Fighting Alcoholism in Gilbert, Arizona
Alcoholism has a hold on the innocent people of Gilbert, Arizona. The media has glorified alcohol use and it shows people drinking is nothing but “fun and games.” What could start out as “only drinking on the weekends” could turn into “only drinking after five.” There is a possibility one day you woke up and realized you could not function without alcohol. Approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women die annually from alcohol-related deaths according to the National Institute of Alcoholism. It is time to take a stand and defend against alcoholism. Do not let your loved one become a statistic.
Alcoholism does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone. When someone struggles with alcohol addiction they typically cannot go a day without drinking. They wish they could control their alcohol consumption and drink moderately. The abuser has an obsession with alcohol. An obsession that has a hold over the mind, body, and soul. Which could stir up emotions that alcohol addiction is next to impossible to break away from. A common question asked is, “is there hope for people suffering with alcoholism?” With the help from A Better Today, there is hope! Take action and call us today.
Dangers of Alcoholism
When comparing alcohol to different substances you may hear, “Since it is legal, why is there a problem drinking it?” or “They would ban alcohol if it were a problem.” If alcohol abuse was not a problem, then approximately 100,000 people would not die from alcohol-related causes each year. Misusing alcohol may cause inevitable damage to the drinker’s organs. Alcohol filters through the liver. Consuming one drink daily could cause liver disease to transpire.
The most common liver disease is steatosis, also known as “fatty liver disease.” Drinking more than the liver can handle causes fat to build up. The buildup of fat causes inflammation which increases chances of developing steatosis. If drinking excessively continues, it can cause alcoholic hepatitis. This condition occurs over years of abusing alcohol. Continuing to drink while hepatitis persists the chances of developing cirrhosis increases.
When liver cells are damaged and replaced by scar tissue it causes chronic inflammation. Scar tissue affects the movement of blood and fluids, causing the liver to not function properly. The liver will become tender and harden. Continuing to drink in this stage of liver disease will increase your chances of cancer and death.
Despite the health risks that come with abusing alcohol, it can cause mental, and emotional damage. The obsession with alcohol is holding the drinker down. Which could lead too legal repercussions, financial consequences, and tension among family and friends. At A Better Today we understand alcoholism comes with a multitude of consequences. Utilizing the tools gained at our facility can help lift the desire to drink. The obsession will not leave over night, but recovery is possible, at your own pace, one day at a time.
The research done by the scientific consensus has concluded that alcoholism is a disease. Alcoholism has been viewed as a crime for many years. Subsequently, the suffering person has been treated with institutionalization, which supported it as unsuccessful and inhumane. Our facility has been practical in giving quality care based on evidence. At A Better Today the techniques employed an improved more effectual alternative to incarceration. Let’s not overlook that alcoholism contains a viscous cycle of self-hatred which promotes alcohol abuse. Low self-esteem is intensified through imprisonment. Our treatment facility focuses on shifting low self-esteem in a positive direction.
Withdraws and Detox
Detox is the first step in treatment. When you start to see withdrawal symptoms it is vital to seek medical attention. Withdrawing from alcohol can result in death. A Better Today offers a medically supervised detox. Withdrawing is an uncomfortable process. When an individual excessively drinks, the body becomes physically dependent. The absence of alcohol may be a shock to the system.
Detox is imperative because an individual cannot effectually learn new coping mechanisms when under the influence. Withdrawal symptoms are not limited to but include chills, nausea, tremors, joint pain, and hallucinations. Excessive drinking is often utilized for avoiding these symptoms. Minimizing these symptoms with a medically supervised detox can prevent the suffering person to go back to the bottle. At our state-of-the-art facilities, quality care is provided with our loving, caring, and professionally trained staff to help treat those struggling with alcohol addiction.
Recreating your Life with Treatment and Rehabilitation
Once detox is finished, the next step is quality rehabilitation. Our facility will pair your loved one with a licensed therapist. All of our therapists have education in alcohol abuse counseling and co-occurring disorders. They will collect information to properly assess each individual situation. This allows them to develop a better understanding of the suffering person’s history with alcohol. Providing that information will allow them to get to the root of your loved one’s problems with alcohol. A Better Today realizes this is not a “one-size-fits-all” disease.
We have activities that will help each type of individual. Medication management is offered to those struggling with co-occurring mental disorders. Relapse prevention classes will allow the suffering person to utilize coping mechanisms taught to live life outside of treatment.
We offer group therapy which helps develop communication skills that were lost in alcohol addiction. Many people lost their ability to effectively communicate socially. Group therapy will help develop life skills without the use of alcohol. It also shows them they are not alone and there are people out there that have the same struggles with alcohol. Individual therapy is a part of treatment as well. Working one-on-one with our clients will create a foundation of trust. We want those suffering to feel comfortable opening up about the wreckage of their past. Allowing the therapist to help them understand that their past does not define them as a person. Working with our clients individually allows the therapist to build a personalized treatment plan for long term sobriety. While also focusing on aftercare plans such as sober livings and outpatient. There is also music and art therapy, yoga, and exercise.
It is encouraged to travel for treatment removing the suffering person from what is familiar. Recovery is long-term and does not just end.
The Life After
Upon completing treatment, it is vital to have a solid aftercare plan which will be worked out with a therapist in inpatient care. Aftercare includes transitional and sober living. Aftercare will allow the recovering person to learn how to live life in the outside world. A supporting staff will be of service to help your loved one find a job and outpatient programs while still held accountable for the requirements of the sober living. It is important to set yourself up for success and have a safe place to call home while rebuilding your life.
Intervention to Abstention
Admitting to your struggle with abusing alcohol can be frightening, hence why it may be so hard for you loved one to seek out treatment. Asking for help is the first step. A healthier and brighter future is offered at A Better Today and can help the suffering person recognize their assets and overcome their defects. They will not fight this battle alone.
Alcohol stems from internal conflict. Some internal controversies could be mental illness, abuse, and feelings of failure. You do not get addicted overnight. It is prevalent your loved one has cause damage or destruction in their hometown. They may not realize what harm they have truly caused. The only thing running their mind is how to get that next drink. This is the time an intervention would be advantageous. What makes putting the bottle down so difficult is the suffering person does not comprehend they are worthy of a life much different than the one they currently live. You have done everything imaginable to try and help your loved one and feel as if they are helpless. We can give you information on how to set up your own intervention or set you up with an interventionist. Strive for help before it is too late.
Choosing the right team is key to an efficacious intervention. It is strongly recommended to omit friends or family members that may have had a destructive past with the alcohol abuser. A successful intervention would include spouses, children, parents, close friends, and other family members. Having the intervention when the person is coherent is beneficial because they will be able to take part in what is being said. Holding the intervention in a trigger free and positive environment will allow your loved one to relax. We want them to be stress-free. Our goal is to get the suffering person into treatment. An intervention may be an obligatory step towards rebuilding a vigorous life.
Cannot afford Treatment?
Our primary purpose is to get your loved one the quality care they need. We offer multiple payment options regardless of the financial situation. At A Better Today we accept most private insurance companies. If private pay is a better option, we will work with your financial situation. We also understand that alcohol can affect your savings so we have scholarships available as well. Get help and call A Better Today at (520) 288-8484.