Alcohol is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the nation. Often, it’s difficult to know at first if someone has a problem with alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 15 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Alcohol use disorder or AUD, is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain condition characterized by the inability to stop or cut down on alcohol consumption despite negative consquences. These negative consequences can include legal issues, issues at home or with family, money problems, health issues, loss of job or career, etc.
If you or someone you love has an AUD you may be considering inpatient alcohol treatment. For many, inpatient alcohol treatment centers are the first vital stop on the journey of recovery. Outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder is another option. However, when considering inpatient alcohol rehab or outpatient treatment, the best choice for you or your loved one depends on factors unique to the person and situation.
Signs of an AUD or Alcoholism
The first step to getting help is to admit there is, or may be, a problem. When it comes to being diagnosed with an AUD, there are certain criteria that must be met. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5), a person is diagnosed as having an alcohol use disorder when they meet two of the following 11 criteria during a twelve month period:
- Drank for longer than intended or drank more than intended?
- Tried to cut down or stop drinking but were unsuccessful?
- Spent a lot of time drinking or being sick from drinking?
- Experienced cravings or a strong, persistent urge to drink?
- Found that drinking or being ill from drinking interfered with responsibiities such as work, family, school, etc.
- Continued to drink despite it causing issues with family and friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities you used to enjoy to spend more time drinking?
- Gotten into risky or dangerous situations during or after drinking?
- Continued to drink even though it made you depressed, anxious, etc.
- Developed tolerance or found you needed to drink more to get the same effect?
- Experienced withdrawal symptoms when the effects of alcohol were wearing off?
Answering ‘yes’ to at least two of these questions indicates you or your loved one may have a problem with alcohol or even an AUD. The sooner you seek inpatient alcohol rehab or outpatient treatment, the better the chances of recovery.
Many people mistakenly think that if they only answer yes to a few of the above criteria maybe they’re ‘not that bad’. However, it’s important to note that AUD or alcoholism is a progressive disease. Getting evidence-based treatment at one of the reputable inpatient alcohol treatment centers around the country is key to sustained recovery.
How Does Alcohol Inpatient Treatment Work?
Alcohol inpatient treatment or residential treatment is a type of program where the patient or client stays at the treatment center for a specified duration of time. The length of the stay at the inpatient alcohol rehab depends on several factor. These include:
- Severity of the AUD
- Whether there are any co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety
- If there are other substance or processing use issues
- Family, work, school constraints and obligations
- Physical or health problems
Once the team assesses your or your loved one’s situation, they will recommend a course of treatment. If inpatient alcohol treatment is chosen, the patient will stay at the treatement center for the course of treatment. Whether that be 30 days, 60 days, or even nine months or one year, the majority of all activities will take place at the alcohol inpatient treatment center. From meals and sleeping to individual and group therapy, everything will occur onsite.
Futures Recovery Healthcare offers inpatient alcohol treatment. The Core Program, Orenda Program, and Rise Program each offer something a bit different. However, each of our three programs utlize evidence-based treatments within an all-inclusive, luxury nine acre campus. If you or someone you love is in need of inpatient alcohol rehab contact Futures today. Call us at 866-804-2098 or contact us online.