No matter how long you have been abusing alcohol, there will come a time when you have to face the fact you have a problem. If you are lucky, you will reach that point before hitting “rock bottom.” As the term implies, that is a treacherous place where very bad things are going on in your life. That is not something anyone should wish to experience.
There is good news. As long as you are alive, you can seek treatment for your drinking problem. It will necessitate you coming to terms with the fact you have an addiction, but once you can do that, asking for help becomes much easier. In case you are wondering, the only real way you can recover from your alcohol addiction is by spending time getting treatment from a reputable drug and alcohol treatment center like ours.
We understand if you feel a bit leery about getting treatment. First, it means would have to stop drinking alcohol for the rest of your life. Second, it means you would have to be willing to make yourself vulnerable to the treatment process. In our desire to alleviate some of your anxiety about coming in for residential addiction treatment, we think you should know that around 60% of all clients are able to completely arrest their alcoholism after their first round of treatment.
While 60% might not sound like a good number, it is a very good number when considering the power alcoholism has over people. Perhaps, we can motivate you to come in by addressing one of your concerns. If you are like a lot of other alcohol addiction sufferers, you might be wondering how long treatment will take for you. To be clear, the answer is a little bit complicated. With that in mind, we will address it in the next section.
How long is Alcohol Rehab?
Without delay, we want to clearly state there is no clear cut timeframe within which a client is expected to recover from the alcoholism disease. The fact is the time someone needs to spend in rehab will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The length of time the client has been abusing alcohol
- The amount of alcohol that is consumed per drinking session and day
- The frequency of the alcohol abuse (every day?)
- Personal circumstances surrounding the clients need and desire to keep drinking
When you enter rehab, one of the rehab’s staff members will want answers to these questions. The answers you give will become the basis from which they will design a treatment program specifically for you. In all fairness to you, this might not seem like much of an answer to your concerns about how long treatment will take. With that in mind, we would like to offer you some general guidelines. However, we want you to keep in mind things may vary one way or the other for you. If your alcohol addiction is more than moderate, you can figure on having to spend about a week in a detox program.
During your time in detox, you would be kept safe while you get through your withdrawal symptoms. You can expect days 2 through 5 to be the most challenging days. After clearing your withdrawal symptoms and any residual cravings for alcohol, you would start therapy. From a time standpoint, you can assume you would need to spend a minimum of 30 days getting therapy. However, that number could run up to as high as 90 days if there are significant circumstances surrounding your need to hide behind the cover of alcohol. The best answer we can offer about the length of treatment is it will last as long as it takes to get you firmly on the road to recovery. You can leave the rehab facility at any time.
However, you need to stay in treatment long enough to regain control over your life so that you can avoid relapses in the future. While we understand your concern about time, it doesn’t outweigh the importance of you getting treatment as soon a possible. Every day you spend in the cycle of alcoholism is another day of a productive life that you have wasted. We don’t want that for you. What we want is the opportunity to treat your addiction and get you back to living the life you are intended to live. If you want help, please pick up the phone and call us at 833-846-5669.