At least 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States. As one of the most common forms of substance abuse, alcoholism greatly impacts both individuals and their loved ones. Some consequences of excessive alcohol consumption include increased healthcare costs, poor health, lost work productivity, and property damage from car accidents. In the worst-case scenario, it could lead to premature death. Alcohol Use Disorder claims the lives of 88,000 American people annually. It is also the third leading cause of preventable deaths preceding tobacco, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
For people struggling with addiction, seeking treatment can help on the path to recovery. Discovery Point Retreat provides personalized, evidence-based alcohol abuse treatment at our three metro-Dallas locations.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction can come in several forms, which may allow for confusion and denial of an existing problem. Below are three ways alcohol addiction can be described.
- Alcohol Abuse: the excessive consumption of alcohol, either on a consistent basis or through binge drinking
- Alcoholism: Colloquial term for alcohol use disorder
- Alcohol Use Disorder: Chronic alcohol abuse which is disruptive to one’s life, often rooted in past trauma and mental health issues
There is often a misconception that if one just stops drinking, alcohol abuse is no longer an issue. However, substance use disorders are chronic brain diseases characterized by harmful drug and alcohol use as a maladaptive coping mechanism. Chronic alcohol abuse affects the biochemistry of the brain, creating dependency, reducing impulse control, and perpetuating the abuse cycle. At this point, one may drink less for the pleasure and more to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Despite the public acceptance of alcohol use and unhealthy drinking habits, alcohol misuse poses serious health risks, up to and including death. As a condition affecting both the mind and body, alcohol abuse treatment is necessary for a safe and healthy transition into sober living.
Common Signs of Alcohol Addiction
For many adults, drinking moderately isn’t harmful. For others, it can be a gateway to heavier drinking and lead to addiction.
Alcohol abuse can range from mild to severe. Alcohol use disorders may be difficult to identify. Some signs that you may have an addiction to alcohol and need treatment are:
- Drinking for longer than you initially plan
- Feeling strong urges to drink often
- Drinking interferes with relationships, family, and work
- Increase in risky behavior while drinking
- Increased alcohol tolerance
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Struggling to cut down on drinking
- Spending a significant amount of time recovering from drinking
- Continue drinking despite negative effects on health and life
Note that heavy or binge drinking doesn’t mean you have an addiction. However, it does increase risks for developing an alcohol use disorder, which in turn may lead to other substance use issues.
Causes of Alcohol Addiction
Various factors influence alcohol use disorder. Family history of alcoholism and underlying trauma and mental health disorders are among the most common. People who begin drinking at an early age are also more likely to develop an alcohol addiction. Other factors that may contribute to alcohol abuse include:
- Peer pressure in teens and young adults
- Low self-esteem and poor self-image
- High stress levels
- Cultural and environmental influences in which alcohol use is common and acceptable
Signs You Need Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment
The above signs are potential causes of an alcohol use disorder, but determining when it’s time to seek help can be a challenge. When alcohol use disrupts your daily life, taking priority over other responsibilities and passions, seeking help is the best course of action. Unfortunately, alcohol use disorder does not always manifest in typical ways. It is possible to live with a substance abuse disorder and maintain employment, housing, and attend to other obligations. Often referred to as functional alcoholism, this form of alcohol use disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Some allusive signs of functional alcohol abuse include:
- Hiding or downplaying drinking habits
- Relying on alcohol in social situations
- Relying on alcohol to relieve stress or relax after work
- Becoming defensive when questioned about drinking habits
- Framing social gatherings around the presence of alcohol
How Alcohol Abuse Treatment Works
The most common roadblock in seeking alcohol rehabilitation treatment is the fear of the unknown. Understanding what to expect during alcohol rehab and beyond can help reduce anxiety and ease the transition into sobriety. Comprehensive treatment programs employing the full continuum of care are the most effective in helping clients overcome alcohol use disorders.
For most clients, recovery begins with breaking the physical bonds of addiction through medically assisted detox. Because alcohol withdrawal is among the most dangerous, having medical support can be life-saving. This clinically supervised process addresses common withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fluctuating blood pressure and heart rate
- Mood disorders
Delirium tremens is a dangerous, potentially life-threatening side effect of alcohol withdrawal. Often seen in clients who have experienced prolonged alcohol abuse, delirium tremens symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Confusion and disorientation
- Cognitive difficulties
Medically assisted detox can help to reduce or prevent the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms, allowing clients to focus on addressing the underlying causes of addiction.
