When one is researching ways to receive treatment for alcohol abuse, they are presented with a multitude of options. Everything from online group therapy to wilderness therapy programs are heralded as the “cure” for an alcohol addiction and many alcoholics and their family members are not sure where to turn for literally life-saving help. How does one pick the rehab style right for him/herself or a loved one? Below is a list of important considerations to refer to when deciding where to seek treatment.
1. To what degree is the alcoholic/addict’s daily life impaired by drug use/abuse? (think about job, family, social, and health functioning here)
2. Does the alcoholic/addict need to take time away from his/her daily life to reflect upon life choices and realign his/her life with his/her values, hopes, and goals?
3. How self motivated is the individual towards life-long recovery?
4. How trustworthy are they about their drug procurement, use, and its effects? (think about whether or not they can be trusted to reach out for supportive help when craving a drug)
5. Has his/her health been affected by the alcohol/drug use?
6. Has the substance dependent individual surround him/herself with a social network that is unlikely to aid in his/her recovery?
7. Has the individual succeeded in “burning bridges” with most of those who disapprove of his/her drug use and isolated him/herself from those who are most likely to help him/her recover?
Inpatient alcohol rehab has exponentially gained in popularity during the last few decades as common sense and scientific findings have converged to highlight it as the best therapeutic intervention for substance dependance. Let’s look, point by point, about what sets inpatient alcohol rehab apart from the other modern modalities of treatment.
- Inpatient alcohol rehab separates the addicted individual from the negative influences that played a large role in the development and continuation of his/her addiction
- It gives the person time and space to reflect upon life events, decisions, and mistakes without allowing them to “self-medicate” or “escape” these reality checks with drug/alcohol use
- It doesn’t allow for the “bluffing” of sobriety that is often observed in outpatient and online treatment modalities
- The individual is surrounded 24/7 by trained staff to assist in craving control, mood changes, and life restructuring
- Co-existing problems (anger management difficulties, anxiety problems, depression, social isolation, etc) can be identified by therapists and integrated into the individual’s overarching plan to achieve optimal health
- Inpatient treatment keeps addicted individuals in early recovery safe from the allure of drugs and alcohol
- Gives friends/family the “space” that is often needed for healing to begin and most inpatient alcohol rehabs offer family work that is either scheduled into a “family week” or is integrated throughout treatment
- Experts in both addiction and the health problems that are often comorbid with addictions are made available to individuals in need. In outpatient settings, signs that something medically may be wrong may easily be missed.
While online and outpatient treatment options certainly sound tempting, please make sure to do your research and pick a treatment-type that actually follows through on its promises and alters the course of an addict or alcoholic’s life. We hope this information on the benefits of inpatient alcohol rehab helps you make a wise decision!