Recover from Alcoholism Safely
Alcoholism creeps up quite silently, often obtaining its grip without warning. An individual with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) may have started out with a drink or two to simply de-stress at the end of a crazy workday. Over a period of time, reaching for alcohol became reflexive, and as tolerance to its calming effects rose, so did the amount consumed in order to reach the same relaxed state.
Soon, alcohol was needed during the day to quell the increasing withdrawal symptoms that plagued him or her when attempting to get through the 8-5 workday without it. Eventually, the symptoms worsened, going from an early morning headache to hands that shook during business meetings unless a swig of vodka calmed the overt signs of alcohol dependency. As the vicious cycle of alcohol abuse deepened, so did the disease, resulting in full-blown alcohol dependency.
Treatment for alcoholism in Mission Viejo can be sought for any stage of the disease, and the earlier the better. Unfortunately, too many suffering from an AUD choose to ignore their increasing dependence on the substance, used to mediate whatever issue originally led to the disorder, and the disease becomes entrenched. Whether in denial about their excessive use of alcohol or being unwilling to give it up, when the individual is ready for help treatment for alcoholism in Mission Viejo can provide the detox, treatment, and aftercare needed to manage this dangerous disease.
What to Expect in Alcohol Rehab
The first step of the treatment process is the intake interview. This is an important step where the clinical or admittance staff member gains the fundamental information from the person regarding the factors related to the AUD, the severity of the disorder, and a reading on the level of motivation he or she has to achieve sobriety. All of this will help determine the level of care needed for treatment—inpatient, residential, or outpatient.
Detox is the next phase of treatment for alcoholism. Based on the severity of the AUD, detoxing from alcohol can become life-threatening and should be supervised by a treatment professional. During detox and withdrawal the individual may experience a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Rapid heartbeat
The degree of withdrawal symptoms is directly related to the severity of the addiction to alcohol. Typically, benzodiazepines medications are prescribed to assist with the detox process, as are over-the-counter medications. In some cases, medication assisted treatment may involve drugs that help reduce cravings.
The treatment phase of alcohol rehab may last for a few weeks to several months. Treatment programs vary in philosophy and clinical elements, but most will include individual and group therapy sessions to help identify root causes for the addiction as well as shape new thoughts and behaviors in response to triggers. In addition, 12-step meetings facilitate a structured approach to attaining sobriety and provide the important social support. Many programs offer art and music therapy, yoga, exercise programs, and special diets to round out the treatment phase of rehab.
Aftercare Treatment for Alcoholism Mission Viejo
The aftercare component is as important as the treatment phase of treatment. Once out of the structured environment of a program it is helpful to stay in a sober living environment for a few months to allow for the new sober lifestyle choices to become habit. Aftercare also includes intensive outpatient programs (IOP), cognitive behavioral therapy and/or group counseling sessions, relapse prevention classes, and help with life skills including job seeking or academic goals. Participating in ongoing meetings with a recovery community such as A.A. will provide accountability (to a sponsor or the group) as well as fellowship.
Phoenix Rising Provides 12-Step Treatment for Alcoholism in Mission Viejo
Phoenix Rising Addiction Center offers hope for those battling alcoholism. The program at Phoenix Rising located in Ladera Ranch, near Mission Viejo, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Laguna Hills. For more information about the program, contact us today at (949) 518-0345.