My Friend Needs Help With Alcohol Addiction
If your friend needs help with alcohol addiction, you are likely feeling helpless and frustrated. Although you may think it is “not your place” to speak up about your friend’s addiction, it could be the most important thing you do to save his or her life.
Recovery Centers of America’s personalized treatment is designed to help your friend receive immediate care and obtain lifelong sobriety. We encourage support from friends and family with our therapy and education services so that you can fully understand addiction and the rehabilitation process while supporting your friend in his or her long-term recovery.
Commonly asked questions:
- How long will my friend’s rehabilitation take?
- Can I visit my friend while they are receiving treatment?
- Can I anonymously setup an intervention for my friend?
- Can I pay for my friend’s rehabilitation?
- How should I tell my friend they need help?
- Can my friend die from detoxification or rehabilitation treatments?
- Will my friend be admitted to rehab if they don’t have insurance?
- How do I know if my friend really needs rehabilitation?
How long will my friend’s rehabilitation take?
Treatment is the first step to sobriety, but recovery is a lifelong process. Your friend will begin the treatment process with an alcohol detox period ranging anywhere from 4-7 days, or longer depending on the extent of his or her addiction. A minimum of three months of treatment is needed for addicted individuals to stop alcohol use, which is why Recovery Centers of America recommends 30 days of inpatient treatment followed by 60 days of structured outpatient treatment.
As your friend adjusts to a life of sobriety, he or she will make necessary changes to home and social life. Be patient and supportive during this time, as continued support from loved ones is an essential part of your friend’s long-term rehabilitation.
Can I visit my friend while they are receiving treatment?
Supportive friends and family are encouraged to visit throughout a patient’s treatment. During the initial detox period, a counselor must be present during the visit to ensure your friend stays on track with treatment. During inpatient treatment, you and other supportive friends or family members may visit during specified hours.
Can I anonymously setup an intervention for my friend?
Recovery Centers of America cannot maintain anonymity for anyone in the intervention process. The intervention requires full legal consent from everyone involved, so you, your friend, and anyone else who is planning to participate needs to agree to the terms of the intervention.
Do not be afraid to speak up about your friend’s alcohol addiction. You may fear he or she will be upset or angry with you, but if you approach the conversation from a place of honest and genuine concern, you may get through to your friend about his or her addiction.
Can I pay for my friend’s rehabilitation?
It is very common for friends and family to offer financial assistance when a loved one undergoes addiction treatment. You can absolutely cover the costs of your friend’s treatment if you choose to extend the offer. Recovery Centers of America has on-staff financial counselors that will help you set up no-interest payments, as well as split payments if there are multiple friends and family members who wish to cover the costs. Call 1-800-RECOVERY to speak with a financial counselor and figure out a payment plan to get your friend the treatment he or she needs.
How should I tell my friend they need help?
Understand that your friend may not realize he or she has a problem or is afraid to accept that there is a problem. The best thing you can do is express your concern for your friend’s health and offer the resources to begin treatment at Recovery Centers of America. Try to remain empathetic, kind, and honest with your words—your friend will likely respond positively and there will be a greater chance he or she will choose to enter treatment following your conversation.
Can my friend die from detoxification or rehabilitation treatments?
No, your friend will not die from professional detoxification or rehabilitation treatment. Recovery Centers of America’s masters-level clinicians and nurses offer safe and effective medically supervised detoxification from alcohol. Our staff closely monitors each patient and tailors the detox period to his or her specific physical and psychological needs.
Recovery Centers of America strongly discourages self-medicated or unmedicated detoxification from alcohol at home, as the reactions can be life-threatening. If your friend needs help with an alcohol addiction and is looking to begin treatment at one of our facilities, call 1-800-RECOVERY to speak with an on-staff nurse about the alcohol detox process.
Will my friend be admitted to rehab if they don’t have insurance?
Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most major insurance providers and many plans have a provision for alcohol addiction treatment. Though the cost of coverage varies from plan to plan, our financial counselors will provide assistance in understanding your friend’s insurance policy so he or she has a clear understanding of coverage.
If your friend does not have insurance, Recovery Centers of America offers scholarships and specialized financial assistance plans to help cover the costs of treatment. We believe that finances should never be an impediment to receiving professional alcohol addiction treatment, and our financial counselors will work with your friend to ensure treatment is accessible and affordable.
How do I know if my friend really needs rehabilitation?
If you are asking the question, you have probably noticed a significant and negative change in behavior and it is likely that your friend needs rehabilitation. If your friend is lying, engaging in risky behavior, drinking excessively and/or alone, and making excuses about his or her behavior, alcohol addiction treatment may be necessary. Trust your instinct and speak up, as delaying treatment can lead to life-threatening health complications. Ultimately, you know your friend and you will know if he or she is acting out of character due to alcohol. If you believe your friend needs help with alcohol addiction, call 1-800-RECOVERY today.