Residential Alcohol Treatment

Residential alcohol treatment is the best chance for a life of long-term sobriety if one is battling an addiction to alcohol. Those battling alcohol addiction have usually been attempting sobriety with little success on their own due to the easy availability on getting alcohol.

How is residential alcohol treatment different from other types of alcohol treatment? First and foremost in a residential alcohol treatment facility the person recovering from alcohol addiction will be living with a group of people with the common goal of sobriety.

Upon arrival at the residential alcohol treatment facility the person will withdraw from alcohol with the help of the qualified staff who are experts in getting a person through the withdrawal aspect as comfortably as possible. Then comes the hard part, not saying the withdrawal is easy, but once through the first week or so the body starts regaining its strength and getting back to normal, while the mental part of alcohol addiction takes more time. This is where the “residential” aspect of residential alcohol treatment is vital.

Learning to change old habits and behaviors is not easy. The staff will be there to get you through the rough parts such as the physical cravings. When a craving strikes, the person trying to recover many times has no idea where the craving came from or why and their first reaction will be to go find a drink to satisfy the craving. The staff and other residents will be able to help the person get through mainly by their presence and being able to listen and point out all the reasons why the person does NOT want to go out and drink and that this craving will pass. Group support and being part of a group achieving sobriety is huge for a person recovering from alcohol addiction and this is what a residential alcohol treatment provides that short term rehab or outpatient rehabs do not.

Depending on the type of residential alcohol treatment the facility provides, be it twelve step or  alternative, the staff will teach the person the skills and steps needed to achieve long lasting sobriety. With the other residents living there practicing the same skills and steps reinforces the new way of life without alcohol.

Along with the staff to go to for questions, life-long friendships will be formed that the person while in their addiction to alcohol most likely did not get to experience. They will get to share their joy, heartaches and successes with one another building not only the strength of their friendship but also strengthen their ability to handle what life throws at them without the dependence on alcohol to be the solution. The residential alcohol treatment will provide the person with the confidence and skills once leaving the facility to be successful and stay sober.