Treatment Options for Alcoholism

Are you or a loved one currently struggling with alcohol addiction? Maybe you have already looked into alcohol rehab but aren’t sure which option is best suited to you.

Altus Treatment Center understands that sometimes the greatest difficulty in finding help for alcoholism can be the uncertainty of not knowing the right way to turn. If this concern sounds familiar to you, it might be comforting to know that you are not alone.

The overwhelming number of those seeking assistance in locating alcohol treatment centers is why this informative page has been developed. Only by being armed with the best information available will you be able to make the right choice for your alcohol recovery and treatment.

It is also important to understand that finding the best clinic for you is not just about treatment options. Identifying facilities that will work with your insurance provider can be just as critical. Additionally, if you are not working with an insurance company, you need to understand what kind of payment plans are offered, and what will work best with your budget.

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What Are the Treatment Options?

The first step in choosing the right form of alcohol rehabilitation is to understand the different types of treatment and what they have to offer. Altus Treatment Center works with two board certified psychologists to improve the lives of our patients. Working across four facilities throughout the Aliso Viejo area, our medical professionals follow a code of ethics to ensure proper care is taken of each and every patient.

Alcohol Detox: Detox is the beginning stage of every recovery process. It is a period where your body is given the opportunity to clear alcohol-related toxins, while under medical supervision. Having professional assistance during this time is particularly necessary with alcohol addiction since the withdrawal symptoms alone can sometimes pose serious health risks.

Residential Programs: This refers to the recovering patient actually living in the facility while undergoing intensive therapy. Being a resident is often critical for the addicted person to acquire the recovery skills he or she needs to maintain sobriety. In most cases, these are 30-day programs, but increasingly inpatient treatment of 90-days or longer are becoming common.

Partial Hospitalization Programs: In situations when the level of addiction is not severe, or other factors of the patient’s lifestyle dictate it, treatment can be conducted on this basis. In this situation, the patient will remain at home and generally continue with normal daily activities. They will then attend treatment sessions for about five or six hours per day that can be scheduled to accommodate work or school obligations.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Usually referred to as IOP, this in an outpatient option that also contains many therapies available in an inpatient program. Although remaining at home, the patient will attend group meetings and one-on-one sessions with a therapist much more frequently than with regular outpatient rehab.

Patients often come to Altus Treatment Center through recommendations from prior patients, healthcare professionals, or other treatment centers that do not have the capabilities our treatment facility boasts.

Medication Used in Alcohol Rehab

There are many instances where alcohol rehab may include prescription medications to assist in the recovery process. These can be used to either lessen cravings or help cope with the symptoms of withdrawal. Additionally, some medications are designed to create an adverse physical reaction to alcohol consumption. The physician in charge of your rehabilitation will work with you to determine the right medications.

Your alcohol rehab may involve these medications:

  • Disulfiram: This as an “alcohol antagonist,” which produces reactions such as headaches, nausea, or even vomiting when alcohol is consumed
  • Naltrexone: Reduces alcohol cravings by also acting as an antagonist
  • Acamprosate: Reduces alcohol cravings and can alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Acamprosate acts to restore the balance of signaling compounds (neurotransmitters) in the brain.

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient

You will need to consider many factors in deciding whether inpatient or outpatient is the right choice for you. The professional and understanding medical staff at Altus Treatment Center can work with you to determine if our center is the right fit for your needs. Issues such as the severity and duration of your addiction, as well as past failed attempts at recovery, should all be taken into account.

Often outpatient will be recommended for those who live in an otherwise healthy environment and are not battling a lengthy addiction. These programs allow you to meet obligations such as work and school, while still confronting your alcohol problem.

If, however, you have tried to overcome alcohol addiction in the past and have been unsuccessful, or you have been struggling with addiction over the course of years, then inpatient will likely be your best option. The continual care, structure, and intensive therapy typically offer your best chance at making a successful recovery.

Once again, the financial aspect is going to be an important consideration as well. Although many insurance plans will cover treatment, the percentage of costs covered can vary. There can also be other financial burdens to be considered, such as time away from work.

Due to these factors, many choose outpatient programs, which are both less expensive and potentially allow you to continue working. Keep in mind, however, that it can be even more costly in the long-term to allow financial considerations to completely guide your decision. Altus Treatment Center will work with patients to help them form a decision around attending our treatment programs. The goal of recovery, and getting the level of help you need to achieve that goal, should be the number one priority.

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Locating the right facility

Making the commitment to seek help represents a very large obstacle that you have just overcome. And once you have a general idea of the options for treatment, and have consulted your insurance provider, it is time to move on to the next step.

This means contacting actual alcohol rehab treatment facilities and determining if what they have to offer is right for you. Remember, you will have to take an active role in this process to find out if a particular facility is right for you. Ask questions, and be thorough. Seek out former patients if you can and find out what they have to say. Their experience can be an important resource for you.

We invite you to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable residing in and being treated at Altus Treatment Center. We are proud to say that our facility works with many follow up organizations to ensure adherence to our treatment programs upon discharge. Contact us today to discuss your options for treatment.

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