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Alcohol Rehab

Research has found that alcohol rehab is a very efficient means of breaking away from alcohol addiction. These types of rehab are not just a temporary fix to a deadly situation but more of an influential opportunity for those who are trapped and giving up. Alcohol rehab is a safe option for an individual to work on the issues that caused them to choose alcohol as a means of remedy.

In an alcohol rehab the client will be given a chance to begin the process of coming to terms with his/her condition, learning about the disease of alcoholism and the effects it has had on not only their lives but their family and friends as well. They will proceed through the stages of treatment beginning with the detox process, leading up to group sessions and private therapy, incorporating also physical exercise and inclusion into the 12 step community.

Alcohol detox, the 1st stage of treatment is a careful monitoring of the individual, possibly in a medical setting to cleanse the body of the toxins caused by alcohol abuse. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal are: depression, mood swings, seizures, and what is commonly known as DT’s which can include hallucinations and heightened aggression (in extreme cases). The detox process can take anywhere between 3-5 days or even up to 2 weeks. The symptoms mentioned here usually subside within the first week to 10 days. Once the detox process is complete the individual can move on to the next phase of the treatment plan.

Personal treatment plans are constructed by a clinical team and counseling and education can begin. These treatment plans include working on cause and effect, relapse prevention, daily living skills and accountability while developing relationships within peer groups. During this time the individual will be given the chance to examine his/her personal history and discover the root of their issues and move forward to the solutions. While working one on one in private sessions, the deeper things can be uncovered and the strength to face these issues in a group setting can be developed.

After the rehab stay is complete there are options offered including aftercare, which is strongly recommended in most cases. This is all a process that requires the support of others in recovery as well. When faced with the stresses of returning to family, work and everyday life can at times be overwhelming. Sometimes the simple things such as the drive home from work past the local tavern can trigger an intense desire to return for just one drink. So, the continued care and accountability combined with the support of the aftercare team is a beneficial addition to the long term sobriety of the recovering alcoholic.

The majority of alcohol rehabs have focused solely on the alcohol problem, paying little or no attention to any physiological factors under the surface. New studies have shown there is quite a high percentage (close to 50%) of alcoholics who suffer from one or more separate mental health problems. Such issues must be dealt with also. Psychiatric evaluations are often included and, if needed, further care in this area will be done.