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Does alcoholism treatment work?

Anthony Beck
Addiction Medicine
Yes it works if the client really wants to make the changes needed. Sometimes a client is placed in treatment against their will and it can still be successful if the client becomes willing to change. 
Sheila Dunnells
Addiction Medicine
There is a belief among 12-Step members about getting healthy: if you work it (your program), it works. The particular program you choose is up to you: inpatient, outpatient, in-home, 12 Steps, therapy, etc. Nothing works if you just gather up the information and do nothing with it.

Getting sober requires commitment, dedication, perseverance and lots of support. One of the reasons I have always been very pro-12-Steps is because usually a therapist is available only once a week. But what do you do in between? Choose a program, get a sponsor, make friends with sober people, work a program and you will get healthy. Yes. Alcoholism treatment works.

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