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Choosing Alcohol Treatment

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

When evaluating one of the many types of alcohol treatment programs, remember that everyone’s needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the alcohol use, the longer and more intense the treatment you may need.

Regardless of a program’s length in weeks or months, support and long-term follow-up are crucial to recovery. A quality treatment program not only addresses the problem drinking, it also addresses the emotional pain and other life problems that contribute to your drinking.
What to look for in an alcohol treatment program

When you start looking for alcohol treatment, you may see advertisements for programs in tranquil settings with gorgeous views. While amenities like that are nice to have, they probably come with a big price tag. Focus on what is truly important; appropriate licensing, quality of care during the program, follow-up services, and staff credentials. Things to check include:

Program accreditation and licensing. Make sure the treatment program is accredited by the state it’s in. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists.
The effectiveness of the program’s treatment methods. Treatment centers should have at least some statistics on their success rates, preferably from an objective outside agency.
Type of aftercare services to prevent relapse. Is there a well-run aftercare program? Does it provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community? Also make sure that a staff member will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan before you leave the program.

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