Treating alcoholism can be a complicated business. For the treatment of alcoholism to be successful, it needs to be guided by a professional with specialized training. While other healthcare providers may be very good in their fields, the treatment of alcoholism is a unique thing.
There are a number of ways you can find a specialist. The first thing you should do is check with your health insurance company, if you have insurance. Find out if they cover alcoholism treatment and if so, which providers are covered by your plan.
You can also investigate options on your own. Look in your local yellow pages under “alcoholism.” Or, if you prefer, ask your doctor. He or she might be able to refer you to someone. You can also ask a counselor for a referral to a specialist.
It is important to find a specialist in the treatment of alcoholism because not all professionals understand the unique issues that come with the disease. Also, new research is being done all the time, and you need a treatment provider who keeps up with that.
Your alcoholism counselor will evaluate you and help you determine what level of care you need. There are a number of options available, such as inpatient or residential care, intensive outpatient care, and less intensive outpatient care. There are also self-help groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).
Inpatient care is most appropriate in a number of situations. If someone has medical problems related to alcoholism, he or she may need inpatient treatment. Also, people who need to detox should do so under 24-hour medical supervision. Some people need treatment for severe depression or other psychiatric disorders and need round-the-clock care. Inpatient care is also appropriate for those who are unable to abstain from alcohol during treatment.
Intensive outpatient care for the treatment of alcoholism often follows inpatient care. For intensive outpatient treatment, a person usually attends a treatment program for several hours a day, several days a week.
The benefit to outpatient care, whether it is an intensive outpatient program or a less intensive program, is that the person can be at home with his or her family. This works particularly well when the person has a supportive family. Treating alcoholism is much easier when a person has support and understanding.
You want to find an alcohol treatment center that specializes in the treatment of addictions. As we’ve stated, treating alcohol addiction is a specialized field. While many psychiatric facilities treat alcoholism as well as mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, they may not truly be qualified to treat addictions. Treating alcoholism is not the same as treating other disorders. If you are considering care in a general psychiatric facility, ask if they have specialized programming for the treatment of alcoholism. If not, it’s best to look for a different treatment center.
You can find a treatment center or program the same way you find an alcoholism treatment counselor. Check with your health insurance company to find out what they will cover. Look in your local telephone book or look online. Ask your doctor or a counselor for a referral. If you are seeing a counselor that specializes in treating alcoholism, he or she should be able to give you a recommendation.
Teens with alcoholism should seek a treatment center that specializes in treating adolescents. They have unique issues that will not likely be addressed in a center that normally treats adults.