Alcohol Addiction: Steps to Finding the Right Alcohol Rehab Program

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Millions of Americans are currently suffering from alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, it can destroy lives, relationships, families, and more. This leads to many of those struggling to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. Of course, there is a plethora of alcohol addiction treatment centers around the country, which begs the question: how do you pick the right alcohol rehab program?

There is no simple answer to that question, as everyone and their addiction are different. This is why we have put together the guide below to help you choose the right rehab program.

Alcohol Addiction Symptoms

Firstly, let’s take a look at the various alcohol addiction symptoms, as they can show the severity of the addiction. Alcohol addiction symptoms include:

  • Drinking more or longer than planned
  • Spending too much time drinking, drunk, or hungover
  • Problems with school, work, relationships, or family due to alcohol use
  • Continuing to drink despite the issues it causes
  • Trying to cut back and failing
  • Drinking although it causes mental or physical difficulties, such as memory problems, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Having to drink more to achieve the desired effects

Then there is the matter of withdrawal symptoms, which occur when the body has become so accustomed to alcohol that there are physical symptoms when it isn’t consumed. These symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Racing heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Fever

When alcohol withdrawal is severe, it can even lead to severe symptoms like seizures, hallucinations, and even death.

Alcohol Detox

There can be a couple of stages to alcohol addiction treatment, with the first of these being medical detox. Medical detox is designed to handle the physical side of alcohol addiction by clearing all traces of alcohol from the body. The end goal is to stabilize the body to be functional without substances and able to move on to further treatment.

For cases of alcohol addiction, it’s important to work closely with a medical detox facility and the treatment center. Not everyone needs a medical detox to come off of alcohol, but many do. It’s best to work with your treatment center to find the one that’s best for you.

What to Look for in an Alcohol Rehab

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Aside from a program with a medical detox, there are several other factors to consider when searching for a treatment center. As mentioned above, every person and their addiction are different, and there is no one-size-fits-all rehab program.

The first thing is for the individual and their loved ones to consider personal goals and needs, such as whether the facility will accommodate religious beliefs, whether they can deal with co-occurring physical issues, and the length of the program. Rehabs can range from 30 to 90 days, with longer-term programs becoming more successful.

There is also a matter of program location. A simple online search will return rehab programs from all around the country, and there may not be a local program. However, traveling away for a treatment program can be a good thing for some people. When the individual can get out of the environment where they are having trouble, it allows them to focus on themselves. It also keeps them away from friends or fellow substance users, which could be problematic during their treatment.

When contacting a treatment program, there are several details to discuss. Ask about their overall program, what it includes, methodologies used, length, and anything else that may be relevant. This helps to understand the program and how it may work for yourself or your loved one.

The above is only a fraction of all the factors to consider when searching for a rehab center, but it offers the basic details to get started in your search.

Comprehensive Alcohol Addiction Help

If you are searching for an effective alcohol treatment program, we can help here at Narconon. Our program has helped thousands of people break free from addiction, and we would love to help you or your loved one do the same. If you want to hear more about our program, call us or fill out our contact form.


Suncoast Staff