treatment requires therapy or counseling. The alcoholic may require weekly sessions to help them stay focused on their issues and to get to the cause of the alcoholism. Additionally, group or family counseling may be helpful to keep the family together during the recovery. When looking for a counselor start by finding someone who specializes in treatment of dependencies. Once you have a list of several names you can set up an initial appointment. Talk to each therapist to find out how he or she works and to see if they will be a good match. If not, try another therapist. Remember that you will be spending quite a bit of time with this person so be sure it is someone who you feel comfortable with.
Treatment centers focus on providing in-patient or out-patient care for recovering alcoholics. Typically treatment centers range from local centers to private centers. Prices can vary widely. Start by researching each program online. Find out what the treatment consists of and how long the treatment lasts. You can send for the brochure or call for more details.
Before making a decision on a treatment center it is a good idea to visit the center if you can. Take a brief tour of the facilities and learn more about the programs and methods that are used to provide recovery.