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Alcoholism Treatment and Rehabilitation

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance in United States. There are a number of people who suffer from alcohol abuse and addiction. As reported by National Center for Biotechnology Information, one in six Americans has a drinking problem. Alcoholism affects every aspect of an alcoholic’s life. From his day to day routine to his physical and mental health, everything is deteriorated. But recovery is possible and it is always an option. All it takes is willpower and an appropriate treatment plan. It is important to thoroughly consider different treatment plans and rehabilitation options before opting for one. Alcoholism is a disease but its cure is possible! If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism, call us right away for the much needed guidance and information on treatment plans.

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Table of Contents:

  • 1.Treatment Options for Alcoholism
  • 2.Medications Used to Aid the Process of Recovery
  • 3.Treatment of Co-occurring Conditions
  • 4.What to Do if a Loved One Suffers from Alcohol Abuse

Treatment Options for Alcoholism:

Choosing the right treatment plan and rehabilitation center holds a significant importance in the process of recovery. We, at SloRecoveryCenters, provide every treatment essential for the rehabilitation of the patient. A number of treatment options are available for alcoholics to choose the one that specifically suits their needs. The general treatment plan for alcoholism consists of the following components:

  • Detoxification:
    Detoxification refers to the process in which addict’s body cleans itself of chemicals accumulated from the years of substance abuse. Detox starts as soon as the alcoholic stop consuming alcohol so is the first step towards recovery. Detoxification process can be extremely painful and bothersome but it is important to endure the pain patiently to ensure a successful recovery. Painful withdrawal symptoms and cravings are a significant part of Detox process. They are the reason most of the patients relapse. It is not possible to completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms but medications and therapies can help to make the Detox process bearable. It is recommended to go through detoxification at a good rehab center rather than home in order to avoid the dangers associated with it.
  • partial hospitalization Treatment Program:
    Availing an partial hospitalization treatments program is necessary for the recovery of extreme alcoholics. It is the most intensive type of treatment plan that provides constant 24/7 supervision and treatment for withdrawal symptoms. The patient may have to live in the rehab center for a few weeks to months depending upon his condition and progress. It is the 2nd phase of treatment after detoxification has been completed successfully. Therapy, yoga, exercise, and counseling are an important component of any good partial hospitalization treatment plan. Recovery rate is very high for partial hospitalization treatment approach and also, the risk of relapse is very low.
  • Partial Hospitalization:
    After the completion of partial hospitalization treatment program, the patient maybe hospitalized as a transition between partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. The patient is offered extensive care combined with therapy and medications through the process.
  • Outpatient Treatment Program:
    Outpatient treatment approach provides the maximum amount of freedom to the patient. The patient is allowed to live at his home and carry out his usual activities while getting treated at the same time. The facilities provided are very similar to partial hospitalization treatment excluding the living in part. Therapies, counseling and other recovery services are a part of outpatient treatment program as well. Outpatient treatment program is not recommended unless the patient has completed partial hospitalization treatment program or is medically stable with high motivation and a supportive family at the back. Relapse rate is high for partial hospitalization treatment program.
  • Behavioral Therapies:
    Therapies and counseling services are an important part of both partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment approaches. Group and individual therapy is usually offered during the treatment process. Family therapy can be an option too.

    • Individual therapy: This type of therapy only involves the patient and his therapist. The patient can talk about everything to his therapist with confidence. The therapist helps the patient with every aspect of his life, whether it is starting over, resisting carvings or staying strong.
    • Group therapy: It involves a number of patients getting treated at the same time. The patients can talk to each other or the therapist about their condition, struggle and progress. This type of approach can immensely help the patients stay positive throughout the treatment process.
  • Aftercare Programs: Aftercare programs ensure that patient is doing well in his life. Self help and support groups enable the patient stay positive and avoid negative emotions. Aftercare programs can also be very helpful to prevent a relapse.

Medications Used to Aid the Process of Recovery:

A number of medications can be used to make the process of alcohol withdrawal less difficult. These medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. They may also inhibit the effects of alcohol if consumed. These medications include:

  • Acamprosate: This medication greatly helps to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms and reduce alcohol cravings.
  • Naltrexone: The main function of this medication is to reduce alcohol cravings and keep the patient from going back to alcohol.
  • Disulfiram: It produces unpleasant effects when the alcohol is consumed by the patient. Such as nausea, headache and vomiting thus helping the addict to give up on alcohol.

Treatment of Co-occurring Conditions:

Alcohol and drug addiction are much more than what is seen on the surface. There is usually a past for every alcoholic. A number of reasons push the alcoholic towards the excessive usage of alcohol. Such as: a psychological condition or a mental illness. Such conditions existing simultaneously with alcohol addiction are termed as co-occurring conditions. It is very important to diagnose and treat these undiagnosed conditions. No treatment plan can be successful unless the root cause is determined and eradicated. These aspects should be kept in mind while considering an option for treatment. Only the centers that offer such important treatments should be preferred. There is a high chance of relapsing if these underlying conditions are left untreated. For example, depression or anxiety can make a patient resort to alcohol in the times of distress rather than dealing with the situation.

What to Do if a Loved One Suffers from Alcohol Addiction:

It can be traumatizing to realize that a loved one is dealing with alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse and addiction is damaging in so many aspects. But it is important to realize that recovery is possible. And sooner the help is provided; the easier is the process of recovery. A patient should be provided all the treatment options needed. This Treatment Facility Locator by SAMHSA can be helpful to locate a nearby rehabilitation center. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the patient may be admitted in an partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment program. The sooner, the better! Do not let the condition of your loved one become worse before you reach out for help. The treatment costs may vary depending upon the rehab center, services and treatment plan chosen. Also, if the patient spends more time in an partial hospitalization treatment facility, the amount needed will be more. So not providing the appropriate treatment in time will not only cost the patient physically and mentally but also financially.

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