How Quickly Can I Get into Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is the compulsive and excessive use of alcohol in spite of negative consequences. Alcoholism is a wide-spread problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 28 percent of women and 48 percent of men report binge drinking or having three or more drinks on one day in the past year. Realizing you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to recovery. Once you decide you need help, finding and getting into treatment as quickly as possible is important.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol addiction treatment usually begins with a period of medically-supervised detox. Medically supervised detox allows the body to rid itself of the toxins from the alcohol in a safe and medically-staffed environment. Once detox is over, the first part of treatment is diagnosis. During diagnosis, doctors and therapists will work with you to determine the cause of your alcohol addiction. Family history or a personal history of addiction, as well as a family history of mental illness, will help determine the best treatment program for your unique needs. If there is a family or personal history of mental illness, doctors and therapists will also work to determine the type of mental illness and what kind of treatment is necessary. In the cases of a Dual Diagnosis of addiction and mental illness, a combination of medication and psychotherapy will be prescribed to treat both conditions simultaneously. Once a diagnosis is reached, the person in recovery will receive individual, group, and family counseling sessions. Nutrition and exercise programs as well as meditation, yoga, and other life-skills programs may be part of your treatment plan.

Getting Into Treatment

Once you realize you have a problem with alcohol and reach out for help, several things must take place before you can start treatment. You or your loved one will need to speak to an admissions counselor at a treatment facility or through our helpline number. Admissions coordinators will help you understand your insurance coverage and the type and amount of treatment that is available to you. Once insurance and other payment questions are answered, treatment can begin right away. Some people choose an outpatient program as their first treatment experience. Outpatient programs allow you the flexibility of staying in your own home and continuing to work during treatment. However, inpatient programs give you the advantage of being able to fully focus on treatment. Whichever program you choose, the important thing is to reach out for help.

Finding Help for Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions and help you find the right treatment program for you unique situation.

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