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How to Choose an Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol use ranks in the top five risk factors for disease, disability, and death across the globe. In 2012, almost 6% of all deaths that occurred worldwide involved alcohol. According to the World Health Organization, alcoholism is defined as:

  • A combination of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological effects that develop in a person after they consume alcohol repeatedly.
  • A strong desire to drink alcohol.
  • Trouble with self-control as it relates to alcohol and continuing to drink despite the harmful consequences.
  • Using alcohol receives a higher priority than other activities and obligations.
  • The development of tolerance, meaning that the person must drink more to feel the desired effects.
  • In some cases, symptoms of withdrawal when the person stops consuming alcohol for a period of time.

Although alcohol use disorders are common in the United States, they are treatable. A wide variety of alcohol rehabs, addiction treatment programs, and aftercare services are offered to help people find an alcohol rehab program that is best for them.

Health Risks of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

There are many risks associated with untreated alcohol abuse and addiction. While drinking too much can cause harm to your body, it’s important to keep in mind that the symptoms below are all 100% preventable. By quitting alcohol use, you are taking charge of your life and your health.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, health risks of alcohol abuse include:

Internal organs affected by alcoholismHeart problems. These may include irregular heartbeat, damage to cardiac muscle, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Liver problems. Alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis are liver problems linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

Pancreas problems. Alcohol can cause pancreatitis, which is a serious and painful condition involving inflammation of the pancreatic tissue. It can lead to a phenomenon known as autodigestion, in which the gland’s digestive enzymes further destroy pancreatic tissue and can leak into the abdominal space.

Cancer. The more you drink, the more you increase your chances of developing a number of cancers including mouth, liver, breast, and esophageal cancer.

Other problems. Drinking too much alcohol can also trigger a number of behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, and agitation. Alcohol may then also counter the efficacy of medicines that might otherwise treat many of these mental health conditions. Excessive drinking can also have an effect on learning and memory.

Addiction to alcohol can not only take a toll on physical health, but also mental health, financial security, and personal and professional relationships, so it is important to seek treatment. Call 1-888-744-0789 to talk to a placement specialist who can help you find an alcohol rehab program that is best for you.

Types of Alcohol Rehab

No matter where you are in your recovery, there is an addiction treatment center that can help you. For those just starting out and in need of medical treatment, alcohol detox may be the most appropriate. For those who have safely surmounted the challenge of acute alcohol withdrawal and have already made progress with the physical dependence associated with alcoholism, ongoing inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab that offers therapy can help further the recovery journey.

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The most common types of alcohol treatment available include:

  • Alcohol detox addresses the serious medical issues that often arise during alcohol withdrawal. Some programs are short term while others are a part of a larger inpatient program. Close medical monitoring and medications may need to be administered to manage some of the more severe side effects, such as seizure.
  • Inpatient alcohol rehab offers a comprehensive solution to alcoholism treatment. Including alcohol detox, psychotherapeutic treatment, and aftercare services, inpatient treatment provides the seclusion and time you need to build a strong start in recovery.
  • Outpatient alcohol rehab offers therapeutic addiction treatment and allows you to keep your own schedule at home and work, provided you follow the rules of the program.
Personalized Alcohol Rehab

In addition to the common types of alcohol treatment, there are many kinds of alcohol rehab that offer a more personalized approach based on the interests and beliefs of the individual. These include:

AA Group therapy session Many traditional alcohol rehab programs are based on the 12 steps and traditions that provide spiritual guidance through early recovery and beyond. Alternative or holistic addiction treatment programs may offer similar therapy and medical treatment that traditional programs provide, but expand to include complementary and alternative therapies like acupressure and acupuncture, yoga and meditation, and other practices. Religious-based alcohol programs also offer comprehensive medical and psychological treatment, but focus their group sessions and treatment philosophy on the teachings of a specific religious tradition or belief system.

It is important to find an alcohol rehab program that fits well with your personal beliefs. If you have strong religious beliefs, you can look for a program that shares your spiritual views. If you believe in the mind-body connection, a holistic program might be best for you. If you love the outdoors and physical activity for example, you may choose a program that includes outdoor and adventure therapies as part of its offerings.

