Fighting (or Battling) Alcoholism in Scottsdale, Arizona
An epidemic is amidst the people of Scottsdale, Arizona. Alcohol use is glorified in today’s day and age, but it is glamorously perceived in all the wrong ways. What movies, television shows, and news neglect to tell you is essentially 88,000 individuals die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is time to put a stop to alcohol abuse. You can prevent your loved one from being a statistic, pick up the phone and call A Better Today.
There is more than one way people may go about their drinking. We have the social drinker, who has a few drinks at social events. There is the binge drinker, an individual that tends to drink for a certain duration of time. Then will recover for a few days and do it all over. There is the alcoholic type. The alcoholic type struggles to go a day without a drink, they wish they could drink like a moderate drinker. The chances of that happening looks next to impossible. These are the charters traits you see in someone struggling with alcoholism. Alcohol is an obsession to the abuser that they cannot seem to escape. The “alcoholic type” is like someone who is allergic to bees, and that same person gets stung. Nothing good comes out of it. You may be thinking to yourself, “There is no hope for the alcoholic type.” Do not be too quick to judge, there is hope.
Dangers of Alcoholism
It is common to hear others comparing alcoholism to different substances. When comparing it to other substances, since it is legal, “alcohol is not that bad.” If it was “not that bad”, 88,000 would not die annually from alcohol-related causes.
Alcohol abuse can cause a great many health risks for the abuser. It is prevalent to hear of alcohol abuse and the damage it does to the liver. Injuries from abuse can include: cirrhosis (a condition in which the liver no longer functions properly due to the damage over a long period of time), fibrosis, steatosis, also known as “fatty liver”, and hepatitis.
Pancreatitis can also accompany alcohol abuse. Pancreatitis, a condition that inhibits proper digestion through dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels. Pancreatitis is caused by the pancreas releasing toxins into the body. Elevated health risks demonstrated by abusing alcohol include weakened immune system and damage to the heart.
Despite the health risks, misusing alcohol can lead too financial consequences, legal repercussions, and tension among family and friends. There are a multitude of consequences that come with alcohol abuse. We understand the effects and are here to help.
The tools utilized at our facility will help lift that obsession to drink. The desire will not leave overnight, but a person does have the ability to recover at his/her own pace one day at a time.
The scientific community has come to the consensus that alcoholism is in fact a disease. For many years, alcohol abuse has been viewed as a crime and a result moral bankruptcy. Consequently, those who suffer from alcoholism have been treated with institutionalization which has proven to not only be ineffective, but inhumane. A Better Today has been proactive in providing quality care based on evidence. The methods utilized a healthier and much more efficient alternative to incarceration. Let’s not forget that alcoholism encompasses a vicious cycle of self-loathing which is further treated with alcohol. The low self-esteem that often accompanies the suffering person is only amplified through imprisonment. A Better Today focuses on shifting that self-esteem in a more positive direction. When a person is able feel better about themselves, they will act accordingly and not limit themselves to a life of degradation and substance abuse.
Withdraws and Detox
The first step of treatment is detoxification. Withdrawing from alcohol can result in death. It is important to seek medical attention when you start to see withdrawal symptoms. At A Better Today we offer a medically supervised detox as a part of your treatment plan. When someone excessively uses alcohol, the body becomes dependent. Taking the alcohol away could be a shock to the system. The detox process is uncomfortable and intimidating.
Detox is also important because a person cannot effectively learn new coping skills while still being under the influence. Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to tremors, nausea, chills, joint pain, and hallucinations. Avoiding these symptoms is often a reason for continuous drinking. A medically assisted detox helps to minimize or alleviate these withdrawal symptoms so a person is less tempted to revert back to the bottle. At our facility we have a staff of trained, loving, and caring professionals to help treat those who are battling alcohol addiction. In our comfortable and state-of-the-art facilities quality care is provided.
