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Choosing the Best Inpatient Alcohol Recovery Center

Residential Treatment for Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a debilitating and chronic condition in which a person develops maladaptive behaviors associated with alcohol use. If you suffer from a severe addiction to alcohol and need to escape your everyday drinking environment, an inpatient alcohol recovery center may be best for you.

The following information about alcohol and alcoholism can be found on this page:

Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Cost and Payment

Inpatient or residential alcohol treatment can range from $2,000 to $25,000 for a 30-day program. However, the exact cost of treatment can vary depending on a number of different factors:

  • Length of treatment: A 30-day inpatient stay will cost less than a 60-day stay, while a 60-day will be cheaper than a 90-day and so on.
  • Location of facility: Desirable locations – such as those found at secluded, ocean-front or beach settings – will generally be more expensive than other locations.
  • Type of treatment: Luxury and executive treatment centers will be more expensive than standard inpatient facilities due to the extra amenities.
  • Insurance coverage: Many insurance companies will provide full or partial coverage for alcohol addiction treatment.

Whether you have insurance or not, there are many different ways to finance your alcohol addiction treatment.

How to Pay for Treatment

If you don’t have insurance or your insurance only covers part of your treatment, there are many other options to help pay for a recovery center, which include:

  • Payment plan/sliding scale: Some treatment centers will create a financing plan for you in which you can pay off the cost over time. They may also use a sliding scale system, in which you only have to pay what you can realistically afford.
  • Healthcare credit card: You can apply for a healthcare credit card, which generally has lower interest rates than other credit options.
  • Crowdfunding: Websites such as IndieGoGo and GoFundMe allow you to create a campaign in which people can donate to help you begin your recovery journey.
  • Medicaid, Medicare: Both Medicaid and Medicare can be used to cover the cost of some forms of substance addiction treatment.
  • Health insurance exchange: A state insurance marketplace is available in which you can shop around for affordable health insurance.

If you have insurance, make sure to call our helpline at to verify your coverage. If you don’t, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to learn about programs in your area that help people without insurance. You can also contact free drug abuse and alcohol addiction hotline numbers.

Treatment Options and How to Find the Right Program

Residential alcohol recovery centers differ from outpatient because you reside at the facility for the duration of treatment. Typical treatment lengths will necessitate you staying from 30 days to 90 days, but that can be extended depending on your individual needs.

This type of treatment is frequently sought by those suffering from severe addictions to alcohol. Inpatient facilities allow you to escape your drinking environment to focus solely on your recovery process. Separated from triggers, drinking peers and potentially unsafe, unsupportive situations, you will undergo detoxification, an intake evaluation, individual and group therapy, and aftercare planning, in addition to around-the-clock staff supervision and access to medical services, when needed.

Types of Inpatient Recovery Centers

  • Residential: People usually stay for 30, 60 or 90 days while receiving addiction treatment.
  • Luxury: Luxury recovery centers are more expensive than standard residential options due to the added amenities and recreational activities offered, making them similar to a resort. Some extra amenities include private rooms, gourmet food, horseback riding, massage therapy and spa treatments.
  • Executive: Executive treatment centers are similar to luxury except that they cater to working professionals who want to continue working while receiving alcohol addiction treatment. They typically have Internet access, conference rooms and private phones.

Choosing the Best Inpatient Alcohol Recovery Center

There are many different factors to consider when deciding on which inpatient alcohol rehab is best for you and your needs.

  • Experience: Make sure that the treatment program has extensive experience treating alcoholism so that you can ensure the best care possible.
  • Qualifications: It’s important that you find a treatment center with certified mental health and addiction professionals who are qualified to treat your addiction.
  • Individualized treatment plans: Make sure to ask the recovery program if they will do an intake evaluation to assess for any co-occurring mental health disorders in order to create a custom treatment plan according to your needs and mental health status.
  • Location: You will want to decide if you want to travel for your rehab or if you’d like to remain close to home so your friends and family can visit.
  • Psychiatric and medical care: Alcoholism often co-occurs with mental health or physical problems. It’s necessary that you receive comprehensive treatment to address these issues to decrease the risk of relapse and promote a healthy life.
  • Family involvement: Many inpatient treatment programs involve the family in counseling and therapy sessions to improve communication and repair broken relationships. If this is something that’s important to you, then make sure to ask the different recovery centers if that’s something they offer.

What Happens at Rehab?

