Alcohol consumption is a favorite pastime in the US. People don’t consider alcoholism as a problem, but due to regular abuse or binge drinking over a long period of time they develop dependency. But an effective rehab can end one’s dependency on alcohol.
Excess consumption of alcohol leads to alcohol dependence and/or alcohol addiction (also known as alcoholism). When a person begins to consume large amount of alcohol on daily basis, or spends most of his/her time in consuming alcohol it means that person has developed alcohol dependence. Other signs of alcoholism are like; strong desire of alcohol, having problem in quitting alcohol. Alcohol abuse leads to unsafe behaviors such as rash driving, stealing, brawls, violent behavior, etc. Alcoholism has adverse effects on a person’s personal and social life.
According to recent studies around 18 million people in the US are suffering from alcohol use disorder i.e. alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Alcoholism ruins a person’s mental and physical health. It causes cravings, loss of control, depression and more. Long term abuse leads to liver damage, various types of cancer, heart problems, etc. Drinking during pregnancy can affect mental and physical growth of baby in a negative manner. Baby can also develop dependence at later stage in life.
Alcohol Detox and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol addiction treatment commence with detoxification. Detox is done under the supervision of professionals. Process of detoxification lasts from 5 to 7 days. During and after detox a person can experience withdrawal symptoms due to a sudden stop. Withdrawal symptoms vary from mild to severe and include:
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
There are thousands of rehabilitation centers nationwide that provide treatment for alcoholism or alcohol abuse. There are mainly two types of programs inpatient and outpatient.
Inpatient Alcohol Abuse Treatment
During an inpatient alcohol addiction treatment program, patient has to stay in the facility. Patient is given personalized treatment and is monitored 24X7. Patient involves in many activities and therapies like Yoga, Swimming, cooking, etc. Treatment module can be different at different treatment centers. Duration of an inpatient program is generally of 30, 60, 90, 120 days and in cases some patients have stayed up to a year.
Outpatient Alcohol Abuse Treatment
In an outpatient alcohol abuse treatment program, patient attends the program for 5-6 hours in a day and then leaves the rehab to continue his routine life. Outpatient is effective for the people who want to stay close to their family and/or continue their profession with treatment. Outpatient is as effective as inpatient program, it depends on the wish or requirement of the patient whether he/she wants to go for inpatient treatment program or outpatient treatment program.
Cost of Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Each treatment center mostly has different pricing for alcohol rehab. Prior to choosing an addiction check their cost structure. It is advised to confirm the amount covered by patient’s insurance company before admitting into a program.
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