February 7, 2007
Alcohol Rehab Facilities
Alcohol detoxification programs must be uniquely planned taking into consideration the individual’s age, severity of the problem and the duration of time needed.
Extra care and attention is required to be provided to patients. The severity and intensity of the withdrawal symptoms due to the discontinuation of alcohol depends on the usage history of the patient.
The physical and emotional symptoms may be extremely severe depending on the patient’s alcohol abuse history.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include sweating, rapid pulse, increased hand tremors, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, physical agitation, anxiety, auditory hallucinations, and the possibility of grand mal seizures.
Hallucinations are a very disturbing symptom of alcohol detoxification. However, it is seizures that put patients at the greatest risk of injury or death and require admission to drug rehabilitation.
Alcohol abuse is usually treated in specialized rehab facilities and mental health clinics.
Among the various alcohol rehab programs are a wide range of financial variables including levels of care and philosophical differences.
Economic impacts for alcohol abuse are costing billions each year in America. The cost and the problem are dramatically reduced through alcohol rehabilitation.
Alcohol rehab levels of care include inpatient (detox), partial hospitalization, short-term residential, long-term residential and intensive outpatient (IOP) or outpatient. Partial hospitalization or PHP is also known as partial alcohol rehab programs.
Partial alcohol rehab programs usually consist of half days of rehabilitation. Short-term can be anywhere from one to four weeks of full time treatment, while living in a freestanding facility.
Long-term care can last from one to three month or more. Wide varieties of programs are also available for outpatient treatment from a few hours to several times per week.
Medications are prescribed for alcohol detoxification. Medical monitoring is very important.
Persons with daily alcohol use are physically dependent on alcohol and may sometimes need to have a monitored daily intake of alcohol in order to ward off withdrawal symptoms.
When it comes to entering long-term recovery from an addiction, choosing the right alcohol or drug rehab facility can make all the difference.