Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Center: What to Expect

Finally making the decision to get sober is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, decisions you will ever make. This is especially true if you’ve decided to head to residential rehab to focus on changing your life. There can be many unknowns involved when moving your life to a new setting for an extended period of time, which is why it is comforting to know what to expect when you enter an inpatient alcohol treatment center.

Understanding what the first few days will be like, how to overcome withdrawal, what type of treatment plans are offered and what your chances of long-term results are are all important things when searching for an inpatient alcohol treatment center.

Your First Days at Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Center

The first day of the rest of your life without alcohol is an important one, and you may be feeling a host of emotions. Upon entering Cliffside Malibu, our intake specialists will help make arrangements to get you to treatment, where you will be greeted by our caring and compassionate staff. We provide care by many of the industry’s leading professionals — individuals who care about you and your recovery.

You will then be placed with a therapist who will help craft your individualized treatment plan focused on your needs. We understand you may already be feeling some withdrawal symptoms by this time, which is why we also focus on your medication-assisted detox needs as quickly as possible.

Ongoing, there is no “typical” day at Cliffside Malibu because every person receives a personalized treatment plan. You will be spending a great deal of time with your personal psychotherapist, in carefully selected group therapies, and various holistic therapies. Of course, you will have time for yourself to use the computer, watch movies, journal, meditate, or simply enjoy the Malibu sun.

Medication Assisted Detox

Getting sober from alcohol isn’t always easy on the body. Many people will experience a range of withdrawal symptoms that can be quite uncomfortable, and in some cases, dangerous. That is why we offer medication-assisted detox in our inpatient alcohol treatment center so that our clients can detox from alcohol both safely and comfortably.

Medications used in treating alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Benzodiazepines for anxiety and agitation
  • Various medications to aid with sleep problems
  • Naltrexone to help control intense alcohol cravings
  • Acamprosate to help with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms by restoring a balance in the central nervous system
  • Disulfiram which is used to create nausea and vomiting when alcohol is consumed; used as an “extra padding” for relapse prevention

Treatment Methods in Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Center

Evidence-Based Treatment

At Cliffside Malibu, we only offer therapies that have a proven track record of success. Our addiction researchers routinely read and evaluate the latest trends in addiction recovery, as well as new and emerging scientific research on any new treatment that could help individuals suffering from substance use disorder. These include treatments such as CBT, DBT, hyperbaric chambers being used to support brain function to inroads being made in the field of neuroplasticity to new data on how meditation helps foster recovery.

Holistic Therapy

Successful treatment programs will treat you as a whole person, not a disease or set of symptoms. At Cliffside Malibu, we take a mind-body-spirit approach to treatment, helping you become the person you want to be and live the life you have always dreamed of. Our therapies are wide-ranging, providing you with a choice of resources that will be right for you. Holistic therapy can include:

Family Therapy

Support is a critical component in recovery from alcohol. Family therapy sessions provide a safe forum where individuals and family members or significant others can process experiences and feelings in a safe and trusting environment. The family can learn about and work through issues such as:

  • Codependency
  • Family roles
  • Boundaries
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Brain neuroanatomy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Better communication skills

The Best Chance for Long Term Recovery

Finally freeing yourself from the prison that alcohol has held you in takes much more than a want or need to stay sober. It involves a total commitment between yourself, your lifestyle, your family, your time, and your finances. By being able to take a break from life to refocus and master the tools for success, you will have a much better chance at long-term recovery in an inpatient alcohol treatment center than in an outpatient treatment center.

About Cliffside Malibu

If you are ready to conquer your alcohol use disorder, enrolling in an inpatient alcohol treatment center will give you the best chances at long term recovery. From the on-site medication-assisted detox to help you through withdrawal symptoms to the various treatment programs offered to the beautiful facility to relax in, Cliffside Malibu is the ideal place to start your new life in recovery.

Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for every client. We are committed to providing evidence-based treatment through a continuum of care model including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program also includes family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are structured to create a supportive environment where healing can begin.

In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, and meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.

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