It is rare for an alcoholic to be able to stop drinking alone if the addiction is long-term or the person has been a heavy drinker. A person who is addicted to alcohol may require the help from a rehab facility that specializes in alcoholism treatment.
With numerous programs available, you have to find the one that meets your needs. For help, dial (716) 217-4122 to speak with the experts at Drug Treatment Centers Amherst.
It is important to know what your treatment options are before you decide which program to enter.
Inpatient (or residential) treatment requires patients to stay in a rehab facility for 90 days or more. Patients can begin their recovery with a medical detox to remove all drugs and alcohol from their bodies. After detox is complete, addicts attend individual and group counseling sessions daily.
Doctors and therapists will work together to create a plan for treatment based on an individual’s specific needs. Residential treatment has the advantage of allowing addicts to completely focus on their recovery without any of the distractions or temptations outside.
Outpatient treatment allows addicts to stay at home and visit a facility to receive counseling and medical attention. This option is more discreet, as the addict does not have to explain their absence. It also allows patients to maintain their jobs and responsibilities at home. Outpatient treatment is often used as a follow-up to inpatient treatment, but it can also be used for patients who are serious about recovery and have a strong support system at home.
The first step is the same for all programs. The alcoholic must stop drinking. The facility will require the person to detox or abstain from alcohol and let the body cleanse itself from the substance before further treatment can happen. If the person managed to detox on his or her own, the therapy portion of treatment begins.
Once detox is complete, many people think they are “cured.” However, alcoholism is not a condition that can be cured. The person will always face the challenge of sobriety. The right treatment plan can teach him or her how to be successful at maintaining sobriety.
Treatment programs often consist of various types of therapy. For example, a patient may participate in group therapy with other addicts. At the same time, they may be involved in individual counseling or even family therapy to deal with issues related to the alcoholism.
Most facilities offer a variety of therapies. The medical providers evaluate the alcoholic and determine which types will be most effective and begin implementing them. It is not unusual for a new therapy to be added later in the treatment if the person hits a roadblock or needs extra help.
Part of treating alcoholism is providing ongoing support to prevent relapse. That is why many 12-step programs offer lifetime membership with mentors or sponsors that recovering addicts can turn to.
The most popular program is Alcoholics Anonymous, which offers meetings in many cities. People can attend as many or as few meetings as they need to maintain sobriety. When the person is going through a difficult time or faced an unpleasant situation that causes him or her to consider taking a drink, they can find a meeting to attend.
Treatment often begins on an inpatient basis if the situation allows. It may transfer to an outpatient program as the person becomes ready to take the step towards independence. Many facilities offer ongoing support in the form of special activities and events to educate and encourage the addict in his or her new life.
Treatment exists for alcoholics, but they must be willing to find the program that meets the individual need. Seeking help is the first step in a long process, but it is a process that you don’t have to go through alone. Call Drug Treatment Centers Amherst at (716) 217-4122 to get help today.