Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program

Addiction affects every person differently. Consequently, alcohol addiction treatment programs are specifically designed for each patient. Patients have their choice of settings for treatment, as well.

The characteristics of an addiction, such as length and severity, dictate the approach to treatment. While some approaches are comprehensive and stand-alone, others are treatment enhancements. A collection of evidence-based therapies is included in your individual program. These may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Management Interventions/Motivational Incentives
  • Community Reinforcement Approach Plus Vouchers
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • 12-Step Programs
  • Family Therapy*
  • Medications (if applicable)

In addition, art therapy, music therapy, yoga and more enhance the above treatments. A comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment program varies by individual.

*Family Therapy

Although one person is addicted to alcohol, the whole family feels the impact. Adolescent and adult loved ones alike need addiction treatment. Family therapy is critical to a long-term addiction recovery. Going through treatment together heals the broken family. It heals individual family members, as well. Overall, it paves a healthy path forward for a solid family unit.

“Some studies even suggest they are superior to other individual and group treatment approaches,” says The National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA). We specialize in the inclusion of family in the healing process. Our therapists design treatment programs to achieve long-term recovery. Family therapy is imperative to that goal.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment Settings

The importance of the right treatment center is equal to the importance of an effective treatment program. After all, no program is successful if you can’t do it. In other words, you must be able to attend an alcohol addiction treatment program for it to work. A choice of settings allows addicted people better access to quality treatment programs.

Residential/Inpatient Treatment

Residential or inpatient treatment is the highest level of care for addicted patients. It’s appropriate for patients with severe, long-term addictions. As a 24-hour program environment, patients have the space to reform their overall well-being. That’s because patients can immerse themselves in treatment without outside distractions.

The facility staff and other patients contribute to the program. They offer the opportunity to practice accountability, communication skills, socialization, and healthy coping mechanisms. NIDA says, “Such programs offer a range of family services and may require family participation if the therapeutic community is sufficiently close to where the family lives.”

Residential/inpatient treatment is certainly ideal for most addicted adolescents. However, we’ve found that most adults can’t move into an alcohol addiction treatment center. They tend to have obligations, such as school, career, or family responsibilities they can’t leave. For that reason, Recovery in Motion offers treatment in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program is similar to residential/inpatient treatment. It offers the benefits of a structured environment. It delivers an immersive program of treatment approaches. Comparatively, patients sleep at home and return to treatment the next morning.

We tailor our treatment plans to our patients’ needs. Therefore, PHP programs vary in the amount of time you spend in treatment. Program attendance is commonly five to seven days every week. Each day may consist of at least five hours of treatment. This is generally a higher level of care than an intensive outpatient program.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs are appropriate for moderate addictions. The patient lives at home. Then they report to treatment at the alcohol addiction treatment facility. Treatments are generally three days a week. They last about three hours each day.

“However,” one study says, “some programs provide more sessions per week and/or longer session per day. Many programs become less intensive over time.” Because patients progress through treatment at their own pace, therapists adjust them accordingly.”

“IOP goals help the individual learn early-stage relapse management and coping strategies, ensure that the person has psychosocial support, and address individual symptoms and needs,” says the study.

Some programs direct patients to step down from inpatient treatment to intensive outpatient treatment. This allows a more comfortable transition to a less structured and environment.

Sober Living

Finally, sober living is the last step to leaving the treatment setting. This environment is less clinical than other treatment settings. They’re permanent residences for recovery people. Sober living houses a more structured environment than one would have at home. However, it’s less structured than an inpatient alcohol addiction treatment environment. All residents must be clean and sober.

We’ve partnered with Paxton House to offer our patients an excellent option for sober living. Their sober living facilities have internet, tv, and a landline phone. It’s located near bus routes and has laundry onsite. A manager is always onsite, as well. Immediate placement is available.

Contact us today. It’s not too late to take your life back from alcoholism. We’ll design a program that’s right for you. Our goal is to guide you to a lifelong recovery.


[1] McCarty, Dennis, et al. “Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence.” Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 June 2014,

[2] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Family-Based Approaches.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2 June 2020,

[3] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Treatment Settings.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 25 May 2020,