Rehab from Alcohol Abuse
Deep in the heart of Texas is the vibrant town of Waco. Known as the home of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. No, not the baseball team, the original Texas Rangers whose most famous member was the real Lone Ranger, Bass Reeves.
Like nearly all American towns and cities, Waco has residents who suffer from the disease of alcohol addiction. If you or somebody you know in Waco is suffering from alcohol abuse, please give us a call and our trained professionals will help you find treatment help from detox to rehab. (254) 236-2088
Teen alcoholism is also a concern in Texas, as well as other states in the union. A report in the 2013 CEWG study found that alcohol is the prime substance abused by teens in Texas. 58% of teens grades 7-12 have admitted that they have ever drank alcohol, and 25% and admitted drinking in the last month, according to a similar study by CEWG in 2012.
When it relates to binge drinking, or the heavy consumption of alcohol, which is defined as drinking 5 or more drinks at a time, 12% of teens (grades 7-12) admit to binge drinking beer. 12% of teens in the same age group admitted binge drinking liquor.
A study conducted by YBRS in 2011 concluded that 73 percent of high school teens in Texas drank at least one time, and 40% drank alcohol within the past month. 24% of teens in Texas admitted binge drinking within the past month. This study also compared its findings with a study completed in 2001. It found that eighty-one percent of teens in the same age range have ever consumed alcohol, and forty-nine percent have consumed alcohol in the past month. 31% admitted to have binge drank within the past month, according to this report.
America has a long history of alcohol abuse, spanning many generations. Alcoholism has affected people of every ethnic demographic, every age group from teenagers up, and both genders. In 2008, A study conducted by the Treatment Episode Data Set, a subset of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), concluded that about 1.8 million drug and alcohol addicts enrolled in treatment facilities in the United States. Most of these addicts (41 percent) enrolled for treatment for their alcohol abuse.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that can afflict anyone. Often, the warning signs of alcoholism aren’t always present, which makes it even more difficult for an addict to know they have a problem. Typical warning signs of alcohol abuse include drinking to relieve stress, hiding a drinking problem from family and friends, drinking and driving, and drinking more and more alcohol to achieve the desired effect. An additional sign you may be addicted is if you feel sick when you stop drinking. Exercise caution if you have this reaction, and seek medical help. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to seizures and even death.
There’s good news though- the abundance of drug and alcohol addiction has spawned an entire healthcare industry of rehab centers across the country. The finer rehab centers offer detox, rehab, aftercare, group meetings, inpatient and outpatient facilities and access to 12-step programs.
The top-tiered rehab centers provide a variety of treatment options for those who suffer with alcohol and drug abuse. It has been proven that the most effective form of therapy is inpatient treatment. Traveling to an inpatient center is also effective as it removes you from the conditions, people and temptations that may lead you to use addictive substances. Inpatient therapy is usually medically managed, and under 24-hour supervised care. Outpatient treatment facilities are available for those who are unable to enroll in inpatient care. The benefits of outpatient treatment include affordability (it’s much less expensive than inpatient) and convenience, as it offers flexibility to those who have family and work responsibilities and are unable to enroll in a live-in center.
Additional proven therapies include individual, family, group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and even equine and yoga therapies. Each of these approaches help a variety of people. One type may not be effective for an individual where another form is better suited for that person.
Cognitive-behavioral treatment is one of the most effective forms of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral treatment enables clients to become aware of their problem and how it affects themselves and those around them. Addicts also learn valuable coping skills through cognitive-behavioral therapy. These skills can be extremely useful in allowing an addict to adapt to the normal situations in life and the workplace that arise after they complete rehab.
Group therapy is also a popular and effective treatment. In group, addicts find support and healing through sharing their stories and struggles with other addicts in recovery. Some people are able to open up and share better in a group setting, which enables them to accept responsibility and be accountable so that healing can begin.
Family therapy is beneficial to those who have severed family relationships or have severely damaged them. Benefits that these addicts gain include gaining vital communication skills that will help them get along with family members, as well as learning how to restore the support system that a healthy family can offer an addict in recovery.
One of the first steps in the rehab is to enroll in detoxification, or detox. Detox purges the system of the harmful toxins found in drugs and alcohol so the addict can have a clean body and mind to prepare them for rehabilitation. Detox also aids the addict in coping with their withdrawal symptoms that are a natural byproduct of detoxification.
Detox and Withdrawal
Anytime an addict stops using a substance they suffer withdrawal. As detox serves to ween addicts off of addictive substances like drugs and alcohol, a natural effect of this is withdrawal. Essentially, withdrawal is the body’s revolt as it compels the person to continue using the substances that he or she has become addicted to. When people abuse mind-altering substances, the brain releases dopamine and endorphins- “feel-good” electro-chemical neurotransmitters. The brain halts production of these naturally when it detects artificial ones in the system from drugs and alcohol. When an addict stops use of harmful substances, there are no feel good neurotransmitters in the body, so the brain and body respond by creating symptoms that compel the person to use again. Symptoms range from cravings, urges and desires to seizures and in severe cases, death. In detox, addicts are helped through their withdrawal symptoms with therapy and medications.
Traveling for Rehab
Addiction is a disease. One of the most effective ways to defeat this disease is to travel to a rehab treatment center outside of your area. The upside to traveling for rehab includes providing substance abusers a fresh start away from the environments and conditions that lead them to use, and to provide people the opportunity to clear their mind free of distractions so they can fully rehabilitate and heal.
Every addict is different- from the substances they abuse to the effect of those on their body and mind, to their own personality and psychology, and therefore the best approach is a customized treatment plan for each individual. The top treatment centers offer custom-tailored care for their substance abuse clients.
Create an Intervention for a Friend or Loved One!
If you know a friend or loved one who is struggling with addiction, you aren’t powerless. One of the most effective tools at your disposal is intervention. You can create an intervention by gathering friends and loved ones of the addict, to provide support and accountability, to convince your friend and loved one to get help. If you would like to create an intervention for someone you know in the Waco, Texas area, and you’d like a little help and guidance with staging it, give us a call at (254) 236-2088. We’ll help you create an intervention based on love, compassion and care. Keep in mind, your intervention should be non-judgmental, compassionate and loving. The goal is to not upset the addict, but to see the pain they are causing to themselves and others, in order to help them get the help they need.
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