Struggling to stop drinking? Recovery Bay can help. Our alcohol addiction treatment programs are tailored specifically to the needs of men 18 and older who are seeking to improve their lives and take control over their addictions.
The addiction specialists at Recovery Bay work with every patient to devise an individualized treatment plan. We understand that addiction affects every person differently. One-size-fits-all approaches to treatment rarely address the full extent of the problem.
Call us at 833-991-2955 or read on to learn more about our program.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Suffering from a substance abuse disorder can be overwhelming. There comes a point when you cannot imagine your life without alcohol or drugs. Alcohol abuse can be especially challenging.
When you’re battling addiction, which involves the misuse of prescription medications or the abuse of illegal drugs, it somehow seems more understandable. But what about the millions plagued by alcohol abuse?
Alcohol may be one of the hardest addictions to overcome. For one thing, alcohol is glamorized across much of present-day culture. Plus, the peer pressure to drink alcohol can be tremendous. Millions can have a drink or two with impunity.
Those who can drink without any problem stopping after one or two, don’t understand why you cannot. With these added challenges, alcoholics often forego seeking help for a myriad of reasons. However, alcohol can destroy lives as quickly as any illegal street drug.
So what can you do if you can’t stop drinking? Are you an alcoholic, and how would you know? Is there help? Thankfully, there is hope available through treatment and recovery facilities such as those in Panama City, Florida.
Let’s first talk about what alcoholism is, including some symptoms of the disease. Then, we’ll explore treatment programs such as an inpatient residential facility that can give you a newfound sense of hope.
What is Alcoholism?
Drinking too much or too often hasn’t always been believed to be a curable condition. Prior to medical professionals recognizing chronic alcohol abuse as treatable, people who had no control over their drinking were labeled as mentally insane. Institutions were considered the only recourse.
However, late in the 1930s, there was a shift in thinking that offered a solution to what had been a mental sickness that baffled the medical community. By 1956, the American Medical Association (AMA) concluded that alcoholism was an illness. In 1991, the AMA classified alcoholism under two categories, psychiatric and medical.
Medical professionals now consider alcoholism to be a disease. Alcoholism is an apparently hopeless condition of mind and body. Once a person loses all control over how much or how often they drink, they could be an alcoholic. How would you know if you’re an alcoholic?
What Are the Symptoms of Alcoholism?
Alcoholism as a disease has some unique traits. One is the fact that alcoholism tries to convince the sufferer that there is nothing wrong. Alcohol use is also widely accepted as normal across many cultures.
Many who do not understand how serious alcoholism can be, insist that you should be able to control your drinking or stop whenever you want. So, how can you determine if you’re an alcoholic? Here’s a list of symptoms that strongly suggest you could be an alcoholic.
- Do you drink more than you intended or keep drinking after you intended to stop?
- Do you violate laws such as driving after you’ve had too much to drink?
- Are you unable to reduce the amount of the drink even when you want to?
- Do you experience frequent urges and cravings, even when you know you shouldn’t be drinking?
- Have you continued to drink despite negative consequences?
- Are you neglecting responsibilities and commitments such as work, school, or your family because of drinking?
- Do you spend a great deal of time thinking about alcohol, trying to get alcohol, or recovering from a drunk?
- Have you decided to stop doing things you enjoy because you can’t drink or because you’ve been drinking?
- Are you continuing to drink despite being diagnosed with physical or psychological problems that likely due to drinking too much?
- Is your tolerance for alcohol becoming so high that it takes more and more to achieve a buzz?
- Do you go through phases of binge drinking?
- Have you started to experience dangerous physical withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism?
This is not a pass-or-fail quiz. These are symptoms that if you have any one or more of, you may have a serious drinking problem.
The questions must be answered with rigorous honesty. But, what should you do your answers reveal you may have a drinking problem? There is a solution. Here’s how a residential treatment program can help.
How Can Inpatient Residential Treatment Help?
Struggling with alcohol addiction can seem impossible. It can appear as if the rest of the world just doesn’t understand. However, there is hope.
One excellent way to start your journey in recovery is through an inpatient residential treatment program. Let’s look at three important stages of treatment for alcohol and how they can help you establish a solid foundation for your recovery.
Medical Detox from Alcohol
Some falsely assume that stopping drinking may feel uncomfortable, but it’s not dangerous. That is not true. Depending on the degree of alcohol abuse, alcohol withdrawal can produce life-threatening conditions.
After an initial assessment by a trained addiction specialist, a medically supervised period to detox may be necessary. This is one vital asset available at a residential treatment facility. Regardless of how long it takes for you to detox, it can happen safely with medical supervision.
After a period to detox from alcohol, you will begin a period of inpatient residential treatment. Staying at a residential treatment facility means that you will reside in a comfortable place during this critical stage in your recovery.
The benefits of a residential commitment in your treatment can prove invaluable. First, you will be in a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment. Your program will be structured, so you can receive the individual help you need.
Our residential facility is staffed by licensed professionals. Through therapy, these professionals will help you uncover the symptoms that trigger you to abuse alcohol. You will develop a unique recovery program to provide you with the tools necessary to live a sober life.
When a new patient arrives, they will meet with a certified addiction counselor. At this time, they will complete the initial substance abuse and mental health assessment. This will inform recommendations regarding the length of stay, as well as the types of therapy we would recommend for optimal outcomes. Therapy options may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Yoga therapy
These helpful private counseling will help address various co-occurring disorders. You will receive an opportunity to share your own experience and learn from the experiences of others in group settings. The inpatient phase of treatment is an important building block for recovery.
The third phase of an alcohol addiction treatment program helps you maintain your early sobriety. It can be frightening to think about walking out of the protected residential treatment environment back into the real world.
During your residential treatment phase, it may be suggested that you consider sober housing to bridge the gap. Your counselors will help you make this decision. However, even if you go back to your home, there is still work to be done.
A local outpatient treatment program will usually last between three and six months. Again, having the wealth of knowledge of a trained and caring licensed professional will be comforting. Each stage of your outpatient treatment schedule will help build your confidence.
Outpatient treatment is a tool to help keep you accountable during early sobriety. You will be able to share your fears and apprehensions as you learn to live a new and exciting life. A strong treatment program will not just throw you back into the world after you leave residential. You will continue to build your recovery program through a unique outpatient plan.
If you think you have a problem with alcohol or any other substance, the first step is to ask for help. There is hope, and that hope is found in recovery. Your successful journey in recovery will begin with treatment.
The residential treatment program at Recovery Bay is an excellent place to begin. You can safely detox from alcohol and establish a solid foundation for recovery.
Recover from Alcohol Addiction at Recovery Bay Center
If your husband, father, son, or any other man in your life is struggling with a drinking problem, call us at 833-991-2955. We can review all of your treatment options. Our goal, above all else, is to treat every person with compassion and help them get back to the roots of who they truly are. Start your new life in recovery today.