During Alcohol Rehab

Although every treatment is slightly different, there are a few primary components that will be a part of every comprehensive treatment experience. These include:

Intake. Immediately upon entering alcohol rehab, the first step is to undergo a complete diagnostic evaluation. Both physical and psychological, this process is an information-gathering period which will allow the medical team to better formulate a specific treatment plan that will address your individual needs. It is especially important to note acute medical issues brought on by alcohol abuse and co-occurring mental health issues that will require immediate attention.

Alcohol detox. Intake lasts only a couple of hours, but alcohol detox can last anywhere from five to 14 days, depending upon the withdrawal symptoms you experience. Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on your history with alcohol and side effects from withdrawal can include anxiety or depression, tremors, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, lack of appetite, sweating, confusion, fever, seizures and more.

Psychotherapy. Group, individual, and family therapy can help to address the root causes of addiction and build communication and life skills that are necessary to live a sober life. Group therapy and family therapy provide a means to talk openly and honestly about your addiction and gain support from other in recovery, parents, siblings and adult children. One-on-one talk therapy provides the opportunity to more deeply explore underlying issues and trauma in a private setting.

Different rehabs are based upon different philosophies, and this can mean the enhancement of addiction treatment with distinct specialized services. For example, a religious rehab may include worship services or religion classes and other offerings that enhance the spiritual side of recovery while a holistic alcohol rehab may include yoga, meditation, acupuncture and other alternative methods of treatment.

When you are in recovery you might still have a number of important challenges to face. Aftercare programs help keep you on the path to recovery by offering support, structure and accountability through 12-step programs, follow-up counseling, sober living and other means.

The primary goal of a rehab program is to help you stop drinking and learn healthy behaviors that do not involve alcohol. Call 1-888-744-0789 today to learn more about alcohol rehab programs that are available to you.

Achieving Abstinence in Alcohol Rehab

Abstinence from alcohol can be achieved during alcohol rehab with the help of a number of recovery approaches. These often include:

  • Peer support. A strong support system is essential for recovery and the connections made during recovery can help you to learn the basics of interpersonal communications that will help you to build positive relationships when you leave treatment.
  • Therapeutic support. Guidance from therapists, counselors and psychiatrists will help you make positive choices when faced with crossroads that could potentially lead you back to alcohol abuse and addiction.
  • Family support. Family therapy and Al-Anon meetings are available for family members of alcoholic loved ones to help you process the pain associated with supporting someone living with a debilitating disease and to aid them in helping their loved one in the healing process.
  • Relapse prevention. During treatment you will learn practical skills to resist urges to use substance. Learning how to identify temptations before they become a problem and successfully navigating through stressful situations without turning to alcohol begins with treatment.
  • Life skills. In many cases, you might feel unable to cope with the basic life challenges that everyone faces, such as paying bills, keeping up with chores, or finding a good job. Alcohol rehab can help you get drug-free and live a healthier and more successful life.
  • Psychotherapy. Working through underlying or alcohol-induced trauma and mental health issues through ongoing psychotherapy begins in the safety of a facility but should continue well after completion of the program for optimum results.
  • Medical treatment. In some cases, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and other medications – including drugs approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence like disulfiram (Antabuse), acamprosate (Campral), and naltrexone – can be a positive addition to treatment. In many cases, these medications can significantly decrease the cravings for alcohol and help you deal with symptoms of co-occurring disorders that may trigger the desire to drink.
  • Aftercare planning and services. Learning how to avoid drinking during rehab is one thing. Practicing those principles every day without the assistance of therapists is another. Ongoing long-term alcohol rehab, therapy, alumni groups, 12-step programs, alternative treatments, nutrition and exercise plans, and more can help you to remain dedicated to your recovery after long leaving rehab.

How Long Does Alcohol Rehab Last?

Rehab time and length A treatment program can last anywhere from one month to a year, or even longer – depending upon your condition. Effective programs will last between one and three months, and should provide the option for you to stay longer, if you decide to. However, the amount of time you stay in treatment is your choice.

If you feel like you are ready to begin the transition process back into your “normal” routine but think that you might require further support, sober living is an option. It provides 24/7 accountability with check-ins, house meetings, regular meal times, therapy sessions and more but also provides the freedom to go out into the world and find positive employment and a supportive new home.

