Alcohol Addiction Treatment: The Road to Recovery

Quality alcohol addiction treatment centers assist through all phases of recovery.  From helping loved ones plan an intervention to managing post-acute withdrawal syndrome – the road to recovery is a long one.  When researching treatment options look for a facility that offers the following services to give you or your loved one the most effective alcohol addiction treatment possible.

Recovery begins when an alcoholic admits they have a problem and reaches out for help.  Sometimes an event or consequence like the death of another addict or a DUI will propel them to this stage independently.  Other times it will take family or friends conducting an intervention to help an alcoholic realize the scope of their problem.  Interventions are a challenging step for loved-ones and therefore are best planned and facilitated with the expertise of an experienced alcohol addiction treatment counselor.

Delirium Tremens, better known as DT’s, are the physical reactions the body suffers from a “cold turkey”, non-medical detoxification. Severe DT symptoms can include hallucinations, convulsions and in some cases fatal seizures.  Clients requiring detox must enter a medical-detox facility or hospital to minimize these dangers.  Within 3-10 days, most detox-patients are stable enough to enter an alcohol addiction treatment center.

The two most common alcohol addiction treatment options are intensive inpatient and outpatient programs.   The goal of both programs is to prepare recovering alcoholics with the skills and confidence necessary to remain sober for a lifetime.  For this process to be effective, each recovering alcoholic must take part in developing personal treatment goals based on their individual needs.  Trained professionals help each client determine what level and duration of support they need.

Inpatient treatment occurs in a controlled setting offering 24-hour support from highly experienced alcohol addiction experts and medically trained and equipped staff.  This intensive option is designed to aggressively treat alcoholism through daily group sessions, individual therapy and educational classes.  Typically a 30-day treatment program is followed by less intensive options to create a personalized, gradual long term treatment plan.

Outpatient services are a less intensive option usually meeting 3 days per week for 6 weeks.  Clients receiving outpatient services work with a specialist who tailors their recovery program to include group therapy, individual counseling and relapse prevention training. Some clients begin and end their recovery with this method but frequently it is just one part of a larger treatment plan.

Day/night treatment is a less common but increasingly sought after option providing a sober living environment with group meetings, classes and counseling. Designed much like college life, this intensive program works to continue the client’s education about their addiction and recovery.  Day/night treatment facilities offer the transitional support many clients need before entering a less supervised outpatient program.

Successful alcohol addiction treatment programs put a significant emphasis on educating clients about alcoholism.  Physical side effects of quitting do not end with the initial detox process. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S) manifests itself in many ways and to varying degrees for each person.  This is often identified by the recovering alcoholic’s association that a drink will alleviate the undesirable symptom.

Frequent P.A.W.S. symptoms include but are not limited to: anxiety, impaired judgment, increased sensitivity to pain, irritability, disorientation, anger and insomnia.  Understanding PAWS symptoms is the first step in learning how to take back control of your life.  These are the tools every recovering alcoholic must take home with them to ensure they remain on the road to recovery.

Our alcohol addiction treatment specialists are available 24/7 to answer your questions by phone, email, or right here on the site.  Call us now to develop a personalized plan that puts you or your loved-one on the road to recovery.

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