Many people stay away from treatment or choose not to seek help for an alcohol abuse problem simply for fear of the unknown. Alcohol abuse rehabilitation is a scary thought if you don’t know what you can expect when you walk through those doors into a rehab facility. Will it hurt, will there be communication, how will you be treated, what will you do each day and most of all—will it work? These are all potential questions that arise when an individual decides to seek help for himself or for someone they care about who has a drinking problem.
When you first enter alcohol abuse rehab, there will be a medical assessment taken to determine your risk of potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms, your overall health and wellness and the level or severity of your alcoholism.
This assessment may be performed solely by a doctor or in some cases; a psychologist or substance abuse counselor may also sit in and perform additional assessment during intake.
This is all part of the process of alcohol abuse rehabilitation and a perfectly normal routine.
It’s important to be open and honest during assessment as this will help the medical staff and treatment team to come up with a most effective treatment regimen for your condition.
Following the intake assessment, you will be provided with the rules of the alcohol rehabilitation facility and, if you are attending an inpatient or residential program you will be shown to your room. If detox has not already taken place, you will be medically monitored to ensure safety during the early days or even weeks of treatment.
If you do get uncomfortable and cannot sleep or cannot cope with the withdrawal symptoms, talk with your counselor or the medical team about actions that can be taken to make the withdrawal process go more smoothly. Buprenorphine or other medications may be prescribed to make you feel more comfortable during this time.
Once physical dependence has been eliminated, you can begin psychiatric counseling and therapy. The alcohol rehabilitation center will have a structured environment in which you will likely be required to eat meals at a particular time, spend certain amounts of time in group therapy and have regularly scheduled sessions with your counselor on a private basis. Additionally, you may also be given homework assignments to work on during your free time to keep you on track with the focus of recovery.
Finally, when all elements of the rehabilitation program have been completed, you will receive follow-up care at the discretion of your counselor. Many alcohol rehab programs provide follow up care for a period of up to six months or more following treatment to ensure that those in recovery continue to receive counseling and therapy and remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol.