Is Alcohol Addiction Treatment Right For You or a Loved One?
About 1 in every 12 adults or about 17 million people suffer from alcohol abuse or dependency. There are also several million more who might not have an addiction problem, but their drinking habits could lead them to be addicted to alcohol. Having an alcohol addiction can severely affect their health and person life. There are roughly 88,000 people that die each year due to an alcohol-related incident.
While growing up, there is a high probability that you have been around and experienced alcohol in some type of environment. What might have started as social or sporadic drinking in college can quickly grow into alcoholism. Alcoholism can start with the urge that you need an alcoholic beverage to get you through your day. It could also be that once you or the individual starts to drink, lose all control and do not know when to stop. The signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse vary, but there are some signs that indicate there is a problem.
- Lying about your drinking
- Having memory loss or “blacking out” on a regular basis
- Unpredictable behavior
- Developing an increased alcohol tolerance level
- Giving up on hobbies or other activities you once enjoyed
- Getting withdrawals symptoms when you stop drinking
If you feel that you might have a problem with alcohol or others are consistently suggesting to you that you might have a problem, then the time is now to receive help. Being able to admit that you need help and are willing to seek help out is the first major step to obtaining sobriety. This first step is usually the hardest, because of the lies you tell yourself and the effects of alcohol that impair your decision-making skills. All you can think about is having that next drink. When you finally can admit that you have a drinking problem, finding the proper treatment facility is next. Once you find the alcohol treatment facility that fits your or your loved one’s needs, the process of detoxification starts.
Regardless of what alcohol addiction treatment facility and program you choose, they all usually start off with a medically supervised detoxification. The purpose of detoxing is to rid and cleanse the body of any and all of the toxins that have built up over the time of your excessive drinking. While going through this process it is inevitable that withdrawal symptoms will occur. The process of detoxification can take anywhere from 7 to 10 days, while the entire addiction treatment process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days or longer, depending on your needs. The withdrawal symptoms that you may experience due to the lack of alcohol in your body vary by case. Symptoms that may occur during detoxing can be as little as a headache, anxiety, and minor nausea. In other cases, people can experience severe delirium tremens or DTS, which can include seizures and or hallucinations.
Once you cleanse your body of all of the toxins the detoxing portion is complete. The end goal of detox is to wean the body off the alcohol dependency it once had. When that process is complete, the treatment program will focus on you, the individual, and implement a treatment plan structured on getting you the best help possible. During this recovery process, the treatment will shift to a group and individual therapy. The purpose of these sessions is to figure out where your alcohol addiction originated from and how to move forward without alcohol in your life. You will learn new techniques on how to deal with certain life situations instead of turning to alcohol as an escape method. This part of treatment boosts your mental state and mentally releases the dependency on alcohol. The group therapy sessions help grow a strong support group. You should never have to travel on the road to recovery alone. Being able to connect with others who are going through the same process as you or have been through the process is a major key to success. The group goal is to help everyone by making sure you are all getting healthy and starting to live sober lives again.
Once you complete and finish the treatment program we suggest that people look into aftercare programs. These programs help you with the transitional phase from leaving a rehab facility, where you became sober, to entering back into society and participating in day to day activities. Some programs for aftercare include group and individual therapy sessions, entering a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, living in a halfway house, assigning a sober life coach to you, and many other options. These different aftercare treatment programs help reinforce everything you learned while in your treatment program.
If you or somebody you love are struggling or showing signs of addiction to alcohol or other drugs, please call us here at 888-374-3252. Our experienced addiction specialists are here 24/7, ready to take your confidential phone call and begin your journey to sobriety.