What is Alcohol Addiction Rehab Like?

Alcohol addiction rehab is an experience that can change your life. It has been described as an intense, therapeutic getaway. Below is everything you need to know to answer the question: What is alcohol addiction rehab like?

What Do Alcohol Addiction Rehab Centers Do?

Alcohol addiction rehab is designed to provide people who have struggled with alcohol abuse or alcoholism with the tools they need to live a sober life. Treatment varies depending upon an individual’s specific needs. For some people, that means starting with medical alcohol detoxification. For others, it means starting with individual and/or group therapy. Regardless of where you are, rehab should meet your current needs.

Where Do I Go for Alcohol Rehab?

Next, there are several different types of facilities that provide rehab, including hospitals, addiction rehabilitation centers and clinics. Rehab can be completed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

At The Blackberry Center, we provide both inpatient care as well as a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Our hospital was built brand new in 2017; however, as an organization we have helped thousands of patients for over 20 years recover from both alcohol and drug addiction. When selecting a facility, be sure to choose one that has a proven history of helping people to get better.

What is Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Like?

Inpatient alcohol rehab is a live-in center where you are under supervision 24 hours a day. Generally, you start with an initial evaluation, which is then used to create your individualized plan. Some people start with alcohol detox during the initial stages. For people who are very reliant upon alcohol, quitting cold turkey can come along with some uncomfortable side effects that can even be dangerous. Side effects include: nausea, vomiting, headaches, insomnia, nervousness and irritability.

Day-to-day life is planned with a schedule. Generally, daily activities include individual counseling sessions, group therapy, educational classes and sometimes recreational time as well as nutritional education. Meals are provided for residents, and are included in your daily schedule.

The length of time that a person stays in rehab varies depending upon their individual needs.

What Should I Bring to Rehab?

There are some items that you should bring, and others that you should leave at home.

Bring these items to rehab:

  • Prescription medication (in the pharmacy container)
  • Over the counter medication (in the original container)
  • Insurance information (card)
  • Comfortable, modest clothing (layers are good)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Deodorant, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, body lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Pens, paper, notebook, stationary, stamps
  • List of names, addresses and phone numbers
  • Family photos
  • Alarm clock without a radio
  • Small amount of cash (for store runs, vending machines, etc.)
  • Identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Paperback books

These items should be provided:

  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Meals and snacks
  • Reading materials
  • Laundry services

Leave these items at home:

  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Toiletries that contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
  • Electronics (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Candles and incense
  • Revealing clothing or clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

What is Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Like?

Outpatient rehab is when you do not stay at the facility overnight, but participate in treatment during the day. Treatment will vary based on your initial assessment, but programs generally include individual and/or group therapy and educational classes.

Outpatient alcohol rehab can be in place of inpatient therapy or after inpatient therapy has been completed. It allows a recovering alcoholic to live normally while still getting the support and treatment that they need.

Regardless of whether you participate in inpatient or outpatient rehab, it is important to remember that you will not be “cured” when you check out. Alcohol recovery is an ongoing process, and it is imperative to build a strong support network and attend group sessions after you check out to maintain long-term success.

Am I Ready for Alcohol Rehab?

Lastly, this question might be on your mind. More than likely, you will never feel one hundred percent “ready” for rehab. If you’re considering checking in, answer these questions to help guide your decisions:

  • Has my alcohol use caused me to miss school or work, or has my performance decreased as a result of drinking?
  • Do I continue to drink despite negative consequences at home, work or with friends?
  • Do I crave alcohol or have strong urges to drink?
  • Has my alcohol tolerance increased (do I have to drink more to feel its effects)?
  • Do I spend a lot of time and effort to get alcohol?
  • Have I tried to cut back and failed?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider checking into alcohol rehab to break free from the chains of addiction. Imagine what your life would be life without alcohol. It might seem scary at first, but think of how it will feel to break free from the hold that alcohol has over your life.

If you are ready to take the next steps toward a better life, The Blackberry Center is here to help provide you with the tools that you need for a lasting recovery. Contact us to learn more about our programs.

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