Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Plans

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol use disorder, it is important to understand the various treatment options available and how to find the best option for your situation. There is a wide range of treatments for alcohol abuse, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and binge drinking. Each treatment is customized to the individual, addressing specific levels of treatment needs, from detox and residential care, psychotherapy, and medication, to self-care techniques and support groups. The SBIRT screening tool can help you assess the severity of your addiction and determine the most appropriate treatment option for you, as well as locate the nearest treatment center. 

SBIRT is an acronym for “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment” and is a method used to identify people who may be at risk of developing an alcohol use disorder or who are struggling with AUD currently. The SBIRT tool helps to assess the level of severity of AUD and provides treatment recommendations.

Treatment Options for AUD

Medical Detox: This is a period of time involving detoxification or withdrawal from alcohol for those who have developed a physical dependence on alcohol. This typically occurs in a center or facility that provides 24-hour care and it marks the initiation of the treatment process for those who need it.

Residential Inpatient Alcohol Treatment: This involves an individual staying at a center or facility that provides 24-hour care and rehabilitation services to manage alcohol use disorder. Medical and psychiatric care is provided along with individual and group therapy, relapse prevention plans, and other services for rehabilitation. Many such programs last between 30-90 days.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Such programs offer intensive rehabilitation and recovery programs during the day where the individual returns home at night. PHPs are geared toward those with more moderate AUD who have a stable living environment and a strong support network. Medical care, psychiatric support, individual and group therapy, relapse prevention, and various related classes are provided for those suffering from alcohol use disorder. These programs vary in length but may range between 6 – 12 weeks.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): These programs are a step down from PHP programs and are suitable for many mild to moderate alcohol use disorders that do not require 24-hour care or detox. IOPs focus on rehabilitation that is interwoven into an individual’s daily life. Typically, therapy and rehabilitative classes are provided after work or school and the individual continues to live at home (drug/alcohol-free). 

Outpatient Alcohol Treatment: This type of rehabilitation is suitable for mild AUD cases, or as the final phase in the progression of a treatment plan. This is where an individual attends therapy and support groups/classes a few times a week.

How Do I Get Help for Alcoholism?

Admitting there is a problem and seeking treatment are important first steps on the road to recovery. Using the SBIRT screening tool is a free, fast, and easy way to assess your condition, determine if treatment is needed, and guide you to the right type of treatment for your specific needs. Most importantly, the SBIRT tool will provide a list of appropriate treatment centers for AUD in your local area. Move toward the health and recovery you deserve with just a click to take the free online SBIRT assessment today.