Alcohol Rehab Center
Alcohol is a popular drug in the U.S. and while many people drink socially not everyone will become alcohol dependent. Responsible drinkers may become alcoholics when they start to drink irresponsibly. Alcoholism is a chronic hereditary disease that is caused by a physiological susceptibility that leads to addiction. Research states that biological susceptibility is the primary reason for the disease and that psychological issues play a secondary role.
As a person becomes dependent on alcohol they will no loner be able to control their drinking. Once an alcohol dependent person has gone through the rehabilitation process and gained sobriety they should not start to drink again as that can reactivate addiction.
The best place for anyone struggling with alcohol dependence is at an inpatient rehab center. The patient will be treated by licensed, experienced medical and psychological personnel. Customized, individual treatment is served according to each patient?s disease and situation. The patient will be assessed and treated for their physical, mental/emotional and spiritual needs.
Denial is usually a problem when an alcoholic begins recovery but as they progress in the program they start to realize their problem and learn how to treat it. There are a variety of different treatments and modalities that are used to help the recovering alcoholic. Treating the patient holistically reinforces progress toward sobriety.
Treatments the patient may receive include a medically managed detoxification process, individual and group psychological counseling and therapy, co-morbidity issues, relapse prevention techniques, holistic modalities like nutrition, massage and exercise, family counseling, legal issues, spiritual practices, 12-step programs and accountability groups, cravings and pain management and aftercare. This holistic approach to treatment ensures that every aspect of the patient?s life is being treated.
The patient will begin to learn why they started drinking in the first place and what the physical and psychological/emotional triggers are that they deal with. The patient may have started drinking as a means of escape to forget about their current problems or traumatic things from their past. Drinking may also help them relax and unwind after a challenging and stressful day. Or maybe they like the alcoholic high of feeling free and uninhibited and having fun, regardless of the consequences.
Patients will also be assessed and treated for co-occurring physical and mental problems that they have been struggling with. These other problems often lead to anxiety, shame, depression and anger. Coming to terms with all of these problems and learning new, proactive ways of coping will help the patient work toward and achieve sobriety. By removing temptations from their life and learning new techniques to address temptation triggers, the patient’s reserve will be strengthened to stay on course.
Making and achieving new goals should be both personal and social. By telling family members and friends what the patient wants and needs allows them to join in the recovery process and become a great support group. Building a new social network that supports the patient’s recovery and being a positive influence in their life is very important. The patient will learn new ways of thinking and living. Exercise, nutrition, rest and relaxation techniques and spirituality will help the patient optimize their physical and mental health. Discovering new outlets for fun and entertainment will also enhance the patient’s lifestyle. Developing new hobbies, reading, listening to music, playing sports or volunteering are just some of the many ways to keep the mind and spirit filled with a positive outlook.
The patient should continue with aftercare counseling and support group participation like Alcoholics Anonymous. Recovery is a long-term process and the patient does not have to go it alone. By having a sober community of family and friends that can help the patient during tough, challenging times is very important. In addition, the benefits of a belief in a higher power cannot be stressed enough. By practicing their faith, the patient will have added peace, strength and the greatest source of help to their life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.