There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for
alcohol addiction in the US, especially in Pennsylvania. Oftentimes, alcohol rehab must be personalized and involves multiple
treatment strategies, so that every person in recovery gets the tools
they need to maintain their sobriety. If you are considering entering
an alcohol treatment program, you are likely to have questions about what
to expect during your care. Here are some of the most common approaches
to treating alcoholism.
Inpatient Detox Care
Detoxing from alcohol addiction can be a difficult process. Because the
withdrawal symptoms that occur during detox can be dangerous, it is helpful
to undergo the process in an inpatient facility. In inpatient detox care,
you can expect medical monitoring and psychological care to help you cope
with the fatigue, anxiety, aches, and psychological symptoms associated
with withdrawal. Proper supervision makes detoxing safer and helps you
start your recovery on the right foot. At the end of the detox process,
you can be transitioned directly to a rehab program.
The rehabilitation stage of alcoholism treatment starts after the alcohol
has left the body and withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Rehab generally
involves group and individual therapy, plus holistic treatments, and care
for co-occurring issues that accompanied your addiction. Rehab may closely
follow a 12-step program approach or only borrow some portions. Both inpatient
and outpatient rehab programs are available. When the first intensive
phase of rehab is complete, you may transition to a sober living environment
to help you adjust to life without your alcohol addiction.
Educating your loved ones about alcohol addiction may play a central role
in your treatment program. This kind of education helps family members
understand the factors that may have triggered your addiction and what
to expect during your recovery. It can also be an important step in repairing
your relationships, because education helps loved ones recognize alcoholism
as a disease and any behavior that strained your relationship as a symptom
of your illness.