Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is an official name for alcoholism. It is when someone has repeated overuse of alcohol that leads to negative impacts on their lives. The type of treatment needed depends on the individual.
When someone has AUD they can become dependent on alcohol. That means they may feel that they cannot go without it. It might mean that they might go through withdrawal if they stop drinking it suddenly.
Withdrawal is the body’s response to the quitting of a substance it thinks it needs. The body goes, “hey, I need that!” and then starts giving the person negative symptoms. This can involve nausea, headaches, and cravings. It is not a pleasant experience to go through.
Almost all treatment programs begin with a detox. Detoxification is when you voluntarily choose to stop using drugs. It usually means your body will start going through withdrawal. Unlike if you were alone, at a treatment center, you will have doctors and trained staff trying to keep you comfortable.
Going through detoxification without medical help is not recommended. This is because some withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. It is important not to do this alone.
Detoxing programs usually have the following:
- An intake exam. This is so the doctors can figure out what you’ll need during your detoxification. You’ll be asked about your history of drinking and may have blood taken. It’s essential for doctors to know what to expect.
- Different support is given. Some people need medications to help take the edge of their withdrawal off. Some meds can help manage symptoms or make them less severe. We want people to be stable before the next steps.
There are two different types of programs that we provide. Both inpatient and outpatient. We know that different models work for different people. That is why we are sure to work with people to figure out what is best for them.
Inpatient treatment generally takes place at a facility or hospital. This is usually a 30 to a 90-day treatment program. People live at a residence either alone or in dorms. This is so that they are taken from day to day life and focus exclusively on their recovery. It is shown to be very useful.
Outpatient treatment is for those who have less severe cases. If detox isn’t necessary when they come to the clinic for daily treatment and meetings. Otherwise, they keep going to work and living life as usual.