Have you noticed a change in your drinking habits or the drinking habits of a loved one? Are you concerned about potential alcohol dependence and want to quit drinking, but experience alcohol withdrawal if you stop, such as hand tremors? Oftentimes, people want to cut down on their alcohol intake, but feel trapped in the cycle due to withdrawal symptoms combined with alcohol cravings. Alcohol Use Disorder is a serious addiction requiring official substance abuse treatment at a treatment center where there are alcohol counselors to guide the individual in treating alcoholism as well as doctors and nurses on-site to provide medical advice. To stop drinking on your own is not only difficult but can also be dangerous for your health. The best thing to do in this situation would be to seek a treatment program that would guide you through the evidence-based stages of the treatment process, ensuring treatment success.
Healing from Alcoholism is Easier With the Right Therapist or Group
People suffering from alcohol dependency often feel isolated and abandoned. Losing yourself to alcoholism means losing the people who matter to you most. Our close-knit community at Archstone will welcome you with open arms. No matter what catastrophes you have suffered as a result of alcoholism, our team of masters-level clinicians, therapists, and community organizers are here to offer the support you need. Contact us to learn more about the following programs:
Taking Back Your Life from Alcoholism Starts at Archstone Behavioral Health
If alcohol dependency has taken away your freedom to live the life you want, Archstone Behavioral Health can provide the support, resources, and network to help you rebuild what you’ve lost. We understand that attending treatment for alcoholism is inconvenient; people have lives to lead and responsibilities to uphold. But our experience, alcoholism prohibits people from living the lives they imagine. No matter what you’ve suffered, we want you to know that hope is within your reach.
Enter the Care of Trusted Addiction Medicine Specialists
If you find it difficult to trust people, there is most likely a reason. We want you to know that overcoming alcoholism is within your reach. And we would be proud to accompany you on this journey. We offer the following mental health and addiction treatment options:
What are Alcohol Use Disorders?
According to the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., Alcohol Use Disorder is categorized into three different severity levels depending on how many symptoms the person has. Alcohol abuse includes symptoms such as:
- Someone drinking alcohol more than intended
- Unsuccessful attempts to stop use
- Cravings for alcohol use
- Choosing alcohol over fulfilling responsibilities at work, school, or home
- Increased tolerance for alcohol
- Withdrawal if someone does not consume alcohol in a period of time
- Continuing to drink alcohol, knowing it makes someone’s physical or mental health worse
- Alcohol misuse despite interpersonal problems such as fights with family members
These symptoms are used in a treatment facility to determine if someone meets the criteria for alcohol treatment. It requires a mental health professional to officially diagnose Alcohol Use Disorder.
How Do I Know if I Have a Problem?
Although it is best to seek advice from a certified addiction professional, which can be found at various alcohol treatment centers, there are some cases in which individuals are unsure if they have a problem or do not know if they should even bother seeking professional treatment advice. They might notice they have some small alcohol problems or have even tried Alcoholics Anonymous, however, think that to seek treatment would be too dramatic or unnecessary. In order to initially screen individuals for potential alcohol abuse and alcoholism, treatment professionals will often use the CAGE Assessment. “CAGE” stands for each of the four, simple questions the person is asked.
- Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
- Have you ever been annoyed by others criticizing your drinking behavior?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?
- Have you ever used alcohol as an eye-opener in the morning, such as to steady your nerves or to help with a hangover?
If you took this assessment with a clinician and answered yes to two or more of these questions, this would be considered clinically significant. If you know that the answer to two or more of these questions for you is yes, please seek further assessment for alcohol addiction with a treatment provider.
How Archstone Behavioral Health Can Help
The recovery process for alcohol abuse, just like drug abuse, can be a long and difficult process. This is why our addiction treatment centers are here to help. Patients at Archstone Behavioral Health are treated as individuals; no person is the same and therefore, requires different types of treatment methods. To treat alcohol abuse properly, an individual must be explained the various treatment options and be given the opportunity to discuss what they think will work best for them– with the input of trained professionals who specialized in addiction and working with Alcohol Use Disorder.
The treatment plan created collaboratively by the patient, specific treatment provider, and the family, if desired to include them, might include individual alcohol counseling such as through talk therapy, group therapy, or the use of behavioral therapies, for example. Outpatient rehab is available, however, if the person has moderate withdrawal symptoms or greater, the medical professionals on-site may recommend alcohol detox or residential treatment on-site initially.
Beyond Initial Addiction Treatment
It is important during this recovery process, whether inpatient or outpatient, that the individual learns proper coping skills to manage daily life, so that when the treatment center is no longer as involved, the patient has been empowered by the skills they have learned and feel confident in managing their alcohol addiction at home. Oftentimes, those in residential treatment will return home only to return to the same destructive habits. This is why it is vital that services slowly taper along our continuum of care offered at Archstone Behavioral Health.
Although someone attends recovery, this does not mean that their journey of treating alcoholism is over– for the individual or for the family. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease, and just like keeping up with a regimen for physical health such as not eating junk food and exercising regularly, someone who has a history of any sort of substance abuse must be aware that ongoing treatment will be necessary in some sort of way in order to maintain progress. With the help of supportive family members and Archstone Behavioral Health, patients here will be set up for success not only in the short term but also in the long term.
Finding Help Begins at Archstone Behavioral Health
Reaching out for help is your first step in recovering from addiction. Substance use disorder doesn’t happen overnight; recovery also takes time. Give your brain and body time to heal. Reaching out for help is the only way for many people to regain control of their lives. Contact Archstone Behavioral Health in Lantana, FL, today at 561.631.9478 to find out more about whether our alcohol addiction treatment programs are right for you or your loved one.