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Alcohol Treatment

Addiction has been defined as a pathological relationship with a mood-altering experience resulting in life-damaging consequences. Alcoholism (or alcohol addiction), exemplifies this definition.

Alcohol treatment is the first step to getting and staying sober for alcohol abusers and alcoholics. Treatment is critical to recovering from alcoholism, as very few alcoholics find recovery from their addiction without outside assistance. To get and stay sober, alcoholics need to learn new life skills and gain strength to fight their disease.

What to expect from alcohol treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health, alcoholism is a chronic disease characterized by an extreme addiction to drinking and a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol.  Without help, this addiction can lead to severe medical and psychological problems – and premature death – but many addicts feel powerless to stop drinking even as their lives become unmanageable.

When quitting drinking, an alcoholic requires medical supervision while the human body undergoes a potentially life-threatening chemical imbalance.

According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, 1 in 5 alcoholics who try to stop drinking without medical help die from alcohol withdrawal delirium. 

Detox is the first step to recovery

Alcohol detoxification is the start of the rehabilitation process, as the nervous system adjusts to living without alcohol. Detox should always take place in a detox center or hospital, with patients being monitored by qualified medical staff. Once someone is addicted to alcohol, it is potentially life-threatening to stop drinking without medical care.

Withdrawal can be fatal. Some symptoms can include:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Sweating and tremors
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Painful, violent seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens

The physical withdrawal symptoms generally subside after 1 to 3 weeks. The emotional withdrawal may last a lifetime.

Therapy: Next step on the road to sobriety

The only way to beat the disease of alcoholism is to understand it. That’s where treatment programs come in – they provide intensive counseling and therapy to teach alcoholics about the disease, explore what triggers their drinking, give hope to their families, and give them the tools to live a sober life. 

Before entering into a program, it’s important to check into its treatment philosophy. Our trained counselors can help find a treatment center that best fits your or your loved one’s needs and beliefs, which may include:

Know your options: Outpatient alcohol treatment

An outpatient treatment may be best for mild cases of alcoholism caught in the early stages or for alcohol abuse that needs to be stopped before it develops into alcoholism. Often, alcohol abusers do not need to detox because they can stop drinking without experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms.

What does outpatient alcohol treatment entail?

Therapy and counseling part-time for a few hours several times a week.

Attend support group meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous

How long does outpatient treatment last?

There is no predetermined period of time for outpatient treatment – depending on the situation, it can last from a couple of weeks to several months.

Know your options: Inpatient alcohol treatment

More moderate-to-severe cases of alcoholism require inpatient or residential treatment. In many cases outpatient treatment programs have been tried numerous times but haven’t worked. Those dealing with psychiatric disorders or who may harm themselves or others are more suited to an inpatient treatment program. Generally, patients need to detox before beginning a treatment program.

What does inpatient alcohol treatment entail?

  • Full-time therapy and counseling.
  • Remain in a setting with other addicts and counselors.
  • Full-time treatment means being away from the places, people, and situations that may have helped triggered drinking.
  • Focusing on themselves and their recovery.

How long does inpatient treatment last?

Most inpatient treatment programs last about a month.

When considering any treatment program, it’s vital to ask:

  • Quality and qualifications of the staff
  • Treatment methods
  • Specific kind of treatment needed to maximize chance of recovery.

If you or a loved one would like to stop drinking, you’ll be safer and increase your likelihood of success with help.

Have questions? Let our trained counselors help. Call now.


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