What is involved in an alcohol addiction treatment program? A man discusses with fellow addicts.

What Is Alcohol Rehab Really Like?

Obviously, the individual details of what happens in alcohol rehab are somewhat unique. Every person who goes through rehab and recovery is just that: a unique individual. Your background, medical and mental health history, and length and severity of alcohol use are just a few factors that can impact your recovery. That being said, some of the overarching treatment methods used in alcohol rehab are the same in almost every case, so you can learn a bit about what to expect in treatment to alleviate worries about the unknown. If you have any questions about what happens in alcohol rehab, give us a call at (877) 284-0353 today.

Medically Supervised Detox

Depending on the factors of your case, you may begin with medically supervised detox, which can last a few days to a week on average. While detox is often associated with other types of drugs, it can be useful in some instances when someone is so physically dependent on alcohol that they can’t go more than a few hours or a day without experiencing severe and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol rehab therapy may be the solution you’re looking for.

Medically supervised detox involves care from doctors, nurses and other staff to help treat those withdrawal symptoms so you’re more comfortable as your body rids itself of alcohol and adjusts to being without it.

Group and Individual Therapy

Beginning almost immediately — or as soon as you are well enough from withdrawals — you’ll likely take part in group and individual therapy. These sessions provide a space where you can share about your addiction and any associated challenges, hear other people share their stories and learn together about dealing with addiction. Common topics during therapy can include:

  • Triggers for alcohol use
  • How to use healthy coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and stress
  • Ways to avoid alcohol use
  • What to expect when you return to regular life
  • Tips for staying sober after discharge

Other Types of Therapy

Many alcohol treatment facilities offer additional types of therapy. You might participate in recreational therapy, including games, crafting or the development of hobbies to help develop healthy coping options. Exercise and physical fitness can be important to many people in recovery, so some facilities offer exercise classes or areas where you can compete with other residents in friendly sports matches (such as a basketball goal). Holistic approaches may even include therapies such as massage or acupuncture.

Education on Maintaining Sobriety

Many treatment centers include education that can help you succeed in post-rehab recovery. Alcohol addiction isn’t just a bad habit you’re having a hard time kicking; it’s a chronic disease that you have to learn to deal with. That means you can help treat it with a variety of methods.

Someone living with a chronic physical illness such as severe asthma, diabetes or epilepsy has to learn about their disease process and how to control it. They may learn what medications to take, how to eat and exercise to reduce symptoms of their illness, and what things to avoid because they may trigger flare-ups.

In alcohol rehab, you may learn a lot of the same things, and treatment could include nutritional guidance, information on lifestyle changes and how to manage sobriety for the long-term.

Preparation for Discharge and Follow-Up Treatment

Finally, toward the end of your inpatient alcohol rehab program, you’ll begin to work with your providers to prepare for discharge. That includes developing a follow-up treatment plan for outpatient rehab, group or individual therapy and AA meetings.

Don’t let worries about the unknown keep you from seeking help if you’re dealing with alcohol addiction. Call us today and speak to a caring counselor who can tell you more about what to expect during treatment. Learn more about our alcohol rehab program: https://www.beachway.com/alcohol-rehab/

Following inpatient rehab, you may be referred to an outpatient rehab program. Outpatient programs may meet daily for four to eight hours, or they may meet several times a week. They include a lot of the same methods that inpatient rehab does, such as individual and group therapy. Outpatient rehab can last for a few weeks to several months.

Even after you’re done with a formal rehab program, you’ll likely need to seek sobriety support long-term in the form of AA meetings, group therapy or individual counseling, but these methods allow you to move on with your life as you work to live free of alcohol.