Although being caught in an addiction is difficult, you might have reached the point of change. You might be ready to attend an alcohol treatment center to get sober and start a new life.
If this is true, you might be intimidated by what to expect. You might be wondering about the process of admission, your stay, and what leads to the next step of your treatment.
It’s likely that you’ll participate in various forms of drug treatment as well as undergo an initial assessment in order to determine your unique needs to get sober. Typically attending an alcohol treatment center will include:
- In order for alcohol abuse treatment to be successful, it has to address the various factors in a person’s life that may be contributing to the continued use of alcohol or drugs. For instance, an assessment is often a self-report measurement of the nature and severity of symptoms.
- Based on your answers and when compared to a scale provided, an early diagnosis might be formulated. Along with family mental health history, and other essential information gathered by the psychologist, psychologist, or therapist, an assessment can be crucial tool in diagnosing and treating alcohol detox and abuse.
- This is a period of time in which an individual with an alcohol addiction undergoes alcohol detox, that is allowing the body to go through a process of detoxification.
- Individual therapy typically involves sitting across from a compassionate mental health professional, who is listening and responding to you. There are generally two forms of therapy: those that promote insight or revelation regarding your thought pattern, history, behavior, or life choices are called insight therapies. And those therapies that focus on how a disorder manifests in your life and aim to teach new forms of behavior are called learning-based or cognitive therapies. Individual psychotherapy may include both, perhaps separate times.
Behavioral Modification Therapy
- One effective form of alcohol addiction treatment is a behavioral therapy (mentioned above) called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It essentially aims to change behavior by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns. This successful form of therapy emphasizes the link between thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and more importantly, it attempts to identify the way that certain thoughts contribute to the unique problems of your life. By changing the thought pattern and by replacing it with thoughts that are aimed towards a specific therapeutic goal, you can slowly begin to change. For example, instead of “I am worthless”; the new thought might be “I can do this”.
- This is a type of therapy that focuses on the systems and relationships within a family network. It aims to change the relationship within families in order to help them better manage the specific problems they might be facing.
- Group therapy includes the presence of a therapist, psychologist, social worker or other mental health professional who is facilitating the group experience. Also in the room are others who are all experiencing the same addiction or life problem. For instance, adults who were suffering from a mental illness in addiction to their alcohol abuse might make up a group in therapy. Typically, everyone in the room, aside from the therapist, is experiencing the same life challenge. Group therapy can be incredibly supportive and healing.
- Groups on healthy eating, decision making, job hunting, and more may facilitate creating a new life after addiction.
Chemical Dependency Education
- This an opportunity to learn about the nature of addiction and it’s dangerous cycle. Staying informed about alcohol abuse, addiction, and treatment can facilitate your path towards sobriety.
Although this might sound like an extensive process, all of these activities are meant to support your long-term sobriety and finally creating the life you want!
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