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Getting help for an alcohol problem will give you or your loved one the opportunity to live a healthier and more productive life. Making a change takes courage and persistence, but can be incredibly rewarding. You are not alone on this path and an Alaska 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist is always just a phone call away. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221.
How is alcoholism treated?
Treatment options for alcoholism vary, based on the individual’s health needs and stage of alcohol dependency. For long-term heavy drinkers, safe alcohol detoxification will likely require medical supervision. Keep in mind there is no successful one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. We are here to help you navigate the appropriate treatment process and assist in determining which options and programs available will help you reach your health and wellness goals.
A number of factors need to be considered before choosing a treatment program, such as how long the individual has been an alcoholic, whether or not the individual will need housing for dependents and whether or not there are physical or mental health issues that need to be treated or addressed in addition to the alcoholism. It is important to research the program options in order to understand their distinct methods, approaches to treatment, ways they measure success and what the expectations of the patients or program participants will be.
Finally, learn what the cost and time commitment is for each program. It may seem like hard work, but we are here to help you sort through the many options.
Alcohol treatment programs in Alaska
There is a wide range of alcohol treatment and recovery programs in Alaska. Types of programs include residential and outpatient programs; counseling services for individuals, groups or families; specialized treatment programs for women, teenagers and young adults; rehabilitation programs with combined treatment for mental health and substance abuse; and long-term support groups for addicts and their loved ones.
The following are some of the treatment options available to individuals seeking help with an alcohol problem:Early intervention
Individuals live at home and participate in daily routines, such as work or family life, while receiving part-time, yet intensive treatment at a facility in the morning or evening. This type of program provides 9 or more hours of service a week to adults and 6 or more hours to adolescents.
o Is there a waiting list? If so, how long is it?
o How long should I expect to be there?
o What types of health insurance are accepted?
o Are there any intake requirements, such as a physical or TB test?
o Is detox available?
o Is it medically assisted?
o If it’s a residential treatment facility, are children allowed?
o Do they treat other addictions or substance abuse disorders alongside alcoholism?
o Do they treat co-occurring disorders (e.g. a behavior health issue such as bipolar depression or schizophrenia in addition to the alcohol addiction)? For a current list of available beds in residential and inpatient treatment facilities in Alaska, please visit State of Alaska DHSS Statewide SUD Residential Treatment Bed Availability website here.
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Looking for alcohol treatment and support options in your area? Our searchable database can help connect you with the right person. You can also call our information specialist at Alaska 2-1-1.