Did you know that over 17.6 million Americans, both young and old, battle with alcohol addiction each day? The sad truth is that only 1 in 10 will get the help they need. But why is this? Researchers say that it’s a mixture of the person not knowing what triggered the addiction and trying to become sober on their own unsuccessfully. Whatever the cause may be, it’s important to know, that there are many alcohol treatment centers that can effectively help people get clean.
Since fear of the unknown is often what keeps people from getting the help they deserve, we thought we’d help by explaining what alcohol treatment is all about, and why it works so well.
When is Treatment Necessary?
As they say, “The first step in getting clean is to admit you have a problem” — but how would you know that you actually have a problem?
When you’re addicted to alcohol, the effects can cloud your judgment, so it may be hard to determine (through self-reflection alone) if you have an addiction.
If you’re unsure as to whether you have a problem with drinking, look out for these warning signs:
- using alcohol or drink often as a way to unwind, relax or to have a good time?
- taking things that don’t belong to you, or selling important things that you own just to have funds for alcohol?
- feeling like you ‘need’ to drink to feel normal?
- finding that the things that used to excite you aren’t worth doing anymore?
- having lapses in memory (blackouts)?
If any of the warning signs fit you, you may have a problem with alcohol addiction. If you do, getting help is nothing to be ashamed of; in fact, it is the most successful way to get back to being ‘you’. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will be back to having a fulfilling life and doing the things you want to do again.
If you’re a little nervous about talking to someone about your addiction, don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. This feeling will subside as your treatment commences and you’ll be happy that you’ve opened up.
Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Drug and Alcohol Treatment
The movies depict a ‘residential’ treatment center, as a place where everyone has to ‘expose’ their addiction to a group of strangers; it is not at all like that. In fact, most of what you see on TV isn’t at all what drug or alcohol treatment is all about. Below are some of the most common myths surrounding drug and alcohol treatment.
Myth 1 – All Treatment Centers Force Residents into Group Treatment
Some people elect to have treatment in a group setting. These people want the support of others who are going through addiction themselves, whereas others prefer to have one-on-one treatment with a licensed professional, with no one else around.
Residential drug and alcohol treatment centers can provide both one-on-one and group help. Which one you’re offered, depends on the level of addiction (which they will determine with you in a private consultation) and which method is going to be more successful in helping you become clean and sober.
Myth 2 – Once You’re in You Can’t Leave
Some people are also afraid to sign up for residential treatment because they think they’re forfeiting their rights to leave. However, this is also a misnomer. Most drug and alcohol treatment centers give treatment on a voluntary basis. This means if you want to leave at any time, you can. Most people who leave, leave after treatment, and may come back as part of their ongoing treatment plan.
Myth 3 – You Will Be Forced to Stay for 1 Year
You may be worried about how long you’ll have to stay in the residential treatment center. The time you stay, depends on the level of addiction you have. Most treatment centers offer 30, 40, 60, or 90 day treatment programs. Some treatment programs can also last a year. You and your physician or counselor, will determine which the best term is for you.
Myth 4 – You Will Be Forced to Use Medication
The type of treatment you receive during your residency depends on the type, and the severity of your addiction. You may be offered holistic techniques or medications to curb cravings or withdrawal symptoms while under care. You may also be offered therapy. Therapy provides an insight as to how the addiction started and how to cope with being in situations that would have normally tempted you into using drugs or drinking.
As you can see, residential drug and alcohol treatment offers many solutions to get you clean and keep you clean. You will get the best results from your treatment if you work with the staff and be honest about what you’re feeling.