Alcohol addiction is a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol often complicated by co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety and depression and underlying issues like trauma. Research points to a combination of biological, genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the disease. Alcohol’s social acceptance and ease of access may also play a role in its being the “substance of choice” for many with addictive disorders. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S.
Effective alcohol abuse treatment should eliminate substance use as a coping mechanism, address the factors that contribute to its use, and provide healthier coping skills and opportunities for social support. The Ranch treatment center offers inpatient alcohol rehab that begins with medically monitored detox and continues with a whole-person approach that helps clients heal the physical deficiencies caused by alcohol as well as nurture emotional and spiritual needs. Learn more about our Tennessee inpatient alcohol rehab program or call 844-876-7680.
Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse is described as a pattern of drinking that results in one or more of the following circumstances inside a 12-month cycle:
- Interference with or the inability to complete important work, school or home/personal tasks
- Consuming alcohol during circumstances that are physically dangerous, such as while operating a vehicle or machinery
- Experiencing frequent alcohol-related legal problems, such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physically hurting someone while intoxicated
- Continued drinking in spite of financial or relationship problems that are created or worsened by the drinking
Alcoholism, otherwise known as alcohol dependence, is an illness characterized by:
- A powerful craving or urge to drink
- Inability to control the amount of alcohol one consumes
- Physical dependency on alcohol that results in withdrawal symptoms after a heavy period of drinking such as queasiness, sweating, shakiness and anxiety
- Greater tolerance to alcohol and the need to consume larger amounts in order to feel physically/mentally stable or get the same effect
Those suffering from alcoholism are in the grip of a strong craving, or uncontrollable need for alcohol, that supersedes their capability to quit drinking. This need can be as physically powerful as the need for food or water. Both alcohol abuse and alcoholism usually require the help of professional treatment in order to fully eliminate the problem and maintain long-term sobriety.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse or Dependence
The progression from social drinking to an alcohol abuse disorder can be a slippery slope for those already primed with biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to the disease. Warning signs of an alcohol problem may include:
- Concern that one has a problem with drinking
- Concern from others about one’s alcohol use
- Feelings of regret, remorse or shame after drinking
- Drinking at the beginning of the day to calm nerves or help a hangover
- Physical disturbances such as anxiety, sweating and tremors the day after drinking a large amount of alcohol
- Requiring more alcohol to get the desired effect
- Compromised work performance due to drinking
- Relationship and interpersonal issues related to alcohol consumption
- Financial or legal problems related to drinking
Alcohol Abuse Disorder Treatment
Effective alcohol abuse treatment attacks the problem from all angles — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. 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.
Alcohol Detox Program
Most alcohol rehab programs begin with a detox period where 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, effective detox experience. Depending on the time alcohol has been abused and the individual’s physical make-up, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, and may include:
- Delirium tremens (psychotic condition involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety and disorientation)
- Heart failure
A medically monitored detox program like The Ranch treatment center’s detox program guides clients safely through detox, monitoring vital signs around the clock, administering evidence-based medications to ease withdrawal symptoms as needed, and immediately attending 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, and 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 abuse issues and co-occurring disorders. This environment offers valuable opportunities for group support and ways to put recovery skills into practice. Learn more about our Tennessee alcohol rehab program or call 844-876-7680.