How to Treat Alcoholism
There are a lot of ways to treat alcoholism today. It is important to know that you can live a “normal” life again if you are having issues with alcohol use disorder (AUD). It may feel hopeless and like things will never get better, but you need to know that you are not alone in this battle. You can be healthy and happy again.
You can have a support system there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained medical professionals at a rehab facility will help you with any big obstacles you are facing through your recovery. They can also cheer you on as you progress through your recovery, and they will supervise your progress. Your support system, personal medical history and your desire to receive treatment will all play a part in how well your treatment goes. The professionals can assist you with detox, and they will remain in your life even after you complete rehab.
Less than 50 percent of people experience a relapse after they are sober for at least a year. However, dealing with alcoholism is a journey. When you decide to get serious about alcoholism and to go to a rehab facility, you are committing to a better future for yourself. But, after completing a rehab program, it is highly recommended that you continue to see a qualified counselor and go to local groups that can offer you support. Both your friends and family will benefit from your commitment to sobriety.
We recommend that you consider exploring the options you have to become sober and to deal with this issue.
When Is Treatment Necessary for Alcohol Use Disorder?
If someone really wants to quit drinking and can come to terms with the fact that they have a problem, that person is a good candidate to receive treatment for alcohol-related issues. However, this process is not easy. If the person dealing with alcohol misuse doesn’t realize they have a problem, an intervention is helpful to get everything out on the table. Possible treatment options can be discussed, and loved ones can express themselves so the person is fully aware of the gravity of their alcohol problem.
An intervention is often necessary when people are making excuses and neglecting their responsibilities. They might also be moody, and their performance at school or work could be declining rapidly. They could be less interested in “participating in life” and could be drinking heavily without being able to admit they are doing so. If any of these things are happening, it is time to get serious about treatment for alcohol use disorder.
If you can “catch” the problem near the beginning, the person with the issue has a much better chance of being sober longer after going through treatment. However, it is important to know that qualified treatment for alcohol-related issues can be sought at any time. If someone fails to get help for his or her issue, the consequences can include financial issues, relationship problems, health problems, and employment complications.
Statistics Regarding Alcoholism in America
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 95 percent of Americans who are having issues with alcohol use disorder do not believe they should get treatment for their conditions. That being said, 1.1 million men and 431,000 women did, in fact, receive treatment for alcoholism in the year 2014. These numbers show that you aren’t alone and that help is available.
What Types of Alcoholism Treatments Are Available?
Professional rehabilitation centers offer a lot of excellent, effective options that can help you become sober. We are going to go over some of those options as we know this is one of the most important decisions you will make. We want you to understand what your options are and what they consist of. Additionally, there are programs available that are all-encompassing and that utilize each part of what we will discuss below.
Detox for Alcoholism
The first step when treating alcoholism is detoxification. It can also be the most challenging step. After someone ceases drinking alcohol, withdrawal symptoms can be severe for the first few days. Therefore, you should only detox under the guidance of trained medical professionals. Most likely, this will be at a rehabilitation facility that can help you 24 hours a day. At a rehab facility, medical professionals can monitor you and assist you with medications if necessary. You will be able to proceed with further types of therapy after your detox has been completed successfully.
Counseling for Alcoholism
It is very important for someone to meet frequently with a qualified alcohol counselor during treatment for alcoholism. When you are working with a counselor, you can discuss your successes on your journey towards sobriety along with your challenges. It is a very necessary part of a treatment program for alcoholism. A qualified therapist will assist you in keeping a healthy mind during your treatment program. This way, you can share your issues with family, drinking, other people, your job, and everything else, in a safe environment.
Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation
An inpatient rehabilitation program requires you to stay on-site throughout your entire treatment program. Often times, this is for 30 days, 60 days or 90 days. Inpatient rehabilitation is extremely stable and structured. This makes it an excellent environment to deal with severe alcohol use disorder or alcoholism. This type of facility is actually designed specifically to help people with more severe alcohol-related issues. There will be qualified professionals available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also provide you with information that will help you to be successful after your rehabilitation is complete. These preparations include what you should do if you have a relapse, detailed information about dealing with triggers, and guidance with maintenance programs for continued sobriety.
