Alcoholism Rehab

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : FEBRUARY 19, 
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                                         Selecting an Alcoholism Rehab Center

Alcohol dependence, like other drug addictions, can be a never-ending path of self-destruction that can ultimately lead to death. To overcome alcohol addiction, most often it requires specialized alcoholism treatment through an alcoholism rehab program.

Finding a compatible alcohol rehab facility that accommodates the individual needs and personality of the addict is essential to long-term recovery. Otherwise, a relapse may be highly probable.

Deciding to seek help is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Selecting the right treatment center is crucial. To get the help you need and to avoid a relapse, you need the right kind of help.

Let’s look at some of things to consider.

Specialty in Alcoholism

Not all drug and alcohol treatment centers specialize in all types of addiction. Therefore, selecting an alcohol rehab facility that specializes in alcohol dependence is the critical first step.

While the recovery process for all types of drugs is similar, there are special considerations for alcohol addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are different than those of other drugs.


The location of the alcohol rehab facility can affect the alcoholic’s ability to successfully recover and maintain sobriety. Some people may find it best to be in an alcoholism rehab center close to home. That way they can keep in close contact with friends and family, who can offer vital support.

Friends and family can also participate in the alcohol treatment program. In addition, going to a rehab near you may be less costly because you won’t have travel expenses.

For others, an alcoholism rehab center that is in a more distant location may be best. They may need to be out of the environment where they used to drink and away from people they drank with. The individual’s healthcare provider should be consulted to help determine the best treatment location.

Alcohol Treatment Program

Most alcohol treatment centers offer both inpatient and outpatient care. A doctor or counselor should be consulted to determine the appropriate level of care.

Some alcoholics require inpatient care because they lack the ability to avoid alcohol use during the treatment process. Others may need around the clock care to deal with withdrawal symptoms.

Outpatient care may be appropriate for others. It allows them to remain in the community with their family while receiving treatment.

In many cases, inpatient care is recommended in the beginning and is then followed by some outpatient care. Follow up is very important as it can often prevent a relapse.

Approach to Recovery

Most alcohol rehab centers provide emotional and physical support to address the addiction. They may vary in their approach, however.

In some facilities, patients are given medication to help overcome alcohol addiction. However, medicine may not always be prescribed depending on the individual's needs and the facility’s recovery strategy.

Most treatment centers provide both individual and group counseling. Many also feature a 12 step program like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Family counseling sessions are also common.

Some treatment centers also offer adjunct therapies, such as art therapy, music therapy, hypnosis, and acupuncture. These therapies can be very useful and complement the more common treatments such as counseling.

Key Questions to Ask About an Alcoholism Rehab Center

There are a number of things you should ask when considering admission to an alcohol rehab facility. In addition to those things we’ve already discussed, ask about the following:

  • Staff credentials
  • Medical supervision
  • Total cost
  • Typical length of stay
  • Aftercare programs
  • 12 step philosophy
  • Sobriety success rates
  • Family involvement

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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