Private Alcohol Rehab
For an individual who is suffering from alcoholism, the concept of entering treatment can be a daunting one. Part of the disease of addiction is the feeling of a compulsion to abuse the substance to which one is addicted. Entering a treatment program, despite all of the benefits, poses a huge problem in the minds of many addicts: If I go to treatment, I won’t be allowed to drink. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction changes the way a person thinks, and therefore changes how they behave. When it comes to alcohol abuse and addiction, according to research provided by the National Institutes of Health, there are also many physical aspects to the withdrawal process that make the decision to enter a treatment program seem like an insurmountable obstacle.
The fact remains, however, that alcohol addiction is a treatable condition that can get better with the right kind of help. Utilizing the services of a private alcohol rehab treatment center can make the journey to sobriety one that the recovering alcoholic can participate in with access to treatments above and beyond the traditional therapies available today.
Private Alcohol Rehab Includes Evidence-Based Treatments
There are several options available for the treatment of alcohol addiction. One of the most well-known is the use of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. According to research conducted at the University of California, the participation in self-help groups such as these can improve rates of success for inpatient treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. For example, individuals who participated in self-help groups prior to being admitted to a treatment program were more likely to complete the program in its entirety. Another benefit of participation in this type of program occurs after treatment has ended. Individuals who participate in 12-step self-help programs are more likely to remain sober after treatment than those who did not participate.
It is important to remember, however, that a self-help group is not a treatment program. An effective treatment program consists of counseling from experienced and trained caregivers, assessments to determine whether conditions other than the addiction to alcohol are present, and a plan to include treatment for those conditions if they should exist.
This type of therapy has been used for the treatment of alcoholism, cocaine addiction and other addictions for a number of years. Unlike traditional “talk therapy,” which can last for years depending upon the circumstances, cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term program with specific goals for the process.
Cognition refers to the way our brains think. An example of a non-cognitive function might be the brain’s ability to tell one’s heart to beat or the lungs to breathe. When we’re frightened, we flinch because our brain has an inherent desire to keep us safe and away from danger. Certain parts of the brain are designed to take care of these involuntary functions. Another part of the brain controls the cognitive functions and our thoughts on a daily, hourly or even a minute-by-minute basis. When a person uses their cognitive functions, they are choosing to believe certain things. For example, when we perform a math problem, we are using our cognitive abilities. If two plus two equals four, we have a choice to write the number “five” in the answer blank instead. This would be an incorrect choice, but we have that ability to choose it.
Holistic and Alternative Therapies Are Available
In terms of the overall benefits of a private alcohol rehab, the holistic and alternative therapies available are exceptional. In a public program, an individual can expect to receive the evidence-based treatments without much attention to the needs of the body or spirit. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most effective treatment approaches take into consideration all of the individual’s needs, not just the physical ones.
Included in these types of alternative alcohol addiction therapies are:
Some of these therapies, such as art and music therapies, are used as tools to help those who are having difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and feelings. Trained therapists can interpret the artwork or music created by the client and then apply what they have learned to future sessions. Sometimes music therapy doesn’t involve making music but rather listening to soothing music and sounds. Other therapies, like yoga or massage, can be used to alleviate some of the stress or physical pain associated with withdrawal, allowing the individual to focus more clearly on their therapy and recovery.
It is important to note that these are not “experimental” therapies. The National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has conducted research into these types of therapies and discovered that they can be effective for the treatment of certain conditions. While there is no evidence that yoga, for instance, will treat alcohol addiction, there is evidence that it can help to alleviate some forms of pain, which may be associated with withdrawal or a chronic condition that may have contributed to alcohol abuse in the first place.
Making the Decision to Get Help
At Alta Mira, we understand the complexities of alcohol addiction and provide private alcohol rehab for those who are ready to learn a new way to live. Our experienced staff and care providers are dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. Making the decision to get the help you need is a personal one – and a very important one. If you are in need of help, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how to take that first, incredibly life-changing step.