Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Alcohol abuse and addiction is a debilitating problem that affects millions each year. According to the latest data from 2015, nearly 27 % of adults ages 18 and over reported binge drinking in the past 30 days and more than 15 million people reported behavior that qualified for an alcohol use disorder. Annually, about 11% of individuals struggling with alcohol use seek alcohol rehab at a specialized facility.
Completing an alcohol rehab program has helped millions recover from alcohol abuse and improve their quality of life. Learn what is involved in alcohol rehab and what you can expect if you or a loved one is considering treatment for alcohol addiction.
The Stages of Alcohol Rehab
When you’ve made the decision to quit drinking, alcohol rehab is the best first step. Many people who have overcome an alcohol abuse disorder find that starting with alcohol rehab versus trying it on their own is safer and provides better outcomes. Comprehensive alcohol rehabs offer detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
Medically Supervised Detox
Detoxing from alcohol can be dangerous, which is why medically supervised detox is the first step when entering alcohol rehab. Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol range from moderate to severe and can be deadly. The most severe form of alcohol withdrawal is called delirium tremens and can include seizures, agitation, hallucinations and fever. Medically supervised detox helps ease the process by providing medication and medical oversight to ensure your body safely overcomes withdrawal.
Some people choose to quit treatment after detox, but this very rarely leads to lasting sobriety. Most alcohol rehab programs provide residential treatment following detox which can range anywhere from 30 to 90 days, but sometimes longer depending on your needs. During residential treatment, you reside within a treatment environment where days are highly structured. Typical activities include individual and group therapy, exercise and recreation. It is during this phase of alcohol rehab that you learn healthy behaviors, begin to recognize and mitigate personal triggers to alcohol use, and develop positive coping skills to prepare you for independent living.
Prior to ending residential treatment, your recovery team will help you develop an outpatient treatment program to provide ongoing support. Many people in alcohol rehab worry about gaining employment, attaining or maintaining a safe and sober home environment, and renewing social and family relationships. Research has shown that the availability of post-rehab resources offer the best chances for an individual to achieve long-term sobriety. Outpatient treatment plans may include:
- Sober living. When living arrangements are uncertain or returning to your former home might lead to relapse, sober living can be a good option. Sober living environments offer safe housing with others who are committed to recovery.
- Individual counseling. Once an alcohol rehab program is completed, it’s important to maintain regular counseling sessions to continue to build positive coping skills, work through trauma, and tackle new or re-emerging triggers.
- Family counseling. For many people with a history of alcohol abuse, relationships with family members can be strained. Participation in family counseling is one way to address issues and begin the process of repairing damaged relationships.
- Vocational programs. If returning to work after rehab is not an option, vocational programs can help you develop new, marketable skills or locate employment opportunities that fit your existing skill set.
- Peer support. Crucial to your recovery, peer support groups offer comfort and reassurance on your journey to recovery. Many alcohol rehabs offer post-treatment support groups in which you can forge healthy relationships with others who understand how you’re feeling and are also committed to sobriety. As an alternative, you can gain peer support through local 12-step meetings held in your community.
How to Find an Alcohol Rehab
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) provides assistance finding public alcohol treatment centers both online and by phone. Private alcohol rehab centers are located in every state and are usually near population hubs. A common misconception is that private treatment centers do not take insurance, cost too much or are not accredited, which is simply untrue. To find an alcohol rehab that is committed to evidence-based practices in addiction, ask the following questions when conducting your search:
- Do you take insurance and will you work with my insurance directly?
- Are you licensed and accredited? If so, have you received the Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval?
- Do you have board-certified addiction doctors?
- Are your therapists licensed and do they specialize in addiction?
- Do you offer medically supervised detox?
- What type of support do you offer during and after alcohol rehab?
Start Treatment Today
Alcohol addiction is a serious disease. If you or someone you love are ready to begin your recovery journey, the time to start is now. At Lumiere Healing Centers, we’re committed to helping you achieve sobriety and improve your quality of life. Contact us today at (513) 909-2225 for a confidential consultation. We’re available 24/7 to assist you.