Alcohol rehab is the most powerful, effective way to break the cycle of alcohol dependence. These programs are not just a “band-aid” solution; rather, alcohol rehab gets to the heart of why an individual has become addicted and treats these issues at the source. Alcohol rehab is a treatment program dedicated to the process of helping individuals overcome their physical and psychological addictions to alcohol. During this process, the individual will go through three basic stages of treatment: alcohol detox, counseling and aftercare. Each one of the processes is designed to treat a different component of addiction, addressing the physical, psychological or social aspects of the condition.

At Michael’s House, we offer a holistic alcohol rehab experience designed to meet the individual needs of each patient on a personal level. An alcohol rehab center is a also a place for healing, healthier living, and emotional and therapeutic support. The treatment programs that have enjoyed the most success in helping their patients heal after alcohol addiction are those that have incorporated multiple elements of evidence-based care to enrich the mind, body and soul of the individual.

Inpatient Rehab Versus Outpatient Rehab

Alcohol rehab programs are available in two basic forms – outpatient care and residential treatment. While both offer similar help options (e.g., detox, counseling, aftercare, etc.), there are some significant differences in the way each type of program delivers these treatments.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

  • Individuals attend treatment during the day and return home (or to a sober living facility) in the evening.
  • Better suited for individuals who are the head of a household or have work and school obligations.
  • A good choice for individuals who have a non-life threatening form of alcohol addiction, need a “brush-up” after a successful long-term stay in inpatient treatment, or have only been drinking habitually for a short period of time.
  • Medical care is not generally included so those who experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking should avoid this form of treatment.

Residential Alcohol Rehab

  • The individual moves into a dorm-like setting or a private or semi-private room and receives around-the-clock care.
  • A great choice for those who need a place to focus solely on their alcohol addiction and personal recovery process.
  • 24/7 treatment helps those with a very serious alcohol addiction to avoid the relapse that is so common among those living with chronic addiction issues and fully immerse themselves in their recovery.

Which Type of Program Is Right for You?

The best type of alcohol rehab for you will depend upon a number of factors. There is no one-size-fits-all condition when it comes to addiction and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to treatment. It’s important that you take the time to consider what you need from your treatment program before jumping in and investing your time, money and health into any rehabilitation program.

InterventionHere are some factors to consider, according to the National Library of Medicine:

  • Length of time spent in active alcohol addiction. The longer you spent drinking daily, the more likely it is that you will need an inpatient rehab to provide you with appropriate care.
  • Co-occurring psychological disorders. Issues like eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychological diagnoses can deeply impact the effectiveness of drug addiction treatment. Residential care is usually recommended, specifically a Dual Diagnosis rehab equipped to treat both issues at once.
  • Co-occurring medical disorders. Physical dependencies on other drugs, chronic medical disorders like diabetes or heart problems, or any medical issue for which you are prescribed addictive medications can mean that constant medical care is more necessary.
  • Ability to avoid relapse independently. Some who would otherwise do well at an outpatient rehabilitation center may feel that they are unable to avoid relapse during the first month or so of recovery. In these cases, inpatient care may make them feel safer and assist them in sticking to their treatment.
  • Family responsibilities. In some cases, it may be impossible to enroll in a residential facility due to responsibilities at home, financial reasons or legal issues. In these cases, outpatient care is always a better choice when the alternative is foregoing treatment entirely and continuing to drink.

Treatment Techniques

Some of the most effective types of counseling and treatment used to address both issues at the same time include:

  • Individual counseling. During these regular sessions, the individual takes part in one-on-one private therapy with an addiction treatment counselor. These sessions are a chance to explore the issues in the individual’s life that have brought about their alcoholism, and find some real solutions for moving forward.
  • Group counseling. These sessions involve meeting with other recovering addicts in the program. Group counseling is a wonderful opportunity to share stories with others, gain support from one another, and break down the walls of isolation brought on by alcohol addiction.
  • Aftercare. When an individual “graduates” from alcohol rehab, they must then return to the outside world. This is not always as easy as it sounds, as patients face a number of challenges when they return home after treatment, including:
  • Temptation. Seeing old friends or acquaintances can quickly lead to old behaviors concerning alcohol abuse.
  • Stress and distraction. Work or school can get stressful, as the individual tries to play catch-up after missing time because of their condition. This can easily trigger relapse behavior.
  • A lack of understanding. Those who have never been through drug rehab or alcohol rehab don’t know what these intense processes are really like. Therefore, it can be difficult for a patient to feel “normal” in everyday society and to reintegrate.

An alcohol rehab center is a place for healing, healthier living and support. Those treatment programs that have enjoyed the most success in helping their patients are those that have incorporated all these elements to enrich the mind, body and soul of the individual.

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