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Treating Your Alcohol Addiction

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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There are many different treatment options before you when it comes to your alcohol addiction. You can choose to enter into an government run or private treatment facility. You can receive a traditional or nontraditional treatment approach that is inpatient or outpatient. Determining what type of treatment you will receive for your alcohol addiction can be done by talking to a medical provider and exploring these options fully.

Choosing The Right Treatment for Your Alcohol Addiction

You can find the right treatment for your alcohol addiction with the help of a medical professional as well as the knowledge of what treatment options are available to you.

Government vs. Private Facility

A government run treatment facility typically follows a strict treatment process and at the end of it you are expected to leave regardless to where you are in your recovery. There are typically large case loads for therapists and counselors because the facility fills all beds with those needing help. Costs are low and nearly all insurances are accepted for payment.

A private facility offers individualized treatment to their clients, allowing them to meet their recovery needs with the knowledge no two addiction as the same. Therapist and counselors have low case loads of 4 to 8 clients at a time. These facilities are typically much smaller than a government run which allows more one on one time and focus on your individual recovery needs. You pay for luxury within a private treatment facility.

Your Treatment Approach

There are many different treatment approaches used by various alcohol rehabs. Each holds its benefits to you in recovery.

  • Behavioral Modification Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapies
  • Holistic Treatment
  • Faith-based Treatment
  • Pharmaceutical Treatment
  • Individualized Treatment
  • Traditional Treatment

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

An inpatient treatment program allows you to pack up and move into the facility. You will stay in a controlled environment that offers daily therapy, counseling and educational sessions to help you through your addiction. You will go through detox within the facility, free of temptation and with full medical assistance to ensure your safety.

An outpatient treatment program allows you similar treatment to an inpatient program but it is done within the comfort of your own home. You will need to detox at home with the aid of prescription medications and will return daily for counseling,therapy and educational sessions to help you through your recovery.

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