What to Expect During Alcohol Abuse Treatment

What Do Expect During Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Selecting an alcohol abuse treatment program is a major, life-changing decision that should be made with as much information as possible. Alcohol addiction is a complex, serious disease that impacts every area of a person’s life and it’s important to feel confident in your choice of a treatment program. At Sheer Recovery, we want you to know as much about our programs as you can because we want to give you, or a loved one, the best chance at finding success both during and after alcohol abuse treatment.

At Sheer Recovery, we strive to provide the best individualized patient care during alcohol abuse treatment. We offer an optimal 1:1 client-staff ratio in an executive care setting that provides a comfortable environment conducive to working through the issues related to addiction. But what can you expect life during recovery to be like if you choose Sheer Recovery for your alcohol abuse treatment program? Here’s a look at what we can offer you or your loved one.

Before You Arrive

Sheer Recovery offers welcoming residential properties that include meals and private and semi-private rooms, as well as amenities such as swimming pools and hot tubs. Once a specific residence has been selected, Sheer Recovery can also help with details related to the admission process such as transportation to the residence and family support. To make sure you are prepared for your stay, start by packing the essentials you need—and leaving behind the things you don’t need. Items you should put on your packing list include personal identification, health insurance information, and comfortable clothing; here’s a more complete list of what to bring for your alcohol abuse treatment program stay.

Arrival/Phase 1

The treatment process begins right away when you or your loved one arrives at a Sheer Recovery residence. This is Phase 1, which is called the Detox and Residential Stabilization Phase. The detoxification process, which can last five to 10 days, begins with testing in order to individualize the treatment program during this important period of time.

At Sheer Recovery, we use pharmacogenomic testing. This allows doctors and staff to use DNA-based data to come up with the best treatment strategies. It helps ensure that any medications used during the process will work for you or your loved one. The test results aid in determining the proper dosage, avoiding detrimental side effects. The staff will also continuously monitor medications to avoid deviation from treatment or any unforeseen complications, and that any medications used during detox work well with any medications that you were on before the detoxification treatment started. This state-of-the-art treatment process is called Medication Therapy Management. This two-pronged approach of pharmacogenomic testing and Medication Therapy Management can help ensure that you have the proper support you need during the intense detox process.

With these reports in hand, a Sheer Recovery doctor can meet with you personally to discuss the detox plan. Staff members are available to walk you or your loved one through the detoxification process and offer support for emotional, physical and mental needs arising during this withdrawal period.

Once detox is over, you will begin the necessary foundational work for recovery and, eventually, life outside of the residential home. This is a period of all-encompassing, holistic work focused on treating the disease of addiction, with the assistance of a case manager and a therapist, during individual and group sessions. This first phase of alcohol abuse treatment can typically last as little as seven days and as long as 30 days.

Phase Two

Generally, once Phase 1 of your alcohol abuse treatment plan is completed, you or your loved one will spend the next 30 to 90 days in Phase 2. This stage builds on the work started in Phase 1, but is now in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) setting.

You or your loved one will gradually take on more responsibilities and use the tools needed for a healthy lifestyle, such as keeping up with a fitness routine and spending quality time with family during visits. AA and NA meetings are also part of the plan, in order to get you or your loved one ready to transition back to everyday life. Much time will be spent laying the groundwork for a successful move back into your regular routines.


If you or your loved one completes 90 consecutive days of alcohol abuse treatment, then it’s time for Phase 3. This marks a return to normal activities, ideally with the support provided by a safe living situation, encouragement from family members and regular attendance at meetings. Therapy sessions are provided on a part-time basis until Phase 3 is complete, which usually takes about 90 to 180 days.

Alcohol abuse treatment is integral if you or a loved one is struggling with the disease of addiction. For more information on Sheer Recovery and its alcohol abuse treatment programs, click here.


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