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Alcohol Abuse
Inpatient Treatment

How You Can Find Treatment for Your Alcohol Addiction

A Better Today Recovery Services can help you find residential or inpatient treatment for those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. We can help you find treatment that utilizes individualized treatment, fact-based research, advanced substance abuse medications, and relapse prevention techniques to ensure a long-lasting recovery.

Group counseling, one-on-one therapy sessions, and behavioral therapy will help you identify the root of your addiction. These resources will also teach you how to manage triggers and stressors without resorting to alcohol and drugs. Through therapy, you will also learn about the disease model of addiction. Every day, you will participate in healthy activities and work to develop skills and techniques that promote maintaining your sobriety. Not only will an effective treatment center help you overcome your addiction, but it will also teach you the importance of having a healthy body and thought process.

A treatment team will work with you to develop an aftercare plan that will set you up for success. Evening IOP aftercare offers guidance at your busy schedule on how to maintain your recovery and work through stressors. Many substance use treatment centers also have alumni programs that allow you to stay in touch with other people you went to treatment with.

ABT wants you to be successful in maintaining your recovery. We recognize that many people often experience relapse as part of their journey. However, we will connect you with a treatment program with excellent aftercare services. Aftercare services can include a support group, therapy, or sponsor who will help you continue on your journey of recovery even after your treatment is over. High-quality aftercare can be the difference between relapsing and staying sober.

Additionally, some treatments offer evening intensive outpatient programs that gives former patients extra support right after they finish treatment. Through programs like these, people can re-enter their former addiction treatment facility and receive help if they feel they are at serious risk of relapsing. If you have any questions about treatment options or aftercare, please give us a call today.

Alcohol FAQs

What happens during alcohol detox?

Patients who undergo alcohol detox are kept under close observation and care. Medication is usually administered to keep the patient comfortable. Some high-quality detox facilities are unique, beautiful homes in residential areas. Other detox facilities take place in inpatient facilities. In this level of care, patients participate in therapeutic groups so that the main focus is getting the healing and rest their bodies need.

How is alcoholism treated?

Alcoholism is treated through a therapeutic and educational curriculum. Some types of therapy include individual, group, and family therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also an effective way to treat alcoholism.

Can alcohol detox be done at home?

Alcohol detox, more than any other type of detox, is dangerous to do at home. In fact, detox from alcohol constitutes as an emergency detox most of the time. We highly advise that you contact us to discuss your situation. We can help you find a detox center that provides a safe, comfortable detox process.

What happens after alcohol detox?

Effective detox centers place a great emphasis on getting their patients through the detox process safely and comfortably. Once medical providers feel confident that the detox is complete and the patient is stable, the real work of recovery begins. Patients are immersed in an educational and therapeutic environment where they receive several different types of therapy including individual, group, and family. Detox is just the first step on the road to recovery.

What if there's also an underlying mental health issue?

Oftentimes, there is a question if there is an underlying mental health disorder. In these cases, patients need treatment for co-occurring disorders. The main goal of co-occurring disorder treatment is to diagnose and treat any underlying mental health disorders along with the alcoholism. One thing to consider is that alcohol can induce mental health disorder symptoms. Once patients receive alcoholism treatment, these symptoms sometimes go away once a person is no longer drinking. However, for those who truly do suffer from a mental health disorder, providers are specialized in treating co-occurring disorders. You can trust us to help you find treatment for co-occurring disorders that has the highest standards of care.

What if alcohol is being used with other drugs?

If alcohol is not the only substance that is being abused, the patient has a polysubstance disorder. If this is the situation that you find yourself or a loved one in, it is urgent that you give us a call to start the process of treatment. We can help you get onto the road to recovery.

How long is alcohol rehab?

Length of treatment stay varies depending on several different factors. Stays are usually 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 days. For patients who need long-term care, patients can enroll in an independent living program. These programs allow former patients to stay for up to a year after they graduate treatment. In general, longer treatment programs are more effective. Studies have found that the longer the treatment stay, the higher the chance of long-term success.

What types of community recovery programs are available?

At A Better Today, we believe you should have the right to choose a recovery path that works for you as an individual. Once patients leave treatment, it’s essential for them to have already chosen a community recovery program to get involved with. These include: 12 Step Programs, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, and others. We can help you choose these programs while in treatment. We do not believe that your recovery journey ends after you have graduated from treatment; it is an ongoing process.

How do you convince someone to get help for their alcoholism?

Because alcohol is legal and usually socially acceptable, it can be hard for the person you love to see that they have a problem. If your loved one is already reaping harsh and negative consequences that come with alcoholism but still insisting that there isn’t a problem, you may need to take a more careful approach. Give us a call today, and our recovery specialists can help you make an intervention plan.

