A person who has made the decision to seek professional treatment at an alcohol rehab centre has made a choice with lifelong ramifications. The kind of treatment he or she receives, and the atmosphere in which it is offered, will play a vital role in determining the success of the programme in the long term. Therefore, the individual’s choice of alcohol rehab centre is something that should not be taken lightly.
As a leading provider of addiction treatment, it is our job to walk clients through their treatment options to help them better understand their choices. The idea is to find a treatment that will work for their individual needs rather than using the same treatment for everyone. We believe that every client deserves the opportunity to get the right kind of treatment the first time.
Knowing how complicated addiction treatment can be, there are some important things you need to know about alcohol rehab before you agree to treatment for yourself or a loved one. The information below will get you started.
The most important thing to understand when choosing an alcohol rehab centre is the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is so named because patients stay ‘in’ the treatment facility for the duration of their treatments. In other words, they become temporary residents of the centre. Outpatient treatment is just the opposite.
An outpatient centre offers meeting rooms and counselling offices in a centralised facility where patients meet on a regular schedule. At the end of a given day’s treatments, patients are sent home. They return whenever the schedule calls for it. In essence, they go ‘out’ from the centre at the end of the day.
Though the difference may not seem important to you, it really is. An inpatient centre provides the kind of environment patients need to focus all their attentions on getting well. There are few distractions. There are actually no temptations to drink again, and alcohol is not even allowed on the premises.
Outpatient treatment is a bit riskier because the distractions and temptations still exist outside the centre’s walls. As soon as the patient leaves the centre at the end of the day, both the opportunity and temptation to drink again are on full display.
The second thing to note is that enrolling in a programme at an alcohol addiction centre is just the beginning of recovery. While in treatment, the patient undergoes detox and rehabilitative treatments to break both the physical and mental dependence that he or she is suffering from. Treatments also include educational opportunities through which patients can learn coping skills for avoiding alcohol in the future. However, treatment will eventually come to an end.
At such time as the patient can no longer benefit from professional treatment, he or she must reintegrate into normal life. But the lack of continued formal treatment does not mean the process is complete. Patients hoping to succeed long-term take advantage of aftercare opportunities and support group participation for the purposes of avoiding relapse.
A person physically and mentally dependent on alcohol is known as an alcoholic. We mention this as a means of helping you understand that alcoholism is no different than any other addiction. As such, detox is a necessary part of recovering from alcoholism.
Detox is provided at both the inpatient and outpatient alcohol addiction centre. We believe inpatient detox to be a better option because it is residential, medically supervised, and part of a bespoke treatment plan that has been designed with the individual in mind. In the absence of inpatient treatment, outpatient alcohol detox can be a good second choice.
Please note that inpatient detox is medically supervised due to the fact that alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. In some people, withdrawal causes something known as delirium tremens, a potentially fatal condition that requires immediate medical attention at its onset.
Alcoholism is an illness of the mind as much as it is an illness of the body. Therefore, treatment centres with an operational model focusing on the whole person rather than just the physical symptoms will offer psychotherapeutic treatments in addition to detox. Such treatments are intended to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of alcoholism.
There is no shortage of options that therapists can use to help patients during the psychotherapeutic phase of recovery. Treatments run the gamut from individual and group counselling to equine therapy to the performing arts. This is where the choices a client has really become important. The key is to find an alcohol rehab centre offering the kinds of therapies that would be most beneficial to that person.
Lastly, one of the main advantages of choosing private treatment at a residential centre is that there is virtually no wait. The same cannot be said for NHS treatment. To their credit, the NHS does tremendous work in meeting the demands of our national healthcare system. But they have so much to worry about that they cannot effectively concentrate on alcohol recovery the same way a private centre can. Programmes are usually oversubscribed and include long waiting lists.
When you elect treatment at a private alcohol rehab centre, you should be able to get in within 24 to 48 hours. We make sure your chosen facility will be there for you when you need it. That’s a good thing. The sooner you can get started after making the decision to seek treatment, the better off you’ll be.
If you would like more information about alcoholism treatment options and our alcohol rehab centres, please contact us today. We are here to help you get started on the road to recovery.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.