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Where can I find alcohol treatment?

Learn where to find alcohol treatment and get information about the types of treatment available.

AA is the most widely known alcohol treatment organization and has groups all across the USA. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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AA is the most widely known alcohol treatment organization and has groups all across the USA.

Alcohol abuse is a serious problem. Not only does alcoholism negatively affect a person’s body, mind, and family and friends, but there are also 100,000 alcohol-related deaths a year in America, according to the APA (American Psychological Association) Help Center

Most medical professionals consider alcohol addiction to be a long-term illness, and like other long-term illnesses, can be treated to help alcohol abusers and their families lead happier and healthier lives. Learn more about where to find alcohol treatment to begin on the road to recovery.

Types of Alcohol Treatment

There are various approaches to the treatment of alcohol abuse, including therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy and aversion therapy) and intervention. Alcoholics Anonymous operates more than 53,000 groups in the U.S. with more than 1.2 million members, offering a supportive, anonymous place where alcoholics can go to for fellowship. 

For alcohol addiction, a residential treatment program may be more effective. There, patients can expect a period of detoxification; medical assessment to establish any auxiliary conditions related to alcoholism (along with treatment for those conditions); and counseling, therapy and other tools to help deal with the illness and maintain sobriety. Some facilities will also offer drug treatments to help patients maintain sobriety. 

Alcohol Treatment Centers and Out-patient Options

A good place to start looking for alcohol treatment is with a health care provider who knows a patient’s medical history and can provide insight on treatment options. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online maintains a database of healthcare providers, alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers. Search online or call 800-662-4357 for additional information. 

Also consider the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) run by SAMHSA. This site gives advice on how to evaluate the quality of the facility and the treatment, including tips such as: 

  • Find out if the facility will work with your insurance.
  • Make sure there is proof of licensing.
  • Examine the facility for cleanliness.
  • Get details on the facility’s approach to treatment and after-care.
  • Determine if the facility addresses specific needs, such as age and culture.
  • Find out the facilities attitudes toward medication.

To see a complete list of CSAT’S questions to ask before selecting a treatment center, visit the official CSAT Web site.

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