Alcohol Rehab Programs takes place in a variety of settings:
Hospital- or medical-clinic-based programs. These programs offer both alcohol detox and alcohol rehab on an inpatient basis in specialized units. They are less common than they used to be, primarily because of changes in insurance.
Residential rehab programs. These programs can last from a month to more than a year and take place in a residential environment. Often, the treatment is divided into a series of stages that the person goes through. For instance, in the beginning, a patient’s contact with others, including friends and family, is strictly limited. The idea is to separate the person from their usual social environment associated with drinking, and to develop a primary relationship with the other residents who are also recovering from alcoholism. Eventually, the person will be allowed more contact with people outside the residential community and may even go back to work or school, returning home to the treatment facility each day.
How to Choose an Alcohol Rehab Programs?
The federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a list of 12 questions people should consider when selecting a alcohol treatment program:
- Does the program accept your insurance, and if not, will they work out an affordable payment plan?
- Is the program run by trained professionals who are state-accredited or licensed?
- Are psychiatrists directly involved in patient care, and how often does a doctor meet with a patient or resident? Is the facility clean, organized, and well-run?
- Does the program cover the full range of individual needs from medical through vocational and legal?
- Does the program address sexual orientation and disabilities and provide age, gender, and culturally appropriate treatment services?
- Is long-term aftercare encouraged, provided, and maintained?
- Is the treatment plan continuously assessed to ensure it meets changing needs?
- Are there strategies to engage and keep the individual in longer-term treatment, which increases the chance of success?
- Are there counseling and other behavioral therapies that enhance the ability to function in the family and community?
- Is medication, if appropriate, part of the treatment?
- Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help the person return to abstinence?
- Are there services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand the process and support the individual in recovery?
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