Not everyone who drinks too much or too often is considered an alcoholic. However, these same people may not argue that they are not addicted to alcohol. Alcohol addiction involves both physical and psychological dependence as it is a potent substance and hence, will take more than sheer willpower to break free. Many need the medical treatment offered by inpatient treatment centers to reinforce their resolve to break free from and stay free from alcohol abuse.
What are Alcohol Inpatient Treatment Centers?
Since not all inpatient treatment centers are alike, it is important to research what would best suit your needs or the needs of someone you love. They are developed in a way that allows alcohol addicts to receive treatments that still enable them to lead a normal life. In fact, some now promote programs specifically developed for anxiety disorder and alcoholism which are often intertwined disorders.
A reputable alcohol treatment center will acknowledge cases on an individual basis, as every case is unique. Moving into the center will allow you or your loved one less distraction and temptation to keep on track toward each’s goal. The duration of your stay depends on the program offered and the addict’s history with alcohol. Some programs last for one month while others need three to six months of concentrated treatment.
Inpatient treatment centers are especially useful if you or a loved one has tried to quit before with an outpatient program and it has not been successful. When excessive alcohol is consumed, the very organ that monitors physical, emotional and mental perceptions – the brain – can malfunction when it’s overloaded. The more one drinks, the less capable the brain is of correctly evaluating one’s true condition. Self-appraisal is not often a good barometer in determining when to get professional help.
Another advantage of inpatient treatment centers is on-site professional support beginning with detoxification. Some offer completely medication-free treatment while others recognize the need for anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications to help relieve physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms.
If there is no money or insurance to fund the treatment, you can contact SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (1 800-662-HELP) for a state by state locator as well as tips on handling court-ordered treatment and what steps you need to take if a loved one needs treatment but refuses to comply before treatment is completed.
Should You Enter an Alcohol Inpatient Treatment Center?
That is a question only you can truly answer, but if you are in the throes of alcohol misuse, do not be quick to give up on yourself or to assume that there is no hope. Countless strugglers have been where you are now and have cut down on alcohol or have cut it out altogether with the assistance of treatment centers. They do not regret their decision and neither will you.
If you feel (or others observe) that your alcohol consumption is becoming over the top, take steps to correct it now. If it is clear that you cannot control your drinking, be willing to give it up entirely. As painful as that sounds, it is much less painful than a wasted life.
You can use our Treatment Directory to help locate a facility near you.