Finding Alcoholism Drug Treatment

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : FEBRUARY 01, 
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Have you made the decision to seek alcoholism drug treatment? The first and hardest step is deciding whether treatment is necessary. Many people deny that things are at the point of needing professional assistance.

If you are unsure, a licensed counselor or psychologist can help you assess your situation in a confidential setting where you are still in control of your options.

The second daunting step is to select a treatment program. Where do you turn for help? What options are right for you? There are many different treatment options, and the challenge is to find the right alcoholism drug treatment program that will meet your individual needs. A professional can help you with this process.

Alcoholism Drug Treatment: Where to Begin

Alcoholism recovery typically requires a multi-faceted therapy approach that addresses mental and physical aspects of the debilitating disease. Typically a program will consist of three phases:

  • a detoxification process in which you safely remove alcohol from your bodily systems, 
  • a rehabilitation period in which you receive counseling and possibly medications to cope with your addiction, 
  • maintenance of sobriety which is a lifelong process of utilizing the tools you’ve gained to stay sober.

All three of these phases will involve your mind, body, and spirit, and will take commitment on your part. However, do not avoid treatment because you feel incapable of letting go of your addiction.

You will only take one step, one day, at a time, and you will have professionals there to help you with the next step as you go along. The first step is admitting that you could benefit from assistance. The next step is choosing the program to assist you.

To begin the process of program selection, have an evaluation by a qualified addiction specialist to determine an appropriate course of treatment. Many alcoholism drug treatment centers offer free evaluations.

You can also see a psychologist, licensed social worker, or other mental health professional with experience in the field of drug and alcohol addiction for an evaluation. It is important to see someone with experience in this area for the best results.

Alcoholism recovery is not a quick process. It requires a commitment to sobriety and to accountability. For you, this may mean an inpatient residential program, or you may be a candidate for outpatient treatment. Often residential treatment or intensive outpatient (several hours per day) is recommended at the beginning of the alcoholism recovery process.

As you make progress, the intensity of treatment is lessened. A professional can assess your particular needs based on their training, experience, and knowledge in the area of alcoholism recovery.

Alcoholism Drug Treatment

Program Selection

As you consider different alcoholism treatment programs, inquire about therapy approaches, staff credentials, cost, and sobriety success of past patients. It may be good to have a list of questions that you ask of each potential alcoholism drug treatment center. In addition, ask about post-treatment support programs and follow-up since managing addiction is a life-long process.

Often the best treatment centers are not located close to home. This should not be a factor though, as you want to get into the best treatment program possible. You want to find a treatment program that has the expertise and services to address your needs and requirements.

However, if you are traveling to an alcoholism drug treatment center away from home, make sure you have a plan for follow-up care back home. You should also be aware that many treatment programs have a family component in which they like the family to participate, and if you travel any great distance to get treatment, your family may not be able to participate in your treatment.

You’ll have to weigh the benefits of an excellent treatment program away from home against the limitation of traveling far from home to get care.

The addiction specialist who does your evaluation can refer you to an appropriate facility, but you may prefer to do research and find your own.

Due to the expense of treatment programs, your choices may be limited to what your insurance plan will pay for. Don’t be afraid to ask your insurance company to pay for something different, though, that will better meet your needs. They can, and sometimes will, make exceptions.

Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More

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