Alcohol Treatment Options

Published on 1/31/11
Categorized in Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol Treatment Options

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction, it is imperative that you find a treatment option that works for you. Read on to learn about the processes of alcohol rehab therapy, counseling, and relapse options.

Alcohol Treatment Options

Alcohol addiction is prevalent in American society, and alcohol rehab can take many forms. These often include medication, counseling, and therapy. For help, you should first contact your physician for references. There are many alcohol treatment centers available to assist in every aspect of recovery, both inpatient and outpatient.

Treatment for alcohol addiction begins with inpatient detox. This is usually voluntary, and the relapse rate varies among alcohol treatment centers. Depending on the severity of the addiction, you will experience more or less severe withdrawal symptoms. Medication to control withdrawal is a part of alcohol rehab, usually lasting 3-7 days. These are "weaning" drugs, shown to prevent relapse over the short term. They are typically prescribed at inpatient alcohol treatment centers, so that you can be closely monitored by medical staff. Prescription drugs that prevent overwhelming withdrawal symptoms will also help you think clearly in order to deal with the emotional and behavioral aspects of addiction. Treatment centers coordinate the necessary meetings and provide counselors for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Alcohol Rehab Therapy

Mild forms of alcoholism often require only outpatient therapy, available through alcohol treatment centers or independent psychiatrists. This should be in addition to attending community support group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcohol rehab therapy can be based on a variety of treatment philosophies, all having shown similar success.

Two major theories underlying behavioral therapy are the biological view of alcoholism as a life-long disease (12-step program) and cognitive therapy which treats alcoholism as a learned response to environmental stress. Many in the scientific community have rejected the idea of alcoholism as either incurable or a disease. Research alcohol treatment centers to find the therapy you most agree with.

Several studies have offered new alcohol rehab therapies which hold promise for relapse prevention. Cue extinction refers to breaking the cycle between taking a first drink and having to take more. Skills training helps recovering addicts better manage their reaction to stressful situation. Alcohol treatment centers may use dual diagnosis for alcoholics and prescribe anti-depressants to medically control the effects of stress.

Counseling in Alcohol Rehab

Counseling in alcohol rehab may take place one-on-one, with groups of recovering addicts, or with family members. Often several different forms of counseling will be prescribed by alcohol treatment centers. The primary goal of counseling is to increase awareness of why you started drinking, the situations that make you more likely to drink, and ways to better cope with stress.

The Role of Alcohol Treatment Centers

Once you find a treatment center that fits your needs, the staff and the center's resources should be endless.  They will be able to help with inpatient detox, alcohol rehab therapy, inpatient counseling, outpatient counseling, and help locate group meetings in your area.  Private psychiatrists are also available to help in all aspects of alcohol rehab.

Relapse Prevention

The effectiveness of alcohol rehab has been linked to several issues including patient motivation, the severity of addiction, how often therapy is used, and community support. Studies from a few years ago suggest that relapse remains very prevalent following alcohol rehab, at around 90% in the first four years.

For this reason, many alcohol treatment centers have become more experimental in the therapy offered. It will be beneficial to ask around about relapse rates of alcohol treatment centers in your area. The best answers will come from your physician and the people at community support meetings who have experienced alcohol rehab programs in your area.

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction or a drinking problem, please refer them to an alcohol treatment center for both your benefit.

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