Drinking Problem Rehab

A drinking problem can be defined as the point where alcohol consumption is causing difficulties in the quality of a person’s life. There are various “categories” of alcohol misuse including social, moderate, binge and heavy. These terms can be confusing with a lot of grey area. Iif a person has suffered any significant “consequences” as the result of alcohol use, it’s time to get an assessment.

How To Know If Someone Is Alcoholic

How does someone know when they have crossed the “invisible line” between moderate alcohol use, to the point where it is time to do something about it?

partying at the barKnowing whether alcohol consumption has reached the point where it is time to take some action can be “tricky”. People who like alcohol tend to have friends with similar behaviors and activities. Alcohol consumption can “blind” the user to the amount and frequency being used as well we the harm it is doing to themselves and those around them.

A person does not necessarily have to be an alcoholic to have a issue with alcohol.

“If a person begins to lose the ability to control their drinking, it may be an early sign of alcoholism, and they might consider getting a professional assessment done.”

Major Signals

Any one of these major life-altering events would signal it’s time to get help.

Convicted of a “DWI – DUI”

Depending on which state and other circumstances, anyone convicted of drunk driving will have to, at the very least, complete alcohol treatment at some level.

Injuring themselves or someone else

Alcohol can make someone act carelessly. It can make you say and do things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Certainly getting into a “fight” or injuring someone else while drunk would automatically qualify for treatment.

Loss of a job or marriage

Losing a job because of being late or poor performance due to alcohol is a big-time sign. The same is true for a spouse who finally “gave up” because they couldn’t take the effects alcohol were having on the marriage.

Other Consequences

Acting Inappropriately
Speaking Inappropriately
Wasting Money
Deterioration of Physical Health
Brain Damage (wet brain)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Physical Accident
Automobile Accident

Take Quiz

Answering these 12 questions will help someone decide whether or not they have an issue with alcohol.This is not a substitute for a profession assessment but it will give someone a pretty good idea whether or not they have an issues with alcohol


Alcohol Treatment

Treatment is primarily about teaching a person about the disease of alcoholism. It is designed to help a person see more clearly what alcohol is doing to them. The other important component to treatment is intensive therapy. Helping someone see where their thinking and behavior has gotten off track helps them behave differently in the future.

The 2 Key Aspects

  • Education
  • Therapy

Alcohol rehab is an educational, therapeutic process. A person who has been consuming too much alcohol has to learn to dramatically change their lifestyle.

The educational part is designed to teach a person about the disease concept.

The therapeutic aspect is designed to help a person see how their choices and behaviors have had a negative impact on their life and the life’s of other people. Evidence-based practices have been shown to be the most effective types of therapy for substance abuse.

4 Different Levels

There are 4 levels of treatment for alcohol issues. The results of a professional evaluation should be able to determine the right level. Each separate level has its own type of treatment plan and criteria for admission.


Detox is always the first step. Not all drugs require detoxification. All the other three do require a person be detoxed and stabilized first, before attending their program.


Outpatient, also known as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), considers of going to therapy, usually group therapy 3 to 5 time s a week.

Partial Day

Partial day programs, also known as partial hospitalization (PHP), consists of attending therapy every day for half a day.

Inpatient – Residential

People attending inpatient residential treatment reside at the facility and participate in the program on a full-time basis.

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About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.


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