Reaching Recovery

Treatment Options

This type of treatment involves living in the facility you are receiving treatment at. It allows patients to avoid any distractions or triggers that may have contributed to their alcoholism. This can help patients focus more on becoming sober. At the facility, patients will participate in various activities such as group meetings and individual guidance. Patients also receive medications or medical care that they are required to have. It is advised that patients choose a program that fits them because inpatient treatment tends to be expensive because it includes room and board. Considering location is important too if you are wanting to stay close to home or get away.
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This type of treatment involves scheduling daily counseling appointments a few times a week. Another option is visiting a treatment center or a hospital for addiction treatment or if needed, medication access. Outpatient treatment tends to cost less than inpatient treatment. It is advised that patients make their decisions based on what the treatment offers and its location. It is recommended for people who are not able to take off time from work or have other personal obligations.
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These programs use an integrated method to help people who are struggling with both alcoholism and a mental and/or behavioral health issue. A patient must treat both conditions in order for the treatment to be effective. Common co-occurring mental conditions include: Anxiety, PTSD, Personality Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc. Sometimes the mental condition will come first so a patient will use alcohol as a coping mechanism. Sometimes the alcohol abuse will come first resulting in emotional or mental problems.
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Rehabilitation Programs

Behavioral treatments are aimed at changing drinking behavior through counseling. The treatment is used to help replace a patient’s bad habits with better ones. The treatment also helps patients with knowing how to handle difficult situations. This treatment can also be used to treat disorders such as mood/anxiety and mental disorders. Behavioral treatments are not a cure to these conditions, but they help patients cope with everyday life decisions. The length of these treatments vary from short term to long term depending on the person.
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Three medications are currently approved in the United States to help people stop or reduce their drinking and prevent relapse. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved three medications to be used for alcoholism, which are non-addictive so a patient will not become dependent on the medication when they take it. The three medications are: (1) Naltrexone, which can help reduce heavy drinking, (2) Acamprosate, which can make it easier to stay sober, and (3) Disulfiram, which blocks the breakdown of alcohol.
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These programs are provided for patients to continue to maintain their sobriety and avoid relapse. The amount of time spent in aftercare varies, but it can range from a few days to a lifetime. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Combined with treatment led by health professionals, mutual-support groups can offer a valuable added layer of support. Other aftercare programs include: Rational Recovery, Booster sessions, Counseling sessions, and more.
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Benefits of Recovery

Financial Stability

By cutting back or eliminating alcohol out of your life, you realize how much of your money was heavily devoted to purchasing alcohol. A person may make smarter decisions of what to spend their money on once they have reached sobriety.

Improved Relationships

Through rehab or therapy, a person may make new friends that shared the same experiences or trouble he/she faced with alcoholism. Sobriety can also provide opportunities to approach social environments with a clear mind and rational decisions. These new acquired skills can repair friendships or relationships with your family.

Healthier Mind & Body

Cutting alcohol out of your life can prevent those future health problems that arise from alcoholism (brain damage, cancer of many types, liver disease, increased injury risk. cirrhosis, etc). Having a healthier mind and body can help you make smarter decisions about your diet. You feel compelled to maintain sobriety once you reach it. It becomes a way of life.

New Freedom

Alcoholism can become a controlling factor of your life depending on how much it consumes your life. It can damage relationships, social interactions, or opportunities out there for you. By liberating yourself from alcohol, you feel as if you can do anything you want without the nagging feeling of having to have a drink every hour of the day or devoting your whole life to it.