Choosing to get treatment is a big and life changing decision. You’ve just taken a big step in getting your life back. It may be a bumpy road ahead, but if you’re ready, then support is available to help you whenever you need it.
Now, how do you find the right alcohol addiction rehabilitation program for your situation? There are several different types of treatments, each meeting different needs. You may want to consult your doctor to find out his/her recommendation for your case. In the meantime, here are some suggestions and a primer on the types of alcohol treatment programs available.
Weighing Your Options
No one treatment works for everybody. You are a unique individual with unique needs, so find the program that feels right to you. Your treatment program should be personalized for your problems and situation.
Treatment should treat more than just alcohol abuse. Since alcohol use affects your entire life, including your relationships, career or school, and health, the treatment program should also help you rebuild those aspects of your life.
If you have other medical or psychological issues going on, seek treatment. Sometimes, alcohol abuse masks mental health problems; addressing both issues will aid recovery.
You need commitment and follow-through to recover successfully. Overcoming alcohol abuse is not a quick, one-shot deal, it’s a long process with plenty of ups and downs. The longer and the more intensely you used alcohol, the longer and more intense your treatment will be. You may be tempted to have a drink at times; being committed to your recovery and regaining your life will help you resist those temptations.
Comparing Alcohol Rehab Programs
Although there’s a variety of treatments out there, good ones should all meet certain minimum standards. However, facilities that treat larger numbers of clients generally offer a wider variety of services. When you are considering a particular program, make sure to check for the following options.
Program Accreditation and Licensing
Is the program accredited by the state? Is it run by licensed professionals and specialists with training and experience in alcohol abuse? The answer to both of these questions should be “Yes.”
Quality of Care
Does the program also provide treatment or assistance for medical illnesses, vocational concerns, legal issues, disabilities or cultural considerations? Do they offer cognitive behavioral therapy, such as counseling, to address alcohol-related issues and help you improve how you function in your community or family? What kinds of medication, if any, do they incorporate into the treatment regimen? Is there ongoing monitoring of your situation so they can alter your treatment plan as needed or guide you back towards abstinence in the event of a relapse? Choose a program that meets your specific needs, even if they seem unrelated to alcohol use; they actually might be contributing to the abuse or might affect your recovery.
Effectiveness of the Program’s Methods
Check whether an objective outside agency has statistics on the program’s success rates. A higher success rate suggests that you may more easily recover in a particular program–if everything else about the program is a good fit for you. If not, then look for a different program, even if the success rates are lower.
What kind of aftercare program does the treatment facility offer? Will they refer you to other recovery support groups in your area? Will they work with you as partners to put together a discharge plan when you’re ready to leave? Do they offer services or referrals to your family members to help them understand and support what you’re going through? A good treatment program is run by folks who understand that recovery is a years long process that requires continued support from family, professionals, and other recovering individuals.
Types of Alcohol Rehab Programs
Your physician may recommend a particular type of treatment program; if so, then this is a good place to start looking for the best program for you. Regardless of the type of treatment, the program you choose should start with detox, then help you adjust to life without alcohol while treating the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of alcohol use.
In this program, you’ll live at the facility and receive intensive treatment during the day. Programs typically last from 30 to 90 days, and sometimes even longer.
Individuals in these programs need ongoing medical monitoring, but they have a stable living situation. These programs meet at the hospital several days each week for four to six hours per day.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
These programs focus on preventing relapse and meet three or more days a week for at least two to four hours each day. The hours are usually scheduled around work and school.
Available on an individual, group or family basis, counseling works best when combined with other types of treatment or when used as follow-up support. Therapy can help you explore the underlying causes of your alcohol use, rebuild relationships, and learn healthier coping techniques.
This stage typically follows intensive treatment, such as residential treatment. In this situation, you’ll live with other recovering alcohol users in a supportive, alcohol-free environment. This option works well for individuals who don’t have any place to go or who worry that returning home too early may lead to relapse.
Paying for Treatment
The costs of alcohol treatment vary greatly depending on the type of program, your treatment needs, and your insurance. Many health insurance providers will cover at least part of the cost for mental health and substance abuse treatment. In addition, some treatment programs offer reduced payment or sliding scale options.
Selecting the right alcohol treatment program for your needs may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether or not you believe this, you have family, friends, and doctors who care about you and who want to help you overcome the alcohol abuse. And any treatment center worth its salt will work with you to determine if they’re a good fit for your needs and goals. You deserve praise for choosing to seek help, and with a bit of determination, encouragement and support, you can recover from alcohol abuse!