Alcohol and other drug rehab centers are sometimes misrepresented by the media and press. We are constantly confronted by celebrities who are in and out of rehab, each stating that they were unable to get the help they needed. Not really understanding the nature of addiction, the general public can see the indulgent lifestyles of many celebrities and assume their problems and frequent relapse is due to their easy access to drugs, alcohol and money, plus the revolving door of rehab. As professionals in the rehabilitation business, we know that no one is exempt from the devastation of addiction if we are genetically predisposed and/or environmentally set up. Celebrities are no exception and as we have seen time and time again, money cannot buy lasting sobriety and recovery.
The media capitalizes on tragic events involving alcohol and drugs, sometimes at great length, making it appear at times that dying from an overdose has prestige, as in the infamous “27 Club”. This year we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman to a heroin overdose, even after years of sobriety. Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic, as these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show it is now the leading cause of injury death in the United States.
Getting Hooked on Sobriety
Experts agree that the only way to really ensure that rehab works is by getting those who have a drinking or drugging problem literally “hooked” on sobriety. It is possible for someone to go through treatment at an alcohol rehab center and achieve sobriety against their will, usually for a short period of time. But the best results are found in those people who are willing to admit that they have a problem and get quality rehabilitation. It is about accepting that a problem exists and taking action to find the right solution.
While it can be one of the hardest and most difficult things that a person can imagine doing, it is often one of the most rewarding, affirming experiences of life ….facing our fears and choosing to get well.
Rehab frequently starts with a period of detox, based on what the person is using and how much, and can last anywhere from three to seven days. At BRC Recovery we facilitate the detox process, if needed, and make sure our resident is stabilized before starting the residential recovery process. Not all Texas alcohol rehab centers do their own detox, but fortunately there are numerous detox centers available in Austin and Central Texas.
Most of those who are recovering will continue to deny just how bad their problem is, even after they have gone through the process of detox. Through group, family and individual sessions with their peers, loved ones, and recovery coaches, our residents are educated to see just how devastating their behavior has been on their lives and those whom they hold nearest and dearest. This education, along with many other aspects of our program, starts the process of breaking through their denial and opens their eyes to the severity and complexity of their addiction issues.
Getting Hooked for Life
Unlike some Texas alcohol rehab centers, BRC Recovery offers an extended-care program that focuses on helping people not just get sober, but stay sober. Our sober living recovery residences and Segue aftercare monitoring program provide the critical support and guidance needed by people in early sobriety. We work closely with a wide variety of community resources and organizations to ensure that support is always available and provide our newly recovering residents with mentors to guide them along the way.
It works, if you work it.
Marsha Stone, CEO