The notion of going to live at an inpatient alcohol recovery center may seem daunting at first, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Learn about the alcohol recovery process below.
  • Detoxification: Since alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening, it’s important that your inpatient recovery center evaluate you for seizure risk and provide access to closely supervised medication-assisted detox services in which you can safely cleanse your body and alleviate unpleasant symptoms.
  • Intake: This is an initial meeting with a certified mental health professional in which your alcohol addiction will be evaluated. You will be assessed for any comorbid mental or behavioral health disorders. This will allow the treatment team to design an individualized treatment plan for you.
  • Therapy and counseling: Therapy and group counseling helps you to develop coping strategies along with sober social skills to use on your road to recovery.
  • Aftercare: Your treatment team will create a recovery plan for you to follow once you complete your initial rehab program. Continued care will decrease the risk of relapse and allow you to build on the coping skills you learned in inpatient care. Examples of aftercare include:

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Of all the addictive substances, alcohol is the most widely abused: 1 out of every 12 adults in the United States is dependent on alcohol, 2 yet only about 20% of those afflicted by alcoholism actually receive treatment.5

While not everyone meets the criteria for alcohol abuse disorder, millions of people engage in binge drinking – behavior that can contribute to the development of alcohol dependence and addiction. 2

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that stimulates the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) – an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps decreases excitatory brain signaling and, ultimately, decreases anxiety.4 It also inhibits glutamate, which increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.3

The surge of these 2 neurotransmitters is responsible for the pleasure one feels when consuming alcohol.3 This pleasurable response serves as positive reinforcement and further perpetuates drinking behaviors. However, as a person continues to drink, he or she will build up a tolerance to the substance, increasing the risks of alcohol dependence and addiction.

Alcoholism Test

Alcoholism or alcohol abuse disorder is characterized by “a problematic pattern of alcohol use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.” 1

If you’re concerned that you might be addicted to alcohol, you can take the following test. It’s important to note that this alcoholism test is not to be used as an official diagnosis. If you think that your drinking has become problematic, then seek out addiction treatment immediately.

  1. Do you find that you often drink alcohol in larger amounts or for longer than originally intended?
  2. Have you consistently tried to quit drinking and failed?
  3. Do you spend an excessive amount of time buying and drinking alcohol and recovering from hangovers?
  4. Do you have a strong craving for alcohol?
  5. Do you neglect work, home or school responsibilities in favor of alcohol consumption?
  6. Do you drink in spite of interpersonal or social complications caused by or worsened by alcohol use?
  7. Do you choose drinking over previously enjoyed hobbies?
  8. Do you often drive under the influence of alcohol?
  9. Do you drink despite psychological or physical issues caused or worsened by your drinking?
  10. Do you require larger amounts of alcohol to get drunk?
  11. Do you experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, tremors, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, anxiety or hallucinations, when you are not drinking?
  12. Do you drink alcohol to alleviate these unwanted effects?

If you answered “yes” to at least 2 of these questions, then your drinking may be maladaptive and treatment is recommended. Call to learn more about recovery options today.

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Despite its legal status, alcohol can be extremely dangerous to consume in excess and can lead to numerous effects on the body, such as: 8

  • Irregular heart beat.
  • Weakening of the heart muscle.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Stroke.
  • Fatty liver.
  • Liver cancer.
  • Alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis.
  • Breast cancer.
  • Throat and mouth cancer.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Increased risk of suicide. 1
  • Dysfunction in the cerebellum. 7
  • Decrease in size of brain cells. 10

Alcohol Poisoning

Additionally, binge drinking, which is considered 4 or more drinks in 2 hours for women and 5 or more drinks in 2 hours for men, can lead to alcohol poisoning or overdose, a life-threatening condition that occurs when alcohol levels are too high for the brain to effectively control autonomic processes such as heart rate, breathing and temperature. 9

Signs of an alcohol poisoning include:9

  • Stupor.
  • Confusion.
  • Inability to wake up.
  • Vomiting.
  • Seizures.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Clammy, blue skin.
  • Slow heart rate.
  • Low body temperature.
  • Coma.

If someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately.

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome, which generally occurs within a few hours to a few days after cessation of drinking, can be life-threatening in some cases, which is why it’s not recommended that you attempt to detox from alcohol at home. Your best option is finding a residential alcohol recovery program that will provide you with medically supervised detoxification.

Finding the Best Inpatient Rehab

If you suffer from an addiction to alcohol and are looking to get sober, call to find the best inpatient alcohol recovery center for you.

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[8]. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcohol’s Effects on the Body.

[9]. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2015). Alcohol Overdose: The Dangers of Drinking Too Much.

[10]. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2010). Beyond Hangovers.