treatment and rehab
Learn about the different treatment we offer at the facility and find out what's best for you.
When is it time for treatment?
It’s hard to know when it is time to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one, but generally, the following symptoms mean treatment may be necessary:
- Hiding or denying alcohol use (lying about frequency or occasions of drinking, concealing or sneaking alcohol)
- Neglecting responsibilities (struggling at work, school, or with relationships)
- Irritability or uncharacteristic behavior (such as unusual mood swings or increased need for privacy)
- External consequences for alcohol use (legal trouble, loss of job or relationship)
There are many different types of treatment for alcoholism, many of which can fit into your schedule. Often, though, treatment is going to require your full attention to be successful. This initial investment of your time is worth a life without the consequences of alcoholism. Treatment options include:
- In-patient: length varies, but standard in-patient treatment generally means 30 days (can be more or less) in a full-time facility. Facilities usually offer a mix of group and individual therapy, psychological and physical evaluation, medication and healthy activities.
- Out-patient: the duration of out-patient therapy varies, but typically involves several hours of group and individual therapy per week. The difference between in-patient and out-patient is the patient does not reside at a treatment facility for out-patient treatment.
- Counseling: group or individual talk therapy can be an excellent tool for recovering from alcoholism.
- Meetings and sponsorship: there are meetings several times a day in various locations in most cities. You can almost always find a meeting option that works for you. Having a supportive community and/or a personal sponsor to keep you accountable is an essential asset in recovery.
Usually, treatment will involve a combination of these options. For example, whether you opt for in-patient or out-patient treatment, it is strongly advised that you continue with counseling and/or meetings after treatment.
The detox period, or complete abstinence from alcohol, is a huge obstacle for those struggling with alcoholism. An in-patient facility can provide medication, care, and support during this time of emotional and physical discomfort. You are also more likely to make it through the detox period being held accountable by others 24/7, and by receiving round-the-clock care to make it easier. It is extremely difficult to detox from serious or chronic alcohol abuse without support.
- About 95% of U.S. citizens with alcoholism do not think they need treatment.
- More than 30% of people who receive treatment can use public or private health insurance to cover their costs. Many treatment facilities and counselors also offer a sliding scale fee based on income, to make treatment accessible for those who do not have health insurance.
- In 2014, roughly 1.5 million people received treatment for alcoholism. Out of these, nearly twice as many were men than women.
There is no standardized way to measure the success of any rehabilitation facility or a particular treatment method. Success is based on personal and usually unquantifiable metrics, such as completion of a treatment program, duration of abstinence from alcohol after treatment, and personal satisfaction with the quality of life after treatment. Everyone has their own unique experience and responds to treatment differently.