The Alcohol Treatment Center

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The health care professionals at your local alcohol treatment center can assess your unique drinking situation and develop a treatment plan that is the most appropriate and effective for your particular drinking problem.

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 created a website that features the "Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator."

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The basic idea with this locator is to provide you with a way to find a substance abuse treatment facility in or near your locality.

To start the procedure, you have to click on the location where you live and you will be transferred to a page that will ask you to enter your city, state, and your searching radius information.

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

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

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

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

  • Primary Focus of Treatment (for example, mental health or substance abuse services).

  • Type of Care (in-patient or outpatient.

  • Special Language Services (for example, ASL or other assistance for the hearing impaired).

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

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

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator can be found here: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k5/locator/locator.htm

Conclusion: The Alcohol Treatment Center

If you have a "drinking problem," it is imperative for you to find out if you are basically abusing alcohol by binge drinking, for instance, or if you are alcohol dependent.

The health care staff at your local alcohol treatment center will be able to assess the magnitude of your drinking problem and also help you formulate a "drinking plan" that is less damaging and more healthy.

Be aware, however, that this "plan" may require total abstinence, it may outline ways in which you can significantly reduce the frequency and the quantity of your drinking, or it may help you identify the emotional and circumstantial "hot buttons" that trigger your problem drinking, thereby resulting in greater control over your drinking behavior.

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Whatever "plan" is produced by the professionals at the alcohol treatment center, bear in mind that without "buying into" and following through with your treatment plan, little, if anything of significance will result concerning your particular drinking situation.

 

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