When you recognize you have a problem with alcohol, the next step is to start research alcohol treatment options. Many studies have shown that alcohol rehab is one of the best ways to build a solid foundation for recovery. The typical alcohol rehab is for 28 days. This does not mean that is the best choice for you. Here are some of the options available among alcohol rehabs:
28-day Alcohol Rehab - This is the most common type of residential treatment. The first few days are spent detoxing, sometimes with the help of medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. If you are also addicted to opiates, many rehabs will use suboxone to help you through the withdrawal. The best rehabs set a goal of also weaning you off the suboxone before you leave because the goal is to be substance-free rather than switching one addiction for another.
30-Day Alcohol Rehab - Many rehabs add on a couple of extra days so that the detox period does not cut into the time you will need for individual and group therapy and other therapeutic options that will help you get strong and build skills for the real world.
90-day Alcohol Rehab - This is often called extended care or sober living. Typically you spend the first 30 days in intensive therapy and groups, then graduate to a sober living environment with intensive outpatient treatment. If you do not live in the area, the rehab may offer sober living as part of its program, although it is usually in a different facility than the initial alcohol rehab treatment.
Many studies have shown that success rates improve dramatically among people who continue beyond the first 30 days of treatment and graduate into an intensive outpatient program combined with sober living.
Here are some other resources related to substance abuse treatment and alcohol rehab:
Everything Addiction - a comprensive portal on addicton and the surrounding issues
Alcoholics Anonymous - the original self-help program for alcoholics; a great option if you are unable to go to alcohol rehab