In the United States, alcohol is prevalent in our culture. It’s used to celebrate at parties, is often paired with food and is even present in religious ceremonies. Although people drink for different reasons, the widespread use of alcohol makes problematic drinking hard to identify and puts some individuals at risk of becoming dependent. The effects of alcohol addiction and abuse are devastating, jeopardizing the health and wellness of not just the individual struggling with alcoholism, but those around them as well. Despite this, alcohol use continues to be a problem and remains the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reporting that more than 88,000 people a year die from alcohol-related causes.
At True Recovery, we recognize the far-reaching effects of alcohol abuse and know how important immediate intervention is for those struggling with alcoholism. Our goal is to provide the care you or your loved one needs to heal from addiction, with a variety of therapeutic treatments that address the physical, mental and emotional effects of long-term alcohol use. Alcoholism is a complex disease, but with the support and guidance of our professional addiction specialists, you can achieve sobriety and rediscover a happy, healthy life free from alcohol dependency.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcohol is one of the most common and widely used substances in the world. Many people are able to drink alcohol socially, but it is a powerful and addictive substance that can wreak havoc on your life if abused. Since alcohol is so prevalent, however, it can be difficult to distinguish casual or social drinking from abuse. More than 140 million people in the U.S. consume alcohol and their drinking habits vary from daily to occasional use, but problematic drinking is often defined by heavy and binge drinking, especially when it begins to affect you in negative ways. Consuming five or more drinks in a single session is considered binge drinking, and doing this five or more times a month constitutes heavy drinking. If your drinking reflects these behaviors, it may be a sign that you have a problem with alcohol. Other signs include drinking to avoid your problems or cope with difficult feelings and frequently drinking more than you intended. Using alcohol in this way can quickly lead to dependency and addiction, putting your health and well-being at serious risk due to the harmful effects of ongoing use.
Signs of Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse can spiral out of control quickly and adversely impact your health, relationships and career, but heavy drinking and addiction can be harder to recognize than other forms of narcotic abuse. This is because alcohol is a socially acceptable drug that is legal for adults over 21, frequently offered at parties and social gatherings with few consequences. If you or your loved ones have begun to question your drinking habits, however, some common signs that may indicate alcohol abuse and addiction include:
- Drinking alone or at odd hours
- Inability to have a good time without drinking
- Isolation from friends or family to spend more time drinking
- Unable to manage everyday activities due to drinking
- Neglecting personal and familial responsibilities
- Legal troubles such as DUIs or other alcohol-related crimes
- Health problems due to alcohol use (pancreatitis, liver damage, etc.)
- Frequent intoxication at inappropriate times
- Unable to control consumption of alcohol
- Hiding your drinking from others
- Drinking to avoid or cope with problems
- Intense cravings for alcohol
- Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
Excessive and chronic use of alcohol is hard on the body, so deteriorating health, mental capacities or physical appearance are also cause for concern. The combination of short and long-term effects can lead to irreversible damage, but as alcohol use continues, it becomes harder to function without it. Eventually, the body adjusts to its presence and will experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms when drinking is stopped. At this point, professional help is often needed to safely decrease alcohol use and prevent further harm from occurring.
At True Recovery, we know that alcoholism doesn’t develop overnight and often begins with a few drinks after work to unwind or drinking heavily while out with friends. Eventually, the number of drinks steadily increases in order to achieve the same effects, and after a while, it becomes hard to make it through the day without drinking. Often, there is an underlying issue behind the desire to drink, whether a past trauma, mental health concern or an inability to cope with stress, and the relief that alcohol temporarily brings makes it even harder to stop or cut back use. Once this cycle of addiction begins, overcoming it without professional treatment is almost impossible.
True Recovery’s alcohol treatment center in Newport Beach, California, is dedicated to stopping the cycle of alcohol addiction and the senseless harm that it inflicts. If you’ve taken the first step toward a sober lifestyle by identifying the problem and admitting that you need help, our rehab program can help you reclaim your life from alcohol. Depending on the extent of your addiction, you may have to start with an alcohol detox program. Detox is a process that removes traces or drugs or alcohol from your body, with medical help to manage any withdrawal symptoms or discomfort. After detox, your alcohol abuse treatment can begin, where you’ll receive the support and guidance you need to heal from addiction. Your individualized recovery plan will include a proven combination of evidence-based treatments, holistic modalities and effective psychotherapies that promote lasting sobriety, such as:
- Individual and group therapy
- Specialty and peer groups
- Medication-assisted treatment
- 12-step programs
- SMART and LifeRing
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family program
- Holistic treatments
- Recreational therapy
- Aftercare and discharge planning
- Trauma Informed Therapy
- Experiential therapy
Our approach to recovery emphasizes not only your physical and mental health but your spiritual health as well. Our programs for alcohol abuse also incorporate art therapy and self-expression work that you won’t find at other treatment centers. When you’re ready to return to your daily life, you’ll also receive academic, financial and life skills counseling to ensure that you’re able to meet your goals and maintain lasting sobriety long after treatment.
What Happens After Treatment?
Recovery is a process and rehab is just the beginning. As you progress through treatment at True Recovery, you may be wondering what comes next. Clients at True Recovery can benefit from our highly structured transition and sober living program, which is dedicated to providing you with ongoing support as you return to your daily life so you can rediscover your dreams and turn them into reality. These programs will not only give you the opportunity to practice your recovery skills in a real-life setting, but will also provide a source of motivation and community that reduce cravings for alcohol and help you stay focused on recovery. We also offer a customized intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) suitable for those recovering from alcohol abuse for the first time and those who may have had a relapse but want to regain a foothold in recovery. As you prepare to transition out of rehab, our experienced team will work closely with you and your family to determine the appropriate next steps that will keep you on the path to long-term recovery and help you reach your goals.
Contact True Recovery
Rehab is designed to help people learn how to cope without turning to alcohol, but at True Recovery, we go above and beyond the standard, cookie-cutter treatments that other facilities offer to help you achieve lasting sobriety. In fact, we’re one of the most successful alcohol treatment centers in Orange County because of our unconventional thinking and therapies. If you or a loved one is ready to take the first crucial step to a life free of addiction, please contact us here or call our admissions staff 24/7 at (866) 399-6528.