How We Treat alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction actually happens a lot more frequently than we think.
There can be several different ways that alcohol can become a dependence. Social drinking can turn into drinking alone. We usually turn to alcohol after a stressful day or to help ease the symptoms of grief. Sometimes we drink when we feel good, and sometimes we drink when we feel bad. Regardless of how we came to excessive alcohol consumption, we recognize an unhealthy pattern and relationship with alcohol consumption either on our own or through family and friends recognizing this unhealthy pattern. We tend to notice this pattern about ourselves long before anyone else points it out.
Our primary focus at Tranquility Woods is to first Medically assess the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption so that proper detoxification can occur. Our residential environment is designed to help stabilize and provide the necessary support in the early stages of alcohol recovery. Our program takes the approach that there usually are underlying causes and conditions that led us to this unhealthy pattern in the first place. We will address interpersonal relationships, mental health disorders, and more. We will also document any current prescription medications that are currently being used. Our number one priority is establishing a solid foundation that can be built on once our residential program is completed. Our clients are exposed to a wide variety of holistic methods that can be explored after our program is over. For example, our clients are exposed to acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation, and fitness weekly. Our individual and group therapy provides education and actionable plans for living life in early recovery.
Another goal that we attempt to accomplish is to help rebuild the family dynamic. We recommend that any supportive family members participate in our program with their loved ones. We offer one-hour private family counseling and family education sessions weekly. We want to show the strengths within the family dynamic so that a supportive environment can be created and nurtured once residential treatment is completed. We understand that our Residential treatment is a 24/7 Monitored environment and that it is easier to maintain sobriety while in our care. Our goal is to develop a custom aftercare plan for every client. We often recommend partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, individual therapy, and/or sober living. We explore what each client is willing to do and what programs are available within a reasonable travel distance from their primary residence. We have found lasting success, and quality of life improves when these aftercare recommendations are followed.
How do I know if I need residential alcohol treatment?
This is a great question often asked before admission into our care. This starts with an honest self-appraisal of the alcohol consumption patterns.
How many days a week do I drink?
How many drinks do I have on a given day?
Do I feel withdrawal symptoms or prolonged hangovers when I cease drinking?
Do I drink by myself?
Do I drink more than those around me?
Do I tell myself I’m only going to have one or two drinks and have more?
Do I miss work because of my drinking?
Do I miss family functions in gatherings due to my drinking?
Do I ever drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle?
These are just some of the questions we would like you to ask yourself. Since alcohol consumption is widely socially acceptable many of these behaviors can go unchecked for many years. We want to approach the topic of alcohol consumption not as if it is right or wrong or a moral failing but rather, do these patterns serve me well? Is alcohol consumption helping me accomplish what I want to do, or is it getting in the way?
Does health insurance cover alcohol addiction treatment?
Yes, most of our clients use health insurance to cover the cost of care for our program. Insurance companies Usually assign a case manager who receives medical and clinical records from our facility. The insurance company will look at previous treatment attempts. The health insurance company will also look at patterns of alcohol consumption, frequency of alcohol consumption, and medical risks of withdrawal. Typically residential alcohol addiction treatment is used when moderate to severe alcohol consumption patterns can be demonstrated.
Every client participates in a pre-admission assessment reviewed by our medical and clinical staff. Although we cannot guarantee the length of stay in our program, we will recommend the appropriate level of care. Our pre-admission assessment looks at alcohol use history, previous attempts at treatment, previously diagnosed mental health conditions, medical health history, and any current medications that are prescribed. This assessment can usually be accomplished in about 20 to 30 minutes.
How do I convince my loved ones that they need help with alcohol addiction?
There is no one correct answer to this question. Each person has their own unique set of circumstances and complexities.
Before discussing the idea of alcohol treatment with your loved one, we would ask that you put yourself in their shoes and try to identify any potential barriers that may prevent them from seeking help.
I can’t go away for 30 days because I’ll lose my job.
Residential alcohol addiction treatment falls under medical care. There are federal laws in place to protect employees so that they can take extended periods for medical reasons. This is categorized under FMLA. The family medical emergency leave act. Sometimes clients are also able to request short-term disability while in treatment.
You can get another job, but you can’t get another life.
I can’t be away from my family for that long.
We understand that deciding to enter residential alcohol addiction treatment is no small feat.
We would like to ask If Alcohol consumption has ever taken you away from your duties and responsibilities as a parent. Is alcohol allowing you to be the best version of yourself? Do you find yourself missing out on opportunities to spend time with family because of your drinking? Unfortunately, these are questions that we cannot answer for you.
I know I need help with my alcohol consumption, but I’m scared.
This is a totally normal feeling. We noticed that anytime there is a change or a disruption to our Daily routines, there can be an increased sense of anxiety. We understand that seeking help can be challenging. We know that admitting there is a problem can be equally as tricky. We want to assure you that we are a place of non-judgment. Many of us at Tranquility Woods have walked through the same unhealthy patterns you may be experiencing. Our number one priority is to offer a place for healing. We want you to feel welcome and leave any shame at the door. Even if you don’t choose to seek help at our program, we want to let you know we are rooting for you.
Treating alcohol addiction and mental health disorders together.
Mental health disorders can manifest themselves in many different ways.
Anxiety can often be heightened by the physiological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. For example, tremors and nausea can bring an increased sense of hyperawareness that can trigger anxiety to occur.
Many people rely on the central nervous system depressant that alcohol produces to reduce the physical symptoms of PTSD.
Alcohol comes in many forms. These forms can all have different effects based on the genetic and physiological makeup of the individual.
What we know about alcohol recovery
We have documented quality of life improvements in many areas of clients that maintain sobriety. Often towards the end of treatment, we have documented decreases in anxiety, PTSD, and depression symptoms. Clients have also expressed a sense of overall better physical and mental health. This can be due in part to the robust therapeutic approach and a focus on physical recovery. Significant quality of life improvement across the board for many of our clients has also been reported.
Mixing alcohol with DEA controlled substances
Many controlled prescription medications have a clear warning not to mix with alcohol. Mixing these substances can have harmful and even fatal interactions.
We must document any controlled substances taken in addition to alcohol consumption so that our medical team can provide the best course of alcohol detoxification. Common medications mixed with alcohol include prescription opiates, benzodiazepine, Adderall, Ambien, and more.