Although it may not come with the same immediate health concerns of hard drugs, alcohol is a depressant, which means it robs a person of any joy as it slowly drains their bank account, deprives them of meaningful relationships, costs them career advancement opportunities, and takes over their lives.
It is also the fourth-leading preventable cause of death in the United States, claiming 88,000 lives annually, per the CDC.
What are the Signs of Alcoholism?
According to the CDC, anyone pregnant or under 21 who consumes alcohol is considered an “excessive drinker.” The same is said for anyone who binge drinks (men who have more than 5 drinks at once, women who have more than 4), as well as men who consume more than 15 drinks per week and women who have more than 8.
When is Intervention Necessary for Alcohol Addiction?
It’s a good idea to start with a simple heart-to-heart talk with the individual before moving onto an intervention. If the individual denies his or her addiction, refuses to get help, or has difficulty maintaining sobriety, an intervention would be the next step. It’s always advisable to bring an intervention specialist on board to help organize it, as there are many steps to carry out, loved ones can usually benefit from coaching, and having a trained professional present to help guide the direction of the actual intervention may improve the chances that the person will get the help he or she needs. Interventions ideally conclude with the alcoholic agreeing to visit a specific pre-determined facility, so it’s also helpful to have a specialist guiding the family through the process of selecting an appropriate treatment center.
Selecting the Best Rehab for Alcohol Addiction Treatment
- Alcoholic-Specific Treatment: Many centers focus on a specific type of substance. You may want to seek one out that specializes in alcohol addiction or at least select one that has experience with alcoholics.
- Personal Preferences: Sometimes people do better in treatment when they can bring along a beloved pet or they can participate in activities that coincide with their lifestyle, such as luxury rehab, holistic rehab, or faith-based rehab. There are also centers that offer unique forms of therapy, including equine therapy. Some facilities also cater to just men or only women. If one of these types appeal to the person getting treatment, it should be taken into consideration.
- Dual Diagnosis: A lot of people drink to cope with an underlying problem, be it generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, PTSD, an eating disorder, or something else. These are referred to as co-current disorders or a dual diagnosis, and the underlying condition needs treatment in order for the person to remain sober as well. If you’re aware of a dual diagnosis prior to selecting a center, look for one that specializes in it. If you’re not sure, most any facility will also evaluate to see if this applies and provide the right level of care.
- Location: Oftentimes, people like to remain close to home for treatment, but sometimes it can help to get away from it all as well. If location is a consideration, be sure to search within the appropriate geographic area.
- Cost/ Insurance: Insurance companies often cover some or all the cost of treatment, but you’ll want to be sure you’re selecting facilities within your budget. If money is of no concern, you’ll probably be quite happy with any number of luxury centers. However, cost of treatment is also covered in greater detail at the end of this page for those hoping to minimize expenses while getting vital treatment.
How is Alcohol Addiction Treated?
People who consume large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis genuinely become dependent on it and don’t feel well unless they have it. These early cravings turn into severe withdrawal 24-72 hours after the last drink. High blood pressure, hallucinations, and even seizures can occur during withdrawal, which is why in-patient treatment centers often provide medically-supervised detoxification upon arrival. They try to keep the initial period very low key and may use medications to manage the symptoms, and this will probably be the main focus for the greater part of the first week. Following detox, the patient is then guided through a series of activities designed to empower him or her to take back his or her health, learn to cope with stresses and triggers, and understand the nature of the alcohol addiction. Group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and individual therapy are a big part of this. Most centers also offer nutritional coaching, fitness activities, and recreation.
As time at the in-patient facility comes to a close, which may be about 30 days in short-term rehab or 90 days in long-term rehab, the patient is guided through creating a plan for returning home. Plans typically include out-patient treatment and additional one-on-one counseling, as well as the recommendation to join a support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Following up with the after-care portion and remaining in a supportive environment is essential in maintaining sobriety.
Success Rates of Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Statistics regarding alcohol addiction treatment are difficult to come by because there are few, if any, valid comparative studies between those who get treatment and those who don’t. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has reported that:
- 40-60% of all people who enter into substance abuse programs are successful.
- Choosing the right facility and committing to a long-term care plan (even after rehab) increases success rates.
- Success rates rise to as much as 71% when a long-term (90-day) rehab program is chosen over a short-term (30-day) one.
Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Alcohol Rehab?
Most private insurance companies, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover alcohol addiction treatment. However, patents are generally expected to select an in-network provider. Private insurance companies may also require that the patent pay a percentage of his or her treatment costs, and/or pay a deductible, but each plan is different.
Without insurance, some of the more extravagant resort-style or luxury treatment centers can cost $20,000 or more per month. However, traditional centers usually run around $6,000 monthly.
If you’d like to know what your insurance covers, our compassionate representatives can verify your benefits and help walk you through choosing the best facility for your needs. Please contact us at 888-327-1047.
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