Alcohol Recovery

What You Need to Know About Alcohol Recovery Programs

Do you suspect that you may be an alcoholic? Are you under the influence of alcohol at all times? Is your habit beginning to affect your work or your relationship with your loved ones? Stepping up and declaring that you are an alcoholic takes great courage, but the first step of recovering from addiction is admitting to the problem. If you've tried to stop and you think that you have lost hope on all types of alcohol recovery treatments, think again. Maybe you just didn't do it right the first time. There's still hope for you yet. You should never give up.

Finding out What Helps

The first thing you should do to make sure that your alcohol recovery treatment is effective, is to recognize that you cannot do it alone. There is a great amount of help available, and all you have to do is ask for it. If your dependence on alcohol is severe (if your body literally commands you to drink at least half a bottle a night), then it is recommended that you detoxify your body first. Alcohol detox is a medical treatment, and it will help you cleanse your body from alcohol gradually so that you will not have to worry about withdrawal symptoms.

Your alcohol recovery treatment doesn't stop at detox. If your environment is triggering you to drink alcohol even after detox, you may want to sign up for in-patient treatment at a rehabilitation center. After the detox, you'll be counseled privately and in groups so that you can fight all of the factors that are triggering your alcohol dependence.

Once you're ready to go out into the real world again, you'll be in out-patient programs where you'll be asked to join out-patient group counseling and your family will be oriented about your condition so that they can help you get better. During the first few months, no alcoholic drink would be allowed into your home until you're strong enough to resist the temptation to drink excessively again.

What Doesn't Help

Thinking that drinking alcohol will make all your problems go away is one of the primary causes of alcohol dependence. This isn't true, because if anything, drinking alcohol actually makes you lose more control of your life. Unless you're able to correct this type of thinking, your alcohol recovery treatment cannot be deemed successful.

Peer pressure is also one of the biggest things you'll have to resist once you've completed the first stages of your alcohol recovery treatment. You should avoid events which may force you to take part in social drinking, or avoid friends who tend to drink too much. Do not expose yourself to these factors yet unless you're ready to say no and to stick to your plan of getting better.

Unsupportive family members may also get in the way of your alcohol recovery treatment. Most of the time, family members are misinformed about alcoholism. They might see you as the culprit instead of the recovering patient that you are, and this kind of hostility may trigger regressions. If you feel that this is one of the factors you need to fight off, you should talk to your counselor about getting your family more involved. There are also other resources, like Recovery Now TV, which could help your family and peers understand your situation better.

Do not think that alcohol recovery treatment is all about how other people or factors affect you. The first successful step out of alcohol dependence is the decision to be responsible for yourself again. It begins when you decide to get better.

Choosing a Facility

Questions to Ask When Choosing an Alcohol Recovery Program

If this is your first time seeking alcohol recovery for yourself or a loved one, it would be helpful to know which questions to ask when searching for possible programs. Recovery Now TV will guide you in making the most appropriate decision based on your individual needs.

When researching alcohol recovery programs, consider the questions below to help guide you to making the most appropriate decision for alcoholism treatment :

  1. Will the facility work with your health insurance company? If you have health insurance, please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to access the complete Insurance Guidance Information page.
  2. Where is the facility located? Oftentimes facilities will urge you to travel out of your area to receive treatment. Consider the list of pros and cons below for traveling out of the area for treatment.

    Treatment out of the area-

    • PRO - Getting out of the area for alcohol recovery will help an alcoholic or addict focus on themselves rather than their familiar surroundings.
    • PRO - Going out of the area for alcohol recovery creates a mindset where a client is taking a journey for their recovery.
    • PRO - If the going gets tough in treatment, a distance between the home and the treatment facility might affect a person's decision to not give up and to stay in treatment.
    • CON - Going to an alcohol recovery program out of the area puts distance between you and your loved ones. Most treatment programs offer a family component and a long distance could make it difficult for supportive family and friends to participate in the treatment program.
    • CON - Going to an alcohol recovery program out of the area might make it difficult to return to the home environment. If you choose to go out of the area for treatment, it is crucial to make sure that the treatment facility has a discharge planning process which includes assistance in finding outpatient and Twelve Step Support systems for when you return home.
  3. What governing body is the treatment facility licensed through? All alcohol recovery programs providing therapeutic services and treatment planning, must be licensed by a State governing body. If one of the facilities that you are considering is NOT part of the RecoveryNowTV network, then you will need to make sure that the facility is licensed through the state.
  4. Is the facility accredited? If so, what is the accreditation agency governing the facility? Accreditation is a true sign of a quality and safety assurance plan for a facility. While accreditation is not mandatory for a facility, it does provide a higher level of standards for a facility to adhere to. The two major accrediting bodies are The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). Both accrediting organizations ensure that the facility actively participates in rigorous quality and safety improvement protocols.
  5. What does a typical day entail? Ask the alcohol recovery facility to go through the daily schedule and feel free to ask questions of each item on the schedule. This will give you an understanding of all of the services offered. This will allow you to take full advantage of the treatment protocols being offered.
  6. What is the price of the treatment? Are there additional costs over and above the stated cost? Is there a daily rate? Is there an early termination policy?
  7. Is there an extended care program? When searching for an alcohol recovery program, if time and your schedule permits, it is recommended that you enter an extended care program or a structured sober living environment. This will ensure that the re-entry back into daily living is a safe transition. Many programs offer a step-down or sober living program which includes mandatory Twelve Step participation, curfews, and drug testing.
  8. Is there a program in place for relapse? It is important to know if the alcohol recovery program will support you during a relapse. Many programs have relapse prevention or a refresher course in case of a relapse. Although many people do not want to consider readmitting to a treatment facility, it is important to know that your treatment program will support you if you have a relapse.

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