My brother was involved in an accident while driving under the influence, luckily he was the only one involved, he was taken to jail and the next morning I bailed him out on one condition, he go to a treatment center to sober him up. He went and then he agreed to go to a sober house, but the sober house turned out to be more like a cult where they took away all your self-sonfidence and made you attend church 3 times daily and they believed in the old verion of the Bible. He was not allowed medicine for his medical conditions and we both suffer from bone deterating conditions [family trait]. They told him this was a sign of mental illness, he was growing more depressed each day. I took him out of that house and along with the rest of my family are trying to work with him and getting him in AA. Did I make the right decision or should I have left him in there for the time they recommended? [ the mission he was staying in recommended, I prefer to call it].
There are many, many excellent treatment programs, including AA, that do not/would not consider taking medicine for a medical condition a mental illness nor consider attending church 3 times/day and believing the old version of the Bible as a condition of recovery.
Perhaps one of the best things you can do is learn more about alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence (alcoholism), one of the diseases of addiction -- here are two excellent websites full of information: www.hbo.com/addiction and www.niaaa.nih.gov. My website, www.breakingthecycles.com, also has loads of information -- check out the category, "Brain Scans," to see the visual evidence of the chemical and structural changes in the brain caused by addiciton -- changes that CAN be changed with recovery, by the way.
This website offers a way to search for treatment centers by state -- it's published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
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