It can be difficult to watch a person ruin their life because of alcohol. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to happen.  Freedom from addiction is possible by going to an alcohol rehab which will get them started on the path to a better life.

What are the Basic Elements of Alcohol Rehab?

Alcohol rehab helps people overcome their psychological and physical addiction. The four main phases of treatment are:

      1. Diagnosis and evaluation
      2. Detox
      3. Counseling
      4. Aftercare.

Professional alcohol rehab programs utilize comprehensive treatment plans. These treatments can address the factors that caused a person to develop an alcohol addiction in the first place. For instance, many people use alcohol to self-medicate deep-seated emotional issues or depression.

At Caring Hands, we offer holistic alcohol rehab that focuses on meeting the individual needs of our clients. Our center is a place for healthy living, healing, and emotional support. Holistic programs are considered to be the most effective treatment approach because they address all aspects of addiction to heal a person physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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Why Can’t a Person Quit Alcohol on Their Own?

Recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction involves much more than merely deciding never to drink again.  Few people succeed in remaining sober without professional treatment.

The reasons for their inability to quit permanently have nothing to do with willpower or ethics. Instead, it’s about the chemicals in alcoholic beverages that create intense withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is withheld.  Most individuals cannot deal with the pain and discomfort rendered by the withdrawal, so they reach for another drink.  This pattern will continue unless professional treatment is obtained.

Alcohol abuse can also cause some severe health issues that can be exacerbated by withdrawal symptoms.  Some of these issues can become life-threatening.  For these reasons, a person is advised to seek professional detox to avoid severe consequences during withdrawal.

What to Expect in Alcohol Detox

Evaluation and Assessment 

Treatment starts with a comprehensive physical and psychological assessment.  Counselors and physicians conduct the evaluation and will need to review the person’s medical records. The purpose of the assessment is to determine which treatment is best for a person’s unique needs.

Detoxification

The purpose of detox is to rid the body of harmful, addictive substances. Chills, anxiety, depression, and irritability are some of the symptoms that a person may experience while going through withdrawal. Medical supervision will be provided throughout the process to ensure the safety of the patient. In some cases, therapeutic medication may be needed.

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What Happens After Detox?

Alcohol addiction is a combination of physical and mental factors.  Detox has addressed the physiological aspect of alcoholism, but lasting recovery is dependent on also treating the psychological issues involved.  This part of the recovery process involves a comprehensive rehab program that includes some of the following:

      • Individual Counseling 

Patients have a one-on-one meeting with a counselor. The purpose of counseling is to explore the factors that lead to alcoholism. The individual will learn how to live an alcohol-free life through dedication and discipline.

      • Group Counseling 

Group counseling allows patients to meet and interact with others who are also in recovery.   It’s also an excellent opportunity to share their experiences with other people.

      • Education and Skills Training

Many long-term alcoholics need to learn new skills so they can get a job and be self-sufficient once again.  They also need to learn better coping methods that will help them avoid situations that would tempt them to drink again.  Evidence-based program options such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Communication Skills, Anger Management, Nutritional Guidance, and Music and Art Therapy are evidence-based and work to help a person navigate life’s struggles without turning to alcohol.

      • Aftercare 

Many people relapse after they go through alcohol rehab. It can be hard to stay sober when one returns to the same environment that played a role in the addiction. That is why aftercare is essential. Twelve-step programs, sober living homes, holistic treatments, group therapy, and personal therapy are some of the aftercare programs available.

An aftercare program helps the recovering alcoholic feel that he or she is not alone during this sensitive transitional period.  The extra guidance and support offered by these programs are vital to help prevent relapse.

Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

You have the option of going to outpatient or inpatient rehab. It is important to know the differences between the two before you decide which one to attend. The severity of your addiction is also a determining factor.  In some cases, an outpatient rehab doesn’t offer the structured environment needed for some individuals.

Residential Alcohol Rehab 

    • Patients remain at the facility day and night during treatment.
    • Most programs last from 30 to 90 days or more.
    • Round-the-clock supervision and care is provided.
    • Treatment focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab 

    • Patients attend the treatment center during the day and return home at night.
    • Ideal for people who have school, family, work and other obligations.
    • Patients can get medical care, but it is typically not enough for people who have severe withdrawal symptoms.

Signs That Indicate Alcohol Rehab is Necessary

Do you know if you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol-related problems?  Of course, long-time drinkers have plenty of justifications for their alcohol abuse, so it will be difficult to convince them it’s time for rehab.

Here are some of the signs to look for if you are unsure about whether it’s time to seek professional help:

      • Frequent or daily intoxication
      • Drinking more than intended
      • Sleep disturbances
      • Frequent blackouts and falls
      • Violates DUI laws
      • Poor grades or trouble at work due to alcoholism
      • Chronic depression or anxiety
      • Poor hygiene and personal maintenance
      • Diminished health and vitality
      • Violent outbursts and sudden mood swings
      • Inability to perform daily responsibilities
      • Financial problems.

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Of course, many of these signs could indicate other problems besides alcoholism.  However, if the individual has several of the signs along with a drinking problem, it’s probably time to seek treatment.

Alcohol rehab is a place that allows you to heal and get back on the right track.  At Caring Hands Recovery, you’ll receive the utmost respect and compassion during your stay.  Also, you’ll benefit from our carefully chosen program options that can adapt to your unique needs.  Contact us now to learn more.

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