Government-Assisted Alcoholism Treatment Programs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a government resource in the United States that is an excellent source of information for people dealing with alcoholism. This group can also refer people to treatment centers that will help them immediately. Several states in the nation offer treatment options that are affordable. This ensures that people who are financially under-privileged can still get the help they need. However, there are conditions for these programs that must be met. This is because there is a tremendous demand for alcoholism treatment services. Many government programs have wait lists as a result.
The Three Stages of Treatment for Alcoholism
A professional rehabilitation facility will design a program specifically to address your needs. However, there are some general specifications that can be found across the vast majority of rehab programs. These represent the three basic stages of treatment:
1. Alcohol Detoxification
Withdrawal symptoms are extremely common when someone goes through detoxification. This is the step that many begin with when treating alcoholism. You will remove all alcohol from your system during this step. The first 24 to 48 hours are the toughest when you are detoxing. Sometimes your symptoms can be extremely severe, and other times, the symptoms are only minor. You may be able to receive medications that can help with your detox from a medical professional at the rehab facility.
2. Alcohol Rehabilitation
You will move forward with your rehabilitation after your detox. In many cases, this will include the treatment options that we outlined above. You’re going to receive help that will allow you to deal successfully with sudden desires to drink. You will also find out how to deal with things that may come up in your life outside of rehabilitation in the future. Rehabilitation can be done either in an outpatient or inpatient facility. This is determined by the severity of your issue. Many people visit their doctors to get proper recommendations about which type of facility they should attend.
3. Post-Treatment Maintenance Program
After you have successfully completed alcohol rehabilitation, you can finally get back to your life and get “back to normal.” You need to take things gradually, and it is highly recommended that you continue to go to support groups locally. These include groups like Al-Anon or Alcoholics Anonymous. These programs will allow you to connect with others who are in situations similar to yours. These people can help you remain sober long-term.
Granite Recovery Centers
Granite Recovery Centers have been helping people in New England, and all over the United States, for over 10 years now. We help people who are drug or alcohol dependent at our rehabilitation centers in New Hampshire. We offer a 12-step curriculum and evidence-based clinical psychotherapies. Alcohol treatment programs include detox, primary residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, extended care, intensive outpatient counseling, and sober living. We have a very successful and growing alumni community who can vouch for our effectiveness.
Granite Recovery Centers consists of nine drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities across the state of New Hampshire. We will highlight two of those below. These are our two inpatient residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (C.A.R.F.).
Two of our recommended treatment centers for alcohol addiction include the Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy. The Green Mountain Treatment Center is located in Effingham, New Hampshire, and New Freedom Academy is located in Canterbury, New Hampshire.
Both of these centers offer an intensive residential treatment program for alcoholism. They also include an excellent 12-step curriculum that is tightly related to clinical therapies that are based on solid scientific data.
In addition, these centers offer spectacular holistic therapies along with their in-depth 12-step curriculum. These include yoga, meditation, exercise, and gym work.
The two centers also offer medical detoxification programs 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You can be certain you are being carefully monitored around the clock if you need to go through detox for alcohol use disorder or alcoholism.
These experienced 12-step facilitators, masters-level, licensed clinicians work closely in tandem so that you have the best one-on-one care you could hope for while working towards sobriety.
We pride ourselves on individualized, high-quality attention. We provide you with a treatment plan that will be designed specifically for you no matter how severe your issues are.
Our facilities are serene, beautiful, secluded, and peaceful. We want you to have a very soothing environment while you do important work to change your life and become healthy.
We want you to know that we will do everything possible to help you recover from alcohol addiction. We have had so many people come through our facilities who felt absolutely hopeless, only to turn their lives around. We know you can be one of those people as well. You deserve to lead a happy and healthy. Our programs can help you do just that. You have to believe in yourself and want it. If you can do that, we can help you immediately. Just give us a call, and we can help you take that first step. We will go over all of the available options with you so that you can make a truly informed decision.