Utah Alcohol Addiction Treatment
At Steps Recovery Centers we understand that alcohol addiction affects individuals just as frequently as illegal substances. Due to the social acceptance of alcohol use, many individuals and their families may not understand or identify early warning signs and behaviors that may indicate future alcohol addiction.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a substance use disorder that impacts people from all walks of life. It is characterized by a dependency upon alcohol, often to the point where lack of alcohol will cause a person to experience physical withdrawal symptoms.
Experts have tried to pinpoint factors such as race, sex, genetics, or socioeconomic status that may predispose someone to alcoholism, but there’s no single cause. Genetic, behavioral, and psychological factors can all contribute to someone developing this disorder.
A few negative consequences of alcohol use include:
Physical harm or illness
Problems at work
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Unfortunately, alcohol addiction can be challenging to detect. Unlike other addictive substances, alcohol is widely available and normalized in most cultures. Moreover, it’s usually front and center in social events and linked to celebrations.
Drinking is a part of life for most adults, and it can be hard to tell the difference between someone who likes to celebrate with a few drinks and someone feeding an addiction.
Symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
- 9Increased quantity or frequency of use
- 9High tolerance for alcohol, leading to a lack of hangover symptoms
- 9Drinking at inappropriate times, such as for breakfast or at work
- 9Only going to social events where alcohol is available
- 9Changes in relationships – someone with alcohol addiction might only associate with others who drink heavily
- 9Cutting off loved ones
- 9Hiding alcohol, or hiding while drinking
- 9Energy depletion, depression, or other emotional issues
- 9Legal or professional problems, such as a person being arrested or losing their job
Alcohol Treatment Options
Alcohol addiction is treatable, and one of the best steps a person can take is joining a treatment program. The two types of detox programs are outpatient and inpatient.
Also known as residential rehab, inpatient treatment is when a person lives in the treatment center for the duration of their program. This treatment is best for people with severe alcohol or drug addiction who have other mental health conditions. A person who lives at the treatment center will be away from temptation and their triggers. Living in a comfortable environment can support their recovery.
This program involves daily treatment, such as counseling, therapy, or group sessions at a clinic or treatment center. Those who choose outpatient treatment can continue to live at home as they recover, allowing them to be with family. They can also maintain a job or keep going to school.
Both programs are beneficial and can help a person recover from their addiction. Here’s what a person staying at an inpatient treatment center can expect:
Some inpatient treatment programs offer an in-house detoxification program. Others require a patient to complete detox before entering their facility. A patient may first have to go to a facility that specializes in dealing with drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms for five days.
Some people avoid checking themselves into an inpatient treatment center because they fear they will lose their freedom; however, a patient will remain mobile. Generally, treatment centers encourage residents to exercise and go on walks. There are no locked doors at treatment centers because a program can’t force a resident to stay against their will. No treatment program is going to work unless a person is willing to change their life.
Education is at the heart of all treatment programs. The process is geared at getting a patient to reflect on their habits as honestly as possible. The end goal is for a patient to change their attitude about drug and alcohol use.
If alcohol addiction interferes with a person’s daily routine, they can reach out to an inpatient treatment center that specializes in personal care and provides patients with the tools they need to reclaim their life.
A Dynamic Approach to Treatment
Alcohol abuse is often used as a replacement for common coping skills. Individuals who default to alcohol as a method of unhealthy coping, must replace this with a healthy alternative. Through our dynamic approach to implement as many therapeutic modalities as possible, we aim to educate and guide clients on healthy coping skills that if practiced, will free the body, mind, and spirit from addiction.
Equally important to the treatment of the person experiencing addiction is the work Steps Recovery Centers does to help families and individuals grasp the root of the problem and empathize with their loved ones.
We Understand Addiction
Every individual on the Steps Recovery admissions team has personally struggled with addiction and are in long term recovery.
- We understand what you or your loved ones are going through.
- We understand that it can feel overwhelming when looking at options for a loved one, or if you are personally seeking help.
- We understand that and that finding the right facility involves financial and emotional decisions.
Any representative of our admissions team will take the time to listen to your unique situation, provide options, and answer any questions that you or your loved one have about treatment, rehabilitation, and potential obstacles.
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