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?
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.
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.
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.
There are some items that you should bring, and others that you should leave at home.
Bring these items to rehab:
These items should be provided:
Leave these items at home:
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.
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:
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.