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Debunking 7 Common Myths About Residential Alcohol Rehab

man riding bicycle on beach during sunset, conversation About Residential Alcohol Rehab and what to expect

The first step to healing is to admit that you need help. If that’s you, congratulations. ILC seeks to help every person suffering from alcohol abuse and other traumas. Finding the necessary help to recover from alcohol use disorder can feel overwhelming, especially for people bogged down by negative thoughts and ideas about rehab. ILC offers both residential and outpatient alcohol rehab options for our clients. We want to dispel the myths about residential alcohol rehab and provide you with hope that recovery is possible. 

If you or someone you love needs help, don’t let one of the following 8 myths about residential alcohol rehab serve as an excuse to avoid getting help. After all, each of us deserves help when we need it.

Myth 1: Residential rehab is only for severe addiction.

Reality: Contrary to popular belief, residential alcohol rehab is not just for people with severe addiction. Individuals who struggle with many different substance abuse patterns and compulsive behaviors benefit from residential treatment. It is also important to understand that severe and moderate addiction patterns can lead to destructive behavior. Our women’s residential treatment program and men’s residential treatment program cater to various levels of alcohol use disorder, providing personalized care for each client’s specific needs. No matter how severe a person’s addiction may be, we partner with people who realize they need help.

Myth 2: Residential rehab is a one-size-fits-all solution.

Reality: Each person’s journey to freedom is as unique as they are, so we provide individually crafted treatment plans that address your specific background, circumstances, and needs. There’s very little value in forcing someone to conform to a standardized version of recovery when they really need the right tools to do the work themselves. We’ve seen that a personalized approach is often the key to lasting success.

Myth 3: Residential rehab is only about detoxification.

Reality: Detoxification is a crucial aspect of recovery, but it is far from the sole focus of residential rehab. Most of the recovery process begins after detoxification. Spending time at a facility to dry yourself out is not the same as working to break destructive patterns of alcohol misuse. Our programs employ a holistic approach to rehab, addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of alcohol addiction through counseling, therapy, support groups, and education. Detoxification is only part of the healing process that takes place in residential rehab.

Myth 4: Residential rehab is a quick fix.

Reality: Recovery is a lifelong process; residential rehab is only the beginning. We provide our clients with ongoing support long after they conclude residential treatment, encouraging lifestyle changes beyond the confines of our programs. We support patients through residential alcohol rehab, as well as treatment for substance abuse or other co-occurring disorders. Our clients’ commitment matches our unwavering dedication to their lasting well-being from the moment they enter our facility and for as long as they continue to engage with us. 

Myth 5: Residential rehab is only for the wealthy.

Reality: Yes, luxury rehab facilities exist, but they are not the only option for residential treatment. We offer a range of programs, including affordable options and various financial assistance programs. At ILC, the cost of treatment should not keep someone from getting help. Our commitment is to make our holistic and trauma-informed care accessible to those who seek it.

Myth 6: Once in rehab, relapse means failure.

Reality: Relapse is a common part of the recovery process for many individuals. We view relapse as an opportunity for growth, highlighting areas that need further attention and adjustment in a client’s ongoing treatment plan. For those struggling with how to break an addiction, it’s important to remember that recovery is a lifelong process. There are often pitfalls to freedom, and they do not define or invalidate the journey. While we don’t make excuses for someone who relapses, we don’t judge them either. 

Myth 7: Medication-assisted treatment is just replacing one addiction with another.

Reality: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be a valuable component of alcohol rehab when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Our approach involves carefully integrating MAT to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms, supporting our clients’ recoveries without substituting one addiction for another. MAT should only serve to help clients break free from their patterns of misuse, not trade one substance for another. In reality, most of the medications used in MAT are not habit-forming for most people and aren’t for indefinite use. 

Myth 8: Residential rehab is only for individuals with no responsibilities.

Reality: Residential alcohol rehab accommodates individuals with various life responsibilities, including work, family, and personal commitments. The misconception that only those without any external life responsibilities can benefit from residential rehab is false. Our programs are structured to support individuals in managing and addressing their commitments while undergoing treatment. We understand that life doesn’t stop during the recovery process, and our approach aims to integrate rehabilitation seamlessly into individuals’ lives, fostering a sustainable path toward recovery. We also offer outpatient treatment programs for specific cases. 

A True Path Toward Recovery at ILC 

As a person moves toward healing and recovery, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. At ILC, we remain committed to combating these myths about residential alcohol rehab with the truth, as we’ve seen it play out over and over again. Our national reputation for clinical and program excellence and a heart-centered and trauma-informed approach sets us apart as a leader in experiential healing and recovery.

If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step toward a healthier, more fulfilling life apart from alcohol, we invite you to complete our Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) assessment. This completely confidential tool helps us understand your unique needs so we can tailor a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals.

No one should feel alone in the fight against alcohol misuse. We welcome clients from around the corner and across the country. Thousands of real people from every walk of life trust us to bring the best team, programs, and resources to their healing journey, and you can be one of them. 

You can start today by calling us at (615) 891-2226 and speaking with one of our incredible team members.

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