Alcohol is a drug that is legal and socially acceptable, and this blurs the line between alcohol use and abuse. Most people with an addiction do not acknowledge their problem overnight or want to make a significant change; it’s usually a gradual process that includes overcoming denial and admitting that there is a problem. With alcohol abuse, it can be particularly difficult to come to terms with the disease since it can feel like everyone else is using the drug, too.
Do Not Wait Around for Rock Bottom to Hit
Addiction ruins lives, regardless of what substance the person is addicted to. An alcohol addiction will eventually manifest in the same way as an addiction to illegal substances. The alcoholic may have strained relationships, financial troubles, and physical ailments. They may be suffering at work or school and increasing their use to include mornings and afternoons.
If you suspect an alcohol dependency in yourself or someone you love, don’t think that you need to wait for rock bottom to hit. The earlier you seek help, the better. There are fewer consequences at this point, and the alcoholic will have a greater chance of recovery. If you wait until rock bottom, you may never get a chance to help yourself or your loved one.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse
Even though alcohol is legal, it’s not hard to know when someone is abusing the drug. Signs to look for include:
- Ignoring responsibilities at work, school or home
- Using alcohol in dangerous situations, including while driving
- Engaging in risky behavior while drinking
- Lying or stealing to support the habit
- Allowing alcohol use to interfere with personal relationships
- Increased tolerance; more alcohol is needed to get the same effect
- A life that seems focused on drinking
- Loss of interest in other activities
Why Alcohol Rehab Programs Are Necessary
A common problem with alcohol addiction is that the individual feels they in control of their addiction and can quit on their own. We DO NOT recommend stopping drinking on your own; professional help is needed to make the detox process safe and comfortable. Withdrawal from alcohol can include serious side effects such as seizures, hallucinations, and delirium tremens. If professional alcohol rehab treatment isn’t sought out, people with delirium tremens have a 10 percent mortality rate.
Integrative Alcohol Rehab Treatment
At The River Source, the first step in helping our patients is to get them through alcohol detoxification in a safe, supportive environment with medical staff around 24/7. We use an integrative approach, combining both conventional medicine and naturopathic therapies to manage and treat symptoms of withdrawal. Once the alcoholic is completed with this process, they can continue in the recovery process and learn the tools and skills needed to lead a healthy, alcohol-free life.
Treatment for an alcohol addiction is very similar to the treatment for a drug addiction. Our counselors work closely with the alcoholic to uncover the underlying reasons for the continued abuse and to diagnose any co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression. We teach our patients healthy coping mechanisms that they can use in their lives to combat stress and tension. The 12 Steps are introduced as well, which we encourage all recovering alcoholics to continue following as they leave treatment. Also offered is holistic therapy to help heal the mind, body and spirit.
After Alcohol Rehab
What makes recovering from an alcohol addiction particularly challenging is that the drug cannot be eliminated from the everyday world. We inform our patients that alcohol will show up at work parties, holiday gatherings, summer festivals and restaurants and clubs. It’s critical that these individuals don’t just get clean during recovery but learn the importance of building a strong support network, developing interest in healthy activities and continue their 12-Step treatment.
Do Not Delay Help.
Addiction is a Progressive, Fatal Disease That Won’t Get Better on its Own.
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