Finding the Alcohol Addiction Treatment You Want
It’s one thing to know that you need alcohol rehab, but it’s another thing to actually have to find a treatment center and work out how to get the care that you need. It can be a difficult process to negotiate during your most clear-headed times. When you are dealing with an alcohol addiction on top of your many other responsibilities, trying to figure out rehab is almost impossible.
In 2014, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1.5 million American adults received treatment. Those people all had to find the right rehab center.
Ideally, the following discussion will help you to understand some treatment basics and allow you to decide what you are looking for. If you would prefer to get help with making your choice, call 888-646-0635Who Answers?. Our experts can answer every one of your questions, help you to understand financing, and recommend treatment centers that meet your needs.
Do You Want Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?
The major division in treatment centers is between inpatient, or residential, care and outpatient care. Each has benefits.
Inpatient care is also called residential because you live at the treatment center. This provides you with a completely drug and alcohol free living environment while you work on your alcohol use disorder. Plus, as you are separated from your daily life, you can fully focus on treatment and objectively assess the way you live your life, planning changes to be made when you leave rehab. In addition, your treatment tends to be more in-depth than outpatient treatment because you can schedule more sessions. Plus, if you have a co-occurring condition, you will receive round-the-clock care for that as well as for your addiction, making sure you are cared for comprehensively.
Outpatient care requires patients to travel to the rehab center for their sessions and gives them the freedom to meet daily responsibilities, like those created by obligations to the home and office. For alcoholics who lack the availability to step away from their daily life, outpatient care enables them to receive treatment without losing their jobs or leaving their children without a parent present, allowing people who would not otherwise have access to care able to get addiction treatment. Costs tend to be lower for outpatient care because the rehab center does not have to provide room and board.
When you are able to choose the option that better suits your needs, you will be able to find the treatment that you want.
How Long Do You Think You Need to Remain in Treatment?
Due to considerations like insurance coverage and the need for people to return to their daily lives, the 28-30 day stay is the most popular option. However, many people best benefit from a longer (60 or 90-day) period of treatment. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts a stay of less than 90 days is less effective than a longer one.
Ultimately, the amount of time you will need to remain in rehab will be determined during your intake and reassessed as you progress through the program. However, the general rule of thumb is that more severe addictions need a longer period of treatment. If you have a severe addiction or have previously attended rehab without success, you may want to look for a program that offers longer treatment lengths.
Do You Want to Stay Local?
When you are trying to find the right rehab, make sure you know whether you want to look at treatment centers close to your home or at ones in other states/regions.
If you stay local, you can more readily access your support system than you would if you were some distance from them. For people with close ties to friends and family, this can be very beneficial. It also raises the chances that you can get your loved ones to join you in family therapy, which can aid your treatment.
However, if you need distance from the people who are close to you because they trigger your drinking or are themselves alcoholics, you might do better in another state. This will allow you to truly leave your troubles behind. Also, if you have concerns about your privacy, attending a program some distance from home lessens the chances of your running into someone you know.
For help finding a program that offers the care you want, call 888-646-0635Who Answers?. Our experts can walk you through the options and help you to make decisions.