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Alcohol Rehab Centers: What To Look for in Treatment Programs


Alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD) impact thousands upon thousands of people worldwide. What begins as a way to have fun for many somehow transforms into dependency then addiction for some. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 86.3% of people over the age of 18 in the United States report drinking alcohol at least once in their lives. The data also shows that in 2018 there were 14.4 million U.S. adults with an AUD.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a dependence or addiction to alcohol finding alcohol rehab centers that can help is the first—and often most difficult—step. Futures Recovery Healthcare can help. At Futures, we understand how important it is to look at several alcohol rehab centers and choose the one best suited for you or your loved one. 

When it comes to rehabilitation centers for alcohol there are a lot of choices. First, it’s important to take an honest look at your drinking. While there are certain signs of a full-blown issue, there are also some signs that warn you an addiction may be on the horizon. The sooner into an AUD you seek treatment the better. 

Some of the early signs to watch for when it comes to AUDs and the need for alcohol rehab centers are:

  • Drinking more or longer than intended
  • Trying to cut down or stop drinking unsuccessfully
  • Putting yourself in dangerous situations when drinking
  • Experiencing tolerance or the need to drink more to achieve the same feeling
  • Continuing to drink despite health, both physical and emotional, consequences
  • Giving up hobbies or activities to drink
  • Continuing to drink despite issues being caused with family, friends, co-workers, etc. 
  • Incurring legal issues associated with drinking
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink

If you have experienced one or more of these warning signs, you may want to start looking at alcohol rehab centers for help. The more of these you have experienced, the more serious your issue may be. When searching for rehabilitation centers for alcohol, there are a few important points you want to consider. 

According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 7.7 million people with an alcohol or substance use disorder also have another co-occurring mental health disorder. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and more commonly occur along with an AUD or SUD. Alcohol rehab centers that are able to treat co-occurring disorders are important to include on your list, whether you know you have a co-occurring mental health disorder or not. Often an AUD or SUD will mask underlying issues. For this reason, choosing alcohol rehabilitation centers that have experience and expertise in treating co-occurring disorders is important. 

In addition, it’s a good idea when searching through alcohol rehab centers to find what types of treatment are offered. Most people looking for rehabilitation centers for alcohol want to have inpatient or residential care. However, there are a number of individuals in need of treatment for an AUD who aren’t able to go into residential care for one reason or another. For this reason, alcohol rehab centers that offer other programs such as intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization are good to consider.  

It’s also important to consider what type of aftercare or alumni programs these alcohol rehab centers offer. Establishing a strong support system after you complete clinical treatment is vital for long-term recovery. Futures alumni program is one of the best around. The team at Futures keeps in touch with patients on a regular basis once they leave treatment and continue to do so for months and years after. 

If you or someone you love is living with an AUD or SUD, Futures is here to help. Contact us today at 866-804-2098 and start healing tomorrow.