Alcohol dependency can be life threatening. Studies show that it’s extremely hard to quit on your own. Even knowing that, making the decision to reach out for help and go to rehab is really hard. But good for you, you are here learning about how to take the first step in the right direction to get your life back on track or facilitating that for a family member, friend or colleague addicted to alcohol.
Millions of people enter rehab facilities every year in the U.S. Many have been to rehab before, relapsed and are back again. Educating yourself on the different types of programs will help you understand which to choose. What works for someone you know may not be the best fit for your situation. It’s important to ask questions to get clarity, compare your options and find a program that feels right for you or your loved one. Selecting an alcohol rehab facility can be confusing and complicated… and very personal.
Too many alcohol rehab programs promise quick fixes and results but are not as thorough or rooted in philosophies that fit you. Please dig deeper. Here’s how. Ask these 14 questions to help make an informed decision on where to go.
Alcohol addiction has both physical and mental effects, making treatment complex and very individualized for each person. Typically, inpatient programs where you can receive treatment and have 24-hour support are recommended, particularly when going through detox so medical personnel can manage withdrawal symptoms.
30 days is typically too short of a stay to reach treatment goals, many will recommend closer to 90 days as optimal. The best treatment centers will be more focused on working towards positive outcomes.
You are ready for treatment now! If a facility is not able to accommodate you for a week or weeks, move onto others that may be able to get you in sooner with the caveat that they meet your individual needs, of course.
Some programs are not covered by insurance and must be paid out of pocket. Find out what to expect in terms of costs for the recommended length of stay for you to determine if it’s an option for you to consider.
Have your insurance policy name and ID handy and ask the facility to confirm if they accept your particular insurance, and if so, what percentage or period of time is typically covered by them. Some alcohol treatment and rehab programs are covered or may be partially covered by your health insurance policy and the treatment provider will negotiate with your insurance to get as much coverage as they are able to.
This is nice to know so you have an idea of the comforts provided in your room, the privacy, general setup, plus what facilities are onsite like community dining room, gym and so on.
An alochol rehab program that is highly personalized to your individual needs and situation will likely be most effective. One that incorporates treatment, therapy, group activities, physical fitness, as well as some quiet time is ideal. It’s always a good idea to understand what you are signing up for in as much detail as possible.
Understanding the triggers that cause the cravings is key to removing those triggers from your life, working closely with you through detox and withdrawals to help you get to the other side, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medications are among some of the treatment modalities.
Often with addiction, your health and nutrition may also be suffering. You may experience sleeplessness, depression, lack of appetite or energy or other problems that may actually inhibit your recovery. Nutritional support is a very important part of your treatment and rehab.
Often along with addiction, you may also have anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, bipolar or personality disorders or other co-occurring disorders. Not all facilities integrate mental health and addiction treatment modalities into a single comprehensive program designed to meet these unique needs.
You are in it to beat your addiction. Surrounding yourself with qualified, empathetic, motivated staff, therapists, counselors with specialized degrees and a doctor who has seen others successfully through treatment is important. Their experience working with addiction, withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and relapse can impact your outcomes.
Be weary of any quick fix treatments or those that seem to overpromise outcomes in a short amount of time. Find out if the treatment provider defines success as being sober for 1 year or longer or uses some other measurement, and what percentage of their clients meet that definition of success.
It is critical to have a community that supports your sobriety once you begin initial rehab and once you complete a program to avoid going back to old habits or social circles that may tempt you or trigger relapse.
The best treatment facilities identify and address core patterns leading to self-destructive behaviors and provide you with living strategies for beyond treatment. It’s essential to have a detailed, individualized aftercare plan in place for ongoing guidance, support and accountability.
Right after you complete treatment is when you are at greatest risk for relapse. If you or your loved one do turn back to alcohol following rehab, please do not wait, get back to treatment immediately to continue on the path to remaining clean and sober.
We’re so glad you’re here. Contact us today, and we can tell you everything you’d like to know.
Your questions and any information you provide will be kept confidential. Get in touch, schedule a tour, and when you’re ready, reserve a room at Malibu Rehab Center.