How to choose an alcohol rehabilitation center
Alcohol addiction can pose a serious threat to a person's life. Trying to break an alcohol addiction is difficult for a number of reasons. There are several factors present in a drug addiction: a psychological desire for the effects brought on by the drug; the brain's adaptations to the chemical changes brought on by the drug (which are hard to reverse); and a slew of habits and environmental triggers that support the addiction. Like other serious health concerns such as or anorexia or clinical depression, an addiction to alcohol will require long-term professional help to break the cycle.
The decision to seek rehabilitation for alcohol problems is an important one in the fight for sobriety. It's important to select the right drug and alcohol treatment center (often the two are combined) given each individual's unique situation and needs. Here are some points to keep in mind as you search for information on alcohol rehab:
- Insurance and payment. Make sure the program you choose is accepted by your insurance or will support you in meeting the costs of treatment through a payment plan.
- Patient's personal needs. Basic cleanliness and organization are important things to know about drug and alcohol rehab centers. Also, find out if the location meets the unique needs of the patient, from physical disabilities to gender or cultural background.
- Patient's medical needs. Good alcohol rehab centers will be able to address the wide range of possible medical needs of their patients, from psychological and social help to any necessary medical treatments.
- Reputation and certification. The staff at the alcohol rehab center you choose should be licensed professionals who are well trained in the treatment of alcoholism. Ask to see their certificates and licenses from national or state agencies.
- Ongoing and post-treatment support. Quality facilities will supply a continuous evaluation of the patient's progress during treatment and make the necessary adjustments. They should also continue to offer post-treatment guidance to increase the patient's chance of success upon completion of the program. Ask what your options are in the event of a relapse – some alcohol rehab centers will readmit patients who relapse within a certain period of time.
- Family support. Find out if the clinic provides family counseling. This increased understanding from those surrounding the patient will help to improve his or her success rate after rehab.
- Treatment type. The patient or the patient's family may prefer to have or not have certain types of treatments. Some of the options available may include medication, behavior therapy or counseling. As well, more serious addictions benefit from increased time in rehab. Consult with a medical professional to decide which treatments will be most beneficial to the patient.
Careful consideration of these factors will help to ensure that you are selecting the alcohol rehabilitation center that is right for the patient.
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