Cost of Alcohol Rehab

Approximately 22.5 million people need treatment for a drug or alcohol use problem. And less than 20% of those people actually received treatment. One of the primary reasons cited for avoiding treatment was the cost of care. Some factors that determine the cost of alcohol rehab include:
  • Luxury care. The most expensive option in treatment, luxury rehabilitation centers also offer the most high-end, personalized care with access to the most cutting-edge treatments and amenities. At several thousand dollars per month, these facilities often provide a resort-like feel to treatment and recovery.
  • Executive Rehab. Similar to luxury treatment, executive alcohol rehab programs are commonly operated in private, resort-like settings. They make additional accommodations for busy working professionals to enable these individuals to remain active in the workplace while undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse or addiction.
  • Private versus public. Public alcohol rehab centers are paid for at least in part by state and federal funds, which make them less expensive. It also means that there are more individuals per staff member, fewer amenities and fewer options for personalized treatment. Private rehabs offer a spectrum of rates depending upon the amenities they offer.
  • Outpatient versus inpatient. In most instances, outpatient services are less expensive than inpatient care. However, high-end outpatient care can be more expensive if more in-person care time and amenities are provided.
  • Facilities. Alcoholism rehabs that offer private rooms, spa treatments and gourmet cuisine, or provide care for a limited number of people at a time will be more expensive.
  • Insurance. People with health insurance will most likely find financial assistance in paying for at least part of alcohol detox and addiction treatment. Different states require different amounts of coverage from providers and different policies offer varying amounts of coverage. Contacting the insurance provider directly can save time in figuring out how much of the cost of rehab will be left over for the patient to cover out of pocket.

After Alcohol Rehab

When your treatment program ends, you might feel that you face a number of challenges in the “outside world.” You are likely coping with stress and temptation while trying to use the lessons learned during rehab.

To help you during this transition, aftercare programs are designed specifically for someone recovering from an alcohol addiction. Aftercare programs help individuals stay away from using alcohol in the weeks and months following treatment. There are a number of different approaches to aftercare, including:

  • Support group meetings. Organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous help individuals by offering regular meetings so that you can share your experiences with other people who are going through a similar experience.
  • Follow-up counseling or therapy. Some centers invite people who have gone through the program, or “graduates” to come back for therapy once the core program is complete. This follow-up counseling is a way to check back in with treatment-center alumni – especially if they have experienced difficulties after leaving the program.
  • Sober living. Sober-living homes allow you to ease back into the responsibilities of your daily life. In sober living, you will live with other individuals who are in transition – sharing responsibilities and rebuilding the self-sufficiency that you possessed before you began abusing alcohol.
  • Follow-up medical care. If co-occurring mental disorders or chronic physical ailments were diagnosed or treated during alcohol rehab, it is important that you leave treatment with the tools to successfully maintain those standards of care at home. In some cases, you may live too far from your treatment center to continue services at the facility. When this happens, a full list of referrals for services in your community should be secured prior to the end of treatment.

Questions to Ask About Alcohol Rehab

As you look for alcohol treatment centers, it is always helpful to write down a list of questions to use to help find a program that best fits your needs. When you call or visit a treatment program, you can refer to your list of questions. These questions can help you determine if an alcohol rehab will be a good fit for you:

  • Do you specialize in alcohol addiction treatment?
  • What are the qualifications of your staff members?
  • Will I have input into my treatment plan?
  • Will my treatment plan change according to my progress?
  • What amenities does your program feature?
  • Will I be able to see my family or friends?
  • Do you offer aftercare support?
  • What are my payment options?
  • What type of insurance do you take?
  • What is your policy on contact with family and friends? How often can I call or see my loved ones?
  • Will I have a shared or private room?
  • Do you allow pets?

The process of finding the right alcohol rehab program can seem tough but we are here to help. Contact us today at 1-888-744-0789 and we’ll help you find a program that works well with your requirements.

Getting Help for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Some people resist treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction because they want to deal with the problem alone without outside assistance. It may take some time and effort to break through this denial and get the help you need. Alcohol rehab programs can provide real help.

For more information on alcohol addiction treatment services, call 1-888-744-0789. Our rehab placement specialists can answer questions and help you find an alcohol rehab program that is best for you. Call today to get started on the road to recovery.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). “DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). “National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
  3. World Health Organization. (2014). “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.”