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 alcoholism. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 15 million people in the United States have an 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 consequences. 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 a residential treatment program. For many people, inpatient programs are the first vital stop on the recovery process. Outpatient rehabs for AUD is another option. However, when considering inpatient rehabs or outpatient rehabs, 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 maybe, 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 responsibilities 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 alcoholism. The sooner you seek an inpatient alcohol rehab center 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 may be 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 rehabs around the country is key to sustained recovery.
Why Is Inpatient Rehab the Right Choice for Me?
When considering the right course of treatment option for an AUD or alcoholism, you may come across many rehabs that offer a wide range of addiction programs. However, various factors such as a patient’s medical history, history of relapses, signs of co-occurring mental health conditions, and the severity of the addiction will all play a key role when deciding on the type of treatment option that best suits your needs. Inpatient rehabs are highly effective in helping patients overcome addiction and successfully maintain long term sobriety.
If the warning signs of alcoholism is addressed during the early stages, an outpatient setting may provide sufficient treatment for that patient. This option helps patients get through the recovery process while also being able to maintain their responsibilities at work, home, or school.
If you are suffering from years of heavy drinking or frequently participate in binge drinking habits, then inpatient rehabilitation may be the best recovery option for you.
What is Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Center?
Individuals who are experiencing severe addiction, dual diagnosis, significant medical complications, or previous complicated withdrawals may greatly benefit from inpatient rehab programs. Inpatient facilities provide patients with a stable, structured, and secure environment void of all distractions and temptations to help each individual focus solely on their recovery. This facility also provides around-the-clock medical care and support to help mitigate any medical complications that may arise during a patient’s stay. Inpatient centers provide patients with comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment, medical detox, various types of therapy, and counseling programs.
How Does Alcohol Inpatient Treatment Work?
Alcohol inpatient treatment or residential rehab program is a type of program where the patient or client stays at the facility for a specified duration of time. The length of the stay at the inpatient rehabs depends on several factors. These include:
- The 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 an inpatient program is chosen, the patient will stay at the treatment 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 rehabilitation. The Core Program, Orenda Program, and Rise Program each offer something a bit different. However, each of our three programs utilizes 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.