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Alcohol Abuse Rehab

Alcohol abuse rehab is available for individuals who need help quitting drinking.  Many times people will attempt to quit on their own but are for many reasons, unsuccessful. Once people get to a point or their loved ones convince them that they have a big enough problem that requires outside help, they may come to alcoholism rehabilitation.  Alcohol rehab can take several different forms. Some of the most common forms include inpatient and outpatient rehab as well as 12-step alcohol abuse rehab programs.

Inpatient Alcohol Abuse Rehab

An inpatient alcohol rehab center will allow individuals struggling with alcoholism to live at the rehab facility for a set amount of time or until they get clean. The center will offer all types of counseling, including individual and group sessions. There are often classes given on the effects of alcoholism, reconciling with family, as well as what and who to avoid in order to stay sober.

Inpatient rehab facilities may also offer medical detoxification. This is a medically supervised program that helps individuals get all traces of alcohol out of their systems.  Persons who have become physically addicted to alcohol will have some very serious and often severe l alcohol withdrawal symptoms which may include, but are not limited to, convulsions, nausea and vomiting. Medication is sometimes administered during this process in order to decrease the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.  As a result, a physician or nurse will need to be around to monitor the situation and make sure that nothing goes wrong.

Outpatient Alcohol Abuse Rehab

Outpatient rehab programs are another option for rehab. These involve the alcoholic visiting the facility each week or in predetermined intervals and going through counseling, taking classes or sitting in or workshops.  People who choose outpatient services oftentimes may just be beginning to have problems with alcohol, or they may have already gone through more intense treatment and are following up to make sure that they stay alcohol-free.

Another popular form of treatment is 12-step programs. They can be stand-alone alcohol rehab programs or they can be part of an outpatient or inpatient program. If it is a stand-alone program, a person may meet for 12-step meetings weekly, during which they may discuss who they are, how long they have struggled with alcoholism and whatever else they may want to share about their alcohol rehab process. They will also be able to sit in and listen to others.

All three of these — inpatient, outpatient and 12-step programs — can be very effective in helping people get sober. The particular program that a person chooses will depend on what they can afford, what their insurance covers and how bad their addiction is.  For example, a person with a severe addiction may be best served with inpatient treatment where they can wholly focus on their recovery.