Why Is Alcoholism Treatment Necessary

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the United States and much of the world, and alcohol abuse and addiction impacts millions of Americans every year. Its ease of access and the emotional and social dependence it induces contribute to its popularity. With 88,000 alcohol-related deaths in the US annually, including underage drinkers, the consequences of alcohol abuse are devastating. Luckily, many of these deaths can be prevented.

Currently, 6 people die from alcohol poisoning in the US every day, most aged 35 to 64. Roughly 2.5 percent of women who drink meet the criteria for alcohol dependence, as do 4.5 percent of men. Alcohol abuse/addiction is considered by some to be a disease of the spirit, and battling it may require various treatment and mediation strategies. Those who are fighting alcoholism, alcohol abuse, or alcohol addiction are urged to tackle their habit and get treated. Contact a treatment professional for more information.

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Who Needs Alcoholism Treatment

Sadly, many who are in dire need of treatment do not get it. Some drinkers remain in a state of denial. Others are concerned with the withdrawal symptoms they may feel once they seek treatment. It is best to get treatment for alcoholism, binge drinking, or alcohol abuse if you:

  • Consume an excessive amount of alcohol (5 to 8 drinks per sitting)
  • Experience cravings for alcohol
  • Depend on alcohol for emotional and psychological reasons such as happiness or relaxation
  • Experience black outs while drinking

There are also more troubling symptoms of alcoholism or impending addiction. You will greatly benefit from alcoholism treatment if you:

  • Have endangered or harmed others when drinking (e.g. drunk driving, physical or mental abuse, emotional distress)
  • Have greatly impacted your life with your drinking habits in any way
  • Have incurred liver problems or other health concerns due to alcohol consumption
  • Experience consequences such as missing work or school
  • Engage in risky physical, sexual, financial, professional, or other behaviors
  • Experience depression or an increase of depressive moods, thoughts of suicide, or hopelessness while drinking
  • Have endangered yourself while drinking (e.g. self-harming, abusing other drugs)
  • Are consuming alcohol while pregnant

Rehabilitation facilities can greatly assist prospective patients with the compassion and expertise needed, from providing them the best medication to digging deeper and discovering hidden triggers for alcohol addiction with in-house counseling. To find out more about the benefits of rehab, talk to a treatment specialist now.

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Alcoholism Treatment Methods

Fortunately, alcoholism treatment programs can be highly effective when conducted by top-notch treatment facilities, and future patients have many treatment options to choose from. Obtaining treatment from qualified inpatient rehab facilities is ideal for assisting you with your journey into sobriety.

In inpatient rehabilitation facilities, professionals offer the supervision and care needed for patients to get the best results. Patients are removed from external distractions that can encourage relapses or triggers. Outpatient rehab facilities offer patients the ability to recover while tending to their normal daily routines.

Alcohol detox, (also known as detoxification) procedures are often used, helping cleanse the body of alcohol and other substances. Detox generally takes up to a week, although the exact time will vary between facilities and patients. Through detox, alcohol is purged from the body, and the drinker’s system is cleansed. Detox involves a three-step process:

  • Intake
  • Stabilization
  • Medication

During intake, new patients will be greeted by helpful staff members who evaluate them for a personalized treatment plans to suit their recovery needs. Stabilization may include preliminary medical and psychological therapies. Lastly, medications may be prescribed by medical health professionals to greatly reduce the need to drink alcohol and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

Although most patients experience discomfort during detox, the medicines prescribed to them will also lessen other discomfort (such as symptoms of withdrawal) experienced during treatment. Performing detox alone is not suggested. Going “cold turkey” for alcoholism, alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse can have serious side effects, such as severe dehydration, seizures, and hallucinations, some of which can be fatal.

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Other Alcoholism Treatment Methods

These methods of treatment can vary from facility to facility. However, the number and variety of available treatments helps ensure that each patient can find an approach and a solution that works best for them. These treatment options include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Spiritual-based therapies (Meditation, yoga, beach trips)
  • Physical-based therapies (Fitness programs)
  • Emotional/mental healing-based therapies (Self-love connection, trauma resolution, cognitive behavioral therapy, reflective writing, one-on one therapy sessions)
  • Art and music therapy
  • Cutting edge medication
  • Rebuilding healthy relationships
  • Establishing core resolutions and identifying core issues with addiction
  • 12-step-oriented or affiliated support groups

Many treatments explore the root cause of alcoholism/alcohol addiction, healing patients from the inside out.

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Selecting the Right Alcoholism Treatment Program

When selecting the best alcoholism treatment option for you, it is advisable for you to take a number of steps so that you can make the most informed decision.

Become knowledgeable of available treatment choices

There are thousands of drug and alcohol treatment centers across the country. They vary tremendously in terms of specialties, amenities, therapies offered, cost, location, success rate, and overall quality. The right rehab for you will be determined by factors such as what your addiction is, how severe your addiction is, other life commitments you may have, any co-occurring mental disorders that may be present, what therapy methods work best for you, and many more. The best way to decide which facility is the right choice for you is to talk with a treatment professional about what options are available. Contact a treatment expert now.

Determine how treatment success is measured

There are many different ways of determining treatment success. One of the most common is relapse rates, or the percentage of patients that experience a relapse within a certain time period. Often relapse rates are measured at regular intervals, most commonly three months, six months, one year, and two years. It is important to note that a relapse rate without a broader picture can be highly misleading. For example, an excellent facility that specializes in treating opioid addiction for patients with co-occurring disorders is likely to have a higher relapse rate than a comparable facility that specializes in treating hallucinogen addiction. Some facilities also measure success in other ways, such as how many patients achieve certain personal goals, such as maintaining a job or continuing to participate in 12-step programs.

Learn how facilities handle patient relapses

Regrettably, relapse is a fact of treatment. In many programs, the majority of patients will eventually relapse at some point. However, there are different types of relapse. There are one-time moments of weakness, and there are complete returns to a life of addiction. The ways that rehab facilities handle relapse in both current and former patients can make a major difference in what happens to the relapser after their mistake. Just because an individual isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that their sobriety journey has to end.

What Happens After Treatment?

Many treatments available help to ensure a low relapse rate, providing patients with the guidance, comfort, and medication to ensure a higher chance of sobriety. Aside from traditional medical treatment, patients build communities with other patients and inpatient facility employees, creating life-long relationships.

Patience and self-care routines are also encouraged for patients. Keep in mind that adjusting to a life of sobriety can take time. Family members are also encouraged to offer support to patients post rehab and provide loving words of appreciation for positive environments. Many rehab facility professionals additionally offer specialized advice for post-treatment living once patients have been released.

If you are concerned with your well-being or the well-being of a loved one, know there is help. Take the first step into wellness. Contact a treatment professional to transform your life.

Last Edited: April 11, 2018

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