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Why you need to know the different types of alcohol rehabilitation

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If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol addiction, the first step is admitting the need for help and evaluating the different types of rehab options.


It may seem like a small step, but it is essential to learn more about alcohol rehabilitation options. One of the biggest questions is what kind of treatment is the best choice. Some people find success with outpatient treatment such as therapy and support groups. However, others require inpatient treatment if they are showing signs of severe physical withdrawal because some of the symptoms can be dangerous and require medical care.

Inpatient treatment

The purpose of inpatient treatment is to remove the person from the triggers and stressors that may lead to continued alcohol abuse and place them in a controlled setting where they can no longer use alcohol. According to research, the other objective is to provide comprehensive treatment and to evaluate their needs for a complete and successful rehabilitation. Those who have medical issues that result from alcohol abuse and sudden withdrawal will be examined by medical staff and in some cases will receive medication to help alleviate the symptoms.

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Patients are evaluated to see what kind of treatment will work best for them. Staff meets with them on an individual basis for therapy dealing with the issues of alcohol abuse and discuses the triggers that led to drinking. Group therapy also helps the patient connect with others who have similar problems. Family members may also receive guidance on how to help their loved one during the recovery process and are provided with the tools they need to cope with the situation. According to experts at alcohol rehabilitation centers, recovery cannot be successful in isolation, so creating a support system is essential.

Outpatient treatment

Whether someone who has suffered from alcohol addiction is transitioning from inpatient treatment back to their normal lives or inpatient treatment was deemed unnecessary, outpatient treatment is an important ingredient for staying sober. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has a long history of helping people who have suffered from alcohol addiction. It has a popular twelve-step program that provides structure and support from a group and a sponsor to help former addicts on the road to sobriety. Family members can join Al-Anon, which is a twelve-step program for families to help them cope with issues arising from their loved one’s alcohol abuse.

In addition to twelve-step programs, recovering alcoholics may want to try art therapy to help develop their creativity and find alternatives to drinking. Sports and other physical activities promote health and can help foster interest in positive pursuits that can help sobriety. For those who have underlying mental health issues that trigger substance abuse, it is important to seek other treatment options for these issues.

Many of those who suffer from substance abuse have other mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Finding multi-faceted treatment options to deal with both substance abuse and mental health improves the chances of long-term sobriety.