What to Expect From Alcohol Rehab

Posted by Ryan Jackson on May 9, 2018 4:38:19 PM

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Alcohol is common in our country. So common, in fact, that nearly 90% of people have had a drink at least once in their lifetimes. For the most part, people are social drinkers. It’s as ingrained in our lifestyle as much as sports and intimate gatherings are.

The problem is, many go beyond what is a drink or two.


Of those same 90% who drink, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 27% claim they binged on alcohol in the past month. That in itself is a scary number, as binge drinking at social events can cause people to drive impaired and lead to violent, disruptive behavior.

While binge drinking happens, it’s usually set around a big event or party. But in less cases, it’s an addiction to alcohol. 6.2% of people have what’s called Alcohol Abuse Disorder (or AAD) and it doesn’t just happen to drinking-aged adults. Nearly 623,000 kids between the ages of 12 and 18 also suffer from AAD.

Despite the evolving problem of alcoholism in America, it's important to identify expectations before entering an alcohol rehab facility.


Understanding Alcoholism

Before we can conquer alcoholism and rehab, we must try to understand how people get addicted to alcohol in the first place. In a lot of ways, alcohol is ingrained into our culture. It’s a way to relax and unwind.

To the normal and/or social drinker, alcohol is a very pleasurable experience. It’s what we often turn to in both bad times and good. The problem can be the way our body works or complex chemical balance. When were down, stressed, or going through a rough patch, we may turn to alcohol a little more to get us through the day.

This is really how lot of addiction starts. Our bodies start to crave the more pleasurable substances. And well people who become addicted to alcohol are seen as selfish people who can’t control their inhibitions, science tells us something different altogether. It all starts and ends with the brain.


What To Expect From Alcohol Rehab

Recent investments in how to study the brain have revealed how easy it is for people to become addicted to certain substances. It doesn’t even have to be a substance that we eat or drink. People can become addicted to gambling or sex. These things feel good to us during a period where we might feel we need a little boost to keep us going.

Individuals really get addicted not to the specific function or substance, but to the release of chemicals in our brain that make us feel better. A lot of it is genetics, which is why alcoholism can seem to permeate throughout an entire family. This means that someone can be predisposed to addiction. This is all due to a lack of dopamine receptors in the brain.

Once we realize that is not actually the alcohol, but it’s the feel-good chemicals that are released in our brain that we become addicted to, it helps us to understand addiction better. You can’t fight something if you don’t understand the enemy. And because it’s not a lack of willpower, an alcoholic will need help to overcome the issues in the brain.


What To Expect From Alcohol Rehab

You'll first see a battling debate of when the timing is right to make the phone call to a facility. It's a scary feeling of uncertainty. But you know deep down, you have the courage to pick up the phone and dial.

The admissions team will ask you a serious of qualifying questions to see of you're a fit for their program. After the meeting qualifications you'll be given a check in date along with a list of items you can bring in and items you can't.


Physical Detox

Beyond the mental battle is the physical battle one must endure to kick any addiction. Alcohol harms the body, and while the occasional drink isn’t a cause for concern, regular heavy drinking and alcoholism has an overall accumulative negative effect. It causes malnutrition, dehydration, complicates diabetes and other diseases, infertility, a thinning of the bones, heart damage, cancer, fatigue, brain damage, and so much more.

Because of the impact on the body, a full detox is required to not only rid the body of the toxic substance, but to heal the body. Rehydration is necessary. Eating the right nutrient-dense clean foods will be required. It will be one of the most important parts of the entire rehab process to achieve success.

Then you will endure a serious of planned group activities catering to re-socialize you with other like-minded individuals. Group therapy allows for a sense of direction, order, and building life-long relationships.

Top facilities offer a one on one meeting with a therapist, these give the ability to determine what the underlying trauma is with your substance abuse. Landmark Recovery notices this as a crucial part to the success of sobriety, therefore, they offer twice the treatment surpassing the nation's average.

Depending on the recovery center, they will offer different types of therapy.


Other expectations:

  1. Expect to be there over 20 days - depending on the program
  2. Building Life-Long Friendships
  3. Repairing Family Relationships
  4. Fixing Yourself Before Fixing Intiamate and Personal Relationships

A lot of rehab and treatment centers have very low effectiveness rates. That’s because alcoholism and other forms of addiction still are not fully understood. A lot of these cases are painted with a broad brush. It’s just assumed that it’s willpower and you can do it with a little help from your friends.

But that’s not the sort of help an alcoholic requires. They need a tailored program that meets their individual needs medically, mentally, physically, and spiritually. They need psychotherapy and family counseling, but those sorts of interventions often do not work on their own.

To fight alcoholism, only a full-time program designed to meet your needs will give you the best chance.

Not every patient is the same. Substance abusers don't use the same drugs, have the same trauma, or deal with issues the same way.


Next Steps

This is why it’s important to find the right alcohol rehab team. Landmark Recovery is that team. We understand addiction and all of its causes and will treat it with the utmost care and concern. Our team of professionals will work with you to create a finely tuned plan of action designed to give you a fighting chance to kick the habit for good. 



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