Battling the Bottle in Arizona
A beer during social hour, a glass of wine with a few friends, and a margarita poolside on a sunny day is what makes alcohol a prevalent part in Arizona. Alcoholism does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone. Alcohol affects everyone in various ways, creating confusion between a moderate drinker and an individual suffering with alcoholism. That is where A Better Today comes in. We are here to help!
Alcohol possesses the abuser, taking control of the mind, body, and soul. An individual suffering tends to justify their drinking, failing to realize the internal and external damage they have caused. Alcoholism is like playing “tug-a-war” with the mind. No matter how hard the suffering person pulls away, alcohol always seems to pull him/her right back in.
A side effect of alcohol abuse is potential damage on the body’s organs. Excessive drinking takes a toll on many organs, especially the liver and brain. Abusing alcohol could affect the cerebellum, making it difficult to control judgment, movement, speech, and memory. While alcohol is affecting the cerebellum, excessive drinking may possibly lead to mortality in the drinker and everyone around him/her.
Two of the most common alcohol-related liver problems that arise from abuse are steatosis and cirrhosis, one of which, cirrhosis could be fatal.
Steatosis, also called “fatty liver disease”, is the earliest stage in alcohol-related liver diseases. Fatty liver disease is caused by buildup of fat in the liver. The symptoms of steatosis build up over time and include nausea, weakness, weight loss, and trouble concentrating. Steatosis can be reversed by abstaining from alcohol. If alcohol abuse continues and abstinence does not take place, the chances of developing cirrhosis increase.
Cirrhosis is the most advanced type of alcohol-related liver diseases. Symptoms of cirrhosis include jaundice, fluid buildup in the body, and internal bleeding. Cirrhosis could result in liver failure and cannot be reversed with abstaining from alcohol. However, abstaining could prevent further damage. Alcohol abuse accumulates a multitude of health risks, as well as external controversies.
Why Risk It?
Legal consequences, financial repercussions, tension among family and friends are a few of many external disputes that come with alcoholism. Making good choices while under the influence of alcohol could be a challenge. An individual suffering with alcoholism could get caught up with the law by something such as drinking and driving. The consequences that come with breaking the law could result in fines, jail time, or loss of job. Alcohol abuse is not limited to legal and financial consequences but can also cause social disputes.
Alcoholism typically damages the personality of the abuser. The drinker often becomes a different person causing emotional harm to family, friends, and co-workers. It is common for the abuser’s family and friends to clean up the alcohol abuser’s messes. The constant fear of, “What lie I am going to tell today?” Or “what excuse I have to make up for his/her boss today?” Can cause serious emotional damage. Therefore, alcohol abuse could possibly cause resentment or strain relationships.
Society has viewed alcoholism as a crime. For many years now, those suffering have been punished with imprisonment. Latest studies have confirmed to be ineffective and inhumane. Recovery entails a complete restoration of the mind, body, and soul. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease and recovery is a lifetime journey, not a destination.
Withdrawals and Detoxification
Detoxifying the body with the right medication will help ease the discomfort of withdrawals. The objective of detox is to rid the body from all poisons alcohol accumulates. Alcohol abuse causes an individual to become mentally and physically dependent. Therefore, decreasing or stopping alcohol intake could trigger withdrawals. The severity of alcohol withdrawals will depend upon the frequency of alcohol intake. If not medically supervised, withdrawals could cause death.
Some of the minor warning signs of withdrawal consist of sweating, nervousness, insomnia, irritability, nausea, trembling, constipation or diarrhea, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Some of the more major signs of withdrawal include seizures and hallucinations. If any withdrawal symptoms appear seek medical attention immediately.
Detox is vital in any treatment plan. At A Better Today, we offer a medically assisted withdrawal period. Detox is important because it could be difficult for the suffering person to focus on their recovery while withdrawals are present. After the detox process, the suffering person will be clear-minded and capable of working on issues that may have triggered drinking.
