HUNTINGTON BEACH ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT
If you have an alcohol addiction problem, you may be hesitant to get help. That’s normal. Many alcoholics come to us doubtful of the effectiveness of our treatment, believing their issues won’t be understood.
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What is Alcoholism?
Drinking alcohol is a socially acceptable pastime many Americans engage in occasionally. Most of us do it in a social setting with friends and family. But for 14.4 million American adults, alcohol is a problematic habit.
Roughly 7.6 percent of men and 4.1 percent of women ages 18 years or older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States, according to statistics by NSDUH.
Alcohol use disorder, commonly referred to as alcoholism, is a chronic disorder defined by compulsive drinking, loss of alcohol use control, and the presence of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS).
Even 400,000 or more teenagers have AUD. And in colleges, the statistics seem to rise. Almost ten percent of college students 18-22 reported heavy drinking in the past month. And, over a third of the same population reported binge drinking in the past month.
How is alcoholism treated?
The first step to recovering from alcohol abuse and alcoholism is to stop drinking and begin detox. Because of the severe consequences of alcohol withdrawal syndrome caused when an alcoholic quits drinking, it may be recommended that this step be done at a facility such as our Huntington Beach alcohol treatment center.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the generic name for symptoms that arise when a heavy drinker halts all alcohol consumption. These symptoms are both physical and emotional, and they can be so severe that they sometimes require hospitalization.
Symptoms of AWS take anywhere from six hours to three days after last drink and include at least a few of the following:
- Fever and sweating
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Irritability and increased agitation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nightmares or insomnia
The detox process for alcohol dependency typically takes about three to seven days. After this period, the physical dependence diminishes. However, somewhat permanent damages may leave lasting marks on the body and brain, which is why treatment now is better than treatment later.
The true rehabilitation and long term recovery of alcoholism are earned in the stages after detox. Tons of different therapies and treatment options are available for alcoholics. Every person’s addiction is unique to them, and there is no cure-all treatment for any addict.
Like most substance use disorder treatments, the treatment of alcoholism can see success with the combination of behavioral therapies, and medication-assisted treatment.
Most successful treatment plans employ more than one of the following approaches:
There are different behavioral therapy procedures, but they all essentially focus on bettering coping skills and pinpointing harmful behaviors. The theme always is to identify problematic actions and to fix them with the goal of sobriety and relapse prevention. Many refer to this therapy as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Unfortunately, many addicts of all substances lack encouragement to get sober initially. In these cases, patients of alcohol abuse treatment may benefit from motivational interviewing (motivational enhancement).
Family therapy includes the family of the recovering alcoholic, setting boundaries and behaviors to enhance the life of everyone in the family. When the family is knowledgeable about treating alcoholism and how alcohol affects their loved one, they can react better throughout a range of different situations.
If there is another mental health issue present in someone with a history of alcohol abuse, treatment programs for that co-occurring disorder can improve one’s overall well-being. Treating both conditions helps the recovering alcoholic for both disorders.
The most prevalent support groups are 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 12-step programs are completely volunteer ran and helps recovering alcoholics by giving them a support system and a loose accountability system. People attending Anonymous 12-Step meetings can share their struggles with the group and see how others have successfully coped.
In some more severe cases, alcoholics may benefit from medication-assisted treatment. The use of the following medicines can help reduce cravings and with it the risk of relapse:
- Naltrexone — This opioid antagonist blocks the euphoric feelings of alcohol (and opioids) and can reduce the desire to get high off alcohol.
- Acamprosate — This GABA balancing drug is especially useful for alcohol withdrawals during detox. It can ease the overactive mind of the recovering alcoholic, easing anxiety and helping them sleep.
- Disulfiram — Useful in diminishing the reward associated with drinking in the brain, disulfiram punishes the user for drinking. If the patient drinks alcohol, the result is nausea, vomiting, and headaches.
The treatments and therapies above can be done through either inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab centers. It’s been seen that the most successful treatment route is to attend an inpatient alcohol rehab center like ours in Orange county.
Though both options are beneficial to the recovering alcoholic, you’ll find better results at a place like our Huntington beach luxury alcohol rehab centers that are steps from the sand. Take a look at some of the fundamental differences between the two:
- Residential treatment (inpatient) gives the recovering alcoholic 24-hour care and maintained supervision. This option provides the patient with better access to help through the waves of cravings and emotions during the early stages of recovery. It’s a more reliable option in building a strong foundation for sobriety since social triggers and temptations are greatly reduced.
- Outpatient Treatment typically requires a recovering alcoholic to attend a treatment center a few hours at a time a few days a week. This is may be the first step for some after residential treatment, though some may start outpatient treatment directly after detox.
How do I know I am an Alcoholic?
Knowing the line between casual drinking and problem drinking isn’t always clear. The easy answer is that you might be an alcoholic if you can’t control the times or amounts of which you drink.
If your drinking behavior mostly involves binge drinking or being unable to have fun unless drinking heavily, then you might be an alcoholic. If your drinking has caused problems with family members or friends, then you might be an alcoholic.
If you or a loved one is continuously struggling with alcohol abuse, call our Huntington Beach alcohol rehab center. We’ve got industry-leading treatments for alcohol use disorder, and our beachfront residential rehabs in Huntington Beach provide the perfect environment to focus on your recovery.