The detox stage sets you on your path to recovery so success here is important to your long-term sobriety. Before choosing the best specialist for you, ask questions of every facility. Do they alleviate detox withdrawal symptoms with an effective IV therapy for immediate relief or are they using slow-acting pills, yoga, or saunas? Do they have ICU-level Registered Nurses on staff 24/7 or are they using non-medical “specialists”? Do they offer private rooms and limit the number of patients for personal attention? Do they provide upscale amenities to help you feel at home?
Inpatient treatment at an addiction specialist
The inpatient treatment method concentrates on treating each patient as a person with specific needs, emotions, substances of abuse, and outside concerns. A patient’s individualized plan starts with a psychological and social assessment to determine the mental condition which is followed by a physical assessment of vital signs, lab testing, history, and a physical exam. Then the doctor meets with the patient to develop a customized detoxification treatment plan which is implemented immediately. During treatment, the patient is fully monitored with cardiac telemetry, video technology, and personal attention from our nurses and technicians on duty.
As a rule, one specialist cannot solve this serious problem. Several specialists help an alcoholic: a therapist, a neurologist, a psychologist, and an addiction treatment specialist. Such a team of professionals can only be found in a specialized clinic.
Alcohol detox therapists
When a person decides that they need to start seeking help with their problem they will often either approach their physician or they will seek some other counseling with a view to getting alcohol detox. Alcohol detox at the best of times is rough, to say the least, in the worst-case scenario alcohol detox can be an extremely traumatic and harrowing experience. Ask a specialist on how to conduct emergency detoxification and help with alcohol poisoning. It can save the life of your loved one!
The kind of treatment that any person who is seeking alcohol detox should receive, it should be the same regardless of who that person is, what age they are, their ethnicity, their social background, or their gender. Every person who seeks treatment for alcoholism, or other substance abuse, should be entitled to the best treatment that is available and that includes receiving treatment from the best alcohol detox therapists. Dr. Michael I. Gurevich, MD, an experienced New York addiction specialist, uses proven and safe methods of detoxification and subsequent treatment for alcohol dependence.
Any therapist for alcohol abuse would be considered to be a good therapist if they are showing empathy and understanding towards the patients. They also have to be as supportive as they possibly can. This process of alcohol detoxification may only last a week or two but the therapy itself, in terms of remedial therapy, could go on for years. A good therapist needs to be directed towards specific goals and be able to convey that to the patient. They also need to be able to utilize outside resources to the fullest. The more helpful and supportive therapies can be towards the patient, the better chances the patient has of recovering from the alcohol abuse in the long-term.
What makes a bad alcohol detox therapist?
It’s very hard to criticize anybody who considers alcohol detox therapy as an occupation. After all, they are making it their lives and career choice to help the people. But as in most occupations, therapists come from all different walks of life and often times are not suitable for the role that they have placed themselves in. Bad alcohol detox therapists are characterized by the opposite of a good alcohol detox therapist. They are not supportive, they have little understanding of their alcohol detox patients, they can be identified as not listening to and blaming their patients for their problems. Bad therapists can be controlling and intrusive, psychologically distant, and have real difficulty in confronting issues that the alcohol detox therapist themselves find difficult to confront. Self-interest in a therapist is probably the most damning aspect from the patient’s point of view.
Experienced therapists and psychology will offer you the following treatment services:
1. Pharmacotherapy. This is an attempt to cure alcoholism through the use of drugs like naltrexone (used to control opioid addiction), acamprosate (brings back the chemical balance in the brain that has been destroyed by alcohol addiction), disulfiram (causes negative effects when a person takes in alcohol while under this medication), topiramate or even ondansetron (taken by cancer patients to fight nausea but is said to be effective in controlling alcohol craving).
2. Psychosocial therapies. This can include motivational therapy (both patient and therapist will work closely to rid the former of his addiction, oftentimes discussing the benefits of quitting the addiction), couples therapy (this closely involves the participation of the non-alcoholic spouse) or brief interventions (which involves counseling sessions).
3. Alcohol treatment centers. You can choose from an outpatient or inpatient alcohol treatment facility or center. If your alcoholism problem is not so serious or if you have been detoxified and you want to keep off the bottle then you can go for the outpatient alcohol treatment option. If your addiction is more serious and you need to detoxify then you ought to choose an inpatient treatment program so that your doctors can monitor your condition and can help alleviate your withdrawal symptoms.
Tips for selecting the best alcoholism treatment center
Alcoholism treatment centers abound in the US, with more than 18 million Americans suffering from alcoholism or alcohol dependence. While it may seem sobering, no pun intended, alcoholism treatment is a lucrative business. As in any business or industry, there are good and bad services providers and it is in the best interest of a person seeking treatment to make a careful assessment of the quality of the treatment centers that will be considered.
The first step in selecting the best alcoholism treatment center is the location of the center. A good resource online for treatment centers that are within a specific radius of up to 100 miles of the desired location (usually near the primary home) is the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. It will give access to a comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility locator which will allow searches for treatment centers for specific needs including:
– the type of service (substance abuse, detoxification, etc.);
– type of care (e.g. inpatient, outpatient) required;
– special groups (adolescents, senior citizens, disabled, etc.);
– language preferred;
– forms of payment (Medicaid, private insurance, self-payment);
– payment assistance.
It will provide a map with the eligible facilities indicated and clicking on the map will give the address and contact information for further inquiry.
Once the ideal centers based on location and personal criteria are narrowed down to the best 5 or so facilities, the next step would be to visit the treatment center personally. It must be able to provide you with your specific needs and you may want to consider the different treatments they may be able to offer. Such alternative treatments include medically-managed detoxification or natural methods of detoxification. It really depends on the severity of the addiction and the level of intervention needed. For some patients, individual and group counseling can be effective on its own, especially for troubled young people who are looking for attention and friendships. For others, inpatient rapid detoxification and intensive follow-up sessions are the only way to go.
The credentials of medical professionals and counselors as well as the approach of the center could be crucial. The programs or approaches advocated by a treatment center should be researched for statistics on efficacy and possible side-effects of programs that may involve the use of medications.
Before finally deciding on an alcoholism treatment center that appears to be best suited for your needs, make a thorough inquiry of what the costs are, the inclusions and exclusions, and the payment and assistance options available. While health and well-being should be the primary consideration in this endeavor, plunging into debt blindly could well lead you to drink.