It can be hard to take the first step toward alcohol addiction recovery, but compassionate, evidence-based treatment at The Recovery Village Columbus makes it easier.

Alcohol addiction is a disease that few people expect themselves to develop, yet many do. A person may believe they feel happier, less stressed and more fun when they drink, so they start using alcohol to cope with negative feelings. Eventually, their mind will start to crave the substance, and their body will depend on it to function. It can progress to the point where a person may be in physical and mental pain if there isn’t alcohol in their system.

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans struggle with alcohol addiction every year. Nearly 531,000 residents had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2017; of these, around 494,000 needed treatment but did not receive it.

Addiction is a treatable condition, and recovery is possible. However, it requires a first step that’s difficult for many people: reaching out for help.

Signs That It’s Time for Help

It can be scary to take an honest look at your drinking habits, and it’s even scarier to admit you might have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

If you’re wondering whether you might be struggling with alcohol use, the key signs of addiction can include:

  • Drinking even though it hurts your physical or mental health
  • Losing interest in relationships with family and friends
  • Losing interest in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy
  • Dedicating a lot of time to drinking or recovering from drinking
  • Hiding your drinking or lying about it
  • Drinking alone, frequently or early in the day
  • Missing work, school or important events due to drinking
  • Lacking control over the amount or frequency of drinking
  • Engaging in dangerous or risky behaviors
  • Constantly thinking about when you’ll get to drink next
  • Trying to quit drinking but being unsuccessful

See Related: Benefits of Quitting Alcohol

Don’t Face Alcohol Withdrawal Alone

Addiction treatment facilities help people begin the path to lifelong recovery, but they also address the more dangerous aspects of quitting alcohol. People may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as their body detoxes from alcohol. 

Especially in those with severe alcohol addiction, these symptoms can be life-threatening. Detox programs reduce these risks to make the withdrawal process safer and more comfortable for clients. 

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety, depression and mood changes
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Clammy skin
  • Sweating
  • Lack of energy

People with more severe alcohol addictions can have more extreme symptoms, such as:

  • Delirium tremens (which can be fatal)
  • Grand mal seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Full body tremors
  • Confusion

Safe, Professional Detox and Treatment in Columbus

At The Recovery Village Columbus, we believe in an all-encompassing approach to treatment. Effective recovery requires addressing the underlying causes of a person’s substance use — not just their addiction. 

Ongoing support is also an important factor in success, which is why we provide aftercare programs, alumni support and other resources that support lifelong health and recovery.

Our ultimate goal is to help each client repair their lives and transition back into their communities without needing to rely on substances.

The AUD Treatment Process

Our evidence-based approach to treatment has helped many people end their relationship with alcohol and find healthier ways to cope with life’s challenges. The general treatment process is:

  1. Intake: We figure out what type of treatment the client requires, how severe their addiction is and what specific needs they may have.
  2. Detox: A team of medical staff monitors the client during the withdrawal process, providing support as needed to help relieve uncomfortable symptoms.
  3. Rehabilitation: Our addiction experts help clients address their substance use, learn strategies for avoiding relapse and discover healthier ways to deal with difficult circumstances.
  4. Aftercare: We routinely check in with clients to monitor progress, address new concerns and provide ongoing support throughout recovery.

Types of Treatment

Clients may go through a variety of different treatment programs, depending on the severity of their addiction and the progress they make. Stages of treatment at The Recovery Village Columbus include:

Medical Detox

Most clients begin the treatment process with detox, which helps them remove alcohol and other substances from their system before moving on to inpatient care.

Outpatient Rehab

Because hydrocodone is a strong opioid, medically assisted treatment, or MAT, with methadone or buprenorphine may be an option to help you overcome a reliance on hydrocodone.

Inpatient Rehab

During inpatient care, clients live onsite and attend group and individual therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction and help people learn how to live without alcohol.


Partial Hospitalization is the next step after inpatient care, offering clients more autonomy and independence while gaining critical skills for recovery. Clients in PHP programs often still live onsite.

Intensive Outpatient

IOP is in between inpatient and outpatient care. Clients transition to living offsite but participate in more hours of treatment than in traditional outpatient programs.



After on-campus treatment ends, clients begin the aftercare program. Aftercare involves a variety of support tools that promote long-term recovery, including routine check-ins, alumni events, support groups, relapse prevention plans and much more.

The Components of an Effective Treatment Program

It’s not enough to just stop drinking alcohol. The same problems, feelings and situations that led someone to drink in the first place still exist.

Effective treatment programs like The Recovery Village Columbus offer clients:

What Our Patients Have To Say

Alanna H.
18:00 27 Jan 23
I loved the staff!! It had it's hiccups along the way.
Mary R.
19:30 04 Jan 23
RVC Change my life the clinicians and counselors there really seem to care, the food needs a little work but it's mostly good,beds are comfortable, showers are clean over all a great stay!
Chris G.
19:27 23 Dec 22
Recovery Village is by far one of the best treatment facilities in Central Ohio. Their staff go out of their way to care of you and their therapists are top notch. Being in any rehab generally sucks but their policies are reasonable, their food is pretty good most days and their facility is nice. I would recommend it to anyone seeking help.
Lonzie B.
15:46 02 Nov 22
This place was great and great staff. I enjoyed my stay there and recommend if you need help to reach out to this place for real
Matthew G.
22:12 26 Oct 22
I’ve been to this rehab twice and shared how I met Jesus both times 2 years separately. The first year our prayers made miracles happen and the second time around I got to see even more. Isaiah 45:23
Sara T.
15:22 22 Oct 22
Treated me so well. My mental health was their top priority.

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Editor – Melissa Carmona
As the content manager at Advanced Recovery Systems, Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more
Medically Reviewed By – Dr. Kevin Wandler, MD
Kevin Wandler holds multiple positions at Advanced Recovery Systems. In addition to being the founding and chief medical director at Advanced Recovery Systems, he is also the medical director at The Recovery Village Ridgefield and at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Read more

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The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.