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19 Most Frequently Asked Addiction Treatment Questions

June 21st, 2010 – Posted by Betty Ford Center in Doctor's Office
Tags: alcoholism alcoholism cure


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1.  Is there a cure for alcoholism?
2.  Can some alcoholics and drug addicts control their disease by sheer will power?
3.  Can I get a person to stop drinking who refuses to get help?
4.  Can you shame an alcoholic into sobriety?
5.  Is the alcoholic only hurting themselves or is the impact greater than that?
6.  Does alcoholism and drug addiction run in families?
7.  What is the average age of an alcoholic or drug addict when it becomes a real problem?
8.  What personality traits do alcoholics have in common?
9.  What kind of long term brain damage is done to one who drinks heavily?
10.  Does the brain shrink after years of alcohol abuse?
11.  Are addicts addicted to just one drug?
12.  Is cocaine addiction treatable?
13.  Is there evidence that treatment for alcoholics actually works?
14.  If a person in recovery has a relapse, have they failed?
15.  What has Betty Ford Center learned about whether men and women need different treatment for addiction?
16.  Do you have to believe in God to do better in treatment?
17.  If you are in recovery, do you have to attend AA meetings for the rest of your life?
18.  What can I do as a friend to help someone who has a problem with alcohol/drugs?
19.  Is there hope for alcoholism?

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12 Responses to “19 Most Frequently Asked Addiction Treatment Questions”

  1. peggy k. says:

    I am interested in finding out about your family program. My son ( age 24 ) is currently in treatment for Heroin abuse. He has a long history of drug abuse and behavior dating back to age 11 and even younger. we have tried everything. I think at this point i have to realize that i am not able to help him, and I am having a very difficult time with that. I need to know if you have any appropriate family programs, and what type of payment you accept. I would so appreciate your help. Thanks for listening. Sincerely Peggy K.

  2. Betty Ford Center says:

    BFC offers a weekly (5 day) Family Program which includes thirty hours of education and group support for those impacted by addiction in their family. An online registration can be submitted or you may call 760-773-4114 to register for the week and receive via email the Family Program FAQ’s and schedule. Family staff will answer any questions you may have about the benefits of this program. Cost for the week long program is $750.

  3. Betty Ford Center says:

    There are 12 Step meetings across the country that will support those trying to get clean and sober. Please check a phone directory to find the nearest meetings. You can try Alcoholics Anonymous as well as Narcotics Anonymous, and some areas have city and/or county support for those suffering from addiction.

  4. Lehua M. says:

    Do you also treat clinical depression which leads to binge drinking?
    Many thanks

  5. Betty Ford Center says:

    Yes. It’s the age-old question of the chicken and the egg … does the depression cause the drinking, or does the drinking cause the depression? Many alcoholics self-medicate because they are depressed. We know that, and treating depression with appropriate medication has resulted in success for some with substance abuse problems. But it does not preclude the need for the alcoholic to engage in a program of recovery which involves taking action usually in a 12 Step or other related program. After all, it’s the spirituality of the entire program that works. Pharmacologic remedies are secondary albeit important.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would absolutely recommend the Family Program. I attended a while back, and I believe it saved my family. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and I think every family should go through a similar program. You should also look into Al-Anon, a branch of AA that is for family members of addicts. It provides support as well as the chance to heal and work through the 12 Steps. Here is the website to find a meeting near you. Try several different ones to find which one is right for you. You are not alone! Best of luck to you and your family.

  7. Jacqueline G. says:

    I would like to know the cost of your inpatient tx program. I am trying to do what I can to help my son. He does not have the money for an inpatient program but I think it is the only thing that will help at this point.

  8. Betty Ford Center says:

    Your son would need to be assessed for treatment status; the cost varies depending on the length of stay. This link will give you additional information, and we wish you well in your efforts to help your son.

  9. Laura says:

    What is the visiting criteria? I have a special friend that I would like to visit but I don’t seem to see any information on visits and how long after admission will he be able to see anyone. I am travelling from across the map and would like information. Also, is mail permitted?
    Thank you!

  10. Betty Ford Center says:

    The person you want to visit needs to put you on the visiting list, and the hours are Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Yes, you are able to send mail and gifts to patients. Again, when the patient is here and settled, he can let you know the residence hall name to expedite mailings. You can get more general information by calling our Admissions department at 800-854-9211. Thank you for your inquiry.

  11. Aaron says:

    Is there different treatment based on the sex of the patient or the race/ethnicity of the patient?

  12. Betty Ford Center says:

    At Betty Ford Center, treatment is individualized based on the needs of the patient. There may be some gender and cultural issues addressed in special group,s but individualized care is key to good treatment.

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