Alcoholic beverages in one form or the other have been around as long as civilization itself. The prohibition era from 1920 to 1933 is proof that legislation alone is not the solution to problems related to the overconsumption of alcohol. In 1956, the American Medical Association (AMA) finally recognized that alcoholism is a disease instead of a character shortfall, but the stigma attached to alcoholism still exists today.
The Birth of Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the well known 12 step program were founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith who both struggled with their own alcoholism. AA has helped millions of people worldwide, and some claim that half of the people who stick with the AA programs will become sober and the other half will realize some improvement.
What Happens When People Fail to Stick with the Program?
To answer this question, we begin in 1864 when the New York State Inebriate Asylum was the first hospital in the USA with the sole purpose of treating alcoholism as a medical problem. In 1867 the Martha Washington Home for women suffering from alcoholism opened in Chicago.
American Rehab Campus
Treatment in these facilities was undoubtedly archaic but over the next 150 years advances in the treatment of alcohol and other addictive substances, along with the development of drugs and modern treatment methods have lead to the modern rehabilitation or rehab facility exemplified by the American Rehab Campus (ARC) located in Tucson, Arizona.
ARC Tucson offers six rehab programs in Tucson, all designed to get you through the three phases of your recovery. The first phase is to simply relax and literally get away from it all, especially alcohol, illegal drugs and addicting prescription medications. The second step is to re-set, separating yourself from past addictions and to look forward to a sober lifestyle. The third step is a re-awakening to restore you to a joyful existence free of drugs and alcohol.
The six programs at ARC Tucson are:
- Detox – The purpose of detox is to safely stop you from taking any drugs or alcohol that you are addicted to. This can be as an inpatient or outpatient, but each involves evaluation, a one to three-week stabilization, and transition into a treatment plan.
- Residential Program – The goal is to manage the addiction, learn new ways to avoid relapses and begin to build your future life.
- Partial Hospitalization – Group and individual counseling, education and treatment for those who do not require 24/7 support can gain from this program.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – This is a 12-week structured group program with three-hour sessions three times a week.
- Sober Living – This program creates a sober living environment to help your recovery and avoid relapse. Avoiding the original causes of your addiction from any family issues are essential with the sober living program.
- Outpatient Treatment – ARC provides support and counseling while you resume normal activities like school and work.
The time to solve any problem, particularly alcohol and drug addiction, is today. So, take that crucial first step to admit that you can’t fight this battle alone. Call ACR at 888-782-4485 to get that help you need.