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Alcohol Treatment Program
When a person is in need of alcohol treatment, he may know that there are many alcohol treatment centers out there, but he is unsure which one may be right for him. There are differences between facilities, some subtle and some more noticeable.
Further, there are differences between the people who utilize alcohol rehab programs. These, too, can be hardly noticeable or may indeed be the first thing that is noticed by both staff members and other patients.
For example, rehab programs at some facilities may require that a person attend individual counseling sessions for the entire time he is going through alcohol rehab, with family counseling sessions added later as treatment progresses. Others may require both individual and group counseling sessions, which include others in the facility, as well as family counseling.
During the initial rehabilitation period, one facility might not allow any contact with the "outside world"-no phone calls, visits, e-mail, text or regular mail correspondence. In fact, depending on how its rehab programs are conducted, a patient may actually have to "earn" the privilege of being allowed to communicate with family and loved ones.
Another may consider continued contact with family and loved ones very important to therapy, and therefore will not place any restrictions on it. Patients will be allowed unlimited visits and phone calls, from their private cell phones no less, and will be allowed to keep laptop computers and other personal communication devices with them to use between and after counseling sessions.
Still another alcohol treatment program may be designed to include cultural beliefs and practices. This can be especially important to persons such as Native Americans. Although there are variations, just as in any ethnic group, alcohol can be and often is a major problem among Native Americans, and some still practice old tribal ways and customs.
Because of this, it may be difficult for some Native Americans to even approach alcohol treatment centers. They may believe that they will be forced to or at the very least discouraged from practicing or even expressing their cultural beliefs. When they discover, however, that alcohol rehab can have room for these practices, they may be more inclined to seek the treatment they need.
Other people of different ethnic origins may also have dietary or even religious rules that they follow, such as not eating certain types of meat or even how much contact they can allow themselves to make with members of the opposite sex. All of these can be accommodated by alcohol treatment centers who still see their patients as individuals, not just a body occupying space at their facility.
To further address such situations, the Federal Government has offered grants for those who wish to conduct research into how different ethnic groups manage their health, including seeking for alcohol problems. Their interest in this is to be commended; as it shows their desire to make alcohol rehabilitation available to everyone.