Alcohol rehab is a necessary healthcare treatment program if you are an alcoholic or have been an abuser of the substance for a considerable amount of time. Without the proper treatment, you may not be able to quit your high-risk drinking and will likely only experience more problematic side effects associated with this issue. If you have been struggling with alcohol abuse for any amount of time between a few months and several years or more, now is the time to seek help.
We can help you find the right rehab program for your needs as well as answer any questions you may have about substance abuse rehab. Call 800-654-0987 to learn about your treatment options and to find a program that will help you end your alcohol abuse for good.
Both long-time alcoholics and occasional abusers can benefit from alcohol rehab, especially if your abuse of the substance has become a problem in your daily life. Consider the questions below and answer honestly in order to find out if you may be in need of professional treatment.
- Do you drink every day and in large amounts, even when you are alone?
- Have you had multiple people you care about express concern over your alcohol use?
- Have you experienced severe psychological or physical side effects associated with your substance abuse?
- Have you ever suffered from alcohol poisoning or needed to visit the hospital as a result of your alcohol abuse?
- Do you also use drugs when you drink?
- Do you have a very high tolerance for alcohol?
- Have you ever experienced withdrawal effects when you weren’t able to drink?
- Do you experience cravings for alcohol when you are unable to drink?
- Do you often feel like you are not in control of your alcohol intake once you begin drinking?
- Have you ever tried stopping or cutting back on your drinking without success?
- Have you experienced severe consequences associated with your drinking, such as:
- Getting fired or getting reprimanded at work?
- Getting arrested or dealing with other legal issues?
- Losing a scholarship, failing a class, or having problems in school?
- Losing an important relationship in your life?
- Despite these consequences, do you still feel that you will be unable to stop or cut back on your drinking at all?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you could benefit immensely from alcohol rehab. In addition, the telltale signs of alcoholism are listed below.
- Tolerance: a need to drink more and more to feel the same effects
- Craving: a desire to drink that is very strong
- Dependence: experiencing withdrawal effects when unable to drink
- Uncontrollable drinking: the inability to restrain yourself from drinking more, even when you know you should
If you experience any of these issues with alcohol use, rehab is necessary in order to stop abusing this substance in the way you currently have been. We can help you find the right rehab program for your needs; call 800-654-0987 today to learn more.
Unfortunately, alcohol has one of the most dangerous and unpredictable withdrawal periods associated with any substance of abuse. Therefore, it is especially ill advised to attempt to go through this stage of recovery without the help of healthcare professionals. Sometimes, alcohol withdrawal will only cause a number of mild to moderate side effects, including:
- Mood swings
These should still be treated in a rehab center, though, because they could always spike or become more severe during the two to three weeks alcohol withdrawal symptoms can often last. Depression is another serious side effect that can be caused during this withdrawal syndrome, and you will be checked for signs of this issue so that you can receive the safest treatment possible. In addition, alcohol withdrawal can possibly turn into a life threatening condition called delirium tremens, which includes symptoms such as:
- Severe confusion
These symptoms must be treated with 24-hour supervision and care, and you may even need to be sedated for the duration of your symptoms. However, there is no certainty that they may or may not occur, so receiving treatment in a professional rehab setting––even for the early symptoms of alcohol withdrawal––is an absolute necessity.
Methods for Alcohol Rehab Treatment
There are a number of methods utilized to treat alcohol addiction or alcoholism. Evidence-based methods, like for other substance use disorders, include medications and behavioral therapies, but there are additional methods that may be interesting or beneficial to you depending on your specific condition.
