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Melanie Curtin, editor of Rehab official webpage in 2017 said Alcoholics Alana Club is a private rehabilitation located in Anaheim, California. The rehabilitation focuses on the treatment of alcohol, substance, drug abuse. Providing individuals and families assistance with drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment that is reliable, unbiased, and trustworthy service. The organization aspires to make the process clear, painless, and straightforward. Ultimately, eliminating stigma, pervasive and accessible care, and dignity of recovery that is possible for anyone who aspires to accomplishes. The Organization core values are translucency, community, and neutral gratitude. The participants can expect compassionate, empathetic, and respectful guidance. Offering services to both, the insured and indigent populations, which they are entirely self-funded. Commitment to make help as quickly and immediately available as possible, Participants may be directed to local AA/NA meetings and SAMHSA(the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings. The facility assists individuals with the rehabilitation of alcohol, drug, and substance abuse through implementing the 12 steps program (Curtin, 2017).
Alcoholics Alana Club located at 202 West Broadway Anaheim, Ca 92805. The rehabilitation focuses on the treatment of alcohol, substance, drug abuse. Providing individuals and families with drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment that is reliable, unbiased, and trustworthy service. The organization aspires to make the process clear, straightforward, and painless. Ultimately, eliminating stigma, pervasive and accessible care, and dignity of recovery is possible for anyone who aspires to accomplishes. Offering services to both, the insured and indigent populations, which they are entirely self-funded. Provide open meetings that allow any recovering addict, family members, and those who are not addicts to attend. Alcoholics Alana Club assists individuals with the rehabilitation of alcohol, drug, and substance abuse through implementing the 12 steps program (Curtin, 2017).
Substance abuse treatment focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, such as drug and addiction (both prescription and illegal drugs). Individual often have the opportunity to participate in both, individuals and group therapy (Curtin, 2017).
Opiate addiction treatment help Individuals recover from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like cocaine, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers combine physical, mental, and emotional support to help eliminate addiction. Physical support often includes medical detoxification, medication therapy, and mental support that involve in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction (Curtin, 2017).
The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence, says Curtin, 2017. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success determined by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, health promotion, improved social functioning, and attend group therapy. Recovery is based on adherence to the 12 step programs and AA meetings ( Sommer, 2016). “Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem” (Alcoholics Anonymous official webpage).
Many individuals who attend Alcoholic Alana Club suffer from alcoholism or substance addiction. Some are required by state law for driving under the influence. The concept behind the legal system’s use of A.A. for DUI offenders is to prevent continue behavior patterns (the staff of official webpage of LAWS). The World Health Organization reports that there are about 140 million alcoholics worldwide and the majority of whom are untreated. In 1960, the American Medical Association has classified alcoholism as a disease because of the addiction nature (Curtin, 2017). “An estimated of 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. In the United States, results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 million Americans used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey.”(the staff of the official webpage of Foundation for a Drug-Free World). Problems that associated with alcoholism and substance addiction are serious and comprehensive, which often affect every area of a person’s life. This includes emotional wellbeing, physical health, psychological, and psychological state (Curtin, 2017). Health care concerns within these populations are depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological factors that lead to alcoholism and substance abuse (Sommer, 2016).
12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
are widespread drug and alcohol addiction recovery support programs (Curtin, 2017). They are based on 12 fundamental steps that a recovering alcoholic or drug addict goes through for support and advance their recovery. One of the steps involves reliance on a higher power, which gives the programs a spiritual element. Individual work through the step until recovery (Brande & Wagener, 2017). In the U.S., there are more than 50,000 active AA and NA support groups that are either open or closed. Open meetings allow any recovering addict, family members, and non-addict to attend. Closed meetings allow only recovery addicts. The groups encourage members to come to meetings on a regular basis and to seek out an official (Curtin, 2017).
Alcoholic Alana clubs support groups are made up of small groups of recovering alcoholic or drug addicts who meet on a regular basis to receive and give support to one another (Curtin, 2017). Meetings are host by sponsors (mentors) who have proven themselves capable of long-term sobriety. AA sponsor is a role model who has successfully stayed sober for a long period of time, and who can act as a mentor, counselor, and friend (Brande & Wagener, 2017).
The AA meetings devoted to sharing and listening than interaction. Addressing concerns and progresses about alcoholism and substance addiction (Curtin, 2017). At the meeting, the participants were between the age of 18 to 55, which consist of more men than women.
The speaker starts the meeting by introducing himself and inform the participants about the purpose of the meeting. He read quotes from the spiritual book and addresses the 12 steps program that assists in recovery. Member start sharing by first introducing one’s name and identify self as an alcoholic; For instance, “Hi my name is Joe and I am an alcoholic.” All members then respond by saying “Hi Joe.” After sharing, the individual summarizes one’s progress and express appreciation to the program and intention on maintaining sobriety. Members allow one at the time sharing personal thought and feeling about the life event that leads them to the abuse of alcohol or substance, as well as discussing before and after the AA program. Members also share their experience on working the particular step of the 12 step program and their commitment to following the steps. The speaker emphasizes the important of continuation of AA meeting to prevent relapse and ended the meeting with all members holding hand and pray (Brande & Wagener, 2017).
The facility is easily accessible and located at the corner lot on the main street of Broadway next to a church. The external feature is a house with a noticeable sign of the organization. The internal layout is similar to a half-way house that consists of furniture, kitchen, pool table, bedrooms, and multiple mailboxes in the hallway. The setting is comfortable and the environment is well-lit. Commuting to the location would be best accessed through bus or Uber because of limited parking space and meter parking.
Alcoholic Alana is a well develops organization that contains many participants who are interested in rehabilitation of alcohol, substance or drug abuse, as well as mental health treatment (Curtin, 2017). AA meetings is beneficial to the addicts community in a many ways; For instance, when people talk about what is going on in their life it allows them to release some of their pent up stress and tension; It is not always possible or desirable to talk to friends and family about worries and concerns; It is an ideal venue for people to unburden themselves; Other members can offer a different perspective on problems; Meeting may suggest something that the individual might have never considered on their own; When people share they feel more a part of the meeting because they are contributing something. The program needs minor adjustment to better the community, such as eliminating spiritual values because not everyone has the same spiritual values or beliefs, which can prevent progression of recovery; and eliminating the admitting process like “Hi, I’m Joe. I am an alcoholic” because some individual that attend the AA meeting is required by state law for driving under the influence and does not indicate that the person is an alcoholic. Other than eliminating these steps, AA meetings have seen to be very beneficial for the addict’s community providing treatments, supports, and communications.
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