Alcohol addiction rests on the teetering and slippery slope of social acceptance. Alcohol abuse has less stigma than other types of drug addiction. However, alcohol is a drug like any other, and its abuse has the same types of negative effects on an addict’s physical, mental and social health which could produce the need for help found through alcohol rehab.
Despite the comparatively watered-down perception of alcohol addiction, alcoholism has serious physiological effects:
- Brain – alcohol drowns the brain’s communication pathways, causing short and long-term malfunctions in behavior, mood, decision making and coordination
- Heart – Alcohol abuse, even binge alcohol consumption, can lead to stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, drooping of the heart muscle itself
- Liver – fatty, malfunctioning liver, webbing of liver tissues that interfere with its functionality, cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis
- Pancreas – inflammatory and toxic pancreatitis
- Cancer – alcohol abuse produces has an evidence-based causality of at least seven types of cancer
- Immune system – drinking too much for too long weakens the immune system and leaves many alcoholics vulnerable to pneumonia, tuberculosis and hepatitis
Symptoms of abuse
Because moderate alcohol consumption is socially acceptable, it can often be difficult to self-assess a drinking problem. There are, however, some red flags signaling a drinking problem:
- Friends or family make comments about your drinking
- Tardiness or performance problems at work or school; frequently relying on “uppers” to compensate and get you through
- Drinking before or while driving
- Frequently having foggy, little or no memory of what happened while you were drinking
- Legal problems because of your drinking
- Sometimes getting hurt or physically, verbally or emotionally hurting another when you are drinking
- Continued drinking despite health issues
Alcohol addiction treatment
The majority of alcohol rehab shops offer some degree of detox and a wealth of supplemental material. Here at Mission Recovery, we understand that for recovery to be permanent, alcoholism treatment has to be inclusive of the entire patient’s experience with alcohol dependence: mental and physical.
We also understand that for a full turnaround, often we have to get away from it all: bad influences, personal stressors or dysfunctional home lives. That’s why Mission Recovery features residential alcoholism treatment in houses, condos and cabins around the country that provide comfortable retreat.
Mission Recovery believes treatment must be as unique as the individual’s history and path into alcoholism. Some people fall into alcoholism due to a combination of bad choices and a family history of the disease. Others may have used alcohol to self-medicate in hopes to numb the pain, anxiety or shock of mental disorders or traumatic life events.
Levels of care
Mission Recovery’s alcohol addiction treatment splits into varying tracks of recovery at all of our facilities, depending on the patient’s needed instensity of care: inpatient residential treatment (RTC), partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) recovery. Patients will step down through levels of care as they improve.
Mission Recovery makes the admissions process easy so that new patients can begin receiving the personalized treatment they need without a hassle. Admissions follows a few simple steps:
- Preadmission statement: Mission Recovery conducts a phone or in-person interview with the patient to assess his or her needs and create a tailored treatment plan.
- Admission: Patients receive an admissions date to begin treatment. Patients complete all paperwork, review the rules and ask any questions they or their family may have.
- Introduction: Mission Recovery completes the patient’s treatment plan, meets the staff and begin participating in treatment during his or her first day.
- Treatment: Mission Recovery clinicians use a range of treatment modalities selected to provide the most benefit for the patient’s needs. As patients progress and their needs change, their treatment and level of care may change to adapt.
- Family involvement: Families can become involved in the patient’s treatment after a set time, usually a week.
- Discharge: Most patients receive treatment for 30 to 90 days.