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Alcohol Treatment

Treatment & Rehab

Alcoholism is the most commonly treated substance abuse disorder in the United States. An estimated 16 million people in the U.S. suffer from alcohol use disorder1.

What is Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Treatment for alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a treatment that involves counseling and oversight by a healthcare professional. However, since withdrawal syndromes from alcoholism can involve serious physical and psychological symptoms, medically assisted treatment is often needed.

Recognizing the signs and causes of alcoholism are necessary in order to seek treatment for alcohol use disorder. However, this is not always such an easy thing to do. Although research states that an individual’s genetic makeup plays a large role in whether they will suffer from AUD, there are signals to be aware of. Binge drinking, consistent drinking, and excessive consumption are other signals to be aware of.

Fortunately, there are extensive options available for those who need help in beating their addiction to alcohol. Get in touch with us now to find an alcohol rehab center that is right for you. 

When to Seek Help

It’s important to know when an individual should seek help with their alcoholism. A key element is being able to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with alcohol addiction, and the inability to stop consuming alcoholic beverages. Often times someone may be in denial about their alcoholism, or may simply not want to acknowledge their problem.

There also may be the need to have an intervention with someone who does not want to admit, nor is able to come to the conclusion that they have an addiction to alcohol which will severely adversely affect their well-being.

It is also important to be on the lookout for certain life events which may be a signal that alcohol addiction is present. Examples of these episodes can include an arrest, loss of job, accidents, domestic dispute, or hospitalization. 

It’s important to be aware of when to seek help. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction to alcohol, we can help. Contact us HERE.

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Alcohol Detox

Alcohol Detox is typically the first step in recovery from alcohol addiction. However, detox can be a dangerous process, especially if someone has been drinking alcohol for a long period of time and in excess. Medical supervision is highly recommended, and for this reason, entering a treatment facility to supervise medical detox is the safest route. 

Medical Treatment and Supervision

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically surface 8 hours or more once an alcoholic has stopped consuming alcohol. These symptoms can be deadly, and medical treatment can be beneficial to help mitigate these adverse effects. One of the benefits is the ability to provide medication to make the withdrawal period less painful.

Common drugs that are used during medical detox and during the recovery period are:

  • Naltrexone – can reduce alcohol cravings and also can block the euphoric effect of alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines – can help to treat seizures, tremors, sleeplessness, nausea & vomiting, irritability, and headaches
  • Acamprosate – believed to stabilize chemical signals in the brain which would otherwise be affected by alcohol consumption
  • ‍Disulfiram – causes unpleasant effects when consumed with alcohol

Types of Alcohol Rehab Treatment

There are a few different types of treatment for Alcoholism and vary based on the severity of one’s addiction to alcohol. Common types of treatment include Alcohol Detox, Partial Hospitalization, Inpatient Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient Treatment. 

In addition to the types of treatment, there are also differences in the therapies which are practiced at each facility. These can differ from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, experiential therapy, faith-based recovery, holistic therapy, and more.

For this reason, it is extremely important to understand the type of treatment that is right for you or a loved one!

Inpatient treatment is the most common type of treatment for severe alcoholism and can last anywhere from 21 days to 6 months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most popular form of therapy and focuses on teaching individuals the best way to react to the stressful environment and potential triggers that may want them to relapse from alcohol recovery.   

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Support Groups

There are numerous support groups to help those suffering from alcohol addiction following detox, treatment, or just in recovery. Support groups such as 12-Step Programs, Alcoholics Anonymous, Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and faith-based support groups are available nationwide for those looking for mutual help groups are prevalent across the country. 

Although most people are only familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), there are numerous options available. Faces and Voices of Recovery list several options and directories for those looking for resources in their area. You can also visit SAMSHA which has numerous options and online resources available as well. 

Alcohol Treatment Costs

Costs of treatment vary depending on the type of treatment, if detox is included, and the duration of treatment for the individual. It also depends, if the person has insurance, the type of insurance they have, and also what their insurance will cover. For these reasons, there are a lot of variables in determining how much treatment will cost. The more time is needed to treat alcohol addiction, the higher the total cost associated with treatment.

Below are a few of the factors which will play a part in determining how much alcohol treatment will end up costing:

  • 24 Hour Care
  • Long-Term Treatment – typically 6  to 12 months
  • Short-Term Treatment – typically 3 to 6 weeks
  • Dual Diagnosis / Mental Health treatment
  • Personal and vocational training
  • Continuum of care following treatment

It is common for individuals to first go to detox for alcohol addiction, and then to transition to an inpatient residential facility, before moving on to outpatient treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the costs of treatment, please CALL US NOW, to learn more about your options.

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How to Decide on Alcohol Treatment

Choosing the best drug rehab center varies based on the individual. It’s important to make sure that you choose the right facility for you. A few important questions and things to consider are:

  • Licensing and Accreditation of the facility
  • Treatment Methods and Protocols
  • Average length of stay at the facility
  • What their expertise in treatment is
  • Is Aftercare offered or a possibility once the program is complete?
  • Are nutrition and life skills part of the program?

These are just a few of the initial things to consider when seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. The first step is reaching out and speaking with a professional.

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