New Mexico’s Battle on Alcoholism
There is a severe problem with alcohol abuse in New Mexico. Alcoholism does not victimize, it can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or religion. The media hypes up the consumption of alcohol. It gives the public an idea that drinking is nothing but “fun and games”. What might begin with “only drinking on weekends” could go into “only drinking after five.” The next thing you know, you woke up and realized there is no way you can take on your daily activities without that first drink. New Mexico’s overall of alcohol-related deaths has ranked the first, second, or third in the country since 1981, according to New Mexico Indicator-Based Information System. Treatment is available, do not let your loved one become a statistic.
An individual who suffers with alcoholism typically cannot control their alcohol intake. They hope for the day when they can drink moderately. Alcoholism is not easy to control. It is an obsession that has control over the mind, body, and soul. Causing some to feel as if they will remain helpless. A frequently asked question, “is there hope for the person suffering with alcoholism?” With the tools A Better Today offers, there is hope. It is never too late.
What are the Risks?
Alcohol filters through the liver and other organs as well, including the brain. Alcohol can disturb the portion of the brain controlling speech, memory, judgement, and movement. These symptoms lead to signs of intoxication like slurred speech, difficulty walking, memory lapse, and impulsive behavior. Which could be dangerous for the drinker and anyone around them. Also, alcohol abuse in New Mexico is not limited to death, but a multitude of liver inflammations including steatosis and cirrhosis.
Steatosis is the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease. Everything you put into your body is filtered through the liver and excessive drinking can cause build up of fat Several alcohol abusers have steatosis and it could be reversed with abstaining from alcohol.
Cirrhosis is the most advanced type of alcohol-related liver disease, caused by scarring. Unlike steatosis, cirrhosis cannot be reversed by abstaining from alcohol. Nevertheless, abstaining from alcohol could prevent further damage to the liver. The consequences of drinking is not limited to health, but too financial consequences, legal repercussions, and tension among family and friends.
The scientific community has come to the consensus that alcoholism is a disease. Alcoholism has been viewed as a crime and immortality. Therefore, those who abuse alcohol have been treated with institutionalization which has proven to be ineffective and inhumane. There is no definition on recovery from alcoholism. Some may say recovery is when you are able to give up completely from using alcohol. However, others may say recovery entails a universal renovation of mind, body, and soul. That said, alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease advocating that recovery is a lifetime journey and does not have a final destination.
Although there are many different ways of defining recovery from alcoholism, the one definition that matters is your own. A Better Today provides quality treatment based on evidence. The methods applied makes a better and more effective alternatives to incarceration. Alcoholism incorporates a vicious cycle of self-loathing, consequently treated with alcohol. The low self-esteem frequently complements your loved one only those feeling intensify through imprisonment. Our facility focuses on shifting their self-esteem in a positive direction. An individual in recovery is granted with the opportunity to feel better about themselves. Therefore, they will not limit themselves to a life of humiliation and alcohol abuse.
The Guide to Detox and Withdraws
The first step of treatment is detoxification. Withdrawing from alcohol can result in death. It is vital to seek medical attention immediately when you start to see withdrawal symptoms. Our facility offers a medically supervision of withdrawal. When an individual abuses alcohol, their body becomes dependent. Consequently, taking the alcohol away could shock the system. Detoxification is a vital step in recovery because an individual cannot effetely learn new life-skills while still being under the influence of alcohol. Some withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to nausea, chills, tremors, joint pain, seizures, and hallucinations. Evading these symptoms is frequently a cause for continuous drinking. A Better Today is a state-of-the-art facility accompanied by a team of trained, caring, and compassionate professionals to help the suffering person revert back to the bottle.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Coming to the conclusion that alcohol is controlling your loved one’s life is a frightening situation to be in. It may be difficult for the suffering person to reach out because they may be afraid to abstain from alcohol; the substance that has helped them cope with life. There is a possibility the suffering person does not want to admit to their excessive drinking. They feel it is not worth losing their job or hurt others around them. Help is available, recovery does not have to be scary.
