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Alcohol Addiction and Rehab
Alcoholism and abuse has existed in American culture for decades. It is prevalent in every ethnic demographic, every gender and age group from 12-years-old and up. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) there were 1.8 million admissions for drug and alcohol abuse treatment in the US in 2008. Most of these- 41% involved alcohol.
Teen alcohol consumption is a problem in Texas, as it is in every other state in the union. According to the 2013 CEWG report, alcohol is the primary drug abused in the state of Texas. 58% of secondary school students in grades 7-12 had ever used alcohol, and 25% had consumed alcohol within the last month, per 2012 CEWG statistics.
In terms of heavy consumption of alcohol, or binge drinking (defined as five or more drinks consumed at a time), 12 percent of all secondary students were binge drinkers of beer, and 11 percent reported binge drinking of liquor.
73 percent of Texas high school students in grades 9-12 have drank alcohol at least once, and 40 percent had consumed alcohol within the last month. 24 percent have consumed five or more drinks in a row in the last month (binged). These are statistics reported by the YBRS for 2011, and the study also compared these stats to those of 2001, 81 percent had ever tried alcohol, and 49 percent had consumed alcohol within the last month; and 31 percent had binge drank in the last month.
Alcohol addiction can afflict anyone. The symptoms and warning signs aren’t always evident when addiction occurs. Warning signs of alcohol addiction can include drinking often to relieve stress or relax, lying or hiding your drinking addiction from friends and family, drinking while driving or in other dangerous situations like operating machinery or on work breaks, and having to drink more and more because of the tolerance an addict builds with repeated use.
Thankfully, there is good news! The proliferation of alcohol and drug abuse has spawned an industry of rehab and treatment programs. More and more people are finding help for their alcohol addiction. There are many options available for drug and alcohol addicts including detox, rehab, inpatient, outpatient, sober living facilities, aftercare and access to group therapy and 12-step communities.
The best treatment centers provide a wide range of treatment and therapy programs for clients suffering alcohol addiction. Inpatient care, one of the most effective forms of treatment is therapy that includes 24-hour, medically managed care in our treatment facility. Outpatient treatment centers are rehab facilities that clients travel to.
There are advantages of outpatient care, including flexibility and convenience. Outpatient treatment provided clients therapy who can’t afford inpatient care, or aren’t able to enroll at a live-in facility. If work or family responsibilities prevent a client from enrolling in an inpatient treatment center, outpatient is a great option.
Additional therapies that rehab facilities offer include: cognitive-behavioral, individual, family, group and family therapies. Each of these therapies is geared to educating clients on the nature of their addiction, and provide customized treatments to help them overcome their addiction and stay sober for the rest of their lives.
One of the most popular therapy treatments is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Through cognitive-behavioral therapy, clients become aware of their addictions and how they are affected by them. Clients learn coping skills to help them avoid relapse when they finish rehab.
A common therapy that many treatment centers offer is group therapy. Group therapy leverages the comfort and support found in groups of addicts who openly share their struggles. This enables addicts to realize they aren’t alone, and to witness the path of successful recovering addicts in the program.
Family therapy is beneficial to clients who are struggling with family conflicts created by their addiction. Valuable benefits of family therapy include fostering effective communication skills, and developing a viable support system within the family. Both of which are vital to restoring healthy relationships in the family.
Detox is the first step in rehab, and it is to cleanse the system of toxins, but it’s not rehab in itself. Rehab is the therapy that treats those suffering from substance abuse addiction, including alcohol addiction. It’s imperative that addicts have the desire to quit the addiction and the determination to expend the effort and sacrifice necessary to conquer alcohol addiction. If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, and realize it’s affecting your happiness and other aspects of your life, it may be time for you to make a change and seek treatment help.
Addiction Is a Disease
Medical professionals acknowledge the most current and relevant scientific evidence that portrays addiction as a disease. It has less to do with lack of willpower, morality or strength of character. The disease of addiction is primarily psychological, and it is physiological as the brain actually re-wires itself to obtain more of the addictive substance. Alcohol releases the neurotransmitters dopamine and endorphins that spark the re-wiring process, ultimately resulting in the brain prioritizing alcohol over everything else, including the necessities of food and sleep. This re-wiring is gradual and happens over time. The evidence can be seen in brain scans as brain activity shifts to the center part of the brain that releases the “feel good” chemicals and neurotransmitters.
The gradual transformation of the brain makes it very difficult for an addict to notice the severity of the problem. Once the warning signs present themselves, the addiction and brain structure transformation has already taken place.
Healthcare professionals recognize that each addict is different. They each have their own lives, needs, circumstances, friends, stresses, and influences. We take all these factors into consideration to create a custom-tailored treatment plan for every client who enrolls in therapy. The first phase of treatment is detoxification (detox). Our detox is medically managed, and we provide 24-hour supervision of our clients to ensure the detox process purges the harmful toxins and chemicals from your system. Our professional medical experts also help clients with the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox, preparing our clients for the next stage of treatment, rehab.
The natural by-product of detox is withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when an addict stops using alcohol or an addictive substance, and the body is so used to the euphoric benefits that it creates an internal rebellion of urges and desires for that addictive substance. These cravings can range from mild to extreme, and even deadly. Especially for alcohol abusers. Alcohol withdrawals can result in seizures and even death. During the detox phase, we guide you through the process of coping with your withdrawals. Our medical professionals will care for you around the clock, providing therapy to cope with your withdrawals, and even medical prescriptions to reduce severe withdrawal symptoms. Detox professionals will dramatically reduce your withdrawal symptoms during detox and rehab.
If you have a friend or family member who is suffering from alcohol addiction, you can help them by creating an intervention. An intervention is a gathering of family and loved ones who are assembled with the sole purpose of convincing the substance abuser to get help at a treatment facility. We have trained specialists who can guide you to creating an intervention for your friend or loved one, based on love, compassion and care. If you are concerned about a backlash or the substance abuser reacting violently, our specialists will instruct you on how to avoid these situations. Call our intervention specialists today, and create an intervention in Dallas, Texas! (214) 814-2000
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The most difficult thing for many addicts is reaching out for help. It takes bravery, courage, faith, and that acknowledgment that one needs help in overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction. Have faith though, no matter how many times you’ve fallen, or how long you’ve been dependent on a substance, help and support is always available.
In addition to our expert medical staff, we also have many professionals who themselves are recovered addicts who have conquered addiction through detox, rehab and aftercare. There’s an axiom among recovering addicts that if you’re going through a maze, the best way out is with a guide who knows how to get out. Our employees who are recovered addicts serve as sponsors and mentors, and help guide recovering addicts through their rehab.
When you finish rehab, our treatment experts strongly recommend enrolling in an aftercare program. Aftercare is a transitionary stage of rehab that prepares you for life back in the real world. Aftercare can be inpatient or outpatient, or can be a sober living facility.
It’s also important to remember not to beat yourself up or be too hard on yourself about your alcohol addiction. Millions of people receive treatment around the country for their alcohol addiction, and there is no shame in asking for help. We will provide you with access to group meetings like AA, and 12-step programs that can help you on your path to recovery.
Sobriety and a new tomorrow is attainable. It is an achievable dream that you can achieve. Our mission is to help you reach that dream of living a helpful, happy, productive life again. Our experts are standing by to hear from you. If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll help you find treatment for your alcohol addiction in Dallas, TX. Call today at (214) 814-2000 and start your journey to your new life now!