What’s it Like to Attend Alcohol Rehab?

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One of the most common questions people ask about alcohol rehabilitation is what it is like. Like any other addiction problem an alcohol rehab facility will essentially follow three fundamental components of the rehab process: detoxification, rehabilitation, and continuing post-rehabilitation support.

Attending an alcohol rehabilitation will always start with a detoxification process. Depending on the severity of your alcohol addiction, you may undergo medically supervised detoxification; otherwise, inpatient alcohol rehab center personnel may implement the detoxification process. This is very important to make sure that your body is completely rid of alcoholic molecules that can impair cognition and perception. It is very important to remove all traces of alcohol in the body and possibly treat other medical conditions prior to the rehabilitation phase of the program. Just look at it this way –detoxification is removing all nonessential and harmful substance from your body so that you will be able to heal properly and more efficiently. The body actually can heal itself over time. But this can only occur if there are no other harmful substances in the body.

Specialized Alcohol Rehabilitation

Once detoxification has been completed, you can now move onto the main treatment program of the rehabilitation process. In this part of the alcohol rehab program, there are three essential components –education, family meetings, and counseling and group therapy.

Education is the core component of the alcohol rehabilitation process. In fact, it is the core component of addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs, be it alcohol or drugs. You will be encouraged to look into your inner thoughts and feelings in an attempt to get a more realistic and honest assessment of your alcohol addiction. While it is not unusual to deny that you have alcohol addiction, the rehab team will attempt to help you get past this denial and learn to accept the sad realities of alcohol addiction. To aid you in this aspect, you will be provided with learning materials that talk about the effects of alcohol on the body particularly the brain and its consequences for prolonged use.

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Education is often integrated in counseling, group therapy, and family meeting sessions. Counseling is one-on-one sessions where you will help you gain a better understanding of your behavior and hopefully comes up with more effective means of controlling the urge to drink alcohol. Group therapies allow you to share your experiences as well as learn from the experiences of others. It is through this therapy that techniques for staying sober can be shared so that everyone is helping one another. Family meetings are necessary to encourage families to provide continuous support. Successful rehab programs always include families and friends as they are shown their important role in helping the individual stay sober once he is out of the rehabilitation center.

A successful alcohol rehab facility will always have a continuing post-rehabilitation program or aftercare, which is designed to help you stay sober when you are already in the general society. You will be given social support and community support so you will stay sober for the rest of your life.

And this is what it’s like to attend alcohol rehabilitation. From start to finish, the rehab center will make sure that you stay sober to become a more productive member of society. If you or a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, please contact us.

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