Addiction treatment programs (levels of care) consist of much more than attending meetings with others facing the same struggles with substance abuse. However, group therapy can be a part of a successful strategy. At Long Island Treatment Center’s Alcohol Treatment Program, we provide comprehensive treatment options for those seeking a healthier, alcohol-free life.
Table of Contents
- We Care About All of You: The Initial Evaluation of a Patient
- Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
- Types of Treatments Available
- Overview: What Services We Provide
- Other Considerations: When Alcohol Is Not the Only Concern
We Care About All of You: The Initial Evaluation of a Patient
Upon arrival to our program, every patient will undergo a complete initial evaluation covering alcohol use and many areas of the patient’s current, past, and future life. The physical, emotional, and mental health areas we may assess can include:
- Alcohol dependence or other substance use disorder, history, and current status
- The severity of alcohol use and alcohol rehab program requirements
- Ongoing or past behavioral health issues
- Mental health concerns
- Living and social situation including family emotional, social, and financial support and expectations
- Transportation availability
- Legal concerns for any pending or past situations that require coordination with the justice system or social services
- Specialized or unique needs like pregnancy, age concerns, language barriers, or inclusion in a safety-sensitive career
- Withdrawal Symptoms you could be experiencing
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
While an alcoholism treatment program structure may include inpatient treatment for some who suffer from this disease, at Long Island Treatment Center’s Alcohol Treatment Center, we believe that a well-designed outpatient program will meet the needs of most of our patients. Inpatient or residential programs are highly disruptive to families, primarily when dependent on the income of the one seeking treatment. With our outpatient program, treatments can be structured to preserve many aspects of personal, academic, and professional life while still receiving life-saving support from the health professionals at our facility. Additionally, the higher costs associated with residential programs can be prohibitive, so that an outpatient program can provide a realistic option for many. Outpatient care like ours work best for relatively minor addictions. Our treatment programs begin with a thorough assessment to ensure that those seeking support will receive the right alcoholism treatment program for their specific needs.
The types of outpatient programs we offer include outpatient with partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, and a general outpatient option. Each program utilizes a combination of services and therapies tailored to the requirements of each individual seeking alcohol addiction treatment.
Our partial hospitalization plan is created to transition inpatient treatment to outpatient for more severe situations. To keep recovery on track during this transitional period, patients will attend 30 hours of therapy per week.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Less intense, this step-down program provides treatments and services up to 15 hours per week to aid in the recovery process.
General Outpatient Treatment
We offer the final transitional program to prepare patients for long-term recovery and life after treatment. The activities connected to this general outpatient program may vary from 90 minutes per week to 4.5 hours per week.
Types of Treatments Available
There are two main kinds of treatments available: talk therapies and medicinal intervention. Both of these require the oversight of a medical professional.
1. Talk Therapy is conducted in various settings, including individual counseling, groups with others seeking treatment, family therapy, and couple therapy sessions. A licensed therapist will always lead and manage the sessions, and many of these will be ongoing therapies that will be utilized for those seeking alcoholism treatment.
2. Pharmaceutical Therapy will utilize a medical professional’s evaluation and oversight, including non-addictive medicine, to support the addiction and recovery processes.
Overview: What Services We Provide
Long Island Treatment Center’s Treatment offers a variety of services and therapies in our alcoholism treatment program, including but not limited to
- Individualized Treatment Plan – Completed after a detailed assessment by our professional team, this plan lays out exactly what steps, therapies, and treatments are needed for each patient. Our treatment plan will consider the physical and mental health needs of those seeking treatment and what type of residential care may be requested or desired.
- 12-Step Programs – Part of a multi-step program, participants will learn from and be accountable to others facing the same struggles and triumphs in their recovery process. These study groups allow participants to learn from and provide emotional support groups for others and seek their own mental health assistance surrounding their recovery process.
- Individual Counseling -Patients will participate in individualized counseling sessions with a licensed therapist during treatment. These sessions will be part of all outpatient plans and may continue well into recovery.
- Group Therapy – Sessions with others attending our alcoholism treatment program will usually be a part of an individualized treatment plan. These sessions may take place at differing intervals based on the stage and progress of the person receiving treatment.
- Family Therapy -Including family members in the recovery process is vital to living life after a treatment program is concluded. We offer therapy sessions for family members to attend both with the person in treatment and potentially sessions with just the family members and the professional therapist. The individualized treatment plan created for a patient will determine the need and number of sessions.
- Nutritional Counseling – Treating the whole person is part of our approach to our alcoholism treatment program. We look at the dietary needs of our patients and provide them with the support needed to live a healthy lifestyle throughout the recovery process.
- Relapse Prevention Program – We develop a personalized program to aid in the prevention of relapsing back into harmful or dangerous behaviors or thinking. Before ending the program, each patient will work through the relapse prevention program to understand the tools and steps that will ensure their smooth transition back into all aspects of life.
- Aftercare Planning -We work with each patient to develop a strategy for staying sober after the program with us is over. This plan will include utilizing realistic support mechanisms before exiting the program to ensure success and continued recovery.
Sometimes an alcohol treatment program works best in conjunction with FDA-approved drugs to aid in the recovery process. Some of the medicines that might be used are:
This drug is given to patients who are no longer drinking alcohol, as it does not help reduce the urge to drink if a patient is currently using the substance. However, it is known to improve the desire to stop drinking in abstaining patients, and it is also shown to increase the length of periods of abstinence. Safe for those with liver disease or hepatitis, this drug has been used successfully for years and is shown to have few side effects.
Prescribed to discourage alcohol use, this drug will produce unpleasant side effects in alcohol consumption within a few minutes. As a deterrent, Disulfiram is an excellent medication to discourage the ingestion of alcohol, but it does not provide any reduction in cravings for the substance.
Taken orally or as an injectable, Naltrexone is used to reduce the craving for alcohol along with lowering the gratifying effects of alcohol on the body. This drug works by blocking the body’s receptors, which generally create the pleasurable feelings of consuming alcohol. One downside to using this helpful medication is that users must be alcohol-free for at least seven days before using it. Additionally, those suffering from severe liver disease or acute hepatitis are not candidates for using this medicine during the recovery process from alcohol addiction.
Other Considerations: When Alcohol Is Not the Only Concern
We understand that addiction can often include the abuse of multiple substances or mental health issues. Co-occurring conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders may require special considerations during an alcohol treatment program. Additionally, other substance abuse or addictions may need to be addressed separately or simultaneously alongside alcohol abuse treatment.
A patient’s age will also help us craft the ideal treatment program to battle alcohol addiction. We know that students face unique challenges in their recovery. We tailor our approach to each patient based on what works best for someone of their age or stage in life.
We recognize that your culture and values are an essential part of who you are, so we consider these valuable attributes when developing a program that meshes who you are and what is important to you.
If you or a loved one is experiencing an alcohol use disorder, please do not hesitate to contact us for detox help.