Alcohol abuse has clearly become an epidemic in the United States over the past several decades. The rates of illnesses, complications and deaths related to alcohol abuse steadily rise each year. In New York City alone there are over 135,000 admissions for alcohol abuse annually. With numbers rising throughout the state finding the right way to treat alcohol abuse can seem like a daunting task. Whether an individual is looking to get sober or a family member wants to help their loved one find help, there are options.
Alcohol is considered a highly psychologically and physiologically addictive substance. While is does not have the reputation of other drugs to be highly additive it can be very difficult to get past the first step of detoxification. For this reason it is critical that individuals looking to begin the path to sobriety find an inpatient Detoxification (Detox) Center. These are specially designed medical facilities that help a person detox the alcohol from their bloodstream in a safe and supportive environment. Because it is common to experience a range of side effects having a medical professional oversee this process is very important.
The side effects of alcohol detox range from mild headaches, nausea and vomiting to severe and persistent vomiting, high fevers, seizures and delirium tremors. Because these side effects can be very dangerous it is very important to have the support of a medical staff that can intervene if it becomes necessary. If nothing else they can help keep people safe and as comfortable as possible through this process.
Once detox is complete a family must find the right setting for the process of healing to begin. For many families a residential facility is the best and safest option. A residential facility is a live-in program where the recovering alcoholic can receive counseling, the watchful eye of doctors and nurses, support from people also in recovery and help any time they need it. They can also offer support and assistance to family members while their loved one is living in the facility.
For other families an intensive outpatient setting works best. These facilities are outpatient settings staffed by mental health professionals, social workers and medical professionals who spend several hours a day working with individuals to help provide them counseling and support to continue a sober lifestyle. Most of these facilities offer morning and/or evening sessions so a person can continue working or attending school while in rehab.
Some people may prefer the support of one therapist. An outpatient therapist can use one of many types of therapy ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to interpersonal therapy to an integrated approach to help an individual, as well as their family, find the root of the addition. Having the support of one counselor is the best fit for some recovering addicts.
Group Alcoholic Interventions
One more option is a group setting for people on the path to recovery. Either in a group therapy session (led by a mental health professional) or a twelve step program (like Alcoholics Anonymous) having the support of people who are walking the same path can be an enormous source of help and guidance.