Most alcohol recovery programs focus on reducing the symptoms of withdrawal. Medications are often included as part of the detoxification process. Some help relieve the symptoms of pain and overall lethargy. Others can relieve the tremors and seizures that may occur. Those who are interested in a program but are fearful of the frightening side effects should seek guidance from a licensed professional.
During the treatment process other issues that may have led to the addiction are often addressed. If a program offers group and individual counseling the personal traumas of an one’s life are often addressed in individual sessions.
Group sessions are great for sharing some experiences or goals for recovery. They can help people support and motivate each other as they work toward sobriety goals. Many people will need lifetime support and will seek out weekly meetings with Alcoholics Anonymous or another group.
Before a person can experience detox he or she must admit a problem exists and be willing to become an active participant in the alcohol recovery process. In the United States about four million people seek treatment for alcoholism annually. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health another fifteen million need treatment specifically for alcohol addiction but do not seek treatment. Some know they need it but the majority of people will not admit they have a problem.
Sometimes people who need treatment will be forced into it by extenuating circumstances. While this is not the best way to get a person into recovery it may be the only option. When a person has committed a crime under the influence of alcohol a court may require treatment. Whether the charge is domestic violence, assault, or a simple DUI, treatment may be a part of the fine or condition of probation.
Some families become so worried about a loved one that they force the individual into treatment through an intervention. This used to be considered a last resort and was often viewed as unsuccessful. Today counselors are experienced in working with individuals who do not want to admit they have a problem so there is a change for long term sobriety with treatment.
Treatment programs cover both outpatient and inpatient services. Those who cannot leave their jobs and families may benefit from outpatient treatment after an initial detox period. For others the chance of success in sobriety is greatly increased with inpatient treatment.
Additional services that some programs may provide include transportation to and from clinics or counseling sessions, medical monitoring, job training, sober living facilities, and exercise classes. Every community is different in the types of services available. Those who cannot afford an expensive treatment center may still find available inpatient services at a regional hospital or medical center. Many facilities utilize nurses and counselors who have gone through the recovery process and can offer first hand guidance.