Alcohol use disorder affects around 15 million people across the nation and tens of millions more across the world. Sadly, many people who abuse alcohol are high-functioning and may never get help. For those who do accept that they struggle with alcohol, you can get help in the form of alcohol rehab programs.
Before going into alcohol rehab proper, you’ll need to detox. Detox let your body start flushing out the toxins left by excessive drinking. It also lets your brain start resetting. Alcohol, like most drugs, messes with how your brain produces neurotransmitters and pleasure chemicals.
An alcohol detox program is vital for anyone who abuses alcohol because of the serious withdrawal symptoms. The milder symptoms include sweating, feeling sick, and shaking hands. In some cases, the symptoms include hallucinations, fever, and seizures. The more serious symptoms can actually kill a person, so you need medical staff available around the clock.
What to Expect in Alcohol Rehab
At some point early in the alcohol rehab process, you receive an evaluation. The evaluation helps identify any other physical or mental health conditions. Getting you proper treatment for other conditions makes the rehab process more effective.
Anxiety disorder, for example, often serves as a basic cause and trigger for alcohol abuse. Medication and learning anxiety-reducing techniques can lower the chances of a relapse.
There isn’t a fixed approach to treatment. Your experiences, underlying reason for drinking and triggers will differ from other people. Someone that drinks because of stress won’t benefit from a plan aimed at someone who drinks because of depression. Someone that self-medicates the symptoms of bipolar disorder with alcohol needs a different plan altogether.
In short, you need a custom plan for getting sober. Every rehab center operates a little differently, but you generally work with the staff on building a customized plan. Someone that plays an instrument might include music therapy. A nature lover, on the other hand, might want to try out equine therapy.
You can expect some kinds of treatments during alcohol rehab. Alcohol addiction creates a lot of behaviors you’ll need to recognize and change after rehab. This can mean individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Each offers benefits that we’ll explore next.
Therapy Benefits for Alcohol Rehab
Individual therapy offers a couple of key benefits. You get the undivided attention of a therapist, which lets you focus on only your needs. It also lets you ask questions or talk about experiences you wouldn’t want to discuss publicly.
Group therapy helps show that others are facing similar challenges, which helps dispel the feeling of suffering alone. It offers a sounding board. It can also give people a new point of view on a problem by hearing how others view it.
Alcohol abuse often takes a terrible toll on family relationships. Using family therapy in alcohol rehab lets family members start dealing with their feelings and begin healing.
Experiential therapies, like music or art therapy, give you other paths for getting at difficult feelings. Sometimes it’s easier to draw your pain first, then talk about it.
Santé Center for Healing
The Argyle, TX-based Santé Center for Healing brings over two decades of experience to addiction treatment. We understand that you bring unique life experiences and triggers into alcohol rehab. That’s why we embrace custom treatment plans that fold in tested therapies, including:
Our approach centers on helping you deal with the root causes of your drinking and improve your well-being. At the same time, we help prepare you for meeting the challenges of daily life.
Don’t let alcohol run your life. Santé Center for Healing can help you overcome your alcohol addiction. Call us at 866-238-3154 and we’ll set you on a road to recovery.