Alcohol rehab is the most powerful, effective way to break the cycle of alcohol dependence. These programs are not just a bandage-type 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 and social aspects of the condition.[i] 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 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.
The Primary Elements of Alcohol Rehab
Though every experience in addiction treatment is different and every alcohol rehab facility offers different therapies and treatments based on their philosophy and standards of care, the primary elements of alcohol addiction treatment should not vary too much. In other words, though there are a number of different types of services offered at rehabs across the country, according to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, there are certain benefits that patients fighting long-term alcohol addiction need to successfully beat their dependency.[ii] These include thorough diagnostics and evaluation, alcohol detox, therapeutic addiction treatment and ongoing aftercare services.
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- Assessment and evaluation – The treatment process begins with a complete physical and psychological assessment to establish which method of rehabilitation program should be used. Completed by both medical professionals and treatment counselors, information gathered about family history, personal drug history, other health issues and psychological diagnoses will help determine the correct approach going forward. In some cases, it may be determined that further psychological evaluations are necessary to obtain a diagnosis when symptoms are present that may interfere with alcohol addiction treatment.
- Alcohol detox – In most cases of long-term alcohol addiction, alcohol detox kicks off the rehabilitation experience. This part of the healing process involves stopping the consumption of alcohol and giving the body the time it needs to cleanse itself of the harmful toxins associated with wine, liquor or beer. Withdrawal symptoms may be an issue (e.g. depression and anxiety, mood swings, sweats or chills, and irritability) depending upon the specifics of the addiction. Medical care for these issues should be provided, as well as care for other issues related to co-occurring psychological disorders.
- Medication – In some, not all, cases, it may be determined that medication is necessary to help stabilize the patient during alcohol detox and/or to address co-occurring disorders. These will vary according to the patient’s needs and experiences.
- Counseling and therapeutic treatment – Following detox, recovering alcoholics will receive support from other addicts as well as from certified counselors to help them deal with their addiction. Patients will also learn coping skills so that when they are reintegrated into society, they can cope with stresses without relapse.
- Aftercare – Upon returning home from alcohol rehab, patients often feel energized and excited about their recovery. As days pass, however, this initial hope and positive direction can fade as day-to-day stressors kick in and it becomes clear that certain issues that were problems prior to treatment still need to be dealt with. Ongoing support through 12-step meetings, personal and group therapies and holistic treatments are an essential part of the everyday experience for patients who enjoy long-term success after alcohol rehab.
Inpatient Rehab vs. 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.
- Outpatient settings are better suited for individuals who are the head of a household or have work and school obligations.
- Outpatient rehab may be a good choice for individuals who have a non-life threatening form of alcohol addiction, need a refresher course 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.
- Residential care is a great choice for those who need a place to focus solely on their alcohol addiction and personal recovery process.
- A caring staff offers 24/7 treatment to help those with a very serious alcohol addiction so to avoid the relapse that is so common among those living with chronic addiction issues and to allow them to fully immerse themselves in their recovery.[iii]
Which Type of Treatment 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.
The following 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 (PTSD), depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychological diagnoses can deeply impact the effectiveness of drug addiction treatment. Residential care is usually recommended, specifically to 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.[iv]
Treating Mental Health Illness in Rehab
Treating first one issue and then another has been shown to be ineffective. Now, it is recommended that those struggling with a Dual Diagnosis opt for a rehab that can address both problems simultaneously.
Many alcohol rehab programs have historically provided treatment solely for the issue of addiction without attention to other mental issues. However, this has changed over the past decade as medical and psychological professionals have realized that there is a link between the ability to remain drug-free and the progression of treatment for co-occurring mental health issues when present.
The issue of mental health treatment is especially important among those seeking help for alcoholism. More than 44 percent of alcoholics have mental health complications prior to the onset of alcohol dependence and many others develop mood-related complications, such as depression and dysthymia, after the onset of the addiction, according to the National Institutes of Health.[v]
Counseling is one of the best ways to address mental health issues associated with Dual Diagnoses or addiction specifically. During sessions with a counselor or therapist, the individual learns relapse-prevention skills, receives education about alcoholism and discovers the triggers that cause their unwanted behavior while addressing similar issues concerning their mental health issue. Some of the most effective types of counseling and treatment used to address both issues at the same time include the following:
- 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, he or shemust 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 the following:
- 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 his or hercondition. 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.
Signs That Alcoholism Rehab Is Necessary
Alcoholics, when confronted, will often deny excess consumption of alcohol. Alcoholism is a complex disease and often influenced by the alcoholic’s personality as well as by other factors. Therefore, signs and symptoms may vary from person to person. There are, however, certain behaviors and signs that indicate someone may have a problem with alcohol, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. These behaviors and signs include the following:
Insomnia, frequent falls, bruises of different ages, blackouts, chronic depression, anxiety, irritability, tardiness, absence at work or school, loss of employment, divorce or separation, financial difficulties, frequent intoxicated behavior, weight loss, frequent automobile collisions.
Pancreatitis, gastritis, cirrhosis, neuropathy, anemia, cerebellar atrophy, alcoholic cardiomyopathy (heart disease), Wernicke’s encephalopathy (abnormal brain functioning), Korsakoff’s dementia, central pontine myelinolysis (brain degeneration), seizures, confusion, malnutrition, hallucinations, peptic ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding.
The majority of alcoholics go unrecognized by physicians and health care professionals. This is largely because of the alcoholic’s ability to conceal the amount and frequency of drinking, denial of problems caused by or made worse by drinking, the gradual onset of the disease and the body’s ability to adapt to increasing amounts of alcohol.
Michael’s House Offers Alcohol Treatment and Other Addiction Rehab Options
Michael’s House is a residential alcohol rehab facility in Palm Springs, California. The caring staff of professionals at Michael’s House help individuals to uncover the root causes of their addiction and learn how to create a healthier, more productive lifestyle.
Additionally, Michael’s House offers Dual Diagnosis treatment for those struggling with alcoholism in addition to a co-occurring disorder. Contact Michael’s House today for more information about our holistic treatment approach and learn more about how we can help you or your loved one on a personalized road to recovery. Alcohol rehab is the most powerful, effective way to break the cycle of alcohol dependence. These programs are not just a bandage-type solution—alcohol rehab gets to the heart of why an individual has become addicted and treats these issues at the source.
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. Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to talk with an admissions coordinator about beginning a life without alcohol addiction.