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Alcohol Rehab

What Is an Alcohol Rehab Center?

Alcohol rehab centers, like the one at Elevations Health Austin Alcohol Rehab, are facilities where patients can receive treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction. Elevations Health Austin Alcohol Rehab offers it’s the client the ability to face their early recovery, including withdrawal symptoms and the mental twists that come with early sobriety, in a safe and secure location where they do not have to be alone. Our facility is private, supportive, and comfortable so that you can have the best chance possible chance to recover from your alcoholism.

The normal stay at an alcohol rehabilitation center usually lasts for between 30 to 90 days. There is normally a 30-day minimum, like the one we employ at our Austin Alcohol Rehab because we believe that it takes a minimum of 30 days for a person to become ready to reassimilate back into their life. Over the years we have found that any time less than 30 days usually does not give a person suffering from alcoholism the needed break from their daily lives necessary for them to start the recovery process.

Many times, especially when it comes to dealing with alcoholism a patient will have to attend a detoxification center first. There are times when this can be done at the same treatment facility and other times a person must attend a separate detox facility. At Austin Alcohol Rehab we usually do not let patients join the treatment process until detox is completed because it would be unfair to the, to have them sit through groups all day in the throes of withdrawal, and we have found that people are more susceptible to recovery after the detox process is complete.

Detoxification from alcohol should always be done under the supervision of trained medical staff because alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. The withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol can in some cases be fatal if the proper medical processes are not followed and so anyone who is thinking about quitting drinking should consult a trained professional before doing so.

Severe alcohol withdrawal starts around 48 to 72 hours after your last drink, but withdrawal symptoms can begin to appear as soon as a few hours after the last drink. The withdrawal symptoms that will be experienced are based on the amount of liquor that was consumed on a daily basis and how long a person drank for. For someone who drank heavily for a number of years, the need for a medically supervised detox is great, because the chances of them experience complications if the proper protocol is not followed, is relatively high.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms that a person detoxing from alcohol can expect to experience if medical supervision is not available are:

  •   Insomnia
  •   Rapid heart rate
  •   Tremors of the hands
  •   Agitation
  •   Seizures
  •   Delirium tremens
  •   Irritability
  •   Fatigue
  •   Nightmares
  •   Anxiety
  •   Dilated pupils
  •   Headaches
  •   Severe confusion
  •   Hallucinations
  •   Cloudy thinking
  •   Shakiness
  •   Depression
  •   Clammy skin
  •   Fevers
  •   Death

It’s highly probable for severe withdrawals to result in seizures, comas, or death if the proper help is not sought out, but with trained professionals watching over you during the detox process, the risk of these things occurring is reduced dramatically.

After you complete the detox process with the help of a medical team, your rehabilitation begins.

What Do I Need To Know About Alcohol Rehabs?

Alcohol rehabilitation centers focus on treating addiction to alcohol only and this is because people who suffer from an addiction to alcohol have a high risk of serious side effects during the withdrawal process and need to be treated in very particular ways.

Alcohol addiction rehab facilities specialize in knowing which treatments work best for those that struggle with an addiction to alcohol. The treatments focus on finding new ways for the alcoholic to cope with life, that do not include drinking and they also address any heightened levels of stress and anxiety. Many alcoholics find it difficult to soothe themselves and as such, they need guidance in this department. During the treatment process, alcoholics are taught a number of different ways that they can achieve self-soothing and in doing so, these treatments allow the alcoholic to reintegrate back into life with the tools necessary for sobriety to be maintained.

Alcohol addiction programs may also focus on healing relationships that have been lost or damaged due to the addiction. Many times people who come into treatment have badly damaged relationships and one of the goals of any treatment program is to help the alcoholic cope with this, while also attempting to mend relationships wherever possible.

Alcohol rehab does not just simply focus on how a person can stop drinking, but they also focus on the mind and body. The treatment process deals with total healing and shows the client how they can recover mentally and physically from the damage that alcohol may have done to their bodies.

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Different Kinds of Treatments Available in Alcohol Rehab Centers

Since no two alcoholics are the same, what a person will require in order to recover will change as well. Some people who have gone a little bit further down the scale may need more intensive therapies and support than a person who only has a minor drinking problem, and understanding this means that most alcohol rehab centers offer a wide variety of different treatment options.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one kind of therapy that can be beneficial to those in alcohol addiction treatment. This kind of therapy focuses on helping you change the behaviors you no longer want to have in your life. Using this therapy, you change your thoughts and find new, healthy behaviors to replace old negative thoughts.

Other methods of treatment that may be available include holistic therapies like yoga or massage, or alternative therapies, like equine therapy or art therapy.

Community groups and 12-step programs are also used to help make sure you learn the coping mechanisms needed, as well as to help you build new interpersonal relationships with people who care about you.

Seeking Treatment For Your Alcoholism

If you think that you may have a problem with alcohol then give Elevations Health Austin a call today at, 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call and to help you join the millions of people who are already in recovery from this deadly disease. Give us a call today.