Will an Alcoholic Treatment Program Address Other Medical Issues?

Alcoholism and substance abuse are extremely complex diseases. The majority of individuals who are struggling with substance abuse have diverse needs and may have co-morbid disorders or other medical issues. For an individual to be successful in treating alcoholism, they must attend a treatment program that is able to address their unique issues including psychiatric and medical diagnoses.

Managing Medical Conditions While In Treatment

Many individuals who suffer from substance abuse issues sometimes also have co-morbid medical diagnoses and issues. These medical issues can include diabetes and heart disease. Because so many individuals are dealing with both substance abuse issues along with medical issues, it is crucial that the substance abuse program they enter addresses and treats all of the unique individual concerns for each patient within the program. Good treatment programs address all health concerns, not just the issue of substance abuse.

Co-morbid disorders are one or more medical conditions that relate to the use of drugs or alcohol as well as a psychological and/or medical condition occurring at the same time. It is important to not that these disorders are distinct from each other and they are not just a cluster of symptoms making up one disorder (i.e., substance abuse). Some individuals have two co-morbid disorders, while others may have three or four co-morbid disorders. Further, some individuals have specific health concerns that they are struggling with along with substance abuse. These medical conditions are numerous and can range from certain cancers to asthma. No matter the com-morbid health condition, proper treatment and care should be given to each individual with multiple diagnoses and issues.

Services Provided by Inpatient Facilities

Entering an inpatient treatment facility for alcoholism may allow for the best care for someone who has unique medical needs. Inpatient rehabilitation is able to provide specialized care for individuals 24 hours a day. Within an inpatient facility, medical detox is provided as well as assistance with other medical issues that may be present. Doctors are able to monitor a patient’s vital signs (e.g., heart rate, temperature, hydration, etc.) and administer medication as needed to provide a more comfortable detox.

There are many benefits and services provided to patients who enter inpatient treatment for alcohol detox. The treatment facility will provide a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation during the initial stages of intake. Inpatient facilities also provide detox services with medical assistance in order to help their patients through the withdrawal period. Further, inpatient facilities provide treatment for individuals with co-morbid disorders who are suffering from more than one substance addiction, psychiatric diagnoses, medical diagnoses, or behavioral addictions. They also provide a safe and comfortable environment to live in that is removed from possible triggers that may cause cravings or relapse. Therapy is also provided, including both group and individual therapy targeted at the patient’s specific issues and concerns. Inpatient treatment facilities also offer nutritional counseling and holistic treatments. Family therapy is usually also provided i order to reinforce a supportive environment for the individual who is suffering from alcoholism. These types of facilities also develop aftercare treatment plans and options that include scheduled monitoring, sober living homes, participation in recovery meetings and groups, and consistent therapy and counseling.

In order to locate and choose the right treatment facility for you or your loved one, you must consider several factors. It is important to keep in mind that you choose a treatment center that can best cater to you or your loved one’s specific and unique medical issues and needs. There are several factors you should consider prior to choosing a treatment center including:

  • Is the treatment center licensed?
  • Has the treatment center received positive reviews and shown consistent success in helping individuals recover and remain sober?
  • Does the treatment center provide quality 24 hour medical supervision and care?
  • Is the staff highly qualified and respect the unique needs of all patients?
  • If needed, are there private accommodations available within the treatment center?
  • Is the treatment center able to accommodate specific individuals with unique demographics (i.e., multiple medical concerns, males, females, adolescents, LGBT)
  • Does the treatment center have comprehensive multi-faceted services?
  • Does the treatment center offer coverage for your particular insurance plan or do they offer options for low-cost or payment plans over time?
  • Does the treatment center offer access to communication devices (i.e., cell phones, computers)
  • Does the treatment center offer a safe environment for individuals with specific medical issues and needs?

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for alcoholism, please contact us at 833-762-3739. Our counselors are available to speak with you 24 hours a day and look forward to answering questions regarding your specific concerns.