When seeking alcohol treatment, you need to first decide exactly what you want to gain from it. You must be sure you are ready to commit to getting better. And if you are really committed to quitting drinking and healing yourself both emotionally and physically, your treatment is more likely to be successful. Start by learning as much as possible about alcohol addiction and treatment through detox and therapy options. This way, you can easily know what alcohol treatment program is likely to work the best for you.
Many people opt to seek for help from a rehab center that is close to their home where they are close to family and friends. Others want to get away from the triggers around them at home and start afresh in new surroundings. Whatever is more likely to work best for you, go for it!
What to look for in an alcohol treatment program
There are many alcohol treatment programs out there but getting the one that specifically fits your needs is important. While many programs will be advertising about the amenities they have such as a tranquil setting with scenic views, focus on what is truly important to your recovery. Things to look out for include;
- Program licensing. Make sure that the program is fully accredited by the state in which it is operating. Also ask for proof to show that the program is run by well trained and licensed health professionals or addiction specialists.
- Effectiveness of the program’s treatment. What treatment methods does the program use? Are they successful in treating alcoholism? Are there statistics on the success rate of the methods, preferably done by an external agency?
- What are the after-treatment services available to prevent relapse? Does the program offer well coordinated after care services to ensure that the treatment is successful to the end? Do they offer referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community?
Types of alcohol treatment programs to choose from;
- Residential treatment– Involves getting treatment while admitted at a treatment facility. It normally lasts between 30 and 90 days.
- Partial hospitalization– Program involves attending treatment sessions at a clinic or hospital for about 4-8 hours a day. The program commonly lasts for 90 days and works best for patients with a really supportive family and stable home environment.
- Counseling-It can either be individual, group or family based. This works best when combined with other forms of treatment. It is also great as a follow-up support plan. Counseling and therapy can go a long way in helping you realize the root causes of your alcohol addiction, repair your relationships with family and a spouse, and learn healthier living skills.
- Outpatient programs-These programs are tailored to work around school and work hours so that patients can continue with their day to day activities normally. They operate at hospitals, mental health clinics, out-patient clinics, health clinics and counselor’s offices.
- Intensive outpatient program– Patients usually meet for around 2-4 hours a day or more, several times a week. They majorly focus on preventing a relapse.