Recreating your Life with Treatment and Rehabilitation
After a safe and comfortable detox, quality rehabilitation will be the next step in your loved one’s treatment plan. At A Better Today the suffering person will be paired with a licensed therapist. All of our therapists have education in alcohol abuse counseling and co-occurring disorders. While our therapists work one-on-one with their clients, they will gather information to correctly assess each individual situation. This will allow them to get a better understanding of the abuser’s history with alcohol. The information provided will be broken down and they will get to the root of their alcoholism. It is common to find that a lot of alcohol abuse stems from something from the past such as abuse and neglect. We understand that alcoholism is not a “one-size-fits-all” disease. That is why we offer a multitude of activities that can help every type of individual.
Our facility offers medication management for people who battle with co-occurring mental disorders. There are relapse prevention classes that are beneficial to your loved one. It will give them access to really grasp the coping skills needed to live life on life’s terms outside of treatment. We also offer group therapy which shows your loved one they are not alone. There are people that have fought the same battles with alcohol. It also helps develop communication skills that were lost in alcohol addiction. In some cases a person may have used alcohol as a means of communicating socially. Whatever the situation, group therapy helps develop such skills without the use of alcohol.
There are different types of therapy such as music and art therapy, yoga, and exercise. We will also cultivate a personalized treatment plan so your loved one gets the love and care they need.
Intervention to Abstention
Seeking out treatment can be intimidating, let alone admitting to your alcohol abuse. As soon as you make the first step and ask for help, recovery is possible. At A Better Today we can help your loved one recognize his/her assets and work toward a healthier future. We will walk this road of recovery with them and they will not fight this battle alone.
When struggling with alcoholism we find that the abuse stems from some internal conflict and they did not become addicted overnight. Some of these reasons could be abuse, neglect, mental illness, and feelings of failure. It is possible that the person abusing alcohol has caused great harm or devastation in their commonplace. You will find that your loved one does not realize what harm they have caused. All they can think about is how they are going to get that next drink. This is the time an intervention would be beneficial in your loved one’s treatment plan.
When the alcohol abuser does not have a clear understanding that they are truly deserving of a life different than what theirs may have become, it makes putting the bottle down more difficult. You feel like you have done everything to help your loved one. Just have faith in the intervention process. Pick up the phone and call A Better Today. We can give you the information you will need to get set up with a team of interventionist. Seek help before it is too late.
After getting set up with a team of interventionist they will access information about your loved one and their struggles with alcohol. That will allow them to get a better idea of the situation and how they can help. A successful intervention starts with choosing the right team. A strong foundation of people that include, parents, children, close friend, and spouses would be ideal for this process. Try and steer clear of family members or friends that may have had an abusive past with the alcohol abuser or individuals that would not take the process seriously. An intervention is stressful enough and our goal is to get the suffering person into treatment.
It is also recommended to have the intervention while the person is coherent enough to be receptive. It will allow them to engage in the process and have emotion toward what is being said. It is beneficial to hold the intervention in a relaxing and trigger free environment.
Engaging in an intervention may be a necessary step towards rebuilding a healthy life. When the person abusing alcohol agrees to treatment, the next steps are detox, rehabilitation, and a life free from the corruption of alcohol.
The Life After
When the foundation of recovery is built in the rehabilitation process. Recovery just doesn’t end. It is important to have a solid aftercare plan. A person who suffers with alcoholism commonly uses drinking as a coping mechanism. Living a new life abstinent from alcohol can often be overwhelming, increasing stress levels. A Better Today offers many types of aftercare programs for life after treatment to help maintain those stress levels. Our outpatient services conduct personalized treatment plans, aftercare, sober living communities, and group counseling. We give genuine support and care to all clients and want to help them live as other people do.
Cannot afford Treatment?
It is common to find that the person abusing alcohol does not want to “waste their time” seeking out treatment. Treatment can be expensive, but not as costly as you might think. A Better Today has a variety of ways you can go about paying for treatment. We accept most private insurance policies. If our company does not accept the insurance policy, there are different routes you can take. We provide private pay plans, finance, and work with scholarships as well. Whatever the financial situation, there are options available.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, please do not wait any longer. Call A Better Today now at (520) 288-8484.