Alcoholism treatment programs are normally part of a rehab’s addiction recovery process, and will normally be made very broad sense therapeutic in nature, and are likely to in some measure be based on the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Treatment programs in a rehab can vary widely as to what they do and do not include, ranging from highly focused step on work and treatment programs, through to treatment programs that cover the first five steps of a recovery program.

Alcoholism is generally recognised in people by their behaviour and denial rather than a recognition of what is going on inside someone’s head.

A rehab has a number of tasks and opportunities to have its treatment programs may be, but perhaps one of its main ones is to help the individual feel safe enough to begin to understand the complexity of their illness, and  to begin the process of piecing their life back together again.

Most people will spend a relatively short period of time in a rehab that his residential, normally about 28/30 days.

Some of this time may be taken up with a physical detox is needed, the rest of the time is likely to be taken up with a combination of personal therapy, counselling, group work and possibly life  skills work as well.

Most of the therapeutic type work will focus on the treatment program at a particular rehab administers, likely to involve some understanding and reflection on the principles of the 12 step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.


Alcoholism can take many forms, and is still in many ways not fully understood by most people, including many who suffer from the illness themselves.

The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous refers to a certain number of types of alcoholic, based largely on the experience of the work of the early members.

It is probably fair to say that people would now recognised that many more types of alcoholic than were recognised when the book was written, and alcoholism can present itself in many different types of individual.

What is perhaps important is to give an individual freedom to come to the conclusion themselves that they have a problem with alcohol, and need help to deal with it, rather than trying to fit any individual into a particular box or label.

Any understanding of alcoholism and the recovery process can only really take root when the individual has both experienced enough problems both internally and externally  to both make them see that they have a problem with drink, and at the same time relies that the nature of the illness makes them believe that alcohol is the only solution to any such problems that they may face.