When all toxins alcohol contains are flushed from the system, the person is ready to take the next step. A Better Today understands that, while alcoholism is a disease, abuse can be a symptom of a greater problem. The suffering person will be welcomed by an educated therapist. They will then be psychologically evaluated. A personalized treatment plan will be employed to effectively treat the personal needs of each client. Each therapist has a Master’s level degree or higher. It will be our mission to get to all disorders that have surfaced in the alcohol abuser. A Better Today aspires for the suffering person to have a lifetime of sobriety and happiness.
The patterns made in active alcoholism can be tricky to break. The obsession to drink lingers and will not leave the suffering person overnight. Here at A Better Today, we find it vital to exchange damaging patterns for new, healthier alternatives to continue in recovery. With certain patterns being so difficult to break, it is recommended to remove your loved one from all temptation. Removing him/her from what is familiar, such as old drinking buddies, lifestyles, and daily routines is significant in any treatment plan.
Here at A Better Today we understand alcoholism is not a “one-size-fits-all” disease. Consequently, we offer various therapy options. Therapy methods include professional counseling and practicing communication with those also suffering from alcoholism. Other methods include music and art therapy, yoga, and exercise.
The suffering person might have troubles connecting with others without the use of alcohol. Group therapy will not only solve communication problems, but allow your loved one to build confidence. Working with others struggling with alcoholism will show him/her they are not fighting this battle alone. Regardless the situation, group therapy will help establish such skills.
Alcohol affects each individual in their own way. A Better Today realizes our clients have walked different paths and have developed different issues. Our therapist will address personal issues one-on-one in individual therapy. While addressing private issues, our therapist will set the alcohol abuser up for success in the future.
An aftercare plan will be created in individual therapy. The next step in recovery is transitional and sober living. Aftercare offers a safe and structured environment, making it less likely the alcohol abuser will undergo a relapse. A Better Today is a state-of-the-art facility that provides quality care. We work together and focus on building confidence in your loved one and a strong foundation so he/she can grow in recovery.
It Does Not End There…
Yes, sobriety is a victory, but it is not a destination. Living in recovery is a lifestyle attained by constant work that becomes a habit over time. Aftercare will help maintain a healthy, alcohol-free life.
Upon leaving treatment it is normal an individual will feel as if they, “have their alcoholism under control.” Consequently, they feel as if aftercare is unnecessary. Aftercare is located in an alcohol and trigger free environment. For this reasoning, A Better Today offers aftercare as a part of all treatment plans.
Sober and transitional livings deliver 24-hour supervision, allowing the suffering person a chance to rebuild their life. As well as teaching them how to live life without the use of alcohol in a safe environment. The recovering person should always feel confident and prepared to take on daily responsibilities without alcohol. A Better Today does not only teach our clients to live without liquor, we aim to help them have a better quality of life.
Someone struggling with alcoholism is usually in denial about their problem. It is easier to ignore the issue because it is so emotionally overwhelming. Alcohol abuse can stem from a variety of things including abuse, neglect, mental illness, and feeling of failure. Alcoholism is a progressive disease and does not happen overnight. It is a challenge to put a stop to drinking, but it is possible. It is common for an individual to not want to stop drinking. This is where an intervention would be beneficial.
The person suffering from alcoholism should be coherent enough to take part in the intervention so they can take to heart what is being said. An intervention must be held in a trigger free environment. Also, it would be best to eliminate anyone who would do more harm than good. Choosing a strong team is vital. A team should include spouses, children, parents, close friends, and other family members. Staging an intervention may be an obligatory step in your loved one’s treatment plan. The goal of an intervention is to have your loved one go to treatment.
What if I cannot Afford Treatment?
Whatever the financial circumstances, A Better Today will work with you and find the best idea for treatment possible. Our facility accepts and works with most private pay insurance companies that will cover the majority of your costs of alcohol treatment. Insurance is not the only option A Better Today offers. We accept private pay and have scholarships available which are at discounted rates for those not financing treatment with insurance. Do not wait until it is too late. Call A Better Today: (520) 288-8484.