Entering an alcohol rehab center can be an intimidating and scary option to the uninformed user. Though rehabilitation facilities are commonplace conversation throughout news and media outlets, information pertaining to what actually transpires throughout the recovery process is often left to the wayside. In this entry, we will provide you with an outline of the typical recovery process to provide you with a better idea and understanding of what to expect on your road to sobriety.
Most alcohol rehabilitation programs will begin with acute medical care, known to most as “Detox”. Once a patient has been admitted to an alcohol rehab facility, they will be placed under monitored medical care, and provided with medications and therapies to help them deal with the withdrawal symptoms. While the exact amount of time in detox depends on the individual patient, typical periods range from 3 – 7 days.
Once detox is complete, the education aspect of treatment can begin. This element generally involves a combination of lecture, group therapy, physical activities (sports, hiking, etc.), individual counseling and 12 step meetings. Here, the patient will learn to work through their alcoholism mentally, while making plans to further a successful recovery.
Though many different treatment models exist, two create the basis from which the others are spawned: Inpatient & Outpatient. Below, we will outline the differences between the two.
Inpatient – Inpatient programs require patients to live at the rehab facility. Programs vary in time, but will typically last between one and three months. Inpatient facilities afford patients the opportunity to confront their addictions, without the stress and hassle of daily life.
Outpatient – Outpatient programs allow patients to gather at the facility on a daily, weekly, or semiweekly basis. These facilities afford patients the opportunity to obtain the help they need, while still retaining a job, living at home and keeping to their daily schedule.
Program staff will work with patients to determine an appropriate aftercare plan, which can include 12 step meeting attendance, weekly counselor appointments, sober living arrangements or continued attendance at the facility on a more irregular basis.