Currently, there are three medications approved to treat alcohol dependence. These medications have all been approved by the FDA, and one of them may be beneficial to you, depending on your current situation, the severity of your dependence on alcohol, and your other needs. They include:
- Naltrexone: an opioid antagonist that helps reduce the desire for and the act of heavy drinking
- Acamprosate: a drug that minimizes cravings for alcohol
- Disulfram: an aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor that causes unpleasant reactions in the body when mixed with alcohol (such as nausea and flushing) and will make you less likely to drink as a result
Behavioral therapies are some of the most beneficial and widely used treatment options in alcohol rehab. Medications can help make it easier for someone not to drink and they also treat withdrawal symptoms and other unpleasant issues associated with recovery, but behavioral therapies will actually teach you how to change the way you think and feel about your substance abuse. Some of the most commonly used behavioral therapies in alcohol rehab include:
- Contingency management: a therapeutic program based on a reward system where you will receive either vouchers that increase in value or cash prizes with every drug test you take that comes back negative
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: a program that focuses on learning processes and teaches you how to recognize and avoid triggers, cope with stress and cravings, and see your alcohol abuse in a new light
- 12-step facilitation therapy: a program that will help you learn more about 12-step programs and how they can be beneficial to you during your recovery
- Group therapy: a program that allows you to meet with other individuals who are going through the same things you are and to make changes through social interaction
- Family therapy: a program that points out and works to change problematic behaviors and relationships in family dynamics for the good of both the addict and their loved ones
There are indeed many other methods that may be beneficial to you during your alcohol rehab. It is important to consider your needs as a patient, as you may benefit from
- Educational help
- Vocational counseling
- Housing help
- Nutritional classes
- Drug education
- HIV prevention and education
Many rehab centers provide these options, as well as others that are not decidedly approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcohol abuse but can be extremely helpful in providing a comfortable atmosphere in rehab and creating a bond between you and a new, beneficial activity that promotes an alcohol-free lifestyle. These can include:
- Tai Chi
- Dance therapy
- Art therapy
- Pet/animal therapy
- Massage therapy
- Spiritual growth and development
Once you decide to attend alcohol rehab, the treatment options listed above will be parsed down based on the center you choose and your particular needs as a patient to create an individualized treatment program specifically for you. This program will also be continually assessed and modified by your doctor, based on your progress and your changing needs as you continue to recover. We can help you find the right rehab center depending on your needs as an individual and your current stage of recovery.
Do I Need to Stop Drinking in Alcohol Rehab?
If you are struggling with alcoholism, it is more than likely better that you stop drinking once you enter rehab and that you continue your abstinence from alcohol even afterward. This is considered to be the best option for most individuals in recovery from alcoholism because the struggle to control your use of the substance can be eliminated by making the decision to be abstinent. If you decide to keep drinking, it can be hard to control your alcohol intake and you may experience a relapse very quickly.
However, it is best to discuss this with your doctor and to ensure that you both agree on what the best option is for you. After all, every individual is different, and your recovery is unlike anyone else’s. It is important that you heal from your alcohol abuse in the safest and best way for your needs.
There are many types of alcohol rehab programs and facilities in existence that differ widely in the benefits they offer and the methods they provide. It is important to find the right program for your particular needs and to consider all of those needs before you start searching.
- Consider your requirements for alcohol rehab. Do you want 24-hour access to treatment? Do you want your friends and family to be able to come and visit you? How long do you think your program should last? Consider all of these important questions in order to find the right program.
- Don’t forget to ask yourself about the aspects of your life and personal situation that do not directly affect your addiction but will affect your treatment. Will you require accommodations in your care, such as hospitalization, a Spanish-speaking medical staff, or something else? The more of your needs that are met by your facility, the more likely you will be to feel comfortable and to stay in the program as long as necessary.
- Once you know what you will require from your alcohol rehab program, call 800-654-0987 to find the best fit for your needs. We want to match you to a program that will provide the safest, most beneficial, and best all-around care for you.
Seek Alcohol Rehab Treatment Now
We can help you find an alcohol rehab program that will allow you to recover safely and quickly from your substance use disorder. Alcohol abuse can be an incredibly difficult problem to live with, but you no longer have to suffer in silence. Let us help you today.
Call 800-654-0987 to discuss your treatment options now and to find safe, reliable rehab centers where you can recover from alcohol abuse and alcoholism. It’s time you made the change in your life that you have been waiting for and to stop your abuse of this dangerous substance for good. Call now.