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Learn About Treatment Types

The path to addiction treatment isn't a straight line, and the process is as individual as the people we're helping. The following topics cover the most common areas of substance abuse rehabilitation and give you a brief overview of what to expect. Don't let the name fool you, AlcoholHelpline.org can help with the entire range of drug and alcohol treatment phases, not just Rehabs! If you're ready to take the next step and get help for yourself or a family member, call an advisor today. Don't waste another day you could spend getting well.

Getting Sober

So you're looking to get help, either for yourself or someone you love. This is the first major step toward a sober, drug-free life!

Intervention Services

When your loved one or friend doesn't recognize the damage they are doing to themselves or people around them, a difficult but necessary discussion must be had.

Alcohol and Drug Detox

Detoxification is the process whereby the body is carefully weaned off the addictive substances in a measured fashion while any withdrawal symptoms are treated.

Rehab Treatment

A patient continues their stay in a residential facility or outpatient program for physical and mental recovery, during and after the completion of a detox regimen.

Addiction Therapy

Key components to any course of inpatient or outpatient treatment are group and individual addiction therapy. They help the patient to overcome root issues and build healthy coping skills.

Extended Care

Aftercare helps create a strong support network, which is a vital part of staying sober and drug-free. It often begins in a group therapy setting.

Sober Living

Sober living communities are for patients who want the ongoing support and camaraderie of others adjusting to a new, clean life.

Recovery Programs

A person's commitment to long-term wellness requires attentiveness and support, and it will create physical and mental health benefits for the rest of their lives.

Relapse Prevention

Making sure you're in tune with your body and mind and knowing how to keep yourself from relapsing during stressful times will be the key to keeping yourself free from addiction.

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Underage Drinking And College Drinking

Alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted throughout society. It is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States – more than tobacco and illicit drugs – and although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.

But, early use of alcohol can draw young people into a host of problems and aggravate existing ones. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking. This includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, and hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings.

And, approximately 600,000 college students are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol. Approximately 700,000 students are assaulted by other students who have been drinking and about 100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (from NCADD Fact Sheet: Facts About Underage Drinking).

Yet over 11,000 teens in the United States try using alcohol for the first time every day and more than four million drink alcohol in any given month.

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Why do some young people drink alcohol?

Young people, like adults, drink alcohol for many different reasons. Some of the reasons may seem obvious, but understanding the feelings behind these reasons–as well as how everyday teen life comes into play–can be difficult.

Young people often drink to check out from family problems or issues with school/grades

Loneliness, low self–esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues lead many young people to drink alcohol

Young people turn to alcohol to deal with the pressures of everyday social situations

Young people may drink to change their image or to fit in when moving to a new school or town

Young people may drink to gain confidence or lose inhibitions

Young people are more likely to start experimenting with alcohol if they have parents who drink and if their parents don't give them clear messages about not drinking .

What are the Risks For Adolescents Drinking Alcohol?

Whatever it is that leads adolescents to begin drinking, once they start they face a number of potential health and safety risks. Young people who drink are more likely to be sexually active and to have unsafe, unprotected sex; are more likely to be involved in a fight, commit violent crimes, fail at school, use other drugs, and experience verbal, physical, or sexual violence. And those who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcoholism later in life than those who begin drinking at age 21.

Preventing Underage Drinking:

Underage drinking is a complex problem, requiring cooperation at all levels of society. Three basic approaches, however, have proven to be effective in prevention of the problem:

curtailing the availability of alcohol;

consistent enforcement of existing laws and regulations; and

changing norms and behaviors through education.

Binge Drinking Is High Risk Drinking

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or more in a short period of time. This pattern of drinking alcohol usually in less than 2 hours, corresponds to:

5 or more drinks for men or

4 or more drinks for women.

Plain and simple, it is high risk drinking.

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Hundreds of people die each year from acute alcohol intoxication–known as alcohol poisoning or alcohol overdose. And, thousands of others are admitted to emergency rooms. Alcohol poisoning is increasing in high schools and on college campuses. Plain and simple, Drinking Too Much Can Kill You. Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency.

Alcohol (a depressant drug), once ingested, works to slow down some of the body’s functions including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. When the vital centers have been depressed enough by alcohol, unconsciousness occurs. Further, the amount of alcohol that it takes to produce unconsciousness is dangerously close to a fatal dose. People who survive alcohol poisoning sometimes suffer irreversible brain damage.

