Alcohol abuse treatment centers are one of the best options that alcohol abusers have for finding help overcoming their addictions. However, it isn’t always clear to those who have never been through a treatment program, or who don’t know anyone that’s been through a treatment program, just what goes on in these particular facilities.
Understanding the treatment is perhaps the first step to getting ready to undergo it for oneself.
The first step to any type of rehabilitation in an alcohol abuse treatment center is the detox process.
The human body gets used to having alcohol in its system, and when that quota isn’t met it begins to crave it.
The symptoms that come with that craving are called withdrawal, and they only last for a certain period of time. Once the symptoms vanish the body has re-adjusted back to a standard setting where alcohol is no longer a requirement of functioning normally.
The worse an alcohol abuser’s addiction is, the worse the withdrawal and detox period will be. In some cases there is a genuine risk to the person’s health when it comes to detox. Treatment centers offer full medical facilities complete with knowledgeable staff that can make sure the alcohol abuser gets the best care possible to shepherd him or her back to sobriety.
Treatment and Therapy
Once the alcohol abuser has gone through detox the treatment is only partially complete. The next step in the process is to put the alcoholic through a therapy program to help figure out why he or she became addicted to alcohol and to provide tools and methods to stop the abusers from back-sliding.
Different treatment centers offer different types of programs. For instance, many centers run faith based initiatives such as those found in the original Alcoholics Anonymous, and others may offer dual-diagnosis treatment for those with co-occurring disorders. Other treatment centers offer group therapy and one on one therapy sessions so that alcohol abusers can share their stories, find support and try to understand the experience they went through. Bigger centers offer a variety of different programs so that alcohol abusers can find the one that works for them.
Does It Work?
There is no guaranteed method for “curing” alcoholism; if there was then there would be only one program and it would work all the time. Because every alcoholic is different, each one is going to respond to different kinds of treatment and therapy. It might be a matter of finding which therapist the alcoholic feels most comfortable with, or a group that he or she can fit in with because of ethnicity, age, religion or any number of other factors. It may even be necessary to go through multiple programs in order to finally get the results the abuser wants.