Call an admissions coordinator at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake today to learn more about the available treatment options and to begin the process of determining which course of care will be most appropriate in your loved one’s situation. A future without alcohol addiction can begin today.
An alcohol use disorder impacts every part of the drinker’s life: his health, his mental stability, his family relationships, his prospects at work, and his prospects for the future. Whether your loved one struggles with binge drinking, chronic alcohol abuse, or full-blown alcoholism, it also significantly – and negatively – impacts you and everyone in your family.
The good news is that help is available. Just as there is a range of issues that can define a person’s problem with alcohol, there is also a range of treatment measures that may be appropriate in addressing those issues. The right combination of alternative, holistic, and traditional therapies and medical support will vary based on the needs of your loved one, and these will be chosen based on your family member’s:
- Past experience in treatment for the alcohol use disorder
- Severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Existence of co-occurring mental health disorders
- Goals for the treatment experience and future in recovery
In general, the more comprehensive the treatment program, the more effective it will be at providing a patient new to sobriety with everything necessary to make a strong start. Inpatient treatment programs are the most comprehensive option because they offer 24-hour care and supervision, ensuring that a patient is never without the support needed to avoid relapse and manage any physical or mental health issues that may arise.
- Initial stabilization, if necessary
- Medical detox, if needed
- Medication support and adjustment, if needed
- Medical supervision and assistance in the case of complications or acute issues, if needed
- 24-hour therapeutic and/or peer support
- Amenities that provide for basic needs so the patient can focus on treatment and recovery
- Chef-created nutritional meals designed to promote detox as well as overall health and wellness
- A personalized treatment plan, utilizing all the resources at the program that will aid the patient in growth and recovery
- Treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders that may be underlying or exacerbating the alcohol use disorder
- The ability to adjust the treatment plan as needed to meet or change treatment goals
- Intensive support to family members as they begin their own recovery journey and work to rebuild relationships with the addicted person
- Assistance in addressing other issues that may adversely affect the person’s ability to stay sober, including legal problems, career issues, family and parenting concerns, and more
- Round-the-clock assistance in managing other associated health problems (e.g., weight loss or gain, emotional stability, self-esteem, etc.)
- Aftercare plan, support, and/or services to aid in ongoing recovery after treatment is over
Comparatively, outpatient treatment programs, no matter how intensive, do not have the ability to provide the all-encompassing treatment offered by inpatient programs. Patients are provided with no more than eight hours of treatment, therapeutic support, and supervision per day at the most intensive facilities. At night and on the weekends, they are without anyone to help them avoid relapse, often when they need it most.
Outpatient treatment centers are also limited in the type of treatments and therapies that they can offer. Most therapies are group-based only and chosen based on their ability to help the largest number of people. At inpatient programs, these options are available but personalized treatment plans mean that patients may be able to take advantage of one-on-one therapy options if it will be helpful to their ability to heal.
Additionally, because outpatients are forced to live at home or remain in their current living situations during treatment, they are often continually exposed to the same stressors and circumstances that informed their lives in alcohol addiction. This makes it more difficult to stay focused on recovery and avoid relapse during those crucial first weeks in treatment.
There is also the benefit of space and time dedicated to nothing but recovery. A patient who lives at the program dedicated to providing him with healing resources will be able to take a break from bills, problematic relationships, and other issues at home and in the neighborhood with the gift of focusing just on his own health and wellness. Taking 30 days or more to focus just on addiction treatment allows the patient to truly alter behaviors, perspectives, and other choices that may be hindering his ability to stay focused on recovery and make the most progress toward long-term stability in sobriety.
Though the period spent in drug rehab is essential to building a strong foundation in recovery, long-term success will only occur if there is continued care and support in place for the patient after she returns home. An aftercare plan should be mapped out in advance of leaving the inpatient program, allowing the patient to get the necessary referrals in place and ask questions and make changes as needed before transitioning into a more independent phase of recovery.
- Sober living: For those who do not have a safe, alcohol-free home to return to, sober living is a solid choice. Here, patients have the freedom to find a job, enroll in school, and take their time in finding the right new living situation while enjoying the 24-hour support of a sober living environment as well as the support of on-site staff and sober peers.
- Relapse prevention: Attention should be paid to maintaining an active engagement in therapies and treatments that were working during rehab that will continue the patient’s ability to grow and progress in recovery. Group sessions dedicated to helping patients address acute challenges to their ability to remain sober are particularly helpful and can aid in relapse prevention as well.
- Therapeutic growth: Any alternative and holistic treatments that were helpful during inpatient rehab will continue to be helpful in aftercare and provide the support of continuity to the transition process. Yoga, meditation, nutritional therapy, life coaching, and more can all aid the patient in creating a positive community in recovery and remaining connected to the principles of sobriety.
- Family support: If the patient is returning home, it is important that his family be given the opportunity to play a positive role in his recovery. Too often, family relationships become codependent relationships during addiction, and family members will need to learn more about how to avoid behaviors that can enable relapse and a return to addiction. Additionally, all can benefit from improving methods of communication and learning how to get their needs met healthfully as they work through issues that are left over from the addiction period and create a new, healthier home environment in the future.
The more intensive the aftercare plan initially, the more likely it is that the patient will be able to stay on track in recovery after leaving the rehabilitation program. Over time, as responsibilities grow and the patient becomes more grounded in life after treatment, the aftercare plan may be less intensive, allowing the patient to spend more time with family, at work, or in pursuit of hobbies that are beneficial to his health and wellness as well as non-threatening to his sobriety.
If alcohol use disorders damage every aspect of a patient’s life, alcohol addiction treatment services can benefit every part of the patient’s life. One phone call to an admissions coordinator can connect you with a wealth of information and resources that will enable you to help yourself or your loved one take the first step down the road to recovery. Learn more about what you can expect from treatment at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake when you call the number above now. Your new hope for tomorrow can start today.
Additional Treatment Manuals