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My Spouse Needs Help with Alcohol Addiction

My Spouse Needs Help with Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a disease that tears families apart and destroys lives. And if your spouse needs help with alcohol addiction, getting him or her into professional treatment is the first step to recovery.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 16 million people suffer from alcohol use disorder, which is characterized as a disease where someone compulsively uses alcohol, loses control over alcohol intake, and suffers a negative emotional state when not drinking.

If your husband or wife is displaying signs of and needs help with alcohol addiction, Recovery Centers of America specializes in medically monitored alcohol detoxification and best-in-class rehabilitation treatment. Our masters-level clinicians, primary therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses provide evidence-based, individualized treatment programs and 24/7 care in safe, secure facilities.

How long will my spouse’s rehabilitation take?

The first step in your spouse’s alcohol addiction treatment is medically monitored detoxification, which lasts anywhere from 4-7 days. Following detoxification and stabilization, Recovery Centers of America recommends 30 days of inpatient treatment at a facility near you followed by 60 days of outpatient treatment.

Recovery from alcohol addiction is a lifelong process that requires constant monitoring and support. During your husband or wife’s first 90 days of addiction treatment, Recovery Centers of America will provide the foundation for stopping alcohol addiction and succeeding at long-term recovery.

Can I visit my spouse while they are receiving alcohol addiction treatment?

If your spouse is undergoing detoxification for alcohol addiction, family members are allowed to visit, but they must have a counselor present for the first 4-7 days. During that time period, spouses and family members are encouraged to be onsite at the Recovery Centers of America facility to attend family therapy and education sessions.

Following detoxification, spouses and family members can visit patients during special visitation hours. Family participation in treatment and being part of the recovery process is strongly recommended and can make a big impact on facilitating and supporting your husband or wife’s long-term success.

Will my spouse lose their job for seeking out treatment?

No, your spouse will not lose his or her job as a result of alcohol addiction treatment. Concern about loss of employment should never delay someone from entering an addiction treatment program. If your spouse needs help with alcohol addiction, there are federal laws in place to protect his or her job while undergoing rehabilitation treatment. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), your husband or wife cannot be fired for entering into a treatment program, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for family and medical reasons including alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

Recovery Centers of America staff can work directly with your spouse’s employer to facilitate a successful return to work following treatment. But if your husband or wife does not want interaction between Recovery Centers of America and his or her employer, that request will be honored. Recovery Centers of America abides by HIPPA guidelines and will not disclose information about alcohol addiction treatment to anyone—including employers—without your spouse’s consent.

The ADA and FMLA do not protect employees who are caught drinking alcohol on the job or who violate a company’s alcohol and substance abuse policies.

Will my spouse’s insurance cover his or her alcohol addiction treatment?

Many health insurance plans have provisions for alcohol addiction treatment, and Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most insurance plans. Our financial counselors will work with your spouse and his or her insurance provider to figure out coverage options. The amount of coverage and the costs of premiums and copays vary from plan to plan.

Recovery Centers of America believes that finances should never be an impediment to receiving alcohol addiction treatment. In addition to working directly with insurance providers, Recovery Centers of America offers scholarships and special payment plans to help families afford addiction treatment.

How can I talk to my spouse about going into rehabilitation treatments?

If your spouse needs help with alcohol addiction, having a direct, honest conversation about his or her disease and the benefits of treatment is encouraged. If you are unsure how to open up a dialogue about rehabilitation treatment, call 1-800-RECOVERY, and one of Recovery Centers of America’s professional interventionists can help you understand the process of rehabilitation and communicate with your husband or wife through planning and conducting an intervention.

Interventions are successful in getting people into alcohol addiction treatment programs. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 90 percent of people who receive an intervention enter into treatment.

Can my spouse die from alcohol detoxification or rehabilitation treatments?

Your spouse will not die from undergoing professional, medically supervised detoxification and rehabilitation for alcohol addiction. The masters-level clinicians, doctors and nurses develop a detoxification and treatment plan that fits the individualized needs of your husband or wife. Detoxification from alcohol is one of the first steps that will happen when your spouse enters treatment, and the process only begins after one of our licensed physicians conduct a biopsychosocial evaluation to determine your spouse’s medical, physical, psychological, and emotional needs. During detoxification, your husband or wife will be monitored 24 hours a day to ensure his or her safety.

Unmedicated and unsupervised detoxification from alcohol can cause seizures, hallucinations, heart arrhythmia, and even kidney or liver dysfunction that may result in death. Because of this, it is imperative that your husband or wife undergoes detoxification services under the supervision of medical professionals. We do not recommend detoxing from any substance without professional help.

How will my family pay bills while my spouse is away?

If your family relies on your spouse’s income to pay bills, the thought of him or her being out of work during addiction treatment may seem daunting. But our financial counselors at Recovery Centers of America will work directly with your family to ensure you don’t experience financial hardships while your spouse receives treatment for alcohol addiction.

Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most insurance providers and facilitates no-interest payment plans for families who require assistance with out-of-pocket expenses. Recovery Centers of America also provides scholarships to families that need financial help—to date we’ve given over $4.5 million in scholarships to help make treatment for alcohol addiction affordable.

How do I know if my spouse really needs rehabilitation?

If you are asking this question, your spouse needs professional help for alcohol addiction. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, addiction is a disease and over 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes every year. Waiting to approach your spouse about the need for treatment or delaying treatment can have dire consequences.

If you see your spouse exhibiting any signs of alcohol abuse—including isolation, anger or agitation, or your husband and wife prioritizing drinking alcohol over other activities—you should seek professional help. Getting your spouse to enter into an alcohol treatment program is the first step to recovery.

Will my spouse go to jail after seeking alcohol rehabilitation treatments?

No, your spouse will not go to jail as a direct result of alcohol rehabilitation treatment. Recovery Centers of America abides by HIPPA guidelines and will not disclose information about your husband or wife’s alcohol treatment with any third party—including law enforcement officials.

If your husband or wife was convicted of a non-violent, drug-related crime, his or her case may be evaluated by a drug court and part of his or her sentencing may include entering into an alcohol rehabilitation program rather than prison time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, state and federal governments save on costs by mandating drug treatment over incarceration.

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