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Treating Alcoholism

June 5, 2017 Substance Abuse

Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Effective alcohol abuse treatment attacks the problem from all angles — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Many people suffering from alcohol dependence require inpatient alcohol rehab for the best long-term results, though intensive outpatient treatment can prove effective in some cases.

Some people who are resistant to admitting they have a problem can benefit from an alcohol intervention. Typically led by a professional interventionist, an intervention can help loved ones fully realize the seriousness of their problem and be more readily guided into a treatment program.

Some of the benefits of alcohol use disorder treatment include:

Medical Care for Alcohol Detox – Withdrawal from alcohol can range from unpleasant to life-threatening depending on the person. Withdrawal symptoms are largely due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state. Unlike withdrawal symptoms of detoxing from drugs, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. It can include seizures and delirium tremens (shaking, confusion and hallucinations), and may lead to excitotoxicity (damaged neurons and receptors in the brain that can lead to stroke, brain injury and other serious conditions).

Completing alcohol detox in a medical setting ensures that clients have 24/7 care and are safe and as comfortable as possible. Our detox treatment team can administer research-backed detox medicine for alcohol to ease withdrawal symptoms and immediately attend to any discomfort.

Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders – Alcoholism rarely occurs in a vacuum. Many people who abuse alcohol are doing so in an attempt to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed or undertreated mental health disorder like depression or anxiety.

Research indicates that over half of the people treated for an alcohol use disorder also have a mental health issue. In alcohol rehab, clients work with psychiatrists to assess, diagnose and treat psychiatric issues that might be propelling them to drink.

Attention to Underlying Issues – In addition to mental health disorders, issues like past trauma and environmental factors can play a large role in addiction. Mental health professionals help clients explore these issues through individual, group, family and specialized therapies. Clients learn how to identify and manage these challenges while developing emotional resiliency.

Relapse-Prevention Training – In order to maintain sobriety in everyday life, recovering alcoholics need to learn healthy coping skills to draw upon when faced with triggers to drink. Alcohol rehab helps to develop healthy self-talk and thought patterns. Clients will also get acquainted with rewarding, alcohol-free activities like sober support groups, yoga, exercise, expressive therapies and mindfulness.

 

Alcohol Detox Program

Most alcohol rehab programs begin with a detox period. During detox, clients eliminate the substance from their bodies under the 24/7 supervision of medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, and therapists. Medically monitored detox is critical to a safe and effective detox experience. Depending on the duration of the alcohol abuse and the individual’s physical makeup, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, and may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Delirium tremens (psychotic condition involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety and disorientation)
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Insomnia
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Nausea

A medically monitored detox program like The Ranch treatment center’s detox program guides clients safely through detox. We monitor vital signs around the clock, administer evidence-based medications to ease withdrawal symptoms as needed, and immediately attend to discomfort or life-threatening emergencies.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

Many individuals require a comprehensive inpatient alcohol rehab program after detox that includes intense individual and group therapy and resources for ongoing aftercare in order to remain sober. A residential alcohol program allows clients to remove themselves from the daily stressors and triggers that perpetuate alcohol abuse. Clients can focus on staying sober and addressing the issues that fuel addiction, so that they can move beyond it.

The Ranch alcohol rehab program combines evidence-based traditional and experiential therapies to help clients explore trauma, attachment issues, social factors and interpersonal and familial challenges that often accompany substance use disorders. We combine individual and group therapy, trauma-focused therapies, 12-step and non-12-step support groups, spirituality exploration, adventure therapies and more to offer an effective treatment experience.

Clients live in home-like residences with others struggling with similar substance use issues and co-occurring disorders. This environment offers valuable opportunities for group support and ways to put recovery skills into practice.

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