It’s estimated that some 12 million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol. Not only can alcohol dependence create problems in a person’s private and professional life, health related issues from prolonged alcohol abuse make it one of the leading causes of premature death globally. Statistically, it is a certainty that you or someone you know has been affected by alcoholism. So let’s discuss Alcohol Rehab and what you should look for when seeking treatment.
Utter the phrase Alcohol Rehab and what comes to the mind of most people?
- Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
- 12 Step Based Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers
- Similar Alcohol Rehab Group Based Programs
While group therapy sessions, 12 step meetings and recovery communities can be a useful resource for individuals in significant remission from alcohol dependence; these are self-help programs and should only be considered support, not treatment. This distinction is key, and can help save lives where it concerns alcohol dependence.
Treating the Disease of Alcoholism
To illustrate that point, consider a patient recently diagnosed with diabetes. After hearing of their disease, the first move is not to seek out a support group of people living with diabetes. Instead, they talk with their physician, and submit to blood tests so that medical experts, specialists in their fields, can determine the best way to treat their sickness. Patients take advantage of advances made in medical science and pharmacology so that they might then be able to live as normal a life as possible.
The first and most important action to take when disease presents itself is to receive treatment from a medical professional.
Many Alcohol Rehab centers claim to provide treatment when in fact what their programs offer is merely a form of support. Self-help and support groups, though useful as a long-term aid in social and spiritual recovery for some, should not be mistaken as treatment for alcoholism.
Treatment of alcohol dependence begins with physicians, educated and credentialed in addiction medicine, who are responsible for the overall health of a patient. A thorough evaluation is performed to determine the stage and severity of the illness, as well as an assessment of any additional psychiatric, interpersonal or social problems. A comprehensive and ongoing plan is developed, executed and adjusted as patients respond to therapy.
Once an individual gains a stable recovery in an inpatient or outpatient setting, medical professionals remain available to offer and refer patients, and their families, any supplemental care appropriate for their continued recovery.
Inspire Malibu Rehabilitation Center is the leader in the field of cutting edge advancements and the scientific treatment of alcoholism. Our world-class staff of addiction experts and specialists cares for patients in a comprehensive and individual manner.
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