Alcoholic man rubs his face, empty bottles in foreground. Maybe this is his last binge before starting alcohol abuse treatment.Treatment for alcoholism can range from talking to a friend all the way to checking in to a full-blown in-patient alcohol addiction treatment facility.

One thing to know about alcoholism is that it is a progression of issues that starts with the very first drink the person has taken and goes all the way to the point where the person can’t function without drinking, and even beyond that where the person can’t function at all in life, and spends most of his time either drinking or trying to find something to drink.

Perhaps after the first episode of binge drinking, one of the lighter methods of rehabilitation would be all that it takes to take the person off of the path of alcohol addiction. However, it doesn’t take very long for a person to need to check in to an inpatient facility to really get a grip on these addictive behaviors.

Be advised that we recommend that overkill is much better than “underkill.” In other words, it’s much better to treat alcoholism with too much rather than too little because failed attempts at treatment result in it being harder to help the person quit.

Talking to a Friend or Family Member

One of the first things that you can do if you think you are developing a problem with alcohol is to just sit down and talk with a friend or family member about what’s going on. You’d be surprised how willing they are to listen, and at how simply talking about what’s on your mind can help. That’s obviously not the solution for everything, but it can make a big difference.

Also, if you notice a friend or family member might be abusing alcohol, talking with them is a big step towards helping them. What’s more, once you get into better communication with them about what problems they are running into, you’ll be better able to judge how much help they need. One indicator that will let you know whether or not a heavier intervention is required is how willing they are to talk to you. If they’re shut down, don’t want to talk about it, and are being difficult, it’s likely that the problem is a lot worse than what you’ve personally observed. You’ll need to take a few more steps to help them.

As a general rule, it’s always better to communicate more rather than less. It’s a good idea to ask and see if the person needs help, and if they don’t at least you were safe.

Drug Crisis Hotlines and Drug Counselors as Treatment for Alcoholism

A Drug Crisis Hotline is a special version of talking to a friend or family member. Basically in place of the friend you’re talking to a trained professional. Talking to a drug counselor, either in person or over the phone, can help you to work out some practical solutions for your alcohol abuse. Professionals will be able to ask you the right questions and help you to identify some of the factors in your life that are predisposing you to hit the bottle, and can recommend some preventative measures that can help you before it becomes impossible to quit.

Out-patient Rehab Services Providing Alcoholism Treatment

Outpatient rehab servies are the next step after just talking to a counselor. Typically these are used by habitual alcohol abusers, and these programs do work in a small percentage of cases. Particularly if the person is a light alcohol abuser. However, for the majority of alcoholics, an outpatient facility is not able to provide enough care in order to actually make any changes for the alcoholic in his life, and so is not a recommended treatment for heavy alcoholism.

Inpatient Alcoholism Treatment Rehab Facilities

In an inpatient alcohol rehab facility, the alcoholic checks in, and hopefully after a period of weeks or months, checks out with a new lease on life. He is given tools and counseling after he gets through the detox phase, in order to set some new goals in life and gain some life skills that help him deal with some of the issues that contributed to him becoming an alcoholic in the first place. For the majority of people who you could call alcoholics, inpatient treatment is the treatment for alcoholism that they need.  If you’re not sure what option you should take, you can always talk to the person yourself, or get them to talk to a drug counselor who will be able to help them to determine what services the person needs to use.