Looking to Rehab for Alcohol Abuse?
Midland, TX, the inspiration for Friday Night Lights, is home to 111,000 people. It’s also home to the Permian Basin, which contains over 16% of the nation’s oil reserves.
High school football is huge in West Texas, and like many other states, high schoolers in Texas also struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. If you or someone you know is suffering with an alcohol or drug addiction in Midland, give us a call and we’ll help you find the treatment you need. (432) 201-1777
Alcohol abuse among teens in Texas is a serious concern. In a report compiled in 2013 by a network of local drug abuse experts called the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG), it was found that teenagers abused alcohol as the primary mind-altering substance in Texas. 58% of teens in grades 7-12 have admitted to consuming alcohol, and 25% have drank alcohol in the last month, according to a 2012 CEWG study.
When it comes to the heavy consumption of alcohol, or “binge drinking” (defined as consuming five or more drinks at a time), 12% of teenagers grades 7-12 have binge drank beer. 11% of teens in the same demographic have binge drank liquor.
Nationally, the United States has struggled with alcohol abuse for generations. A 2008 TEDS study (Treatment Episode Data Set), within a branch of SAMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), found that 1.8 million drug and alcohol addicts sought treatment for their disease. The majority of these addicts (41%) were enrolled for alcohol abuse.
Addiction is now widely viewed as a disease by the medical community. The warning signs of alcohol addiction aren’t always obvious though, which makes it even more difficult for an addict to know exactly how dangerous their alcohol abuse is. Warning signs can include drinking to relieve stress, driving under the influence, lying about drinking, and needing more alcohol to achieve the same effect. Another clear sign of alcohol addiction is if a person feels sick when they stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal can especially be dangerous, leading to seizures and even death.
The good news for those suffering addiction is that treatment centers have boomed nationwide. It can be overwhelming finding the right help for you, and that’s where we come in! Our expert professionals can help you find the treatment and therapy you need in the areas of detox, rehab, aftercare, access to 12-step programs, group meetings, and inpatient & outpatient facilities.
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The preeminent detox and rehab treatment facilities in the country provide a variety of therapy options to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The most effective of these is inpatient care. Inpatient care is a live-in facility where clients receive 24/7, medically managed care. An added benefit is that it removes the addict from the environment, conditions and people who can lead the addict to continue their substance abuse.
Outpatient treatment facilities are centers that people can commute to. The advantages include affordability (it’s typically less expensive than inpatient), and the flexibility of convenience. Some addicts have work and family responsibilities that prohibit them from enrolling in inpatient treatment facilities.
Other effective treatment therapies include individual, family, group, cognitive-behavioral, equine and yoga therapies. The reason a wide variety of treatment approaches are offered is that each approach may not be as effective for everyone. Some addicts respond better to group care than individual therapy, and vice versa.
One of the most proven therapies is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps addicts to become aware of how their addiction affects them and the people around them. Clients also gain valuable coping skills that aid them in handling situations in life that may otherwise cause them to have a relapse of their substance abuse.
Group therapy consists of addicts sharing their stories and struggles in a group setting. They find support and comfort from others who are struggling with a similar situation. This sharing and comfort level leads to accountability, honesty, mutual support, and ultimately healing.
Family therapy helps those addicts who have damaged relationships in their family as a result of drug and alcohol addiction. In family therapy, substance abuse clients learn coping mechanisms, and new communication techniques that enable them to talk through problems with their family better It also help restore the support system that the family provides to addicts.
The first step in treatment is often detoxification, or detox. The primary purpose of detox is to cleanse the addict of harmful toxins to prepare them for rehab. Many detox programs also provide treatment analysis for clients, and formulate an overall treatment plan for the remainder of their rehabilitation and recovery. These treatment plans are tailored for the individual, as different substances affect individuals in different ways. In addition, the quantities of substances consumed have a different impact on each person. Mental health is also a factor in creating a treatment plan. People with mental health issues who also abuse substances complicate their addiction. Substance use with mental disorders is like pouring gasoline on a fire.
In detox, medical professionals help addicts cope with their symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when an addict stops using the substance they’re addicted to. It’s basically the body’s reaction to the stoppage of euphoric chemicals in the substances. Feel-good neurotransmitters are secreted from the brain when someone abuses alcohol or drugs. The brain detects these in the system and stops the natural production of them. When someone ends their use of these substances, there aren’t any dopamines or endorphins in the system, and the body responds by creating withdrawal symptoms to urge the body to use again. These symptoms can be mild cravings and desires to harmful seizures and even death. During detox, medical professionals aid addicts in reducing their withdrawal symptoms, and provide medication for the severe withdrawals.
Traveling for Rehab
Traveling outside of your city or state for rehab is one of the best ways to achieve recovery. When addicts travel away from the people, conditions and environments that contributed to their drug use, it’s easier for them to clear their mind and start the process of rehabilitation.
There is also an aspect of anonymity that some recovering addicts enjoy. They don’t have to worry about being seen near rehab facilities by friends or coworkers who don’t know they are struggling with addiction. Oftentimes, traveling to another city that has tourism, such as Scottsdale, Arizona or Las Vegas, Nevada can seem like a vacation or getaway to addicts, which further enhances the appeal of traveling for help.
You Too Can Create an Intervention!
If you feel powerless being around a friend or loved one suffering with substance abuse addiction, now you can help them by creating an intervention for them. An intervention is a casual gathering of friends, family members and loved ones, to help a substance abuser realize the damage their addiction is causing. It is a non-judgmental approach to convince the addict to get the treatment help they need. We have intake specialists standing by who can guide you through creating an intervention in Midland, Texas. Our methods are grounded in love, compassion and care. Our experts will also advise you on how to avoid confrontation with the substance abuser.
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One of the most difficult things for addicts beginning treatment is asking for help. It takes a great deal of humility, courage and patience for one to admit they have a problem and to seek help. If you’re an addict, don’t lose faith. Almost every successful recovering addict has relapsed, and stumbled dozens of times on the path to their recovery. As long as you are able to pick yourself up again, you’re able to keep fighting and get the help you need.
Recovery is a journey,- not a destination. It can be long and perilous, but it’s worth the battle. Every day across the country, there are recovering addicts who have completed their journey in rehab and are living happy, healthy lives. Check with your rehab treatment center to see if they offer aftercare, which is a specialized treatment upon completion of rehab to transition you back to the real world, while avoiding relapse. Aftercare may include inpatient or outpatient facilities, sober living homes and half-way houses. Our professional therapists highly recommend aftercare as it greatly increases your chances of a successful recovery.
Many addicts who have completed recovery attribute their success to mentorship of sponsors who are also recovered addicts. The best way out of a maze is with someone who already knows the way out!
Never forget that sobriety is possible and it’s out there for you, if you want it. If you live in or near Midland, Texas, give us a call at (432) 201-1777, and our professional staff will answer any questions you may have on rehab, alcohol and drug addiction, and creating your own intervention. Call today and start your recovery now!