There is Hope for Treating Alcoholism
Alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder, is a serious disease affecting over 15 million adults in the United States. Of those, only 6.7% ever receive treatment. Often, this is because many people believe they can beat alcoholism by just quitting cold turkey.
But this rarely works, because addiction to alcohol is often a multifaceted problem with roots in behavior, psychology, and trauma.
At Nova Vitae Treatment Center, we specialize in treatment for alcoholism. With detox, residential, and outpatient treatment available at our modern Los Angeles alcohol rehab facilities, we can offer the support and guidance to help you or your loved one move beyond alcoholism and towards a new life. Alcohol addiction is a struggle that negatively affects every aspect of your life. We can help you to recover with evidence-based methods that increase the odds of recovery without relapse.
What is Alcohol Treatment?
Alcohol treatment is the full course of treatment for alcohol use disorder, including intake, detox, rehabilitation, counseling, and aftercare. This may include inpatient care in a rehabilitation facility and a stay in a halfway house or sober home after the fact. In order to qualify as treatment, the program must include licensed and qualified doctors, nurses, and a counselor or psychologist to oversee physical and mental health during the treatment.
What Types of Treatment for Alcoholism Are There?
There are many ways to treat alcohol addiction. All of them have merits and can be successful. Many alcohol treatment centers offer both inpatient residential treatment and outpatient treatment. However, it is important that you understand all of your options.
Outpatient treatment can cost substantially less than inpatient treatment. It is suitable for certain alcoholics who may not be so advanced in their addiction that they need to live in a residential alcohol treatment setting. Here, patients are given treatment including medical monitoring and counseling in the area near where they live. Outpatient care means that you need to go to treatment according to a schedule, but are otherwise free to take care of your family, go to work, and fulfill other responsibilities.
While this mode of treatment is effective for many, and ideal for those who cannot get out of responsibilities such as taking care of family or work, it does mean that recovering from alcoholism will remain a secondary focus in your life. Many alcoholics find that the outpatient treatment approach is not rigorous enough to keep them sober.
Inpatient treatment for alcoholism is one of the most popular treatment options. Patients are taken to a residential care center, which usually offers facilities and amenities to aid relaxation. During the day, patients attend a range of treatment and therapy options, socialize with others in recovery, and are able to focus fully on getting better. These programs are more intensive and are typically 28-90 days in length, although the length of the program is often tailored to the patient.
In most cases, you will have to take this time off work and make arrangements to take care of your family. This can be an inconvenience but can give you a much-needed break from life to focus on your recovery.
Luxury treatment attempts to offer a fully personalized care plan with a range of luxury amenities. Luxury treatment for alcoholism costs significantly more than any other option. Its primary benefit is that the program is tailored to your specific needs, with more psychological and medical attention per individual. In most cases, you also benefit from activities such as horseback riding or skiing, which may not be available at a traditional inpatient care facility.
What is the Alcohol Treatment Process?
If you or your loved one chooses to go to rehab, you will likely follow a simple process, which will last anywhere from 20-90 days depending on the severity of your addiction and what program you choose.
Intake for Alcohol Rehab
Your rehab facility will contact you and start with an interview. This may be followed up by a second interview, either on the same day or after detox. At Nova Vitae, the intake interview collects information on your history of substance abuse and extent of your alcoholism and creates a profile to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Alcohol detox is usually carried out in a clinical setting where you will have a nurse on call for at least eight hours per day. Here, you go through controlled withdrawal from alcohol, which lasts an average of 4-12 days. Because alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, it is crucial that you have access to medical care.
- 2-12 Hours – Alcohol withdrawal begins. Patients experience shaking, sweating, anxiety, headaches, and nausea or vomiting.
- 24-48 Hours – Symptoms worsen, and the patient is at risk of potentially fatal seizures. Heavy drinkers must be monitored closely in case of tremors, confusion, hallucinations, and extreme agitation.
- 48 Hours Onward – In most cases, symptoms begin to abate. In some cases, symptoms increase in severity causing a condition known as delirium tremens.
In most cases, patients can leave detox within 4-6 days. In some cases, detox symptoms will be managed using medication. In other cases, you will go through social withdrawal, where you are only given medication if symptoms become too severe to manage safely on your own.
