Many people can use alcohol safely. People who misuse alcohol occasionally do not need inpatient treatment in a rehab facility.
Some will however misuse alcohol by regularly consuming unsafe amounts (e.g. binge drinking) which will lead to an alcohol dependency. They might find they need a drink everyday, and they might find that the amount of alcohol they consume on a daily basis is increasing.
After attempts to cut-back or stop the drinking fail, this would be the right time to seek a consultation with a doctor. For some people, this is the time to seek help from a rehab centre, or instead to begin some outpatient treatment, or to begin attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in their community.
When attempts to quit using have failed in outpatient treatment, then inpatient treatment in a residential rehab centre might be advisable. People can ask their doctor to refer them to a rehab centre, or they can refer themselves simply by contacting Castle Craig.