Alcohol Addiction Treatment
1 in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependency. There are also several million more who might not have an addiction problem, but their drinking habits could lead them to be addicted to alcohol.
USA Addiction wants to help you every step of the way when finding a substance abuse treatment program. We work with the top addiction treatment centers nationwide that provide evidence based substance abuse treatment.
We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us. We take an in-depth look at your situation and provide you with a personalized treatment plan that suits your individual needs.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ABUSE
Before starting the treatment process, a person must first recognize their condition and have a desire to quit drinking. Sometimes, an individual may acknowledge they have a drinking problem on their own. Other times, family members or friends may stage an alcohol intervention. This involves loved ones expressing their concerns about the person’s excessive drinking patterns. An intervention helps to start the discussion about treatment and support options that are available.
Some alcohol dependency warning signs family members and friends may watch for are:
- Frequent binge drinking
- Perpetual shifts in mood
- Poor performance at work or school
- Excuses for neglecting responsibilities
- Denial of excessive alcohol use
- Acts of violence or crime
- Decreased interest in hobbies
Do feel that you might have a problem with alcohol? Are others consistently suggesting that you might have a problem? Now is the time to receive help. Being able to admit that you need help and are willing to seek help, is the first major step to obtaining sobriety. This first step is usually the hardest, because of the lies you tell yourself. The effects of alcohol impair your decision-making skills. All you can think about is having that next drink. When you can admit that you have a drinking problem, finding the proper treatment facility is next step. Once you find the alcohol treatment facility that fits your or your loved one’s needs and admit, the process of detoxification starts.
Types of Treatment for Alcoholism
Choosing to get help for alcoholism is one of the biggest decisions a person will make in their life. Before starting treatment, you should understand the various services each program offers. For instance, a comprehensive program focuses on the person as a whole, rather than just their alcohol use. Many comprehensive treatment programs employ several or all of these factors:
Detoxification is the initial step in treating alcohol dependency. It can be the most difficult. Within the first few days after you quit drinking, you may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms Acute alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Be safe and detox under professional medical care. Treatment specialists will also be able to provide you with medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. This allows you to focus on getting better. When stabilized by medical staff, you will move forward with other forms of treatment and therapy.
An inpatient rehab facility is the most structured treatment environment for those overcoming alcoholism. Generally, these rehabs are geared toward treating the most severe forms of alcoholism and require individuals to remain on-site for the duration of the program – 30, 60 or 90 days. Treatment specialists provide around-the-clock care and will prepare you to reintegrate back into society. This may include relapse prevention or information on how to overcome triggers and the importance of sobriety maintenance programs and aftercare.
Frequent meetings with an alcohol counselors are important for individuals to communicate and receive guidance during their recovery. Counseling opens a line of communication during the good times, as well as the difficult times. Your therapist will also be able to work with you on any underlying issues that may be triggering your drinking problems such as peers, family relationships, work or other circumstances. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself, as well as how to keep your mind body and soul healthy and on the same page.
In the United States, there are many government-issued services and resources that can help with alcoholism. One of the most common, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), serves as an information hub and treatment referral service. Additionally, more states are focusing on affordable treatment options to make sure anyone who is in need of treatment receives help.
Unfortunately, with an increasing demand for alcoholism treatment services, many government-funded programs have wait lists and other requirements such as financial and medical need.
Your Addiction Has Gone On Long Enough.
We are committed to give Biopsychosocial services to your loved ones and show them the door to walk through for recovery. We provide a lifetime support for our Intervention Services.
What Are the Stages of Treatment?
While there is no one-size-fits-all substance abuse treatment plan, many rehab facilities follow a general guideline. These offer a baseline for putting together a comprehensive recovery plan that will provide the greatest chance for lasting sobriety for you or your loved ones individual needs.
The three stages of alcohol dependency treatment include:
When you stop using alcohol, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. The detoxification stage is the first step in the recovery process. It involves eliminating alcohol from your body completely. The most severe withdrawal symptoms generally surface within the first 24 to 48 hours after your last drink. Some symptoms are minor, others can be more severe. Your treatment specialist will be able to prescribe medications to help alleviate some of the pain and health risks from acute alcohol withdrawal.
After the detoxification stage, you will begin Inpatient rehabilitation. This involves a wide range of different therapies and treatments to help you combat drinking urges and triggers. During this stage, you will also learn coping skills that can be applied to everyday situations after leaving rehab. Inpatient treatment consists of 24 hour care in a live in facility. Intensive individual and group therapy will be offered. A standard program is 28 days on an inpatient level.
Once you complete the rehabilitation stage, you will begin to gradually acclimate yourself to daily life. It’s important to give yourself time to ease back into the swing of things. Step down programs are important. Partial Hospitalization Treatment Programs, (PHP) is a great way to gradually reintegrate back into society. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Outpatient Programs (OP) compounded with sober living can help to achieve long lasting recovery. Attending support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon, that offer encouragement and engagement with others in recovery, group leaders and sponsors can be a positive way to make a lifestyle change and maintain sobriety. Remember, you didn’t get here over night, take it one day at a time and take advantage of all levels of care if possible.
Your Addiction Has Gone On Long Enough.
An ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure. If left untreated, alcohol dependency can trigger a wide range of additional problems such as health complications, financial troubles, relationship issues, and professional disruptions. The sooner you or a loved one get help, the greater the chance for lasting sobriety.
FINDING A TREATMENT CENTER TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
The types of services offered by substance abuse help centers vary. Some offer limited services, while others can be considered luxury rehab facilities. Although you want to enter substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, it is important to take some time to choose the treatment center that is right for you. The right facility will help you achieve sobriety while the wrong one may not produce the desired results. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you find the best treatment facility.
- How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
- Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
- What type of services does the facility offer?
- How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
- Are friends and family allowed to visit?
- Do you want to incorporate exercise into the treatment program?
- Do you require special meal prep for a restrictive diet?
- What is the fee for services? What payment methods does the center accept?
- Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
- What programs are required as part of your treatment?
- Does the center offer aftercare planning?
- Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?
- Do you want a coed or gender specific program?
- If you need extra therapy will the facility accommodate?
It is essential to thoroughly research the rehab facility before beginning treatment. While most facilities are reputable and provide assistance, there are some facilities that have a poor track record or use unproven methods of treatment. Use the Internet to find reviews of the center and learn about the quality of care you can expect to receive. It is normal for any business to have a few negative reviews. It is best to avoid treatment facilities that do not have a clear track record of success.
You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist. If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed. This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing. You may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.
A treatment facility should have their staff posted for all to see. In house medical doctors, Master level and PhD level therapists are important. A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold. If a facility does not have a clinical staff of the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.