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Alcoholism Rehabilitation

Alcoholism is a serious disease that afflicts a surprisingly large portion of the population. Once a person decides to seek treatment for the disease, he or she has his or her choice of facilities offering rehabilitation services. There are a number of settings where rehabilitation can take place and a number of options for length as well.

On a short term basis, hospitals can serve as a rehabilitation facility in that they treat people who enter the emergency room with an overdose of alcohol, like alcohol poisoning. The treatment offered by the hospital is not meant to cure a person of the disease but rather get that person to the next day. Some hospitals do offer longer-term treatment programs but they are somewhat rare.

Treatment in a specific rehabilitation facility will take place as inpatient, outpatient, or partial-hospitalization therapy. Inpatient treatment, or residential, allows the addict to be cared for 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a controlled environment. This can be provided on a short-term (4 weeks) or long-term basis. Long-term inpatient treatment typically lasts for 6 months or more.

Outpatient treatment is treatment that takes place on a visitation basis. The patient comes to rehab for a support group meeting, counseling, or to receive medication to help with the addiction. In this type of facility, the addict goes about his or her daily life and sleeps at home.

Partial-hospitalization is a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs. The addict is given treatment during the day at the rehab facility but goes home at night. This type of treatment is similar to a 9-to-5 work schedule but involves going to rehab instead of work.

Contact a Dallas DWI Attorney

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated as a result of your addiction, contact the Dallas DWI attorneys of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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