Alcohol Abuse Treatment

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 16 million people in the United States have alcohol use disorder. Men are more likely to have this specific disorder, as 9.8 million cases of alcohol use disorder, or AUD, occur in males and 5.3 million cases occur in females. Alcohol is, undoubtedly, the most widely abused mind-altering substance in the country, far ahead of opioids, stimulants, and tranquilizers. Despite the astonishing amount of people with AUD, not nearly as many people who have it get the appropriate professional treatment for it. As a result, countless individuals continue on with their disorder and even more end up dying from it due to accidents or health problems related to their use. In fact, alcohol-related deaths are the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

Alcohol is intertwined into American society so tightly and intricately that it is nearly impossible to find an adult who has never had a drink before or who hasn’t drunk too much that they have gotten drunk. A part of the draw to alcohol is that it is socially acceptable to drink nearly everywhere and at any time. While some people are able to drink and do so responsibly, there are people who are not able to do so because of the disease of addiction.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain that causes people to continue to abuse a substance despite negative consequences of that use. Like any other disease, addiction can be treated and managed, however that is only applicable to those who do participate in treating their alcohol use disorder. Without treatment, alcohol use disorder can continue and lead a user to a dead end (quite literally.)

Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder

Everyone experiences alcohol use disorder differently than the next, meaning that while one person might display certain symptoms of alcohol use disorder, the other might display an entirely different set of symptoms. In general, however, most all people with alcohol use disorder share in some symptoms of their use, making it easy to notice.

Some of the most common signs of alcohol use disorder include the following:

  • Deceptiveness – When someone is using alcohol responsibly, there is no need for him or her to hide the fact that he or she is drinking. However, when someone is abusing alcohol, it becomes almost necessary to hide the amount that he or she is consuming in order to prevent someone from confronting them about their use. Additionally, a user might start asking for money for things such as gas or groceries, however the money is actually funding the purchase of more alcohol. Getting a straight answer from someone who is struggling with this disorder can be like pulling teeth, and the deceptive behaviors can continue.
  • Frequent intoxication – Unlike hiding drinks and spending borrowed money on things other than what it was intended for, people with alcohol use disorder can’t really hide being intoxicated unless they are completely isolated from others while drinking. A person with alcohol use disorder is likely to appear disoriented, have slurred speech, and be free of inhibitions when under the influence, or experience drastic changes in mood (going from being happy to angry or vice versa) and behavior.
  • Poor prioritizing – Alcohol use can easily become a user’s primary focus in his or her life, making it difficult for him or her to properly prioritize what is most important. As a result, things such as responsibilities at home, plans with friends, projects at work, anniversaries with a loved one, a child’s baseball game, or even one’s own hygiene can be missed, ignored, or disregarded when the user is homed in on drinking.
  • Emotional instability – Going from drunk to sober to drunk again can serve as a rollercoaster of emotions for someone with alcohol use disorder. Depending on what is occurring in his or her life at the moment, he or she might experience a wide range of emotional responses, such as anger, euphoria, rage, sadness, and depression all within a short period of time. It can be extremely difficult to be around someone who experiences such highs and lows and unpredictable feelings on a regular basis.

Other signs of alcohol use disorder can include frequent and consistent purchasing of alcoholic beverages, having a regular pattern of drinking (such as pouring a drink right when returning home from work), or drinking to a point of passing out several nights (if not all nights) in a week.

When is Treatment Needed?

It can be extremely difficult to know when an individual with alcohol use disorder needs to get professional treatment, especially when it is a friend or family member who has to make the call. Usually, however, anytime that alcohol is causing negative impacts in an individual’s life, it is a good idea to seek some level of professional care.

Generally, treatment for alcohol use disorder is required when any of the following is occurring:

  • Drinking continues despite suffering negative effects caused by the drinking
  • Even though he or she wants to stop using, he or she keeps drinking anyway
  • Drinking has gotten in the way of one’s ability to function
  • Drinking has cost a user his or her job, marriage, house, finances, etc.
  • The individual has made several attempts to stop using but has been unsuccessful
  • The individual has steadily increased his or her amount of alcohol intake over time
  • The individual experiences withdrawal symptoms when unable to drink or when he or she drinks less than normal

Types of Alcohol Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center

Alcohol treatment at Taylor Recovery Center can help treat several different populations of people with alcohol use disorder, including those with the most severe of cases and those who have a mild condition. The most important thing that we at Taylor Recovery Center focus on is placing patients in the right treatment programs so that they can achieve as much success as possible while in rehab.

To make recovery possible for all people with alcohol use disorder, we offer the following types of treatment:

  • Residential treatment – Residential treatment is an excellent fit for someone who has a severe alcohol use disorder, who has made several attempts to get sober but has been unable to, or who has a need for detox and/or additional treatment for co-occurring conditions. Patients at residential treatment will live on campus and participate in several different therapies designed to help them overcome the factors that have triggered and added to their alcohol use disorder. A normal stay in residential treatment is anywhere from 30-90 days.
  • Partial hospitalization – One step below residential treatment in terms of intensity of care is partial hospitalization. Patients enrolled in this program have a need for regular medical supervision due to one or more medical conditions while they are receiving therapy for their alcohol use disorder. Patients in this type of alcohol treatment at Taylor Recovery Center can live at home while enrolled in this program, which they will attend nearly every day each week for several hours at a time.
  • Outpatient – Geared towards those with a mild alcohol use disorder or those who have already completed higher levels of addiction treatment, outpatient treatment requires patients to participate in treatment a few days per week for a couple of hours at a time. Outpatient treatment is an excellent option for someone who cannot take time off of work or who has other responsibilities that need to be tended to outside of treatment. Because those who attend this program can continue to live at home, this program is really only effective for those who do not require a more hands-on approach to addiction treatment.
  • Sober living – Sober living is a highly effective transitional type of alcohol treatment at Taylor Recovery Center that has those in recovery from alcohol use disorder live together in sober homes in between the completion of their treatment program and their transition back into everyday life. While at a sober living home, individuals can benefit from being in a sober environment with like-minded people who have similar goals in abstinence and recovery. Usually, sober living is a treatment option for those who have already completed other levels of more structured treatment.

The type of alcohol treatment at Taylor Recovery Center that a patient participates in is based on his or her current state upon enrolling, his or her physical and psychological abilities, and his or her recovery goals. It is common for patients to go from one level of care to the next until he or she is ready to move back home and begin living a life of recovery without the continued, daily or weekly presence of professional treatment.

Get Professional Addiction Treatment Today

If you are struggling with alcohol use disorder, know that you are not alone. You are one of millions of people who find it difficult to stop using despite you desires to want to end your use. By reaching out today, you may find that alcohol treatment at Taylor Recovery Center is the best fit for you and your needs.

Do not waste another moment. Call us right now to get the help you need to stop using once and for all.

You or your loved one can be in treatment today.

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