Treatment for alcohol addiction depends on the severity of your disorder and how long you’ve been abusing alcohol. Like most people, you will probably need the following.
In detox, you rid your body of toxins and your brain adjusts to functioning without alcohol. This can be a painful process. So much that people relapse during detox just to stop the withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to have medical supervision during this period.
At Rock Recovery, however, we use an abstinence-based approach to treatment without medication.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Whether you’ve been heavily drinking for a few weeks or a few years, you may experience mental and physical withdrawal symptoms when you cut back or quit drinking alcohol. The heavier you drink and the more frequently, the greater the potential for your withdrawal to produce severe and even deadly effects. These may include:
- Delirium tremens
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
Establishing a Treatment Plan
When you enter alcohol rehab in West Palm Beach, you will work with addiction specialists and therapists to develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs and issues. It might involve setting goals and looking into any underlying issues or conditions you have. People with AUD frequently have a co-occurring mental condition. This is called a dual diagnosis and both conditions need to be treated at the same time.
This is the heart of your treatment. Individual counseling and therapy groups help you better understand your issues with alcohol and provide you support for your recovery. Family or couples therapy may be a benefit in your situation. Some therapies involve exercise and recreational activities which distract you from thinking about your alcohol using life. These can all be important to your recovery process.
- Inpatient Treatment. Sometimes called residential treatment, this is the highest level of treatment. You live at the treatment facility in a safe, structured, and sober environment. Your days will be filled with therapy and support and goal setting.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). PHP is a lower level of care than inpatient. You will spend the day at the treatment facility for therapy sessions and counseling but will be free to go home at the end of the day.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This program allows you to basically carry on with your everyday life. However, you will go to the treatment center several days a week for a few hours to continue your therapy sessions.
- Outpatient Program (OP). The outpatient program is the lowest level of care. It can be used as a step-down program from one of the higher levels for those who are not confident enough to go back to real life. You will still see your therapist each week and participate in groups.
- Sober Living. When you complete your treatment program, moving into a sober living home helps with the transition into a normal drug-free life. You will live in a home with other people in the same situation. Residents are assigned chores and everyone is responsible for the upkeep of the house.