How Alcohol Treatment Programs Can Help
When binge drinking moves from a once-in-awhile activity to something that is done excessively, there can be cause for alarm. What might start out as innocuous “partying” can bleed into other areas of life. Alcoholism can bleed into the “partying” lifestyle so gradually, the victim isn’t fully aware of it. Denial creeps in. He or she may find a myriad of ways to justify the behavior. They insist that they are “just having fun” and that everyone around them needs to “lighten up.”
Many Fall Victim to Alcoholism
Often the people who fall victim to alcoholism are predisposed to it biologically. There is an addictive component to their consumption of alcohol. The more they drink, the more they seem to crave alcohol. This happens on a cellular level; their cells come to crave the body chemistry and internal states associated with the consumption of alcohol. Another component of alcoholism is an “anxiety driver.”
While drinking may start out as recreational. alcohol is often used to handle or “take the edge off” the stresses of life. If an unforeseen new stress is added, the person may consume even more alcohol in an effort to “handle” it. Alcohol then moves from a celebratory role to a self-medicating one.
There is Help With Alcohol Treatment
Whatever the reason for excessive drinking, there is help available. Alcohol treatment facilities offer safe, structured help for you or your loved one. In a controlled environment and with the help of trained, experienced professionals, it is possible to break free from the cycle of addiction. Alcohol treatment follows a prescribed path which has been tested and proven to have a significant effect. The main components of alcohol treatment include detox, therapy and support groups, and an ongoing aftercare program.
The first part of the alcohol rehab process is detoxification. It is likely that there will be some withdrawal symptoms when drinking is first stopped, and a detox protocol can help to minimize the discomfort. Medication may be prescribed to help with facilitating the safest and most comfortable detox process possible. The patient will be closely monitored throughout, and when ready, other components of treatment will be added.
Alcohol Rehab: Therapy and Support Groups
Behavioral and/or cognitive therapy are another crucial element of the alcohol rehab process. Support groups and 12-step program meetings are the crux of treatment, aimed at finding the root of the addiction at an emotional level. Finding the core trauma(s) and the “anxiety driver” which has held the addiction in place is pivotal in curing alcohol (and any other) addiction. While there is likely a biological component to the addiction, often there is also an emotional reason (or reasons) why the person is drinking excessively.
This is the core pain one is trying to escape through drinking. When this emotional pain is released and healed through talk therapy, the urge to numb oneself with alcohol naturally subsides. Getting to the root of the pain is the start of true healing.
Alcoholism Aftercare Services
Alcohol rehab is an ongoing journey and effective aftercare services are a key to continued, sustained success. Whether some time in a sober living facility is appropriate, or regular check-ins which happen on an outpatient basis, the main consideration is that there is continued emotional support. Receiving such support from trained staff as well as one’s peers can have a tremendously healing effect.
While alcoholism is a frightening and debilitating disease, there is hope. Many effective treatment options are available. With the assistance of a qualified drug and alcohol treatment center, there can be freedom from addiction and a brighter, happier future.
Contact Delray Recovery Center Today
If you or someone you care for is currently caught up in the destructive grip of addiction, please seek help with Delray Recovery Center. We are an addiction treatment provider that understands the struggle. We know the suffering of the addict and the heartache of the families involved. Call us today at the toll free number at the top of the page, or simply fill out the form and we will contact you promptly. Any measure of contact is a step in the right direction.