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Alcohol Detox Programs

What Are the Different Kinds of Alcohol Rehab Programs? continued...

Partial hospitalization or day treatment. These programs provide four to eight hours of treatment a day at a hospital or clinic to people who live at home. They typically run for three months and work best for people with a supportive family and a stable home environment.

Outpatient programs. These are run at hospitals, health clinics, community mental health clinics, counselor's offices, and residential facilities with outpatient clinics. Attendance requirements vary, and many of them are run in the evenings and on weekends to allow people to be able to continue working.

Intensive outpatient programs. These programs require nine to 20 hours of treatment per week and run for two months to one year. They work best for people who are motivated to participate and who have supportive families and friends.

What Happens in an Alcohol Rehab Program?

Alcohol rehab programs may be residential (a person lives on site during treatment) or outpatient. They all have these elements in common:

Initial assessment. When a person is first admitted to an alcohol rehab program, he or she receives a thorough clinical assessment. The assessment is then used to help determine the best approach to treatment. It is also used to help develop the treatment plan.

During the initial assessment, a counselor will ask questions about:

  • The amount of alcohol a person drinks
  • How long the person has been using alcohol
  • Cultural issues around the use of alcohol
  • The effect alcohol has had on the person's life
  • Medical history
  • Current medical problems or needs
  • Medications being taken
  • Mental health or behavioral issues
  • Family and social issues and needs
  • Legal and financial issues the person is confronting
  • Educational background and needs
  • Current living situation
  • Home environment
  • Employment history, stability, problems, and needs
  • Previous experience with rehab or attempts to quit using alcohol

If it's determined during the initial assessment that there are urgent medical issues that need to be addressed or that the person needs a detox program, the person will be referred to a doctor who will oversee this part of the person's care.

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