No Simple Answer

When an individual asks how long treatment rehab for alcoholism usually takes, they will learn that they won’t get the same answer from anyone. Some treatment centers simply offer detox along with a limited curriculum, while other addiction programs offer several other services.

Your family and doctor will most likely tell you that the length of the stay in treatment rehab for alcoholism doesn’t matter—what does is that you enter rehab for your addiction and begin addressing the root causes of your issues.

Each Treatment Program is Different

As previously stated, there is no standard answer to the length of time your recovery will take since each facility has their own regimen.  One program may accept inpatient clients for up to five days. This gives them just enough time to help clients through the detox process and give an assessment to determine the nature of the addiction. Staff counselors also estimate how long each client needs to spend receiving treatment.

One important factor that affects the treatment time estimate is the length of an individual’s detoxification process. Getting clean can take up to 14 days. For clients needing this much time to detox, rehab for alcohol addiction will last longer.

Additional factors can impact the length of treatment:

  • Getting the addict to commit to treatment
  • Physical or mental health issues
  • Ensuring beds are available for as many clients as possible

Each Addict is Different

No two addicts are the same either. They began drinking and became dependent upon alcohol for different reasons. This means that rehabilitation for Alcoholic A will be different than for Alcoholic B.

During the assessment phase, psychologists and addiction specialists interview the new client. These professionals are probing to learn just why the client started drinking and the pattern of drinking and intoxication. They also learn just how the addiction has affected the client’s life, e.g., job losses, arrests for driving while intoxicated, or criminal activity.

The Typical Treatment Rehab for Alcoholism Process

The treatment process for each addict does, however, follow the same track:

  • Admission and intake
  • Detoxification from alcohol
  • Assessment
  • Counseling – group and individual
  • Teaching the addict why they became addicted
  • Helping them to learn new coping skills
  • Physical examinations to diagnose other conditions
  • Prescribing needed medications and treatments
  • Teaching addicts how to live alcohol-free

As you can see, there is no straightforward answer to such a complicated question because addition is a complicated illness.  We understand that here at the Discovery Institute, which is why we make it our goal to ensure that each one of our clients has the help they desperately need to overcome their problem.  Ready to make that change in your life?  Call us today at (800) 714-2175.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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