It has been reported that Kansas residents have a one in three chance of getting readily available illegal drugs. As of 2005, there were reportedly more than 220 rehab centers across the state. More than 35 of these were said to be under the management of the government. The remaining ones were either funded by non-profit organizations that required a small fee or offered absolutely free services. Kansas has 170,000 alcohol addicts, which is slightly less than 1% of the national total.
Some of the alcohol treatment centers are run by private entities and may be expensive. It is recommended that a patient conducts extensive research on what may fit his particular needs before commencing treatment. It’s worth pointing out that alcohol treatment centers don’t promise that it is going to be easy. It may not be easy but it is possible to be treated and free from alcohol addiction.
The advantage provided through inpatient treatment methods is that, while under treatment, further observation of the patient may lead to a clear understanding of their problem and provide the best form of treatment suiting his or her specific case. Whereas it is difficult to offer an outpatient the best treatment, it is the preferred choice of many patients due to its affordability.
Inpatient facilities also stand a better chance of success because they remove the patient from his or her old environment, which may have been a cause of his or her addiction. Some facilities offer a relatively new program called short-term alcohol abuse treatment. Under this program, a patient can choose to stay at the treatment center between 10 to 30 days.
The problem with the short-term treatment program is that it’s best suited for a patient who’s had the problem a relatively shorter time or doesn’t exhibit more aggressive symptoms of alcohol addiction. The physician is ideally the person to decide whether a patient may respond best to this mode of treatment but if there’s a chance of relapse then a longer-term program would be the preferred choice.
St. Jude Retreats offers a program which it says doesn’t recognize alcohol addiction as a disease since doing so prevents the person from taking responsibility for his or her shortcomings. They conduct what they refer to as retreats lasting from 6 to 10 days with a principle which they refer to as neuroplasticity. The problem with this scientific approach is that it’s defined differently by different scientists, therefore it can or cannot work depending on whose approach is being used.
The Kansas alcohol addiction problem is relatively small compared to what is happening nationally. It’s showing signs of abetting, which cannot be said for drug addiction.