When Is Rehabilitation Needed?

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Rehabilitation is needed when you are suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder – AUD.

AUD is a medical condition that causes an inability to stop or control your alcohol use, despite having adverse occupational, social, and health consequences. 

Who Needs Rehabilitation? 

If one suffers from AUD, then they need alcohol rehabilitation. Alcohol addiction is often accompanied by denial as a common trait. 

There are often signs and clues that will indicate that you seriously need rehabilitation, and some of them include the following:

  • Failure to control one’s drinking 
  • Shakes 
  • Constantly lying about one’s drinking 
  • Craving a drink as the first thing in the morning. 
  • Denying that one has a problem. 
  • Inability to function without any alcohol. 
  • Experiencing regular memory loss and blackouts due to excessive drinking. 
  • Experiencing a decline in your physical health. 
  • Showing some signs of depression and anxiety. 

You may also experience financial problems as a result of excessive use of alcohol.

Your normal behavior and lifestyle patterns are highly affected by this addiction. You will also start to miss out on essential things such as family, work, and school. 

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, then you need rehab. 

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Who Qualifies For Rehabilitation? 

Anyone who recognizes that they have a problem with alcohol qualifies for rehab.

You must first have a desire to quit. Some people will acknowledge this problem on their own, while other times require intervention from family members and friends. 

To clearly identify your need for rehab, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Binge drinking that is out of control. 
  • Frequent mood changes 
  • Decreased performance at work or school as a result of excessive drinking 
  • Constantly making excuses after neglecting your responsibilities. 
  • Making excuses for your excessive use of alcohol. 
  • Regular criminal activities and violence towards family and friends due to alcohol. 
  • A decreased interest in your hobbies. 

There really isn’t any right or wrong time to go to rehab for AUD.

Still, if left untreated, it could trigger many problems such as financial issues, health issues, professional disruptions, and relationship issues. 

The sooner you seek treatment, the better for you. 

what do rehabilitation clinics do

What Do Rehabilitation Clinics Do? 

What rehab treatments do is quite an intense discussion, and different centers have different approaches to sobriety.

Still, the premise is basically the same – to ensure that you can remain sober. Here’s a summary of the kind of process they take one through.


When you first arrive at the clinic of your choice, they will start with a thorough physical exam that includes a complete bloodwork.

The professionals at the clinic will need this to figure out your physical and mental health status. 


The next step is to take one through detox. This is the process that removes alcohol from your body after prolonged abuse.

It is a difficult process for most addicts, but it is important to first cleanse your body and remove the substances to be ready for the mental and physical work that is ahead of you in rehab. 

Everyone has their own experience with detox, and it depends on your level of alcoholism, it can either be mild, moderate or severe. It can take from 3 – 14 days. 

It is important to detox because if you suddenly just stop using alcohol, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that are, in most cases, extremely dangerous. 


Throughout the recovery process, you will go through various types of therapies to help you overcome your alcohol cravings, remain sober, and avoid relapses. These include the following; 

Individual therapy 

In this case, an addicted individual will work with a professional health officer in private one-on-one therapy sessions. This is where they get to look at themselves, their addiction, and how it has affected their lives.

This is one of the most recommended ways of helping you deal with the problem and start healing. 

The therapist seeks to identify your addiction triggers. After these are identified, they will teach you how to deal with them or how to eliminate them in a less destructive manner.

They will also customize the right therapy for your needs. 

Family Counselling 

According to research, alcoholism does not just affect the addict but also their friends and family. Due to this, most rehab clinics will include a therapy session for your family as well. 

Your family members will be provided with a safe environment to air their views and grievances and learn how they might have contributed to or enabled your addiction.

By acknowledging and working through the complicated and painful emotions, they are also able to heal. 

During counseling, they also learn about addiction and how to best support you when you leave the rehab clinic. 


Once you are done with rehab, your counselor usually comes up with a plan for your continued care and plan that is based on your recovery journey.

Aftercare has been shown to significantly reduce the chances of one relapsing. 

This makes it an important component of treatment. The plan is filled with medical and social support services to help you transition from rehab to home.

There are many options to do this, such as sober living care, group therapies, medical evaluations, follow-up therapy, and alumni support systems. 

What Is The Main Focus Of A Rehabilitation Clinic? 

The main focus of a rehabilitation clinic is to help one quit drinking and give you the best chances of sustaining their sobriety for the long term.

Any alcohol rehab will come with challenges, and a personalized clinic will have the best solutions to such challenges. 

Do You Need Acute Rehabilitation? 

You will need acute rehabilitation if you suffer from Acute Alcohol Intoxication.

This is a condition that is characterized by too much drinking within a short period. It is also known as alcohol poisoning. 

Alcohol poisoning or acute alcohol intoxication is a very serious condition that affects one’s breathing, body temperature, gag reflex, and heart rate. It can even lead to a coma or death. 

Both young people and adults can experience alcohol poisoning, and it is usually linked to partying on the extreme.

In some cases, the person with this condition can intentionally or accidentally drink household products that have alcohol in them, such as vanilla extract and mouthwash, just to experience the much needed high. 

It is a medical emergency that will require acute rehabilitation.  

What Qualifies For Acute Rehab?

Acute rehabilitation is a hospital-based treatment that aims to help people who cannot control their alcohol consumption due to underlying health issues develop the skills they need to return to a healthy lifestyle.

Disabilities that affect physical function like spinal cord injuries and stroke, kidney and liver dysfunction etc., are examples of what qualifies for acute rehab.

Acute rehabilitation provides intensive care to patients in physical, occupational, speech therapy or any other specialised treatment.

Last Updated: May 27, 2022

About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Peter has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for Abbeycare Gloucester and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. Peter also co-authored the new 6th edition of Drugs In Use by Linda Dodds, writing Chapter 15 on Alcohol Related Liver Disease. Find Peter on Respiratory Academy, Aston University graduates, University of Birmingham, Q, Pharmaceutical Journal, the Dudley Pharmaceutical Committee, Dudley Council, Twitter, and LinkedIn.