When drinking has become problematic and is causing problems in one’s life, it’s time to consider whether one has alcohol abuse or addiction. These are problems that can mean drinking has taken over the person’s life to a large extent and gotten in the way of the person’s health, family and other parts of life. Treatment can help a person dealing with addiction to create a healthier path forward, yet many people feel like it’s not an option for a variety of reasons. When this is the case, weekend alcohol rehab may provide the solution.
Roadblocks to Addiction Treatment
While many people would benefit from alcohol addiction treatment, a large percentage do not get the help they need. In fact, the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 18.9 million Americans aged 12 and over needed treatment for substance use but did not receive it, despite about 964,000 saying they perceived a need for treatment. Why is that? While some people do not feel ready for treatment or do not feel like they need treatment, there are roadblocks that stand in the way of care for many people who are ready to take that step into treatment. Perhaps this is the case for you or someone you love.
These are some of the common roadblocks to addiction treatment:
It may be hard to commit to a rehab program when someone has responsibilities one needs to keep up with on a continuous basis. These can include home responsibilities, such as caring for a family and household, as well as work or school responsibilities. A person may feel as though one can’t put these responsibilities on hold to focus on addiction treatment.
A roadblock for many people is the fear of losing one’s employment if one enters a treatment program. A person may not want to tell one’s employer about the need for treatment, and may fear losing one’s job based on stigma about addiction and/or the need to take off an extended time from work. Will the job be waiting for the person when one completes treatment and is ready to come back to work? Some workplaces promote treatment, yet an employee may worry whether the workplace will truly be accepting of treatment in practice or if it’s just lip service. Other workplaces may not be accepting at all. Or the person simply may not know how the workplace would react and therefore don’t want to risk the job. These reasons make sense as stigma by itself is one of the reasons people do not seek treatment.
Cost of Care
Another important factor that keeps people from getting treatment is the cost of care. Treatment can come with a high price tag, which is especially true of residential treatment that involves living on site for a period of time. Many people believe they are not able to afford the treatment they need. The NSDUH found that this was a top concern of people who felt they needed treatment but did not receive it.
Lack of Schedule Flexibility
For many people, neither daytime nor evening treatment options work during weekdays. Many people have both home responsibilities and work responsibilities they need to balance each day. They work all day and then go home to take care of the home and family during the evening. This means there’s no flexibility for treatment around work or home responsibilities because the person needs to manage both. If this is the case, treatment could cause the person to sacrifice time spent on either work or home responsibilities, and that may not be an option for everyone.
People may have other reasons that are preventing them from seeking alcohol addiction treatment. For example, some people fear withdrawal symptoms from quitting an addictive substance, while some people are concerned about how their loved ones, coworkers and friends might judge them if they knew about the problem.
A Potential Solution: A Weekend Alcohol Rehab Program
While the list above includes legitimate concerns, there are options that can make alcohol rehab treatment possible for most people. It is not the sole solution, but one option is to engage in a weekend outpatient program. This option can make treatment more attainable for many people. It provides a potential solution to many of the roadblocks listed above. A weekend alcohol rehab program can help one to get the help one needs while still maintaining external commitments and obligations.
These are some ways weekend treatment can address concerns about treatment:
Many people have more flexibility on the weekends in regard to life responsibilities. There may be fewer work obligations, it may be possible to put aside cleaning and cooking for the day, and it may be easier to make things work with a family unit. There may be someone else at home to help with children and caregiving responsibilities, or a person may be able to have one’s children spend time at a friend’s home or an activity while the person goes to treatment.
Since this weekend rehab option is an outpatient program, the person would not stay on site overnight and would still be able to spend some time with one’s family or on other responsibilities. For instance, the person may not be at home for lunch but may be able to make it home for dinner.
While it might feel difficult to add treatment to a list of responsibilities, keep in mind that overcoming an alcohol addiction can help one be more present and engaged with one’s family and in one’s job. In the long run, the recovery from addiction will benefit the person and the person’s family, coworkers and employers.
If a person has a Monday through Friday job with the weekends off, one wouldn’t need to take off work in order to take part in weekend alcohol rehab. The person could attend work during the week as usual and then participate in rehab outside of work hours. This could make it so the person wouldn’t need to miss work or necessarily need to disclose treatment to one’s employer.
If a person works on weekends, one might not find this factor a roadblock as one could potentially attend treatment during the week.
Cost of Care
Since this is an outpatient option, it would generally cost far less than a residential treatment option. The reduced cost of care can make treatment more attainable for many people. Also, an insurance plan will often cover a large portion of outpatient care to make the cost even more manageable, and facilities will often provide payment plans if necessary for any uncovered costs. Cost doesn’t need to be a roadblock standing in a person’s way, so talk to a treatment facility about options available.
Lack of Schedule Flexibility
If a person’s life is filled with working all day on weekdays and taking care of home and other responsibilities in the evening, a weekend treatment option may work for this situation. On weekends, the person may have fewer responsibilities to juggle, providing some open time for the possibility of treatment. One’s loved ones may be able to step in and help more during this time, especially because the person’s recovery will benefit the entire family dynamic and personal relationships over time. This could be a good time for the person to communicate with loved ones and express the need for help and understanding.
If there are other objections to alcohol treatment, consider whether a weekend program would help with any of these barriers. For example, if someone is afraid that coworkers might judge for taking time from work to enter an alcohol treatment program or that one won’t know what to say when asked why one is out of work, a weekend program would solve this problem. The person wouldn’t miss work, so co-workers wouldn’t know anything was different from normal unless the person told them.
Of course, weekend alcohol rehab won’t be right for every person, in which case there are other options available. But for many people, it can provide a possible solution to the barriers a person might think are standing in the way of treatment. Regardless of the scheduling, it’s important to look into a program before entering it for treatment. A quality program provides evidence-based approaches, professional treatment and a customized plan of care. Consider whether an outpatient program would be right for one’s needs, while in some cases it’s better to start with whichever type of treatment one finds possible and attainable. Weekend treatment can make it easier for a person with many responsibilities to fit treatment into life. It can provide the flexibility needed to ensure the person addresses the alcohol addiction and works on achieving recovery. When there are objections to treatment, a weekend option may be just the answer one is looking for to get the help that’s needed.