Ever wonder why people need to go to alcohol rehab centers? Why, even, is alcohol something that you need to be rehabilitated from? Everyone enjoys a drink, right? It’s a major part of the culture of growing up, of celebrating, and of having a good time. It’s a part of almost every right of passage, from graduations, to weddings, to hirings and retirements. Alcohol companies sponsor some of our favorite sports events, and advertising is a multi-billion dollar punch to the economy. For all of that presence, however, that enjoyment of alcohol can certainly can go too far.
First of all, since alcohol is legal in most of the world when you’re over a certain age, there are often no laws to prevent or restrict how much you drink privately. However, various states of public drunkenness and, of course, drunk driving, are definitely illegal.
How much you drink privately and not when operating a vehicle or other machinery, however, is a personal matter, and one that many people deal with the ill effects of. That is where alcohol rehab centers come into play.
See, the problem with alcohol is when it becomes a controlling factor in your life, and potentially causes you to injure yourself or others, or if you allow your drunken behavior to negatively impact your life or the lives of the people around you. These negative impacts can be mental, physical, emotional or financial.
On a side note, one of the modern definitions of alcoholism is that an alcoholic loses control. It’s not about how much they drink, it’s that they can’t control either the desire to continue drinking, or they can’t control their behavior when they’re drunk. You can abuse alcohol to the point where it makes you unhealthy, but that doesn’t make you an alcoholic. There are some studies that suggest that there is a genetic disposition to alcoholism.
Alcohol rehab centers are there to help people get past destructive tendencies, alcoholic or otherwise. Informed staff, doctors, and other professionals are there to first help you detox as comfortably as possible, and then to help you develop new patterns that will keep you away from the negative effects of alcohol.
Typical treatments inside an alcohol rehab center might consist of a cleansing process, and then a methodology for helping you to kick your destructive patterns. Some centers go through a 12-step process, which treats alcoholics as though they have a disease. Others provide different types of therapy to treat underlying issues that they believe may be the potential causes of your decisions to drink.
Some noteworthy alcohol rehab centers are Passages in Malibu, and the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. Many celebrities have had much publicized treatments in these places.