What to Know About Alcohol Treatment Facilities

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : November 25, 
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Effective alcoholism treatment depends on choosing the right alcoholism facility treatment

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Deciding on the most suitable alcohol treatment facilities for yourself or a loved one could be a difficult and overwhelming process. Sadly, due to the opined epidemic, the substance abuse treatment field has witnessed a surge in unethical practices by addiction rehab "providers" whose only interest seems to be monetary gain.

This scenario leaves a lot of consumers distrustful and concerned about how and where to find effective alcoholism treatment options.

There are innumerable options out there and you need to ask yourself before you pick a facility treatment, do you know what you are looking for?

Treatment for alcoholism could vary, depending on the patient’s needs. Treatment could involve an intervention, group or individual counseling, an outpatient program, or even a residential inpatient stay. Still, working to stop alcohol abuse to improve the quality of life is the primary treatment goal.

Each treatment facility has its own approach regarding:

Many follow the 12-step method, is this what you want or do you want a less spiritual approach? It is important to educate yourself about the different alcohol treatment programs out there.

There are alcohol treatment centers catering to the elderly, to women and teenagers/adolescents. Others might take a holistic approach to address chronic pain. A lot of alcohol treatment centers are particularly focused on handling dual-diagnosis patients. It is essential to find out whether the alcoholism facility treatment can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual in questions

It is also essential to find out how each individual center works - and that is what the checklist below is for.

This Page Has 3 Goals:

1. To help you ask the right questions when inspecting the various treatment facilities.

2. To help you understand the different treatment approaches among the facilities.

3. To help you decide which alcohol treatment facility best suits your needs or your loved one's needs.

Make sure to ask the facility representative about their approach to each item in the list.

Effective Alcohol Treatment Checklist:

alcohol-treatment-programs Does the program accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?
Is the program run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
Is the facility clean, organized and well-run?
Does the program encompass the full range of needs of the individual (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?
Does the treatment program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?
Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained?
Is there ongoing assessment of an individual's treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?
Does the program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?
Does the program offer counseling(individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual's ability to function in the family/community?
Does the program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate?
Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?
Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?

Once you receive all the answers to the above questions, the long list of alcohol treatment facilities will begin to shrink.

You will be able to take a much wiser decision in picking the right alcoholism facility and treatment for you, or your loved one, according to your, or their circumstances and needs.

In the end, there’s no one-size-fits-all cure, and what might work for an individual might not work for another. Simply understanding the various options could be an integral initial step.

It is Okay to Seek for Help

If you are struggling with alcohol abuse and you need an alcohol treatment facility, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Please reach out to a treatment provider today.

Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


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Mayo Clinic. Alcohol Use Disorder. July 11, 2018. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369250

Agape Treatment Center. 5 Tips for Finding the Right Alcohol Rehab for You. September 21, 2019. https://www.agapetc.com/5-tips-for-finding-the-right-drug-and-alcohol-rehab-for-you/

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help. 2014. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/treatment-alcohol-problems-finding-and-getting-help

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