Alcohol Rehab Orange County

Alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder, is a serious disease affecting over 15 million adults in the United States. Of those, just 6.7% ever go on to receive treatment. This is often because many people believe they can beat alcoholism by just quitting cold turkey.

But this rarely works, because addiction to alcohol is often a multifaceted problem with roots in psychology, behavior, and trauma.

At Lighthouse Treatment Center, we specialize in treatment for alcoholism.

With detox, outpatient, and residential treatment available at our modern and effective Orange County Alcohol Rehab Facilities, we can offer the support and mental and physical guidance to help you or your loved one move beyond alcoholism and towards a new life. Alcohol addiction is a struggle, and it will negatively affect every aspect of your life. We can help you to recover with science-based alcohol treatment so you can build a new, better life.

What is Alcohol Treatment?

Alcohol treatment is the full course of treatment for alcohol use disorder, including intake, detox, rehabilitation and counseling with therapy, and aftercare. This may include inpatient care in a rehabilitation facility and may include a stay in a sober home or halfway house after the fact. In order to qualify as treatment, the program must include qualified and licensed doctors, nurses, and a psychologist or counselor to oversee mental and physical health during the treatment.

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What Types of Treatment for Alcoholism Are There?

There are many ways to treat alcohol addiction, and all of them have merits and can be successful. Many alcohol treatment centers offer both outpatient treatment and inpatient residential treatment. However, it is important that you know and understand all of your options.


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Outpatient treatment can cost substantially less than inpatient treatment. It is suitable for certain alcoholics who may not be so advanced that they need to live in a residential alcohol treatment setting. Here, patients are given treatment including counseling and medical monitoring in the area near where they reside. Outpatient care means that you have to go to treatment according to a schedule, but are otherwise free to go to work, take care of your family, and fulfill other responsibilities.

While this mode of treatment is effective for many, and ideal for those who cannot get out of responsibilities such as work or taking care of family, it does mean that you will have to focus on recovering from alcoholism as secondary to everyday stress and responsibilities. Many alcoholics find that the outpatient treatment approach is not rigorous enough to keep them sober.


Inpatient treatment for alcoholism is one of the most popular options for treatment. Patients are taken to a residential care center, which usually offers amenities and facilities to relax. During the day, patients attend a range of treatment and therapy options, socialize with others in recovery, and are able to focus fully on recovery. These programs are more intensive and are typically 28-90 days in length, although the length of the program is often tailored to the patient.

In most cases, you will have to take this time off work, make arrangements for family, and explain absences. This can be an inconvenience or even impossible but can give you a much-needed break from life to focus on your recovery.


Luxury treatment attempts to offer a fully personalized care scenario with a range of luxury amenities and locale. Luxury treatment for alcoholism costs significantly more than any other option and comes with the primary added benefit of a program that is tailored to your specific needs, with more medical and psychological attention per individual. In most cases, you also benefit from activities such as skiing or horseback riding, which may not be available at a traditional inpatient care facility.

What is the Alcohol Treatment Process?

If you or your loved one chooses to go to rehab to get treatment, you will likely follow a simple process. This will last anywhere from 20-90 days depending on your situation and what you choose.

Intake for Alcohol Rehab

Your rehabilitation facility will contact you and start with an interview. This may be followed up by a second interview, either on the same day or after detox. At Lighthouse Treatment, the intake interview determines your history of substance abuse and works to create a profile to determine how you should be treated and why. It will also determine the extent of your alcoholism and treatment methods that may be effective.

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Detox for alcohol is usually carried out in a clinical setting where you will have medical supervision with a nurse on call for at least 8 hours per day. Here, you go through controlled withdrawal from alcohol which lasts an average of 4-12 days. Because alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, it is crucial that you have access to medical care and a doctor.

2-12 Hours – Alcohol withdrawal begins. Patients experience sweating, shaking, headaches, anxiety, and nausea or vomiting.

24-48 Hours – Symptoms worsen, and the patient undergoes the risk of potentially fatal seizures. Heavy drinkers must be monitored closely in case of major symptoms such as confusion, hallucinations, tremors, and extreme agitation.

48 Hours Onward – In most cases, symptoms begin to abate. In some cases, symptoms will continue to increase in severity causing a condition known as delirium tremens.

In most cases, patients can leave detox within 4-6 days of entering. In some cases, detox symptoms will be managed using medication. In other cases, you will go through social withdrawal, where you are only given medication if symptoms become too severe to manage safely on your own.

