If you aren’t sure as to whether or not you or a loved one have been abusing alcohol, you can follow a tool known as CAGE. This is a questionnaire that measures whether or not you have a drinking problem.
The following questions are used to help screen for alcoholism:
- Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
- Eye-opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get over a hangover?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of the following questions it may indicate the need for further evaluation to determine if professional help for alcoholism is needed. Early intervention can help prevent the dangerous consequences of chronic long-term alcoholism.
If you notice any of the above signs in yourself or someone you love, it’s vital to seek out treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek out treatment, the better chance you have at a successful recovery.
How Does Alcohol Rehab Work?
It Starts with an Intake Assessment
The first step to any effective rehab program is identifying what underlying variables are involved in an individual’s personal issue with alcoholism. Alcohol use disorders are highly complex and typically steam from a combination of mental, emotional, and physical imbalances.
Factors such as traumas, co-occurring mental health disorders, and health conditions may all play a potential role in alcohol abuse disorders. Discovering which issue may be a factor and designing a personalized treatment plan to help correct such issues is a critical component of an effective treatment program and the first step of alcohol rehab.
Group Therapy for Alcohol Abuse
Group therapy can exist in many forms and is a foundational component of most alcohol rehab programs. Group therapy may involve group exercises, discussion groups, or substance abuse education groups. Group therapy allows individuals to share thoughts and ideas with others who have shared experiences. Group therapy can help build a sense of community and eliminate some of the feelings of isolation experienced by many addicts.
Private Alcohol Abuse Counseling
One on one therapy with an experienced addiction therapist is a critical element of alcohol rehab. Private therapy sessions allow clients the opportunity to discuss uncomfortable emotions in a safe and supportive setting. Therapy sessions allow clients and therapists to work together to uncover sources of mental and emotional distress and discover the underlying causes of alcoholism. Addiction therapists help clients resolve mental and emotional conflict using psychotherapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which help clients reframe negative thought and belief patterns.
Holistic Therapy for Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol rehab programs may incorporate the use of alternative and complementary therapies. Alcohol abuse can stem from a combination of mind and body imbalances that require a broad range of therapies to correct. In addition to conventional substance abuse treatment, alcohol rehab can also include:
- Nutritional programs
- Fitness programs
- Art therapy
Continued Support – Aftercare
Completing an alcohol treatment program is the initial step in the recovery process. For those who struggle with an alcohol use disorder maintaining abstinent from alcohol use remains an ongoing challenge. The goal of an effective aftercare treatment program is to provide clients with the resources they need to maintain their sobriety, including assistance with job placement, providing local resources such as drug and alcohol meetings, introducing sponsors, and recommending a sober living house.
Many clients choose to continue with OP services such as substance abuse counseling, drug testing, and supervision to help support their recovery post-treatment.