Each person who is admitted for alcohol abuse rehab will undergo an evaluation by our medical staff to determine which, if any, medications are appropriate to assist with withdrawal symptoms, detoxification, and any co-occurring disorder or disorders.*
Throughout treatment, relapse-prevention tools and techniques are employed to help the resident recognize the situations or events that may trigger cravings for alcohol.
Goals Of Alcohol Abuse Rehab:
The goals of alcohol abuse rehab are very similar across treatment modalities. No matter what type of treatment you choose, you can expect to find caring, trained professionals who have these goals for your future in common.
Starting with detox and continuing with psycho-therapeutic treatment, the highest priority is helping the patient learn how to stop drinking and avoid picking it up again.
Treatment of co-occurring disorders.
In about 37 percent of alcoholics in recovery, mental health disorders are also an issue, according to an Epidemiologic Catchment Area study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The best way to stay sober is to honestly and actively work toward recovery. Treatment is not a passive experience, and honest communication is key to success.
Patients must be taught to stick with the program through challenging times: showing up to therapy and 12-step meetings is the best way to demonstrate perseverance.
All these goals add up to relapse prevention, the second largest goal of alcohol rehab after abstinence. Learning actionable choices to make when faced with temptation will help patients avoid falling back into old behavior patterns.
When Intervention Is Needed
Some who have watched the slow progression of alcoholic behaviors in their friend or family member may be uncertain as to when the time has come for alcohol abuse rehab. Those who are becoming alcohol-dependent may be convinced that they “don’t have a problem” or have their drinking “under control.” They may even believe that their alcohol abuse is unnoticed by others and that it has no effect on their home or family life.
The fact is, few alcoholics are as good at hiding their addiction as they think they are. Family members who believe they see a problem with their loved one’s drinking habits may be recognizing the beginning of a serious disorder that requires professional help at a medical treatment facility. When it’s clear that alcohol abuse rehab is a necessity, an intervention may be necessary.
*In most cases, we are equipped to handle the detox process safely and comfortably in our facility. However, if alcohol abuse rehab has been combined with prescription drug abuse, the detox process may be much more difficult. In these situations, the patient may have to be transferred to a hospital during the detox process for added medical support.