Glasses of ChampagneDealing with an alcohol or other substance abuse problem is harrowing for both the sufferer and the people who care about them. In many cases, all they try to do to stop their alcoholism comes to nothing, and they realize they need the help of a program to quit their destructive behavior.

Idaho, like most other states, has several rehabilitation centers to help a person with their alcoholism. Finding the right facility for you is dependent on several factors:

* Does the facility specialize in alcohol problems, or is it more generalized mental-health? Is there more emphasis on harder drugs?

* Is it an inpatient rehab facility, or a day center with therapy programs?

* Is the program faith based? Some people find solace in having a program geared around religion or spirituality, whereas others prefer a more general program without the faith.

* Location. If the center is on one side of Idaho – such as Washington or Oregon and your family is on the other (like in Wyoming or the “Big Skies” of Montana), it may make home support difficult. Certainly if it is an outpatient day program to provide support for those suffering from alcoholism, as well as their families, the commute must be taken into consideration.

Cost is a huge consideration for many people seeking recovery from an alcohol problem. A lifetime – or even a short time of alcoholism can take its financial toll on a family, with little left over for a quality rehabilitation program. Alcoholics Anonymous is the basic free option for those seeking help. It is a 12-step meeting-based program where you are given a sponsor to help you through the rough patches and encourage you. In the following film clip, you’ll see how Alcoholics Anonymous is appropriate for people of all ages, and all backgrounds, and how welcoming the organization is.

I Thought – Alcoholics Anonymous from Matthew T. Hamby on Vimeo.

A low-cost or no-cost option in Idaho can be found with the help of your doctor or other health professional. These include detox programs for severe cases, as well as support services. Luckily for those who need it, Idaho is a state with several Medicare/Medicaid funded facilities as well, though these are mostly outpatient.

Within and beyond Idaho there are several private residential alcohol centers places to choose from, and they range in price from the affordable (often covered by health insurance with a co-pay) to the plush high end facilities that may accept certain types of health insurance. Choose the center that best fits your needs and your budget.

Look into any insurance coverage or company support programs that may be available to you. Some of the larger unions across the country – Idaho branches included – have addiction recovery assistance for members, as do some companies for their employees.

Taking the step to seek help is never easy. A friend or family member will often escort you to the facility, where you will often be told that you will not be permitted to see them or speak to them again for a certain number of days, depending on the program. This gives the center full control over your detoxification, helping you to become stable without the familiar pressures that may have brought you to their door.

This rule of no-contact frightens everyone, but it is in your best interest. Do not be afraid – you will have all the non-judgemental support and friendship you need from the staff and other patients at the alcohol center. They know what you are going through in a way no one else who hasn’t been through it possibly could, and they will get you through those hard first days.