Alcohol Rehab Myths

Don’t waste time waiting for willingness

Waiting until you are “ready” could be wasting valuable time, it is quite often believed that an alcoholic must be entirely willing and self-motivated and that the treatment will only be effective when entered into in this way. The reality is that most people enter alcohol rehab under some form of external pressure. Often patientsin alcohol rehab have been pushed, cajoled and sometimes even forced into treatment by friends, family members or the authorities and the interesting thing is that this type of pressure can actually help ensure a positive treatment outcome. So the old myth that they have to ‘want it for themselves’ is entirely untrue.

How long is long enough….

Most alcohol rehab programs will begin with an intensive primary care period, including the all important detoxification – as detoxing alone, without medical supervision can be dangerous – thereafter this can be followed up by a secondary care and aftercare or tertiary care program. The length of treatment, for severe dependencies, should ideally be around 90 days. This is not to say that patients who suffer from less severe dependencies or who cannot afford this length of treatment would not benefit from a shorter treatment program.

There is a direct link between the length of alcohol rehab and better outcomes for those with severe addictions.

Relapse is not failure

Overcoming alcoholism is more often that not achieved after repeated attempts, it should not be assumed that if a person suffers a relapse after treatment that the treatment was unsuccessful or somehow ineffective. Addiction is an illness and like any other illness relapse is a possibility, this however does not mean that time spent in alcohol rehab was wasted as any time spent in treatment will contribute towards achieving long term recovery from alcoholism.  

In fact, addiction treatment is about as effective as treatment of other disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma and is absolutley cost effective! 

A simple phone call is often the best and fastest way of getting help for an addiction. You can call WeDoRecover .com in confidence from the UK on: 0800 955 4357 or from South Africa on: 081 444 7000.