Though there are many Austin recovery centers which aim to help alcoholism, finding one which has a high success rate, which is reasonably affordable, and takes a holistic approach to helping their residents can be an arduous process. Frequently, alcoholics or their loved ones don’t really understand that alcoholism is a serious and potentially fatal disease, and they don’t know exactly what they are looking for when they are finally ready to address the problem.
Alcoholism represents an addiction that can quickly lead to financial ruin, a torn-apart family, and premature death on the part of the alcoholic. Someone suffering from alcoholism needs to find help immediately. Therefore, it’s important to understand what goes into recovery for alcoholism so you can choose the right recovery center for you or your loved one.
A structured recovery program at a rehabilitation center is usually the best option for someone looking for help with their addiction. These come in two types: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient or residential centers work with residents who stay on the premises of the recovery center for the duration of the program. Outpatient programs, on the other hand, work with residents who attend weekly sessions and return home or go back to work.
The basic structure of most rehab programs is similar. When a new resident arrives, they undergo what is generally a multi-step process: an initial assessment, a psychological evaluation if deemed necessary, a medical evaluation, supervised medical detox if the assessment indicates one is necessary, a residential or outpatient addiction recovery program, and finally a program of extended care. The resident’s personal information, details about their addiction and other challenges are always kept strictly confidential.
Residents arriving at an Austin recovery center go through an initial evaluation to help the staff understand the exact issues the person is facing. The key information they learn during this step is what determines the programs they recommend to help the person recover.
In some cases, if a psychological evaluation is done, it will reveal other issues which are keeping the person from “kicking the habit”. If this is the case, they will make recommendations on how to address the additional issues in the overall recovery plan, and if necessary, sometimes refer the person to another rehab facility.
Depending on the degree of addiction, residents may also require a formal medical evaluation. If so, they are referred to the Medical Director who can determine whether the person needs a medical detox and to what degree the person is suffering from physical problems as result of their addiction.
Some alcoholics need to undergo medically supervised detox for multiple days. If this is the case, they’re referred to an Austin detox facility which specializes in helping people cope with withdrawal symptoms before they go into the full recovery program.
Residential Recovery Program
Once the resident is stable, they go through a 12 Step immersion program, with a practical implementation of the recovery process which has been shown to be extremely effective even for the chronic relapser. The residential recovery program uses a holistic approach, resulting in healing on all levels of the mind, body, and spirit. Residents are taught many aspects of functional healthy living…life skills to help them be more effective with daily living, financial responsibility, nutrition and fitness to rebuild their physical health and strength, and spiritual principles critical to 12 Step recovery and long-term sobriety.
After 90 days or longer in the residential program, residents at BRC Recovery transition into one of two gender-specific BRC Recovery-owned sober living residences, conveniently located in central Austin. While the resident is in sober living, they may also participate in BRC Recovery’s 12-month aftercare monitoring program for additional support as they transition back into society and resume daily living as healthy happy sober citizens.