Residential Treatment for Alcoholism in Orange County

Once youve completed detox, you move into residential treatment. You will typically share a room with one or more others in recovery. At Lighthouse Treatment Center, recovery consists of a combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, group counseling, and complementary therapy. Here, you learn how to move past the behaviors and traumas that lead you to drink.

During treatment, you are introduced to 12-step meetings, given relapse prevention training, attend education lectures, and work with counselors and therapists to identify and learn to cope with triggers and negative emotions. With physical fitness, stress management with yoga and meditation, and spiritual and therapeutic supervised outings, our facilities are designed to tackle every aspect of addiction.

Treatment typically lasts between 20 and 90 days.

Maintenance and Aftercare for Alcoholism

Maintenance and aftercare are the period following rehab, where you begin to acclimate yourself back into society, typically seeking out groups, possibly moving back into your home, and possibly moving into a sober home or halfway house. Your rehabilitation center should offer follow-up sessions with your therapist or be able to direct you to a counselor who can assist you while you acclimate back into everyday life, which can significantly impact your outcome.

How is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

An addiction to alcohol is treated through a combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, group therapy, and stress management. In some cases, you will also receive medication which will reduce cravings or make drinking less pleasant.

Behavioral Therapy

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Behavioral therapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common treatment method used to help clients recognize and move past behavioral and emotional problems contributing to addiction. CBT approaches addiction with the belief that alcoholism and drinking are often symptoms of a much deeper problem, often difficulty coping with stress or emotions, and sometimes related to trauma. Working to identify those problems as well as the thoughts and behavior patterns that contribute to substance use and therefore to relapse gives many the tools to move forward, to change how they act, and to live happily without alcohol.

Stress Management

Stress is widely recognized as a major contributing factor to substance abuse and relapse. Learning to manage stress, through behavioral therapy and through complementary treatment options like yoga and meditation, gives you the tools to deal with it in a healthy way.


Counseling gives you the opportunity to discuss problems such as cravings, relationships, and emotional issues with a counselor, typically in a one-on-one setting. Counseling is an important part of alcohol rehab, because it gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, how you react, and how you face triggers and cravings.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an important aspect of addiction recovery because people often perform better with social motivation. Having others who understand what youre going through, who you can talk to, and who will not judge you gives you an audience and an outlet. This is often also why you are strongly recommended to go into group therapy such as 12-step or SMART after leaving rehab.


In some cases, you may be given medication to help with your journey towards sobriety. While not a cure for alcoholism, medication reduces the urges or effects of alcohol, making it more difficult for you to stay addicted. Some of the most common medications for alcohol addiction include:

Disulfiram – Disulfiram produces an acute sensitivity to ethanol, causing you to get sick and even throw up when drinking.

Acamprosate – Acamprosate stabilizes chemical signaling in the brain, reducing the effects of alcohol, and reducing cravings.

Naltrexone – While primarily used as an opioid partial agonist to block the effects of opioids, Naltrexone has similar effects with alcohol and can prevent you from getting ‘high from alcohol.

What Should I Expect in Alcohol Rehab?

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Alcohol addiction treatment follows a process where you are first detoxed in a clinical setting and then moved into a social environment. Over the course of your stay, youll experience treatment at every level, getting emotional support from staff and counselors, behavioral therapy, support for cooccurring disorders and trauma, and consistent help with stress. Group support and communal meals also give you the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and learn more about how addiction affects others.

At The Lighthouse in Orange County, you also get to participate in group classes and lectures, exercise to improve your physical and mental health, and participate in outings and events, with a supervising counselor. However, the experience and level of difficulty will change from person to person.

Will my Insurance Cover Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

In most cases, your insurance will cover at least a portion of alcohol addiction treatment and rehab. However, what your insurance covers and how much will depend on the company and the plan. You can call your insurance agency to discuss your options or call us to verify your insurance.

Getting Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Lighthouse Treatment Center specializes in treating alcohol use disorder. We know that addiction is a symptom of underlying problems that need treatment, support, and understanding. And, youll get that support with science-based treatment including behavioral therapy, counseling, stress management, and exercise at Lighthouse. More importantly, we do everything in our power to ensure that sobriety and recovery become your number one priority.

Recovery requires treating physical, mental, and social health so that you can fully recover and move on. At Lighthouse Treatment Center, we know that recovery is more than just detox, which is why we provide comprehensive care and personalized support. You deserve the tools to recover, so you can move on, free from addiction, and build a better life. Were here to help.

Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today for help with selecting an alcohol rehab program for you or your loved one. We are happy to provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced advisors.