Many students are surprised to learn that death can occur from acute intoxication. Most think the worst that can happen is they’ll pass out and have a hang-over the next day. Knowing the signs and symptoms of acute alcohol intoxication and the proper action to take can help you avoid a tragedy.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness

Slow respirations (breaths) of eight or less per minute, or lapses between respirations of more than eight seconds.

Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.

In the event of alcohol poisoning, these signs and symptoms will most likely be accompanied by a strong odor of alcohol.

While these are obvious signs of alcohol poisoning, the list is certainly not all inclusive.

Appropriate Action

If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of the signs and symptoms, do what you would do in any medical emergency: Call 911 immediately.

While waiting for 911 emergency transport, gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person’s back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.

Countless studies have shown that binge drinking use by youth and young adults increases the risk of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Research has also shown that youth who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. Other consequences of youth alcohol use include increased risky sexual behaviors, poor school performance, increased risk of being a victim of violence or sexual assault and increased risk of suicide and homicide.

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol. Yet, for many people, the Facts About Alcohol and Alcoholism are not clear.

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Facts About Alcohol:

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can affect all aspects of your life. Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications affecting virtually every organ in your body, including your brain. It can also damage your emotional stability, finances, career, and impact your family, friends and the people you work with.

To get a better understanding of how devastating alcoholism is in our country, here are a few figures from the Centers For Disease Control:

88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use

Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death

Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption

Over time, excessive alcohol use, both in the form of heavy drinking or binge drinking, can lead to numerous health problems, chronic diseases, neurological impairments and social problems, including but not limited to:

Dementia, stroke and neuropathy

Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension

Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicide

Social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, family problems, violence including child maltreatment, fights and homicide

Unintentional injuries, such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries.

Increased risk for many kinds of cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box) and esophagus

Liver diseases, including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis

Gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis

Alcohol abuse or dependence – alcoholism.

Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drinks, how long one has been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol one consumes. But it has a great deal to do with a person's uncontrollable need for alcohol.

Most alcoholics can't just "use a little willpower" to stop drinking. The alcoholic is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. While some people are able to recover without help, the majority of alcoholics need outside assistance to recover from their disease. Yet, with support and treatment, many are able to stop drinking and reclaim their lives.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s): ALCOHOL:

Question: What is alcohol?

Answer: The alcohol that is consumed is ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars and starches. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant drug and ethanol is the intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor.

Question: What is a “standard drink” of alcohol?

Answer: A standard alcohol drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol (0.6 ounces):

12-ounces of Beer or Cooler

8-ounces of Malt Liquor

5-ounces of Wine

1.5-ounces or “shot” of Distilled Spirits/Liquor (e.g., rum, gin, vodka, or whiskey).

Click here to read National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) definition of a drink.

Note: These are approximate, as different brands and types of alcoholic beverages vary in their actual alcohol content.

Question: Isn’t beer or wine safer to drink than liquor?

Answer: No. One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. What matters is the amount of alcohol consumed, not the type of alcoholic drink.

Question: How does alcohol affect a person?

Answer: As a central nervous system depressant drug, alcohol is rapidly absorbed by the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream, and then circulated to every organ in the body (including the brain).

Question: How does alcohol leave the body?

Answer: Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the Kidneys eliminate 5% of alcohol in the urine, the Lungs exhale 5% of alcohol (detectable by breathalyzer) and the Liver breaks down the remaining 90% of alcohol. Alcohol is broken down (metabolized) by the liver at the average rate of one standard drink per hour and nothing can speed this up, including drinking coffee.

Question: Why do people react differently to alcohol?

Answer: A variety of factors effect how people react to alcohol:

Age, Gender, Race or Ethnicity.

Physical condition (weight, fitness level, etc).

Amount of food eaten before drinking alcohol.

How quickly they drink the alcohol.

Use of other drugs, legal (prescription medicines) or illegal (marijuana etc.)

Family history of alcohol problems.

Question: What does “getting drunk” mean?

Answer: “Getting drunk” or becoming intoxicated results from drinking more alcohol than the body can break down, leaving the alcohol to circulate throughout the body. Alcohol intoxication can be harmful or risky for a variety of reasons:

Impaired brain function resulting in poor judgment, reduced reaction time, loss of balance, coordination, motor skills, or slurred speech.

Alcohol causes dilation of blood vessels producing a feeling of warmth but results in rapid loss of body heat.

