Are you seeking alcohol treatment for yourself or a loved one? Would you know how to successfully adopt and implement and alcohol withdrawal program? This resource page will provide you with everything you need to know, from treatment and payment options, differences between inpatient and outpatient programs, finding a treatment center, and taking the first steps. If you’re here seeking information for a friend or family member, we’ve also included resources on how to help a friend or family member, along with intervention strategies.
We hope this page helps you make a decision to choose recovery. Explore the information, and if you have questions, please call us right away, and we’ll answer any questions you have about getting treatment for alcoholism, going through detox, or the rehab experience.
Alcoholism vs. Problem Drinking
Alcohol abuse, or problem drinking, refers to drinking habits that are self-destructive, but do not necessarily interfere with basic functioning. Someone who is a problem drinker may regularly drink in excess without risking their job, relationships or safety.
What Causes Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction develops gradually. Repeated consumption of alcohol will cause fluctuations in the standard balance of chemicals in the brain. As use continues, one’s judgment and perception of pain and pleasure may become skewed.
Consistent alcohol exposure will cause your body to build a tolerance to it. The effects originally delivered through minor consumption will later require double the initial level of alcohol, if not more, encouraging further consumption.
Alcohol addiction is characterized by:
Loss of Control
Preoccupation with Alcohol Consumption
Continued Consumption of Alcohol, Despite Negative Life Consequences
Reduction in Motivation Outside of Alcohol Consumption
Signs of problem drinking include:
Lying about Drinking Habits or Otherwise Hiding Alcohol Consumption
Habitually Drinking More Than Initially Intended
Use of Alcohol to Cope with Emotions and Stress
Legal Consequences as a Result of Drinking
Interference with Professional and Personal Relationships
Taking your first steps
Taking your first steps toward treatment is as simple as making a phone call.
As part of your initial treatment program, you’ll go through a medical detox program. Our staff will assist you in becoming free from alcohol and other toxins so you can begin your recovery in the best way possible.
Helping a loved one
It can be heartbreaking to realize that your loved one has a problem with alcohol. You want to do anything you can to help — but you’re afraid that if you speak up, you could destroy your relationship or drive your loved one deeper into addiction. At first, it’s much easier to deny the problem. But as time goes on, and the personal, financial, or legal problems increase, you’ll have to face the possibility that your loved one could be an alcoholic. Learning to recognize the red flags of alcoholism could not only save your relationship, it could help you avoid a tragedy.