Over 18 million Americans are addicted to alcohol. The fallout for families and for our culture is devastating. Though there are about 15,000 addiction treatment centers, only a fraction of those with addiction get help. There is a need for quality Drug and Alcohol Residential Programs.
Anyone who presents to a residential program is evaluated for addiction as well as for any psychological problems. A variety of assessments are necessary to distinguish between alcohol abuse and dependence. One of the problems with diagnosing and treating alcohol addiction is that the alcoholic usually minimizes the severity of the problem. With proper evaluation, however, the addiction and psychological diagnosis can be accurate and a subsequent individualized treatment plan can be designed and delivered.
The addict is included in the recovery planning process so they develop understanding of their disease, and the different treatment methods that will be used to help begin a life of recovery. In this way the learning can be internalized because the addict is engaged more fully in their process.
Drug and Alcohol residential programs include inpatient and outpatient services. For most addicts, inpatient residential program is recommended. Although some programs are 30, 45, and 60 days in length, 90 days is found to be most effective especially for those who have been using for an extended period of time,. Some chronic users can obtain sobriety through an outpatient program, but these programs are best used as aftercare for alcoholics coming out of inpatient treatment.
Cost of drug and alcohol residential treatment varies due to the wide variety of services, treatment approaches, and accommodations. Alcohol treatment centers range from high accountability boot camp style programs with minimal accommodations to extensive clinical programming with luxury accommodations.
Often addicts and families are worried about confidentiality. The recovery program is confidential and centers are bound by ethical and legal imperatives that prevent the sharing of personal information
Though some drug and alcohol programs can be costly, it is usually fairly obvious to the family (and sometimes the addict) that it is less costly than the legal and other consequences of drinking, or the progressive nature of the disease which can end in death. This is a chronic and deadly disease which requires everyone in the family system to get honest about the effects. Let’s fight this disease together. There is help for those who will reach out and choose support.