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Alcoholism Treatment

Alcohol Detox

A warm, welcoming and safe environment awaits clients who detox from alcohol at our inpatient facilities. At The Right Step, you will be in the hands of caring, trained medical professionals who provide around-the-clock monitoring and the latest research-backed medications to help alleviate uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Detox marks the end of alcohol intake and helps the body cleanse itself of all traces of alcohol. However, it is just the initial step on the road to recovery.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

The amount of time detox takes varies for everyone, but is usually around 3 to 5 days. After medical detox, clients move to inpatient alcohol rehab. In rehab, you will work with a multidisciplinary team on the underlying causes of excessive drinking and begin repairing the residual physical and psychological effects of its abuse. Behavioral therapy can help you identify triggers that drive your desire to drink and devise new and healthier ways of coping with them.1   Our staff of addiction and mental health experts draw from a range of therapies to help you explore underlying issues and develop healthy coping skills. These may include 12-step work, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication therapy and motivational interviewing, as well as alternative approaches like art and music therapy, mindfulness practices and recreational activities. You’ll address past trauma and work with a psychiatrist to manage any co-occurring mental health disorders — two factors that can perpetuate alcohol and other drug abuse. Our goal is to help you eliminate substance abuse, develop a toolbox of coping skills and create a more rewarding life for yourself without the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is the most severe form of problem drinking. The primary difference between problem drinking and alcoholism is the latter involves addiction. When a person becomes physically dependent on alcohol, he or she experiences an intense compulsion to drink every day. When a person is an alcoholic, life may reach the point where nothing else matters but the next drink.

Alcohol Addiction and Abuse

About 17.6 million adults in the U.S. currently suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Several million more people engage in risky, binge-drinking patterns that can lead to problem drinking.2 Alcohol is a major public health burden that not only impacts millions of people struggling with it, but millions more who have relationships with people abusing alcohol — children, spouses, other family members, friends, colleagues and even strangers.

The long-term effects of alcohol can cause damage to the entire body. Some of these include:

Heart: cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), stroke and high blood pressure

Liver: fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis

Immune system: Alcohol can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Alcohol can also increase the risk of oral, esophageal, throat, liver and breast cancer.3 Moreover, drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral and intellectual disabilities known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).4

Stats and Facts

  • Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year in the U.S. Of these, an estimated 4,358 deaths are in people younger than 21.5
  • In 2014, an estimated 679,000 adolescents ages 12 to 17 had an alcohol use disorder.6
  • Nationwide, 17.2 percent of students drank alcohol (more than a few sips) for the first time before age 13.7
  • A person is hurt or killed every 20 minutes due to drunk driving in Texas.8

Relapse Prevention

The psychological discomfort associated with anxiety during abstinence can be overwhelming, even after the majority of acute physical symptoms have subsided. Experts believe this may play a prominent role in increasing the risk of relapse, as well as perpetuating continued use/abuse of alcohol.9 Coming to terms with the fact that addiction recovery is a lifelong process can help put things in perspective. A continuum of care after discharge from inpatient treatment, a strong support system, living in the present and being in control of emotions are all crucial to successful recovery and relapse prevention.

At The Right Step, we help you begin building critical relapse-prevention skills from day one of treatment. Through individual and group therapy, you’ll learn healthy ways to deal with cravings and triggers and discover new sober activities that are fulfilling and rewarding. We also work with you to craft a detailed aftercare plan and many of our locations offer 12-month continuing care services based on principles shown to support long-term recovery.

Don’t Wait Another Day to Get Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse and life is spiraling out of control, call The Right Step today at 844-756-2657.

  1. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms + How Long Do They Last? Mental Health Daily. http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/07/17/alcohol-withdrawal-symptoms-how-long-do-they-last/ Accessed October 1, 2016.
  2. Facts About Alcohol. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website. https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/alcohol/facts-about-alcohol Updated July 25, 2015. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  3. Alcohol’s Effects on the Body. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body Accessed October 1, 2016.
  4. Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html Updated July 21, 2016. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  5. Stahre, M, Roeber, J, Kanny, D, et al. Contribution of excessive alcohol consumption to deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease. 11:E109, 2014.
  6. Alcohol Facts and Statistics. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics Published January 2016. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  7. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm Published June 10, 2016. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  8. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Texas Department of Transportation website. http://www.txdot.gov/driver/sober-safe/intoxication.html Accessed October 1, 2016.
  9. Heilig M, Egli M, Crabbe JC, Becker HC. Acute withdrawal, protracted abstinence and negative affect in alcoholism: Are they linked? Addict Biol. 2010 Apr; 15(2): 169–184. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2009.00194.x.
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