Treatment Provided at Outpatient Alcohol Rehab
Knowing When to Get Help
If you have tried to quit on your own, have had memory blackouts, legal, personal, or employment complications due to your drinking, or have placed yourself or others in harm because of your drinking, it is time to get the professional treatment provided at outpatient alcohol rehab.
Alcoholism is often accompanied with health risks and mental health disorders for which the person suffering needs more help than a simple detox provides. In a recent survey of 43,000 adults, aged 18 and over, the National Institute of Health on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that “3 in 10 adults drink at levels that put them at risk for alcoholism, liver disease, and other problems.” Indications of alcoholism are cravings, unable to control the amounts of alcohol you drink, dependency to the extent that withdrawal symptoms occur when drinking is drastically reduced or stopped, and tolerance which is the need to consume greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect.
What to Expect from Treatment Provided at Outpatient Alcohol Rehab
When you enter an outpatient alcohol rehab you shouldn’t feel like you are expected to know all of your goals for recovery. You probably don’t even know why you drink. Alcoholism changes the way we think and react to various circumstances in our lives. Often, negative patterns replace or overshadow the positive ones.
Adjusting our behaviors is a priority for treatment provided at an outpatient alcohol rehab. After a safe detox and physical stabilization, professionals will identify your needs for treatment and provide you with the necessary tools and resources to cope with your urges to drink and remain sober. Treatment provided at outpatient alcohol rehab involves counseling and therapies that will help you;
- Plan ahead to stay in control. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you recognize, avoid, and cope with unhelpful thinking patterns and reactions. Over time, the positive changes in thinking will come more easily and old behaviors can be left behind.
- Recognize internal and external triggers that cause the urges to drink. Internal triggers can be complicated. Thoughts, emotions, excitement, frustrations, tension, or nervousness may cause an urge to drink, and other times, the urge appears without any recognizable reason. External triggers are people, places, things, or times that remind you of drinking or offer drinking opportunities.
- Learn to avoid high risk situations and deal with those you can’t avoid
- Use tools, resources, and support groups such as 12-step meetings and Alcoholic’s Anonymous to improve your quality of life and the lives of those who have been affected by your alcohol abuse.