Alcohol Abuse and Rehab
Alcohol has been a prevalent part of society and its history for many years. It is seen everywhere from entertainment, to a night out on the town, to the local grocery store. In fact, a study done in 2013 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that around 1.3 million people received treatment for an alcohol dependency at a specialized facility in that year alone.
Alcohol dependency can happen to anyone, and is not always obvious when it first begins. Some of the early warning signs of an alcohol dependency include drinking to relax or relieve stress often; hiding and/or lying about your drinking habits from family and friends; drinking even in dangerous situations, such as while driving or operating machinery; and building a tolerance to alcohol, where it takes more and more each time to achieve the same effect.
The good news is, there are treatment programs and people who can help. For years, treatment programs have helped people who suffer from the disease of alcoholism find recovery. Today, those who suffer from an addiction to alcohol have a variety of options open to them for their treatment; everything from inpatient, outpatient, transitional housing and sober living, and different methods of therapy, as well as access to the 12-step community.
Types of treatment at A Better Today
A Better Today offers a variety of rehab and treatment programs. Inpatient, one of the most common and well-known styles of treatment, offers a place to live and 24-hour care throughout the entire rehab process. Outpatient, where you are allowed to live at home and attend weekly treatment sessions, is also common, though it has shown to be less effective than inpatient programs.
Some different forms of therapy include, but are not limited to, cognitive-behavioral, equine, individual, group, and family. All of these are geared specifically to help people with substance use disorders learn more about their addiction, as well as ways to overcome urges and stay sober. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the more popular practices, as it teaches certain coping skills to help prevent people from relapsing once they have left rehab. Group therapy is another mode that is very common in many treatment centers, as it brings people together to talk openly with others who are going through the same struggles and realize they are not alone. Family therapy is also very helpful for many who go to rehab, as well as their families. Recent studies have shown that family involvement can be a very important part of a successful recovery. It gives everyone a better understanding and new, more effective ways to communicate with each other. It also helps build a strong support system, which is vital to long-term recovery.
Rehab is a great tool for anyone who is suffering from the disease that is alcohol dependency, but it does not work without a true desire to change and determination to put forth effort. If you find that you are at a place in your life with which you are not happy, or you recognize that you have a problem that is starting to affect every aspect of your life, then it might be time for a change.
Rehab with A Better Today
At A Better Today, we recognize the latest scientific studies showing addiction to be a disease, not a consequence of a lack of moral fiber or strength of character. Alcohol can change the chemicals in the brain, making your brain categorize the substance as the first and most important thing above everything else, including food and sleep. This shift of chemicals in the brain make it extremely difficult to even notice a problem in the first place, and to stop drinking once the problem has been noticed. A Better Today also recognizes that each person has their own life, circumstances, and needs. Because of that, we do our best to customize a treatment plan that best suits everyone’s needs.
Treatment usually begins with a medically managed detox, a process wherein the harmful toxins and chemicals from alcohol are cleansed from the body. This leaves one with a clear mind and makes it much easier to focus on the next steps of the treatment process. We also offer therapists who specialize in the treatment of alcohol abuse and will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you. Reaching out for help is a very difficult thing; it takes a lot of bravery to admit you have a problem and want to change.
You need to know, no matter your circumstances, no matter how long you’ve been dependent on alcohol or how far you feel you have fallen, there is help and support available to you. There is always hope, and there is always someone out there who understands what you are going through. Rehab offers you the chance to meet others who, like you, have found themselves with a problem that has been negatively affecting their lives and are determined to change. In rehab, you will meet people who care about you and want to see you succeed. Sobriety is not an unachievable dream; you can do it. There are people out there who want to help you and have the experience and training necessary to do so. Call today at (520) 288-8484 and start your new life.