Residential Treatment for Alcoholism in Los Angeles
Once you have completed detox, you move into residential treatment. You typically share a room with one or more people in recovery. At Nova Vitae Treatment Center, recovery consists of a combination of behavioral therapy, individual counseling, group counseling, and complementary therapy. Here, you learn how to move past the behaviors and traumas that lead you to drink.
During treatment, you are introduced to 12-step meetings, attend educational lectures, given relapse prevention training, and work with therapists and counselors to identify and learn to cope with triggers and negative emotions. With physical fitness, stress management with meditation and yoga, and spiritual and therapeutic supervised outings, our facilities are designed to tackle every aspect of addiction. Treatment typically lasts between 20 and 90 days.
Maintenance and Aftercare for Alcoholism
Maintenance and aftercare are the period following rehab, where you begin to acclimate yourself back into society, typically seeking out supports groups, possibly moving back into your home, and possibly moving into a halfway house or sober home. Your rehabilitation center should offer follow-up sessions with your therapist or direct you to a counselor who can assist you while you acclimate back to everyday life.
How is Alcohol Addiction Treated?
An addiction to alcohol is treated through a combination of counseling, behavioral therapy, group therapy, and stress management. In some cases, you will also receive medication which will reduce cravings or make drinking less pleasant.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common treatment method used to help clients recognize and overcome emotional and behavioral problems contributing to addiction. CBT approaches addiction with the belief that alcoholism is often the symptom of a much deeper problem, often difficulty coping with stress or emotions, and sometimes related to trauma. Working to identify those problems as well as the thoughts and behavior patterns that contribute to substance abuse and therefore to relapse gives many clients the tools to move forward, change how they act, and live happily without alcohol.
Stress is widely recognized as a major contributing factor to substance abuse. Learning to manage stress through behavioral therapy and complementary treatment options like yoga and meditation significantly decreases your chance of relapse.
Counseling gives you the opportunity to discuss problems such as cravings and emotional and relationship issues with a counselor, typically one-on-one. Counseling is an important part of alcohol rehab, because it gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and how you react to triggers and cravings.
Group therapy is an important aspect of addiction recovery because people often perform better with social motivation. Talking with other people who understand what you’re going through and won’t judge you is a great tool for emotional healing. This is why you are strongly recommended to go into group therapy such as SMART or 12-step after leaving rehab.
In some cases, you may be given medication to help with your journey towards sobriety. While not a cure for alcoholism, medication reduces the craving for or effects of alcohol, making it more difficult for you to stay addicted. Some of the most common medications for alcohol addiction include:
- Disulfiram – Disulfiram produces an acute sensitivity to ethanol, causing you to get sick and even throw up when drinking.
- Acamprosate – Acamprosate stabilizes chemical signaling in the brain, reducing the effects of and cravings for alcohol.
- Naltrexone – While primarily used as a partial agonist to block the effects of opioids, Naltrexone is also effective with alcohol.
What Should I Expect in Alcohol Rehab?
First, you detox in a clinical setting, then move into a social environment. Over the course of your stay, you’ll experience treatment at every level, getting emotional support from counselors and staff, support for co-occurring disorders and trauma, behavioral therapy, and help managing stress. Support groups and communal meals also give you the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and learn more about how addiction affects others.
You also participate in lectures and group classes, exercise to improve your physical and mental health, and take part in outings and events with a supervising counselor. However, the experience and level of difficulty will vary from person to person.
Will My Insurance Cover Alcohol Addiction Treatment?
In most cases, your insurance will cover at least a portion of alcohol addiction treatment and rehab. However, what your insurance covers and how much will depend on your company and plan. You can call your insurance agency to discuss your options or call us to verify your insurance.
Getting Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
Nova Vitae Treatment Center specializes in treating alcohol use disorder. We know that addiction is a symptom of underlying problems that need support and understanding to address. You’ll get that support with evidence-based treatment including behavioral therapy, stress management, counseling, and exercise. We do everything in our power to ensure that recovery and sobriety become your number one priority.
Recovery requires treating physical, emotional, and mental health so that you can move on. At Nova Vitae Treatment Center, we know that recovery is more than just detox, which is why we provide personalized support and comprehensive care. You deserve the tools to recover, so you can move on, free from addiction, and build a better life. We’re here to help.
Contact Nova Vitae Treatment Center today to select an alcohol rehab program for you or your loved one. We are happy to provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced advisors.