Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Developing an alcohol addiction or realizing that a loved one has become addicted can be a scary, lonely time.
Left untreated, alcohol addictions can impact mental and physical health as well as relationships with friends and family. For this very reason, alcohol addictions require specialized treatment.
At NP Addiction Clinic, we are here to help you overcome your addiction and develop the tools you need to achieve long-term recovery.
What Is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addictions arise when a person becomes physically and mentally dependent on alcohol. Due to being classed as a depressant, alcohol relaxes the central nervous system and promotes feelings of relaxation and euphoria, which can be highly addictive.
When consumed, alcohol causes the feel-good chemical dopamine to be released. In turn, the brain begins to associate positive emotions with drinking. This often leads people to consume larger quantities of alcohol, which gives way to several health complications.
Often, people who drink heavily develop a high tolerance for alcohol. As a result, they may struggle to feel the same effects as they once did when drinking small volumes of alcohol. As a result, they may begin to drink more to achieve the same feel-good effects that alcohol once offered.
As the body and mind become reliant on alcohol, it is virtually impossible to stop drinking alcohol. In this instance, treatment centers and rehab programs provide medical and psychological assistance to help promote the best chances of recovery for each client.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
The signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction are different for each individual. However, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, defines indicators of alcohol addiction as:
- Being unable to cut down on drinking
- Spending a lot of time thinking about drinking
- Continuing to drink even if it has adverse physical or mental effects
- Needing to drink more to secure the desired effect
Signs of alcohol use disorder (AUD) can also be physical and psychological. These signs include:
- Mood swings
- Memory issues
- Being secretive
- Losing interest in hobbies
- Weight loss or weight gain
Alcohol addiction also has many long-term health and medical conditions, some of which can even be fatal. These include:
- Liver damage
- Weakened immune system
- Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)
The symptoms of alcohol abuse can be intimidating, but help is always available to assist you or your loved one through addiction. If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it is vital to seek treatment for alcohol addiction as soon as possible.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Sometimes, people consume alcohol in a bid to cope with severe mental health conditions. This is also known as ‘self-medicating’. The medical term for this is dual diagnosis. When a dual diagnosis arises, addiction and mental illness coexist.
Dual diagnosis requires specialized treatment that targets both the addiction and the mental health condition. Simply going through addiction or mental health treatment alone may not effectively treat this condition.
Symptoms of a dual diagnosis vary depending on the mental illness and addiction in question. However, it is not uncommon for an individual to encounter the following:
- Social withdrawal
- Mood swings
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Inability to concentrate
NP Addiction Clinic is fully equipped to treat cases of severe dual diagnosis alcohol addiction with a comprehensive treatment plan, including medication and therapy. We aim to work with each client to target the root cause of addiction to reduce the chance of a relapse in the future.
When receiving treatment for an alcohol addiction, the first step in many rehab programs is detox. Essentially initiating the recovery process, detox sees harmful toxins flushed from the body. Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) occurs as the body adapts to functioning without alcohol if a medical detox for alcohol addiction is not rendered.
Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal include:
- High body temperature
- Delirium tremens (DT)
For those heavily dependent on alcohol, withdrawal symptoms can be intense and can last for several days. However, many treatment centers supply medication to aid withdrawal and reduce the symptoms encountered during the detox process. These medications include:
Benzodiazepines – This medication helps calm the central nervous system and reduce the effects of withdrawal, such as anxiety and insomnia.
Disulfiram – This treatment changes the way that the body processes alcohol. Often, it makes people feel nauseous when they drink. In turn, many avoid alcohol.
NP Addiction Clinic, we know that recovery doesn’t end with detox. We offer many therapy options to help clients identify the root causes of addiction and minimize the risk of relapse. Our therapy options include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Art, music, and recreational therapy
- Educational groups
At NP Addiction Clinic, we provide comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment to support you through your journey to recovery. We are fully licensed to provide residential treatment for substance abuse and detox services.
Our residential treatment program allows clients to focus on recovery without the distractions and triggers of the outside world. NP Addiction Clinic includes the highest quality facilities, including a beautiful communal garden, a fully staffed kitchen, and yoga classes to promote well-being and mental health.
Upon completing one of our treatment programs, we provide an extensive alumni service and aftercare planning to support each client as they return to daily life.
We’re Here To Help You
At NP Addiction Clinic, we know how challenging recovery can be. With many of our staff in long-term recovery themselves, we aim to support you or your loved one through all of the difficulties that addiction brings.
We pride ourselves on our in-depth medical, psychiatric, and clinical assessment process that allows us to develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. Recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. As a result, we are committed to helping each client however best we can.
To start your journey to lifelong recovery today with NP Addiction Clinic, contact us today to see how we can help you through the challenges of alcohol addiction.
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