Are You an Alcoholic?

Man struggling with alcoholism
It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between excessive drinking, when it becomes a drinking problem, and actual. That being said, problem drinking also requires treatment, it just depend on what kind of treatment.

There are several different types of treatment that someone with a drinking problem or alcoholism can get. First, there are independent therapists and psychiatrists. Keep in mind that therapists (usually psychologists) perform the one-on-one talk therapy, usually lasting a clinical hour (45 to 50 minutes), while psychiatrists, these days, mainly have 20 minutes sessions and prescribe medication. Most do not do talk, or do cognitive therapy.

Treatment for Alcoholism

Alcoholism requires more specific treatment. Many alcoholics will start by seeing a therapist, but the therapist may suggest actual treatment for alcoholism.

Treatment for alcohol addiction can take many forms depending on the severity of the problem. There are intensive outpatient programs (IOP), which usually take place in an office environment and consist of “classes” in which you learn about alcoholism, as well as have group therapy and usually some one-on-one cognitive sessions.

Intensive outpatient programs usually consist of three hour session three or more times a week. Depending on the outpatient program you find, they may also offer additional therapies such as neurofeedback, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing™, yoga and other forms of therapy and exercise. Many programs will also offer you nutritional recommendations.

The next level of treatment is called a partial hospitalization program (PHP). In this form of treatment you attend an IOP and live in a sober living home, with others undergoing the same course of treatment or who have completed the treatment and are living there until they re-acclimate to life without alcohol.

Residential Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Many people are familiar with residential treatment facilities through seeing Hollywood stars and other celebrities who go to them for alcohol addiction.

Generally, these programs last from 30 to 90 days or more. It requires the alcoholic to live in a house or other building that has been set up as a treatment center. There are small residential treatment centers that treat only six patients at a time, and large ones that treat 100 or more patients at a time.

The price for residential treatment varies greatly from a few thousand dollars up to $100,000 or more per month, depending on where you get treatment and how luxurious the treatment is. Generally speaking, people who attend the more Spartan types of treatment centers have success rates every bit as good as those at the high-end, luxury treatment centers.

In the latter, you are generally paying a premium for location, accommodations, a nicer menu, and other luxuries. The basics of treatment are usually the same.

That being said, ask what the treatment program is. Some are based on 12-steps, some are not, some have more science based therapies, some more spiritual. Make sure it’s a program that fits your needs.

Call Recovery Channel now for advice and to see if your insurance covers treatment.


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