Stop Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Rehab for Alcohol Addiction
Home of the Dallas Cowboys, Frisco, Texas, like many American cities, has its share of people who suffer from alcohol addiction. If you know someone suffering from alcohol addiction in Frisco and would like to create an intervention to encourage them to find help, give us a call at (972) 332-1483!
Texas isn’t alone in the problem of alcohol consumption among teens. In the 2013 CEWG report, a study found that alcohol is the foremost drug abused by teens in Texas. 58% of students in grades 7-12 have ever consumed alcohol, and 25% have used alcohol in the past month, according to 2012 CEWG statistics.
With respect to heavy consumption of alcohol, which is defined as drinking five or more drinks at a time, 12% of all secondary students (grades 7-11) were heavy drinkers. Also known as “binge drinking,” 11 percent of secondary students binge drank liquor.
A YBRS study reported in 2011 that 73% of high school students in Texas drank at least once, and 40% have drank alcohol within the past month. 24% have binge drank in the last month. This study also compared these statistics to 2001 stats and found that 81% have ever tried alcohol, and 49% have drank alcohol in the past month. 31% were found to have binge drank in the past month according to the same study.
Alcohol abuse has existed in the United States culture for decades. It exists in every gender, every ethnic demographic and every age group from 12 and up. The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) reported 1.8 million enrollments at treatment centers in the US for drug and alcohol abuse in 2008. The majority of which were for alcohol abuse at 41 percent.
The disease of alcohol addiction can affect anyone. The danger signs of addiction aren’t immediately present, which makes it even easier to become addicted. Some warning signs can include drinking to relax or to relieve stress, hiding or lying about a drinking addiction from family and friends, drinking while operating a motor vehicle or in other inappropriate situations like at work. Another warning sign is when one drinks more and more to achieve the same effect because they have developed a tolerance to alcohol.
Take heart though- there is good news! The abundance of people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction has spawned an entire industry of treatment and rehab programs across the United States. Many of these options include detox, rehab, aftercare, inpatient and outpatient treatment, 12-step programs, group therapy meetings and sober living centers.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Many treatment centers offer a plethora of therapy and treatment programs for people suffering drug and alcohol addiction. The most effective form of care is inpatient treatment. Treatment that is medically managed, and provides 24-hour supervised care in one of our treatment centers. Outpatient treatment facilities are also available for those seeking the convenience of commuting to a treatment center. Outpatient treatment care is typically less expensive and offers flexibility of schedule, in case a client has other work or family obligations and are unable to enroll in an inpatient center.
Treatment centers also provide additional therapies including cognitive-behavioral, family, individual, and group therapies. Each of these are geared to informing clients about the nature of their affliction, as well as educating them on the substances they are abusing and their harmful effects.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most popular treatments that rehab centers offer. Cognitive-behavioral therapy enables clients to become aware of their addictions and the impact of them on their personal, social and professional lives. Addict clients gain valuable coping skills that allow them to lead healthy, happy lives and avoid relapse upon completion of their rehab.
Another popular therapy is group therapy. Group therapy provides the comfort and support of other addicts struggling with affliction as they share their success and failures on the path to recovery. This format fosters a comfort level that enables an addict to talk about their own affliction and vocally seek healing and treatment. It also affirms them so they realize they aren’t alone, and there are many other people suffering and struggling just like them.
Family therapy is helpful for clients whose families have felt the adverse impact of alcoholism. Benefits of family therapy include creating solid communication skills among family members, and creating or repairing the support system of the family, both of which are essential to healthy family relationships.
The first step of rehab is detoxification, or detox. Its purpose is to purge the body of toxins in drugs and alcohol, so the mind and body can be prepared for rehab. It’s vital that addicts first have the desire to quit their substance abuse, and the determination and commitment to go through the rehab process to conquer their addiction.
Addiction Is a Disease
We view addiction as a disease, and we treat it as such. We dispel the notion that addiction is really about the lack of morality, willpower or strength of character. Alcoholism is primarily a psychological and physiological disease as the brain literally re-wires itself to promote the continued abuse of alcohol and drugs. The chemical neurotransmitters dopamine and endorphins are released with drug and alcohol abuse. They are the “feel good” chemicals that ignite the process of the brain re-wiring itself, which then causes the brain to prioritize the abuse of alcohol and drugs over everything else, including necessities of sleeping and eating. This process of re-wiring happens gradually over time. Brain scans are able to capture this process as brain activity shifts from full brain activity to activity focusing on the center of the brain where these “feel good” neurotransmitters are released.
This gradual transformation of the brain and psychology make it difficult for an addict to realize the severity of addiction. At the first presentation of warning signs, addiction has already occurred.
Medical professionals in drug and alcohol treatment realize everyone is different, and the effect on substance abuse is different in everyone. Each client has their own needs, circumstances, psychology, influences, stresses and lifestyle. Therapists consider all of these factors when we create treatment plans that are customized for the individual.
A natural by-product or effect of substance abuse addiction is withdrawal. Withdrawal happens when an addict discontinues use of a substance that releases the feel good neurotransmitters. In a sense, withdrawal is the body and mind’s revolt to compel the person to continue the substance abuse. Withdrawal can be mild or severe symptoms, sometimes as dangerous as creating seizures and resulting in death. The process of detoxification creates withdrawal. In detox treatment, we guide clients through the process of coping with withdrawal. Our clients are medically managed, and we provide medications to curb the most dangerous forms of withdrawal.
Create an Intervention
If you know a friend or family member struggling with alcohol addiction, now you can help them by creating your own intervention. Interventions are gatherings of family and friends who convene for the sole reason of convincing their friend and loved one to find treatment for their addiction. Our trained specialists are standing by to answer your questions on intervention and to guide you through creating your own intervention based on compassion, love and care. Some people may be concerned with backlash from the addicted friend or family member. It’s a common concern, and our specialists will teach you ways to avoid these confrontational situations. If you’d like to create an intervention for someone in Frisco, TX, call our specialists today! (972) 332-1483
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One of the most difficult things for an addict is to reach out and ask for help. It takes courage, bravery, faith and an admission that one is struggling with alcohol abuse. Take courage though- it doesn’t matter how many times you may have fallen. If you can get up, you can keep fighting and find help. Support is always available.
We also employ many treatment professionals who are recovered addicts who have been through the program and conquered their addiction. There’s a saying among addicts in recovery that if you’re going through the maze of recovery, the best way out is with a guide who has been through it before and knows the way out. Employees who are former addicts can mentor and sponsor clients to guide them on their path to recovery.
Once you complete rehab, our treatment professionals highly recommend enrolling in an aftercare treatment program. Aftercare is the final stage of rehab to transition clients back to a healthy and productive lifestyle, free from conditions and situations that may cause them to relapse. Aftercare can be residential sober living, a half-way house, or inpatient or outpatient care. We offer luxurious sober living centers available to you.
Keep in mind, sobriety is attainable. Many addicts have defeated their addiction to live healthy, happy, productive and fruitful lives. Our goal is to guide and assist you to reaching the dream of being happy and healthy once again. Give us a call, and our trained experts will answer all your questions on alcohol addiction, and we’ll help you find treatment near you in Frisco, TX. Call today at (972) 332-1483 begin your healing and recovery now!