Alcohol Rehab: The Effective Alternative to Incarceration
Decades of genetic and social research have finally led the legal system to see alcoholism for
what it is: a disease. This, in conjunction with the high alcoholic recidivism rate in America's
penal system, has prompted a new respect for alcohol rehab as the logical alternative to prison.
Drunk drivers have killed more people than all of America's wars combined. Safety from such
offenders has lasted only as long as the alcoholic remains incarcerated. As soon as their sentence
is up, they are likely to offend again. Why? Because they are sick. They suffer from a chronic,
progressive disease the primary symptom of which is denial. If left untreated, the alcoholic will
simply continue to make excuses for his or her behavior, whether in a prison cell, a bar or their
Freddie C., a native Ohioan and veteran of Columbia rehab there, elaborates: "I kept
getting drunk driving arrests. First, I lost my license for ninety days, then I lost it for a year, then
I lost it for ten. I spent a total of three years in jail, but each time I got out, I just rode the bus or
drove without the license. Meanwhile, I kept drinking. That was until IJIP."
Freddie was a product of a federally funded "In Jail Intervention Program." It was the
result of a simple question his booking officer asked when he was arrested his third, and last
time. "Do you want some help with your alcoholism? Because it's clear that's what you are:
alcoholic," the officer said.
Freddie said yes and found himself on a jail unit devoted to treatment. He and twenty-two
other young men were required to participate in alcohol awareness classes supplemented by
group sessions and 12-step AA meetings brought into the facility by volunteers. Counselors
monitored his progress and helped him learn that a rigorous commitment to the truth was not
only what the legal system required, it was essential for his recovery and having a life worth
living. When he was released, he was required to attend AA meetings on the outside, his
attendance verified by his probation officer and his progress monitored by IJIP counselors. That
was in 2001. His progress since is typical of those who work the 12-stps of AA with due
diligence. He is now married, gainfully employed and the proud father of a five year old boy.
Whether it's Columbia rehab, rehab Vermont or Philadelphia rehab centers that do the
work, treatment is not only more effective than incarceration, it is essential for a society that
wishes to make productive members of those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism.
Twelve Palms Recovery Center, experts in private, compassionate alcohol rehab, focus their
efforts on the individual. They also emphasize the importance of the 12-step model by not only
encouraging AA attendance, but hosting AA meetings, as well. For additional information call
866-331-6779 any time, 24 hours a day or visit us at: www.12palmsrecoverycenter.com