Alcohol Rehab – Outpatient Versus Inpatient Treatment

Alcohol rehab is an absolute must for those who currently have problems with regular and excessive consumption of alcohol.

In this piece we will look at the pros and cons of outpatient and inpatient treatment options to help you understand what is involved in both, but first we will consider:

How did I become dependent upon drink in the first place?

One thing is for sure, anyone currently suffering from alcohol dependence did not set out with the aim of becoming an alcoholic.

There are many reasons people begin drinking in the first place. These include peer pressure and the need to ‘fit in’, through to drinking to forget a breakdown in a relationship or due to a life changing event.

Whatever the reason it is vitally important for those dependent upon alcohol to face up to this fact and for them to understand the alcohol rehab options open to them.

Why is alcohol so addictive?

Alcohol works by releasing endorphins into the brain. Amongst other functions endorphins are responsible for pleasure and reward experiences. The more endorphins your body releases the greater the pleasure.

This is fine for those who enjoy the occasional drink and alcohol can add to very enjoyable evenings or functions.

The problem is that your body quickly builds up a tolerance to alcohol. The more tolerant you become, the more alcohol you need to reach that stage of ‘pleasure’.

Binge drinking sessions or regular bouts of heavy drinking will take their toll both physically and mentally. From here it is a slippery slope that can quite quickly turn into dependence and addiction.

Why can’t I simply stop drinking and be done with it?

If only it were so easy. Your mind and body already have the ’taste’. The tolerance you have built up to alcohol demands constant lubrication.

Trying to simply stop is a very difficult thing to achieve. This is not because you are a weak individual, it is because the cravings you will have for ‘just one more slurp’ are extremely powerful.

Couple this with some nasty withdrawal symptoms that will be suffered when you suddenly stop drinking. It is then very easy to understand why professional alcohol rehab programs are necessary if an alcoholic is to become and remain sober.

Outpatient treatment:

Outpatient treatment for your alcohol addiction has several strands. Your health practitioner or local alcohol outreach centre can help with treatment.

Then there is attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that will put you in contact with others suffering from the same issues, and those who have managed to stay sober over varying periods of time.

Taking each day at a time is a very important thing to bear in mind when it comes to alcohol abstention.

While any treatment is welcomed there are downsides to this type of approach. The fact that you will remain in the environment that helped fuel your addiction, and that the chances of relapse will be yours at every turn are major considerations to take into account.

Those who are regular binge drinkers or who have been drinking heavily for a long period may find such temptations very difficult to beat. This is particularly true during the early stages of alcohol abstention.

Alcohol rehab – inpatient treatment:

An initial stay at a luxury rehab resort is felt by many to be the perfect way to give an alcoholic the best possible chance of coming off alcohol, and just as importantly staying off it for the foreseeable future.

Such a stay will ensure an idyllic, calm and new set of surroundings. The setting is perfect when it comes to getting a person in the right frame of mind for what will undoubtedly be a very trying time of their lives.

The cost of a stay at an overseas rehab resort is far cheaper that at similar establishments in your own country. It should also be noted that certain personal health insurance policies are accepted to help cover some of the costs for such treatment.

Once you have made initial contact with one of the highly professional and fully qualified counsellors at a rehab resort things will move quickly. This is exactly what those suffering from alcohol abuse need.

Assuming the client can agree to the rules laid down then their stay can begin within a couple of weeks of first contact.

This is a refreshing timescale when compared to those offered by many of the inpatient rehab treatment centres in your home country.

It is a known fact that alcohol rehab professionals believe putting a person with alcohol addiction on a waiting list for treatment is a sure fire way to discourage them from actually sticking to the waiting list schedule, and that it will drive them ever deeper into the vicious drinking circle they find themselves in.

A well-ran luxury rehab resort will offer a routine that includes regular meal times and days out. There will be challenging individual and group periods, and the individual will go through physical, psychological and spiritual sessions that will uplift and invigorate them.

This new ‘start’ in life will be based on mutual respect and will be just that: A NEW START.


When it comes to considering your alcohol rehab treatment options it is absolutely vital to take long term aftercare into account.

A professional overseas rehab resort is one that will offer their clients a choice of aftercare options based on their home situation.

Just as importantly the clients appointed counsellor will ensure regular contact with the client and that updated reports are discussed with the client and their progress monitored.

Some even offer complementary annual return ‘tune up’ sessions assuming the client has stayed clean for an agreed period of time.

When all is said and done:

When you consider the pros and cons of initial outpatient rehab treatment against a stint at a luxury rehab resort as an inpatient it is fairly clear that the inpatient option wins hands down.

It offers a calm environment in which you can come to terms and then begin to deal with your problem. This idyllic setting and the challenging sessions offered are geared to helping you stop drinking, and to staying alcohol free for the foreseeable future.

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