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Choosing the Right Treatment After Alcohol Detox

Choosing not only to accept one’s need for help but also to reach out for help is among the most challenging decisions a person may ever have to make. So, all of that hard work and effort must be rewarded by choosing the right treatment after detox. However, it is often the case that the individual in alcohol detox is too preoccupied with their immediate wellness to choose treatment themselves, and this is understandable. This is when a loved one’s help can become instrumental in their recovery.

Helping a Loved One Enter Alcohol Detox

Adding the 12 Steps of AA to Your Treatment

Of course, before choosing the right treatment after detox, we first have to select an appropriate detox program. The best way to do this is to utilize the suggestions of professionals in recovery.

Professional addiction and recovery specialists know the exact type of detox that will be right for our loved ones. Also, they will have all of the information needed on alcohol detox specifically. This is important because what many people may not know is that alcohol detox is actually one of the most involved detoxes there is.

There are primarily two substances that can be deadly when detoxing. The first substance is benzodiazepines, and the other one is alcohol. This can be surprising to many people because alcohol is both legal and consumed liberally by a large portion of the population. However, the truth is that detoxing from alcohol can be deadly without the appropriate supervision.

What to Do While a Loved One Is in Alcohol Detox

While a loved one is in alcohol detox, there are things that family members and friends can do to support their recovery. Primarily this should consist of tying up any loose ends that could be helpful to the friend or family member that is getting help. This may include contacting their job, school, family, or significant others about their situation (with their permission of course).

The next step is reaching out to see what long-term treatment options are available for them. Connecting and consulting with treatment professionals can be extremely beneficial during this phase. They will also have the right connections and contacts of the appropriate recovery centers for a loved one.

Next, it is time to make financial determinations. If they have insurance, then reaching out to them to see their options can be highly beneficial in narrowing down options. Just be aware that some insurance companies will only deal with the primary member or a physician or institution, so reaching out to a recovery center will be extremely helpful.

Choosing the Right Treatment for a Loved One After Alcohol Detox

Coping With Alcoholism in the Family

A reputable recovery center is going to have the caliber of intake professionals who can converse with insurance companies to see what types of treatment are covered for a loved one. They will also have all of the information on what treatments are available and whether their recovery center will be an ideal fit after a loved one’s detox.

Also, it is important to understand that simply reaching out to a recovery center does not mean that a loved one is locked into that center for treatment. Treatment after detox can be life or death, thus, contacting multiple recovery centers is not only wise but also recommended. Additionally, a responsible recovery center will never take on a client that they don’t have the full capacity to treat. They should be willing to put recovery over profit and help find the right spot for a loved one, even if that means referring them to a different treatment facility.

What Happens After Choosing the Right Treatment

After choosing the right treatment program, the next step is getting a loved one there. Sometimes after detox, an individual will feel the urge to drink or use again. This is why getting someone from detox directly into treatment right away is crucial.

Detox is generally a sign of late-stage addiction, and at that stage, close monitoring is not only helpful but essential. Therefore, going from a fully monitored detox to a closely monitored form of treatment is important.

However, it is also at this point that a loved one should be of a clearer mind so they can be more involved in treatment choices. It is important to remember that, while we can offer a significant amount of help, a loved one must have their own motivations for sobriety to sustain recovery effectively. If a loved one doesn’t want it for themselves, then the chances for lasting recovery become significantly lower. There is a saying that goes “We should never deprive someone of their ‘bottom.’” While it may be hard, a person must “want it to make it.”