Increased risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver diseases (e.g., cirrhosis).

Damage to a developing fetus if consumed by a pregnant women.

Increased risk of motor-vehicle traffic crashes, violence, and other injuries.

Question: How do I know if it’s okay to drink alcohol or how much?

Answer: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that if you choose to drink alcohol, do not exceed 1 drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men.

According to the Dietary Guidelines, the following people should not drink alcohol:

Children and adolescents under the age of 21.

Individuals of any age who cannot limit their drinking.

Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Individuals who plan to drive a car, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, or coordination.

Individuals taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.

Individuals with certain medical conditions.

Persons recovering from alcoholism.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)- ALCOHOLISM:

Question: What is alcoholism?

Answer: Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, includes the following four symptoms:

Craving – A strong need, or urge, to drink

Loss of Control – Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun

Physical Dependence – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking

Tolerance – The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get “high"

Question: Is alcoholism a disease?

Answer: Yes, alcoholism is a disease. Like many other diseases, alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person's lifetime; it usually follows a predictable course; and it has symptoms.

Question: Is alcoholism genetically inherited?

Answer: Research shows that the risk for developing alcoholism runs in families. But just because there is a genetic predisposition doesn't mean that the child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic. Not all children of alcoholic families get into trouble with alcohol. And some people develop alcoholism even though no one in their family has a drinking problem.

Lifestyle is a critical factor, as well. Your friends, the amount of stress in your life, and how readily alcohol is available are factors that may increase your risk for alcoholism.

Question: Can alcoholism be cured?

Answer: No, alcoholism cannot be cured at this time. Even if an alcoholic hasn't been drinking for a long time, he or she can still suffer a relapse. Not drinking is the safest course for most people with alcoholism.

Question: Can alcoholism be treated?

Answer: Yes, alcoholism can be treated. Alcoholism treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help a person stop drinking. Treatment has helped many people stop drinking, rebuild their lives and life a life in long-term recovery.

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction Insurance Provider Benefits

Allow one of our addiction recovery specialists maximize your available drug and alcohol rehab insurance benefits and pre qualify you or your loved one. With some insurance plans, there may be no out-of-pocket treatment costs. An intake specialist can also quote private substance abuse and or mental health treatment pay options. We work with a vast network of treatment centers around the country to ensure a wide range of options.

Aetna Health Insurance

Aetna Health Insurance – Serving over 36 million people nationwide, Aetna Health Insurance allows you and your loved ones to utilize in-network benefits for the cost of drug rehab treatment.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association – Also known as BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield healthcare allows you to utilize your out-of-network benefits for treatment.

UnitedHealth Group Insurance

UnitedHealth Group Insurance – Many treatment providers are contracted with United Behavioral Health. Utilize your in-network benefits for an addiction treatment program that is unique to your specific needs.

Cigna Health Insurance

Cigna Health Insurance – Cigna Health Care is recognized globally for its customer care and insurance coverage. You can utilize your out-of-network benefits to help cover the cost of drug rehab treatment.

Humana Health Insurance

Humana Health Insurance – Humana provides many forms of insurance coverage and allows you to utilize in-network benefits to cover an addiction treatment program.

Value Options Behavioral Health Care

Value Options Behavioral Health Care – Value Options is the largest independent behavioral healthcare company in the nation. Many drug and alcohol rehabs will readily accept Value Options’ in-network benefits.


AmeriHealth – Offering nationwide coverage, AmeriHealth insurance is also readily accepted by many drug and alcohol treatment centers for you to utilize your out-of-network benefits. In many cases your insurance can cover most, if not all, of your treatment costs.


ComPsych – ComPsych insurance specializes in behavioral health, the branch that includes alcohol and drug addiction treatment. ComPsych’s in-network benefits may cover the cost for treatment.

GEHA Health Plans

GEHA Health Plans – Providing insurance for federal workers, GEHA Health Plans allow you to use your out-of-network benefits for alcohol and drug addiction treatment.

APS Healthcare

APS Healthcare – APS Healthcare provides multiple plans including behavioral health. APS Healthcare’s out-of-network benefits may cover your drug rehab treatment.

Medical Mutual

Medical Mutual of Ohio”s out of network benefits may help cover the cost of addiction treatment.

Great West Insurance

Great West Insurance – Great West Insurance has provided benefits for quality addiction treatment for over 50 years. Many treatment programs have a relationship with Great West and accept their in-network benefits.

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