Alcohol Rehab: What kinds of programs are available?

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When we’re talking about rehab, we’re actually talking about a broad range of services that can help you get over an addiction. For each step of the way towards recovery, you will have different challenges to overcome and don’t forget, every alcoholic is a unique individual drinking for a different reason. For this reason, services exist for each phase of alcohol recovery and in different styles for the many kinds of people out there. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that no treatment is suitable for every alcoholic.

We’ve created a comprehensive guide on the different alcohol rehab programs you have to choose from. Hopefully this information can help you find the right treatment plan for you.

We’ll go over:

  1. Inpatient vs. outpatient programs
  2. Detox programs
  3. Treatment Duration
  4. Local vs. Destination rehab
  5. Treatment perspective
  6. Rehab for specific situations: teens, co-occurring mental illness, etc.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient programs

Choosing an inpatient or outpatient style is perhaps the most important decision you will have to make in your rehab search. There are 3 main categories to look for: Inpatient, Outpatient, or combination style programs.

Inpatient Programs– This option requires you to temporarily move into the treatment facility, so you are immersed in treatment 24/7. Typically, inpatient programs last roughly 30, 60, or 90 days although there are exceptions.

Outpatient Programs– If you choose an outpatient program, you won’t be required to move out of your current home. You can stay where you are, and visit the treatment facility for specified hours every day or week. The main benefit of an outpatient program is that you can still maintain responsibilities like work, school, or family while receiving treatment.

Combination Inpatient/Outpatient Programs- Sometimes an inpatient program isn’t possible because of obligations, and an outpatient program isn’t enough support.If this is the case, some rehab facilities will customize a schedule of inpatient and outpatient phases of treatment that meet your needs. Other programs offer a pre-planned mix of inpatient stays and outpatient meetings. No matter what you have going on in your life, there’s a rehab option that will work for you.

By far, the most effective plan of action is an inpatient program, also known as a residential program. Inpatient rehab is special because you’ll be immersed in treatment 24/7, separated from the stressors of normal everyday life, and you’ll have monitoring and support available to you at all times.

Are you worried about treatment costs? Check out our guide to paying for rehab.

Detox Programs

Becoming dependent on alcohol is dangerous; this type of addiction can lead to severe and potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms when we suddenly quit using. For this reason, a medically supervised detox phase is an indispensable part of any alcohol treatment schedule. Some inpatient rehab facilities offer this service, others don’t. You have to ask ahead of time.

If the rehab program you’ve chosen does not offer a supervised detox, you may have to enroll in a separate detox program. These programs will require you to move into the facilities for a short period of time, 5-10 days usually, while your body gets rid of alcohol and other toxins. Medical professionals will be on hand 24/7 so they can intervene if your withdrawal symptoms become severe or life-threatening.

Treatment Duration

In general, alcohol rehab programs tend to last 30, 60, or 90 days with some exceptions. Research shows that the longer the program you choose, the better your odds are at achieving and maintaining sobriety. However, in less severe cases of alcohol addiction, programs that last 30 days may be perfectly suitable. We can assess your individual case and help you decide on an appropriate length of time to stay in treatment.

Keep in mind that rehabilitation may only last 1-3 months, but alcohol recovery is a lifetime commitment. We will discuss maintenance programs in more detail below

Local vs. Destination Rehab

Have you ever felt the need to get away from your everyday stressors and bad influences? Well, you’re not alone. Many of us who are struggling with addiction report similar feelings. For this reason, destination rehab is a popular and effective treatment option. If you decide to travel for treatment, you can select attractive facilities across the nation or choose a program which offers services abroad.

Local rehab is a great option for those of us who don’t want to leave our homes and families. One of the main benefits of choosing a program in your area is that you will have a chance to work on unhealthy family and friend relationships in group therapy. That’s not always possible when you choose a destination program.

Treatment Perspectives

When it comes to treatment style and perspective, you have a lot of options. Every rehab center is staffed and run by uniquely talented individuals with different philosophies about treatment. For a start, here are some of the most popular addiction treatment perspectives:

  1. Christian/Faith-based – Rehab centers based on christian values, or other faith systems are quite popular and effective.
  2. Luxury – This style of rehab means that you will be participating in a cutting edge treatment program designed by leaders in the field. Luxury style rehab centers cost more because they incorporate the latest psychological and medical advances into their treatment, and have a higher staff/patient ratio.
  3. Holistic – Being healthy is more than just living addiction-free. Holistic rehabs recognize this fact, and incorporate physical, spiritual, and emotional exercises into their treatment models.

Specialized Rehab

Addiction happens to all sorts of people, in different situations. Rehab facilities exist for every type of individual with their own unique needs. Let us know what makes your case unique, and we can help you search for the perfect fit. Some specialty programs out there include:

  • Rehab for teenagers
  • Dual-Diagnosis treatment: for those who struggle with both addiction and mental illness
  • Rehab for Veterans