Achieving Sobriety Through Alcohol Rehab
Alcohol continuously proves the most commonly abused substance. 17% of men and 8% of women estimated to become dependent on alcohol in his or her lifetime according to National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAAA. Excessive alcohol consumption seems almost encouraged by today’s media. Almost every show and movie depicts the characters drinking glamorously or excessively. No wonder so many people are becoming dependent on alcohol.
The cost of alcohol abuse is incredible, both to the individual and to the nation as a whole. Alcohol use and abuse account for an approximated 3.3 million deaths a year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The greater the frequency and amount consumed, the higher the potential for developing an addiction to alcohol. The scientific study of addiction is ongoing, however several factors seem to clearly indicate risk, including environment, mental health disorders, genetics, environment, amount consumed and frequency of use.
Men can typically consume more alcohol than women, however, everyone is different and understanding your personal tolerance level. Alcohol poses serious health risks, including addiction with any amount of consumption. Other potential physical consequences include brain damage, liver damage, heart problems, pancreatitis, and other life-threatening issues. No one wishes to become terminally ill, but for those who drink excessively without the ability to stop, that nightmare can quickly become reality.
Treatment programs are the best way to overcome a dependence to alcohol. Stopping suddenly is not recommended as alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. Medically managed detox proves the safest and most comfortable way to quit drinking for good. We have professionals ready to speak with you and explain treatment and answer any questions you may have. Call 1-503-676-6958.
Addiction treatment provides each individual with tailored care to best suit his or her needs. Addiction is a disease and the substance abuse is a symptom of other larger issues, which are worked through during the program. Inpatient treatment programs occur in a residential facility with 24-hour care and medical attention. While attending an inpatient program, clients attend therapy, groups, 12 Step meetings, and other recovery oriented activities. Outpatient programs offer similar therapeutic approaches, but are geared toward already stabilized individuals. These programs are attended during the day or at night while the person commutes from home, allowing them to avoid taking a leave of absence.
Individual therapy is provided for those regardless of whether they attend inpatient or outpatient programs. Utilizing different types of psychotherapy allows the individual to choose what works best for him or her. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a well-proven form of therapy in addiction treatment. This approach focuses on how to change negative, destructive thought pattern into more productive and healthy ones.
Group therapy allows individuals to connect and support each other while getting feedback from those in the same situation as them. People are more likely to stay sober when addiction treatment is in a group setting due to the support, affiliation, confrontation and gratification that they receive. Group sessions are led by a licensed therapist who teaches invaluable coping skills to the group as whole. Group members also are able to add input, which promotes all to benefit from each individual’s past experiences and lessons learned.
Family therapy also help people in treatment overcome past issues and work towards a bright new future. Family therapy allows family groups to attend educational seminars and sessions aimed at identifying past destructive behaviors and remedying them. In both types of groups, all individuals are equipped with vital tools and coping mechanisms to successfully overcome the disease of addiction.
Every treatment center differs in terms of what services and other therapeutic activities they offer. Many encourage physical exercise, yoga and meditation as crucial to recovery. Other potentially helpful approaches include equine therapy, art and music therapy, and many more.
It’s Never Too Late
The disease of addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. We understand that those struggling are suffering from a disease and require medical treatment to get better. If you are struggling with alcohol, get help. Admitting a problem exists constitutes the first and hardest step toward a life better than you can imagine.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, give us a call. We can help. Our professionals are ready and waiting to answer all of your questions and to help get you started down the path of recovery.