The recovery process is more than just completing a detox program. Beginning to address the deeper roots of substance abuse during the detox process through group and individual therapy is crucial to lasting recovery. Without this component of alcohol abuse treatment, falling back into the cycle of substance abuse is more likely.
Discovery Point retreat utilizes evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy modalities to help clients address the root causes of addiction. Behavioral therapy for substance abuse disorders focuses on replacing maladaptive, harmful habits tied to drug and alcohol use with healthier coping mechanisms.
Here are a few types of behavioral therapies we offer at Discovery Point Retreat.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive behavior therapy that focuses on self-awareness, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. While commonly used in treatment of conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is effective in addressing impulsive behaviors associated with mood and personality disorders as well as substance use disorders.
This treatment modality integrates the two opposing aspects of therapy– self-acceptance and change– to provide a more well-rounded approach to care. Through this process, clients learn to accept their past experiences while working to change negative behaviors. As a client-centered therapy method, DBT includes personal assignments and homework to encourage mindfulness, self-reflection, and self-acceptance.
An alternative to traditional talk therapy, recreational therapy for alcohol abuse treatment focuses on instilling vital life skills through fun, engaging activities. Clients learn communication skills, problem-solving, and emotional regulation. Activities such as team sports and games, art, and music offer opportunities to discover new hobbies and return to old passions while also providing a creative outlet. Through recreational therapy, clients gain new means of coping with challenging emotions without drugs or alcohol.
Because family is often the primary source of support during the recovery process, repairing strained bonds and strengthening those relationships can be vital. Family therapy primarily focuses on communication and conflict resolution skills. Where active addiction may cause turmoil for interpersonal relationships, recovery is an opportunity to make amends and move forward positively. Family therapy can also help loved ones understand the struggle of addiction and learn how to be supportive in a healthy way.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most commonly used evidence-based therapy methods in addiction treatment. Because addiction is a cyclical disease affecting the mind and body, learning to identify the mental and emotional triggers for substance use is integral to the recovery process. CBT uses mindfulness and self-checking techniques to interrupt the negative thought to action patterns that contribute to drug and alcohol use, redirecting them into more beneficial coping mechanisms.
Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
For some, alcohol rehabilitation treatment is more than undergoing detox and attending therapy sessions. Medically assisted treatment for addiction may be necessary for a number of reasons, including treating underlying mental and physical health conditions. With continuous clinical supervision and progress monitoring, Discovery Point Retreat ensures all medically assisted treatment programs are safe and effective.
Medically Assisted Detox
Use of medications to treat withdrawal symptoms helps to ease the transition into a sober lifestyle. All medications are prescribed and administered under the care of our team of qualified medical professionals.
Long-Term Medically Assisted Treatment
Where detox typically lasts between seven and ten days, long-term medically assisted treatment may be necessary for some clients. Those who may qualify include:
- Clients with chronic pain
- Clients experiencing prolonged substance use disorders (1.5 years or longer)
- Clients with a history of relapse
Medically assisted treatment supplements inpatient or outpatient levels of care to allow clients to focus on addressing the underlying causes of addiction. Exact regimens are determined and monitored by our staff physician.
Discovery Point Retreat Amenities
Recovery doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Because this is a total life transformation, it is important that treatment occurs in an environment still rooted in the real world. Discovery Point Retreat offers inpatient treatment at two alcohol abuse treatment centers, both of which are ranch-style homes, not sterile hospital settings. By providing a comfortable and inviting space for care, our clients are better able to adapt life skills and coping strategies into real world situations.
Our inpatient facilities include:
- Semi-private rooms
- Catered meals by an on-site chef
- Communal recreational spaces and lounge areas
- On-site gym and optional guided fitness programs
- Spa and salon services
- Seasonal pool and fishing pond
- Access to local nature trails
Discovery Point Retreat’s outpatient location in downtown Dallas is also committed to providing addiction treatment that suits your everyday life. Our outpatient amenities include:
- Flexible day and evening therapy options
- Transportation assistance
- Easy access to public transit
- Case management support
How Can I Find Alcohol Abuse Treatment Near Me?
Finding the right alcohol abuse treatment center is crucial to one’s success in recovery. Because no two paths to sobriety are identical, finding personalized care that suits one’s needs can make all the difference. Discovery Point Retreat serves the metro-Dallas area and accepts clients from all areas of the United States. With a full continuum of care provided by compassionate and knowledgeable addiction specialists, we are committed to serving those in need. Our dedication extends beyond the completion of treatment through aftercare services and alumni support to ensure each client knows they are always a part of our family.
If you’re ready to start your recovery journey for alcohol abuse treatment, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information and to being your path to a brighter future.