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The Dangers of Going Cold Turkey When Detoxing From Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol withdrawal is not something to be taken lightly. Detoxing from alcohol without proper medical attention and supervision has proven fatal for some. Attempting to detox from alcohol on your own is something that you should never consider. Alcohol in large quantities is toxic to the body and causes changes in your metabolism and central nervous system. Your body begins to rely heavily on alcohol and abruptly stopping drinking can be fatal.

It causes both psychological and physical symptoms of withdrawal. The symptoms that can be experienced during alcohol withdrawal are tremors, sweating, elevated pulse, and blood pressure, nausea, insomnia, and anxiety. If you have become severely physically dependent on alcohol and you suddenly attempt to stop drinking, you run the risk of seizures and organ failure. These withdrawal symptoms can begin 1-3 days after your last drink and can last for 2-10 days. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal, depending on the length of time and severity of the dependence.

Severe alcohol withdrawal is also called “delirium tremens.” This condition can cause heart problems and fatal injuries during seizures. Alcohol detox is best done under the supervision of a medical professional. Medical detox can include medications to help your system in balance and prevent further complications. Detox is the first step and treatment should always follow once detox is complete. If you need more information on detox, please call us today.

Medical Detox for Alcohol Abuse

Medical providers focus on taking the discomfort out of the detox and withdrawal process. We understand that each patient has different needs. Many treatment centers offer medication-assisted treatment as an option for treatment. You deserve an effective and realistic addiction treatment plan, and we can help you find one. Learn more.

Intensive Outpatient

Many facilities offer intensive outpatient and evening intensive outpatient programs. These programs provide a safe and therapeutic substance abuse group and sessions for you to get better and focus exclusively on your treatment is our top priority. Learn More

Residential Treatment

Residential facilities are the perfect place to start your journey to recovery. Expert clinicians and medical providers determine your needs and create a treatment plan that works. Learn More

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Health Risks Associated with Alcohol Abuse

It is no secret that alcoholism can cause major health problems. The statistics themselves speak volumes about the dangers of alcoholism and the toll it takes on your body. It is estimated that 88,000 people die each year in alcohol-related deaths. Some health risks associated with heavy drinking are cirrhosis of the liver, anemia, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, seizures, gout, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and pancreatitis.

Excessive alcohol intake can also suppress your immune system leaving your body vulnerable to infectious disease. The statistics on drunk driving related deaths are also alarming. It is said that 28 people in the United States die in alcohol-related traffic accidents every day. Many of our patients have told us that as time went on, driving under the influence became a normal occurrence for them. They always hoped and prayed that they wouldn’t get caught or hurt someone on their way to the store to purchase more alcohol. In a year, it is estimated that 13,000 lives are ended due to alcohol users driving under the influence.

The cost of these damages adds up to a cost of around 52 billion dollars a year. It is easy to see why treatment can be necessary for alcohol abuse. These are very serious risks that you cannot afford to take. If you know that you are unable to control your drinking, don’t let yourself lose your health or become an alcohol death statistic.

Finding Treatment for Alcoholism

At a treatment center, you will have a medical team at your side monitoring your vitals and offer medications to help ease the pain and lessen the risks associated with alcohol withdrawal. Detoxing from alcohol can be life threatening and dangerous. Enrolling in a treatment program means that you will have a safe place to overcome your dependency on alcohol with professionals who understand and care about your level of comfort during treatment.

High quality substance abuse treatment provides each patient with a detailed mental and physical assessment that can help those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Many people self-medicate with alcohol to cope with PTSD, anxiety, or severe depression. Good approaches to substance abuse treatment teaches techniques that will help you free yourself from the vicious cycle of alcohol addiction.

Substance abuse treatment incorporates individual, group, family, and holistic therapies that can encourage a life worth living free of alcohol abuse. We’ll connect you with a program that will work with you on building those skills and tools from the time you arrive until the time you leave. Master-level clinicians will work with you on developing a relapse prevention and aftercare plan that is tailored to your unique needs and triggers.

ABTRS has a passion for helping heal families and save lives! Call us today to learn more about our inpatient programs and get the help you need to turn your life filled with your idea of success!

Reliable Sources About Alcoholism Can Make The World of a Difference When Considering Getting Help

Deciding to seek substance abuse treatment can be stressful. The stigma associated with active addiction makes it difficult to find a reputable source of information to support your life change decisions to get sober. Not many people feel comfortable going to a doctor to discuss their alcohol addiction without feeling shame or blame for their struggles. That is why it is important for ABTRS to provide information that you can count on, free from shame, and worth your trust.

We want to empower you with the knowledge to make good decisions that better your life. We take pride in offering reputable sources that are impartial, not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective. Know that the sources below are there to help you by educating you about rehab and the substance you are indulging in.

Sources

Asam.org. (2019). Public Policy Statement on the Definition of Alcoholism. [online] Available at: https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/public-policy-statements/1definition-of-alcoholism-2-902.pdf?sfvrsn=459a803a_0#search=%22alcoholism%22 [Accessed 22 Feb. 2019].

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 49. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4380. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009. 

Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/ 

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