Alcohol abuse treatment centers that work share some commonalities. Understanding what these workable alcohol rehab systems have in common can share some light on what to look for in choosing the right alcohol abuse rehab for you.

3-D illustration of man pulling alcoholic from giant bottle of alcoholImportance of Inpatient Model For Alcohol Abuse Treatment

It’s impossible to successfully treat most addicts, including alcohol addicts, using an outpatient model. The reason for this is that one hour a day or one hour a week sessions are not enough to help most addicts. While this is enough to help the easiest of cases, and some outpatient rehab services even have a relatively high success rate of 20 – 30%, the vast majority of alcoholics need more care than this. An inpatient model has been proven time and time again to be more effective than an outpatient model.

As a matter of fact, we prefer not to call outpatient services “rehabs,” but rather refer to them as outpatient support services or outpatient counseling. This is because a rehab really addresses all of the facets of addiction and rehabilitates the person up to a point where he feels like he doesn’t need to use drugs in order to live. It’s almost impossible to achieve this result in an outpatient program.

While some out-patient programs can get a success rate of 20 - 30%, most alcoholics need more care than that.The alcohol abuse treatment centers that work use an inpatient or residential model, meaning that the clients stay on site, eat all their meals on site, and don’t leave the premises unless family are visiting, etc.

Another reason why this works is that during the first few weeks of therapy (and also throughout the program) the urge to use can be very strong, and if there’s an opportunity to drink alcohol, very often the alcoholic will take it, whereas if you can get them through more time before being tempted, they’re more likely to be able to resist.

As a matter of fact, some in-patient models have been able to get the person up to the point where his understanding of addiction and his understanding of what alcohol has done to him actually makes it so that drinking alcohol is no longer a temptation at all. He can view it very differently from how he used to see it. Whereas before rehab the alcoholic felt like alcohol was something that greatly assisted him in his efforts to survive and get through life, and whereas before he viewed the substance as a source of joy, entertainment, and relief, now he views alcohol in the same way he would view a hot stove or an electrical socket. He sees it as a source of pain, as something that would bring him down or even kill him. Because of that he’s much less likely to abuse alcohol thereafter.

Holistic Alcohol Abuse Treatment is a Necessity

Another commonality between alcohol rehab programs that work is that the programs are holistic. Holistic doesn’t mean “naturopathic”. That’s a commonly misunderstood subject, actually. Holistic actually just come from the word “whole” and refers to addressing the whole problem, from all of its sources, instead of just narrowing into one aspect of the issue of alcoholism. Successful treatment facilities recognize that alcoholism is a multi-faceted problem. Actually the best way to express it is that it’s a combination of problems.

One of those problems is that the person is regularly consuming alcohol.

But there are also problems that he now has as a direct result from him consuming alcohol, such as lying to or deceiving family members, or having a temper, or being impulsive or irresponsible in his actions, or harming others in angry outbursts, etc.

Also there are problems that came before alcohol abuse that also need to be dealt with. What’s more there’s the problem of the alcoholic’s physical health, which is often quite poor as a result of his habitual alcohol abuse. Also, there’s the problem of his sleep habits. Typically they’re poor and need to be worked on. His body is deprived of vitamins and nutrients and often in a state where it’s unable to produce internally the nutrients it needs and is unable to absorb all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs from the food.

Alcoholism isn’t one problem, it’s many. It’s not simple, it’s complex. Alcohol rehabs that recognize this are more likely to work. As a matter of fact, you should avoid any rehab that describes itself as just getting you off alcohol and sending you on your way. Although it sounds nice, and seems like it won’t take as much time, and seems like it’s more of what you want, factually those methods don’t work. If you just get an alcoholic off of alcohol and then send him on his way, it’s almost a certainty that he’ll drink again and very soon.