Alcohol addiction rehab centres can offer services based on either an inpatient or an outpatient model. Trust us when we say it makes a big difference. While both types of programmes have their pros and cons, inpatient treatment offers you a greater chance of success due to its inherent strengths.
Before we get to the specifics of inpatient and outpatient care however, we would like to ask a question: are you visiting our site because you believe you might have an alcohol problem, or are you visiting on behalf of a friend or loved one? Both are valid reasons, by the way.
Assuming your visit was prompted by your own possible alcohol problem, you’re on the right track. Acknowledging the potential existence of alcohol abuse or addiction is the first step in admitting you have a problem that needs help. Below is a list of symptoms that might convince you of an alcohol addiction problem:
you drink as soon as you wake up in the morning
you schedule your day around alcohol consumption
you constantly worry about not having enough alcohol in your home
family members often express concern over your drinking habits
you answer their concern by lying about your drinking habits
you find you need more alcohol to enjoy the same amount of pleasure.
The existence of any of these symptoms is reason enough to seek a professional assessment. If it turns out you are an alcoholic, immediate rehab treatment should not be delayed. If you’re not an alcoholic yet, you may still be an alcohol abuser. Untreated alcohol abuse is equally dangerous because it often leads to alcoholism.
Now, perhaps you’re visiting our website because you are concerned about someone else. We’re glad you’re here as well. We want to help you by offering you information regarding the many treatment options available. When you have this information, you’re better prepared to help your friend or loved one seek treatment at the first opportunity.
Inpatient versus Outpatient
To understand the benefits of seeking help at an inpatient alcohol rehab centre we must first discuss outpatient treatment. The NHS and charitable organisations offer most outpatient programmes.
This type of treatment is based on having the alcoholic attend therapy sessions at a chosen facility during the day. At the end of each day, the alcoholic returns home. It’s assumed that the individual will maintain sobriety between the end of each day and the start of the next. Some can manage this; many cannot.
Inpatient treatment is decidedly different inasmuch as recovering alcoholics actually live at the treatment facility for a period of 4 to 12 weeks. During that time, the alcoholic is able to concentrate fully on his/her recovery without having to worry about the distractions of everyday life. Furthermore, he or she is isolated from those people and/or circumstances that may have enabled their drinking outside of the clinic.
Inpatient alcohol rehab centres tend to enjoy higher success rates than outpatient programmes. There are a number of reasons behind this:
Separation – The importance of separation to a successful recovery cannot be stressed enough. Being separated from one’s normal life forces the addicted individual to address his or her issues head-on if they want to get better.
Focus – Inpatient treatment puts the alcoholic in an environment where the only focus is recovery. Whether therapies involve one-on-one counselling, group sessions or leisure activities, the focus is always the same. This concentrated focus means a faster recovery time as well.
Relationships – A core component of many inpatient programmes is relationship building between group members and, to some degree, staff members as well. Strong relationships provide extra support through accountability and mutual encouragement.
Group Activities – During the later stages of inpatient treatment, facility staff will often take clients on organised group outings. These outings do more than just get the group out of the facility for a few hours. They also show addicts that it’s possible to live a fruitful and enjoyable life without using alcohol.
You may already be aware that inpatient alcohol rehab centres tend to be located in suburban or rural environment. However, do you know why this is so? There’s actually a very good reason for choosing these types of locations. It can be summed up in one word: atmosphere.
A big part of successful alcoholism rehab is self-reflection. In other words, alcoholics are encouraged to look within themselves to uncover deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues. A peaceful and quiet environment provides the appropriate atmosphere for this type of reflection. By contrast, a busy urban environment offers too many distractions.
Imagine a rehab facility located in the countryside, surrounded by rolling meadows, plenty of trees and even a small stream flowing through the property. The peaceful and serene surroundings make it a lot easier for alcoholics to relax and reflect. It also does wonders for relieving the anxiety many people feel during the early stages of treatment.
Before finishing, we want to address one more concern: clinical staff. There is no need for you to be concerned about the credentials or quality of private inpatient staff as opposed to what is provided by the NHS. Private rehab clinics employ only those professionals with the proper experience, credentials, and expertise.
From doctors to nurses to support staff, you’ll find everyone at an inpatient clinic to be more than qualified to help. What’s more, they make a point of treating you with both compassion and respect. They are not there to make your life miserable; they are there to help you succeed.
If you’re ready to end the scourge of alcohol in your life, then it’s time for you to contact us. We are here to assist you or someone you love in finding the help you so desperately need and deserve. Your road to recovery begins with either a phone call or an e-mail.
As soon as we hear from you, we will immediately get to work on your behalf. We promise to walk you through all of your options, advise you on financing, answer your questions, and recommend the most appropriate course of action. If you’re ready to be admitted to a programme, we will assist you in making the necessary arrangements.