At Alcoholism Treatment Centers Fayetteville, our treatment programs are designed to help individuals suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction. The first step is medical detox, in which the patient is weaned off the substance in order to break their physical dependence. This process can be quite difficult, and sometimes dangerous, due to the physical withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include tremors, fever, nausea and vomiting, seizures, and hallucinations. For this reason, it is recommended that alcohol detox occur in our rehab facility so that our medical team can monitor the symptoms properly and provide the appropriate alcoholism treatment.
Once the detox process is complete, the recovery and rehabilitation phase of alcoholism treatment can begin. Rehabilitation can occur on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the patient’s needs. The treatments used include group, individual, and even family therapy. These therapy sessions are designed to help identify underlying causes of alcoholic behaviors, triggers, and help to repair social skills and relationships. Additionally, recovering alcoholics are taught coping skills to maintain sober living. This is taught during therapy, but is also a part of the 12-step recovery program. Additional treatments for alcoholism can include support group meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous), art therapy, and sometimes even prescription medication. To speak to an addiction specialist today, Call Drug Treatment Centers Fayetteville today at (910) 401-2534.
Many people tend to get alcoholism and alcohol abuse confused. This is due in part because alcohol abuse is one of the symptoms of addiction.
Binge drinking is a form of abuse and is defined as the consumption of a large amount of alcohol in a relatively short period of time. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism, a person is binge drinking when the amount of alcohol they consume raises their blood alcohol level to 0.08 percent or above. For the average man, this means about five drinks and for the average woman about four drinks – in the span of two hours.
Not all people who abuse this substance are alcoholics; in fact, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), one in six adults in the United States binge drinks around four times per month. On the other hand, about 17 million adults in the United States (or around 7 percent) suffer from an alcohol use disorder (alcoholism).
Alcoholism can include binge drinking as a symptom, but also involves frequent (often daily) drinking, a compulsion or need for alcohol, withdrawals when they do not drink regularly, secretive drinking behavior, and changes in feelings towards activities that were once enjoyed.
Alcoholics will often seek out the substance above all else, even if they cannot pay their bills or buy food, and will find it difficult or impossible to limit or quit their drinking. They also build up a tolerance to the drug over time, meaning they need more of it to achieve the same effects.
Intervention is a process in which professionals and family members express compassion and concern for an alcoholic’s welfare. The goal of an intervention is to get the addict to accept treatment for their disease. Most interventions are conducted by a professional with family and friends in attendance. Interventions should take place in a neutral location, have limited time frames, and ne well-planned by an addiction specialist or interventionist.
Relapse after therapy occurs in 50% to 90% of cases. It should be noted that relapse is not a failure of the addict or the treatment, but an expected aspect of treating a complex disorder like addiction. Factors that influence relapse rates include severity of alcohol consumption, self-efficacy, and types of coping mechanisms used to avoid drinking.
At Alcohol Treatment Centers Fayetteville, we provide patients with the tools and support they will need once they complete the program. Recovering from addiction takes time and commitment. If you are ready to start your recovery journey today, call Drug Treatment Centers Fayetteville at (910) 401-2534.