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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Alcohol Treatment

What is Alcohol Treatment?

Many medical problems that cause individuals to seek or require medical treatment are related to drug or alcohol abuse. When screening programs identify medical patients who may have alcohol or drug problems, the concern shown by healthcare providers, even during brief encounters or interventions, can provide patients with significant motivation for engaging in the assessment and treatment process.

If you want to stop abusing drugs and alcohol you must have options. Inpatient Residential, Day-Treatment, Outpatient and Alternatives exist and for every individual, there is a way to get sober and stay sober. Private and non-profit agencies in the the world that offer various levels of alcoholism and drug abuse rehabilitation and treatment services.

Many people who are struggling with addiction may appear very successful, affluent and productive to the outside world, however internally they often feel extremely distraught, tortured and fearful of their future after they get perfect alcohol's treatment.

These are four most common types of Alkohol treatment programs; outpatient methadone, outpatient drug-free, long-term residential , and short-term inpatient.

1. Outpatient methadone programs administer the medication methadone to reduce cravings for heroin and block its effects. Counseling, vocational skills development, and case management to help patients access support services are used to gradually stabilize the patients functioning. Some patients stay on methadone for long periods, while others move from methadone to abstinence.

2. Long-term residential programs offer around-the-clock, drug-free treatment in a residential community of counselors and fellow recovering addicts. Patients generally stay in these programs several months or up to a year or more. Some of these programs are referred to as therapeutic communities.

3. Outpatient drug-free programs use a wide range of approaches including problem-solving groups, specialized therapies such as insight-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and 12-step programs. As with long-term residential treatment programs, patients may stay in these programs for months or longer.

4. Short-term inpatient programs keep patients up to 30 days. Most of these programs focus on medical stabilization, abstinence, and lifestyle changes. Staff members are primarily medical professionals and trained counselors. Once primarily for alcohol abuse treatment, these programs expanded into drug abuse treatment in the 1980s.
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