Stop Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol Abuse Rehab
Killeen, Texas boomed with the creation of one of the largest military bases in the world: Fort Hood. Developed as an anti-tank training ground, Fort Hood is still a thriving training center for the Army to this day.
Heavy alcohol use is a problem in the military, as well as many American cities, towns and states. Killeen is no different. If you or someone you know in Killeen is suffering from a substance abuse addition, give us a call and our trained professionals will help them find the treatment they need. (254) 236-2100
Teen alcohol abuse is also a major concern in Texas. A study in a 2013 CEWG report concluded that alcohol is the main substance used by teenagers in Texas. Fifty-eight percent of teens (grades 7-12) have drank alcohol, twenty-five percent admitted to drinking within the past month, according to another study in 2012 by CEWG.
When it comes to the heavy consumption of alcohol, or “binge drinking” (defined as consuming five or more drinks at a time), twelve percent of teenagers grades 7-12 have binge drank beer. 11 percent of teens in the same demographic have binge drank liquor.
YBRS conducted a study in 2011 and found that seventy-three percent of teens in Texas consumed alcohol at least one time, and forty percent drank within the last month. This report also compared their findings to those of a study they conducted in 2001 and found that 81% of teenagers grades 7-12 have ever consumed alcohol, and 495 of them have drank in the last month. Thirty-one percent have also binge drank within the last month.
The United States has a notorious history of alcohol abuse, spanning many generations. Alcohol abuse has effected men and women in every ethnic demographic from teenagers up. A study in 2008 conducted by the Treatment Episode Data Set, part of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), reported that approximately 1.8 million alcohol and drug addicts enlisted in treatment centers in the US. The majority of these addicts, (41%) enrolled in treatment for alcohol abuse.
Addiction is a disease, and alcohol addiction affects many people. The warning signs of addiction aren’t always obvious, which makes it difficult for an addict to see how bad their abuse may be. Some warning signs include drinking to alleviate stress, lying or hiding a drinking problem from family and friends, driving while under the influence, and consuming more and more alcohol to achieve the desired mind-altering effect. Another sign you may be addicted is if you feel sick after you stop drinking. Known as “dope sick” to addicts, this is a withdrawal sign, and with alcohol abuse can be extremely dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures and even lead to death.
Take heart though, there’s good news! Treatment centers have sprouted nationwide in response to growing awareness surrounding the disease of alcoholism.. The more prominent rehab facilities offer treatment for detox, rehab, aftercare, inpatient and outpatient centers, access to 12-step programs, and group meetings.
Treatments for Rehab
The top rehab facilities in the US offer a variety of options to treat those who suffer substance abuse addictions. Studies show the most effective of these therapies is inpatient treatment. Inpatient care is medically managed, 24-hour treatment in a facility that removes the patient from the toxic conditions, people and environments, making it easier for them to receive the healing they need.
Outpatient treatment centers provide care for those unable to enlist in inpatient facilities. The benefits of outpatient care include affordability (it’s less expensive than inpatient care) and convenience. , Outpatient treatment provides flexibility to those who have family and work responsibilities that prevent them from receiving inpatient care at a live-in facility.
Additional effective treatment therapies include individual therapy, group therapy, family, cognitive-behavioral therapy and even yoga and equine therapies. Each of these approaches uniquely help people in different ways. One treatment may not be as effective for someone as it is for another person.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is another form of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral treatment makes addiction clients aware of how substances affect them and those around them. Addicts also gain important coping skills through CBT that are vital to handling situations in life that would normally tempt them to use.
Group therapy has also been proven to be an effective treatment. In group therapy, addicts have a support system of other recovering addicts, and they find comfort in opening up and sharing about their addiction, which is key to admitting one has a problem so that healing can occur.
Family therapy is geared to those who have damaged or severed family relationships through their substance abuse. Through family therapy, addicts gain effective communication skills that can help them repair strained relations in the family, and family therapy helps restore the family as a support system for the recovering addict.
The first step in treatment is detox, or detoxification. The purpose of detox is to purge the system of toxins to prepare the addict’s mind and body for rehabilitation. Many detox programs also analyze an addict’s situation to create a custom-tailored treatment plan.
Detox also helps addicts in coping with withdrawal- a natural occurrence that happens when an addict stops using the substance they are addicted to. Withdrawal is the rebellion of the mind and body that compels the continued use of mind-altering substances. When people abuse drugs and alcohol, dopamine and endorphins, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters are released from the brain. The brain detects these neurotransmitters in the system and stops the natural production of them. When someone stops using these substances, there are no dopamines and endorphins in the system, so the body responds by creating withdrawal symptoms to get the person to use again. These symptoms can range from mild desires and cravings to harmful seizures that can even lead to death. During detox, medical professionals help addicts reduce their withdrawal symptoms, and in severe cases medicate them to avoid painful withdrawals.
Traveling for Rehab
Traveling outside of your area for rehab is one of the most effective means of therapy. Recovering addicts have found that traveling away from the conditions, people and environments that contributed to their substance use makes it easier to clear their mind and start the healing process of rehab.
As each person suffering from substance abuse is different, so are the effects of substances on the body and mind of each person. People also have their own psychology and physiology, all of which are variables medical professionals consider when customizing treatment plans for individuals.
Create an Intervention!
If you know someone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you don’t have to feel powerless. You can help them by creating an intervention. Intervention is a gathering of family, friends and loved ones convened to help the substance abuser find help for their disease. If you would like to learn about creating an intervention in Killeen, Texas, give one of our trained professionals a call at (254) 236-2100. We’ll guide you through the process of creating your own intervention based on care, compassion and love. Interventions should always be non-confrontational, non-judgmental, and considerate. The goal is to let your friend or loved one know that you care about them and want them to get help.
Start Your Treatment Now!
The most difficult part of rehab for many addicts is asking for help. It takes humility and courage to admit one has a problem and to reach out for help. If you’re an addict, take courage. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail and fall. As long as you can pick yourself up, you can get the help you need. Every successful story of recovery includes failing and falling numerous times.
Addiction recovery isn’t a destination. It’s a journey. It can be a long and perilous journey, but it’s worth the battle. There are addicts all over the country who complete recovery every day to go on and live healthy, happy lives. A successful treatment center will have programs like aftercare to help you avoid relapse, and provide you with the coping skills you need when you return to the real world.
Many addicts who have achieved a full recovery attribute their success to the guidance and mentorship of sponsors who are themselves recovered addicts. There’s a saying that the best out of a maze is with someone who has already found the way out.
Upon your completion with rehab, medical professionals strongly recommend that recovering addicts enroll in an aftercare treatment center. Aftercare treatment transitions recovering addicts back to the real world while avoiding the temptation of relapse. Depending on the aftercare provider, some facilities include sober living homes, inpatient/outpatient centers, and half-way houses.
Always remember, sobriety is possible. If you are in Killeen, Texas, call us at(254) 236-2100, and our trained professionals will answer any questions you may have on alcohol abuse and recovery. Give us a call today and start your healing now!