Unlike most other substances, alcohol is legal, making it one of the most available and used drugs in the world. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, alcohol contributes to over 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
Are you worried that a loved one may be addicted to alcohol? Read on to learn more about alcohol addiction and its treatment and determine whether Beacon House alcohol addiction treatment is a good fit.
Alcoholism Facts and Statistics
Here are a few facts and stats to consider:
- In 2015, over 66 million people in the U.S. confessed to binge drinking during their free time.
- Alcohol abuse cost the U.S. government $249 billion in healthcare expenses, criminal justice costs and lost productivity.
- Over 175 million people aged 12 and above reported having consumed alcohol in the past year.
- About 8% of the population (20 million people) in the U.S. is abusing an illicit drug, and 1% of that number has an alcohol use disorder.
- Even though over 20 million people (8%) were found to be using an illicit drug, only a little over two million people received some form of treatment to help them in their recovery.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Sometimes the warning signs of an alcohol addiction are obvious. At other times, they are not easily noticeable. When alcohol addiction is discovered early on, the chances for a successful recovery increase.
Common signs of an alcohol addiction include:
- Finding it hard to control the urge to drink alcohol
- Craving alcohol strongly when you are not drinking
- Putting the love for alcohol above other responsibilities
- Feeling the urge to drink more and more all the time
- Spending almost all your money on alcohol
- Behaving weirdly after indulging in alcohol
If you think that alcohol use is taking a big toll on your life, then it’s time to find treatment options that will help you take back control. A professional will offer medical assistance to help you begin your journey to recovery from alcohol use. Seeking help for alcohol abuse sooner rather than later helps you kick addiction to the curb and lead a normal, healthy and happy life.
What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcohol?
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin about six to 24 hours after the last drink. Their severity depends on many factors including how much was consumed, concurrent disorders, medical history and any past trauma. Some common withdrawal symptoms of alcohol include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Trouble sleeping
- Tremors and sweating
- Stomach pains and loss of appetite
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Irregular/elevated heartbeat and breathing
- Mood swings and irritability
- Increase in blood pressure
You may also experience very severe withdrawal symptoms including fever, agitation, confusion and hallucinations. Our treatment team works 24/7 to monitor these symptoms and provide immediate assistance using FDA-approved medications to help reduce alcohol cravings.
How Is Alcoholism Treated?
There are different forms of alcohol addiction treatment based on the severity and frequency of alcohol use. Recovery from an alcohol addiction is a long process that continues even after rehab. It takes a strong individual commitment and immense willpower to break the cycle of addiction and instead apply the techniques you learned in rehab.
Although every individual will have a personalized treatment plan tailored to their unique needs, treatment at Beacon House generally follows the following structure.
Alcoholism treatment is divided into three sections.
The first stage in alcohol treatment involves detoxification. During detox, you have no access to alcohol and are away from the triggers that normally lead you to drink. This phase is usually done with the help of medical professionals because of the potential for painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Most times, you are given medications to help alleviate the serious side effects of withdrawal.
There are two types of rehabilitation programs that can help with alcohol addiction: inpatient and outpatient rehab.
Inpatient rehab programs allow you to step away from your daily routine and commit to round-the-clock treatment for a period, usually 30, 60 or 90 days. For many, the focused environment is the most ideal setup for faster healing and recovery.
Outpatient centers are also ideal if you want to stay home with your loved ones while they work on resolving their alcohol addiction. It’s a personal decision an individual makes in consultation with family and friends who can help them throughout the entire process.
Inpatient rehab is the best choice for if you want to focus on recovery completely without the distractions of work, home or social obligations as it allows one to totally immerse themselves in recovery. Plus, it’s perfect if you have tried outpatient treatments unsuccessfully. As mentioned, inpatient rehab may last anywhere from one to three months, and recovery times usually depend on the needs of the individual.
Treatment at inpatient facilities includes cognitive behavioral therapies that encourage you to change how you react to stressful events in your life by learning healthy ways to cope. At Beacon House, we also offer individual and group therapy sessions, experiential treatment and training on good health and nutrition.
Recovery does not end when you get out of rehab. Successful and long-term sobriety requires you to commit to ongoing therapy which entails counseling and support groups. This ensures you don’t relapse and instead, continue to lead a sober life for months and years to come.
After rehab, the best thing you can do is look for ongoing support for a successful recovery. Whether you choose to be in the company of others who are going through the same struggle or you look for support in your personal network, it’s important that you share your struggle with like-minded people.
You can also seek help from friends and family. Chances are they’ll be happy to help you take control of your life. External groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) now have more than two million participants. The 12-step program emphasizes submitting to a higher power for help.
Get Help Today
Of the millions of people in the U.S. struggling with alcoholism, thousands are seeking help to regain control of their lives. There are many treatment options, and many have been successful with recovery. If you’re ready to get help, fill out our insurance form and call us at 831-273-1386 to learn more about how you can reclaim your life. A new life of sobriety and happiness is only one call away.