It is highly advised to travel for treatment. Hanging around the same area where the alcohol abuser drank may be a huge temptation. However, removing them from what is familiar, such as their drinking buddies, daily routines, and lifestyles is key to a successful recovery.
Addiction specialists strive to make treatment as comfortable as possible. When your loved one decides treatment is the best option, they will be paired with a therapist that has education in alcohol abuse counseling and co-occurring disorders. A Better Today will then work with the suffering person to build a personalized treatment plan. Our staff will address the prevailing issues life has thrown their way.
Alcoholism effects each individual differently and at our facility we understand that. Consequently, we offer a multitude of therapy options that will accommodate each type of individual. There is medication management for the client suffering with co-occurring mental disorders. Your loved one will partake in relapse prevention classes allowing them to utilize the coping skills needed to live life free of alcohol outside of treatment. We also provide music and art therapy, exercise, and yoga. At A Better Today we build personalized treatment plans for our clients; which provides them with the love and care they need.
Our facility offers group therapy which teaches the suffering person they are not fighting this battle alone. It helps develop communication skills that were lost in their struggles with alcohol. Despite the situation, group therapy develops such skills without the use of alcohol. A Better Today offers individual therapy sessions, where you’re loved one’s personal issues will be addressed one-on-one. We are in full understanding that each individual needs and strengths are different. All of our clients are cared for individually so each of them leave rehab with a strong foundation to continue their new life.
Our primary purpose is to save the suffering person and help them build a healthier life. Through all-encompassing one-on-one sessions and various therapy methods, our facility aims to create a healthier, more authentic you.
The Life After
When the basis of recovery is made in the rehabilitation process, recovery continues, it doesn’t end. It is imperative to partake in a solid aftercare program. Individuals who suffer with alcohol addiction regularly use drinking as a coping mechanism. Living life sober can often be overwhelming, increasing stress levels. Our facilities offer aftercare programs for life after inpatient care to help maintain those stress levels. Though outpatient rehab seems inviting because you can come and go as you please, it does not have the high success rates as inpatient rehabilitation does. Our outpatient services conduct personalized treatment plans, aftercare, sober living communities, and group counseling. We give sincere support, love, and care to each individual and want to help them live a life of opportunity.
What is a Intervention?
Seeking treatment is the first step in the right direction. Acknowledging your struggles with alcohol can be scary, hence why it may be so hard for you loved one to pursue treatment. Alcoholism stems from internal struggles. Some internal controversies include but are not limited to mental illness, abuse, and feelings of failure. Alcoholism is progressive and it did not happen overnight. It is common to find the only thing running their mind is how and where to get that next drink. This is the time an intervention would be beneficial.
Choosing a solid team is key to an effective intervention. It is suggested to omit family members that may do more harm than good. An efficacious intervention would include spouses, children, parents, close friends, and other family members. When holding an intervention, it is recommended that the person is coherent enough to be able to take part in what is being said. We want the suffering person to be stress-free. Our goal is to get them into treatment. An intervention could possibly be a mandatory step when rebuilding a life.
I need Treatment but cannot Afford it
Getting help for a substance abuse issues always starts with finding the best treatment for your specific needs. Most insurance companies will cover the majority of your costs of drug and alcohol treatment allowing you to focus on becoming a better, healthier you. If you do not have insurance and are under the age of 26 then don’t hesitate to ask your parents and loved ones if you are covered under their insurance family plan. Reaching out to family and loved ones can be difficult if relationships are strained but if you are ready to receive help you may be surprised at how many people are willing to help you get there.
Insurance, however, is not the only option available for financing the treatment that you need and deserve. A Better Today Recovery Services also offers private pay and scholarship rates which are discounted rates for those not financing their treatment with insurance. Do not wait until it is too late. Call A Better Today for a better tomorrow: (520) 288-8484