Alcoholism & Alcohol Rehab

Individuals with an alcohol use disorder account for more than 7% of all American adults according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). These adults harm relationships, health and happiness by drinking too much, too often. An intervention is the best way to push these people to enter an alcohol rehab At Elevate clients undergo counseling sessions, support group work and relapse prevention coaching. People need help to support recovery because unfortunately alcohol relapse rates fall within the 40-60% range.

According to a research performed by Gallup more than half of Americans partake in alcoholic beverages at the end of the workday or when appropriate. There are some people who cannot stop after a few drinks. Unfortunately these individuals might suffer from an alcohol addiction.

When an individual becomes obsessive about alcohol consumption they loose focus on life’s little pleasures. With the proper alcohol rehabilitation even the most deep-seeded cases of alcoholism can be treated and cured.

What Are the Signs Of Alcohol Abuse?

It is legal for adults to purchase and consume alcohol in most parts of the world. This results in alcoholic beverages being sold almost everywhere and most adults partaking in its consumption. Due to use being so common it becomes hard to judge an appropriate drinking amount. There are definite signs of alcohol abuse, leading to full blown alcohol addiction.
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Binge drinking is the first major sign. ‘Binge drinking’ as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “involves consuming alcohol with the intention of getting drunk.”

For women, 4+ drinks in 2 hours constitutes binge drinking.

For men, drinking 5+ drinks in 2 hours would be considered binge drinking. It is easy to spot this type of drinking because the intent behind this behavior is hard to hide, yet this is not the only sign of alcohol abuse.

People might need to seek an alcohol rehab if:

  • The person drinks and drives
  • Alcohol is consumed throughout the day
  • Feel the need to drink everyday
  • Consuming large amounts of alcohol in social situations

While these may be different patterns of drinking, all the patterns listed have one thing in common.

People who display the behaviors listed have lost control over how much alcohol they consume. The alcohol begins to drive their behaviors instead of the other way around. This is a very important distinction to make. If an individual does not identify troublesome behaviors and lessen alcohol consumption, they run the risk of falling into alcoholism. This is because over consuming alcohol can shift electrical activity in the brain, leading to addiction.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), signs of alcoholism can include:

  • Increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol, more drinking is required to achieve the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms between rounds of drinking
  • Decreased or no control over when alcohol is consumed and how much is consumed
  • A desire to stop drinking, but the inability to
  • Focusing on alcohol to the detriment of the individuals family, friends and work life
  • Continued consumption of alcohol despite the problems caused by drinking

The 5 Specific Alcoholism Subtypes

The First type, ’young adult subtype’ includes drinkers who do not have family histories of alcoholism or co-occurring mental illness.

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The Second type, ‘young antisocial subtype’ includes drinkers who do not have family histories of alcoholism but do have co-occuring mental illnesses and addictions to other substances.

The Third type, ‘functional subtype’ includes middle aged drinkers with a stable job and family. These individuals have a family history of alcoholism and as many as a quarter of them suffer from depression.

The Fourth type, ‘intermediate familial subtype’ includes middle aged drinkers with a family history of alcoholism and depressive episodes.

The Fifth type, ‘chronic severe subtype’ includes middle aged drinkers with family histories of alcoholism, mental illness, and addictions to other substances.

Causes Leading To Alcoholism

It can be hard for an individual to accept that they have become an alcoholic, but they are far from alone. This disease can wriggle into an individuals life in subtle ways virtually unnoticed. Peer pressure is the main cause for some. These individuals might even start life not liking alcohol, but are persuaded by their peers. As time wears on these individuals loose control over when and how much they drink.

Mental illness might be the cause of alcoholism in some. These individuals might use alcohol to self medicate, to remedy a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. Dependent on the individual alcohol might mitigate the symptoms of the mental illness. After prolonged use of alcohol, the effects of the mental illness will be amplified.

Alcohol Rehab Genes

A study from the NIAAA  suggests that genes can be the cause of alcoholism. There has not been an ‘alcoholism gene’ found yet, but there have been genes identified that can boost the effects of consumption and lessen the effects of a hangover. These individuals would feel a greater ‘high’ from drinking while not feeling as sick from a hangover. A person with this gene combination can be at higher risk to develop alcoholism as their bodies seem primed for alcohol abuse.

Alcohol Rehab Child Watches Parent Drink Alcohol

If a parent models bad drinking behaviors they might inadvertently contribute to their child’s alcohol problems. Children might associate a high level of drinking as normal if seen in the home frequently growing up. A parent might use alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress or anxiety, and in turn, the child will follow suit. In this case it is the parents behavior that is the root of the drinking problem not the genes they passed on.

When To Seek An Alcohol Rehab

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One of the earmarks of alcoholism is a desire to lessen or quite drinking altogether but the perceived inability to do so. These poor individuals feel they might never get sober because it is impossible for them.

The best approach to this type of person is an intervention. The purpose of the intervention is to help the afflicted individual understand how alcohol has become a problem in their life and to motivate the individual to seek help. Surrounded by the sufferers loved ones an intervention can shed light and give hope.

A good time to hold an intervention is after an extreme or dangerous event that the individual took part in while drinking.  

According to a study published by Addiction “people who drink before heading out on the town are 2.5 times more likely to get in a fight while out, compared to people who don’t drink.” A traumatic event such as this, caused by alcohol consumption, is an opportune time to hold an intervention.
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Other episodes that can prompt an intervention include:

  • Arrests
  • Hospitalizations
  • Domestic Disputes
  • Job Issues
  • Child-custody concerns
  • Accidents

Elevate Recoveries Alcohol Rehab

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After the intervention the individual hopefully will enter an alcohol rehab facility. Elevate offers an inpatient alcohol addiction center to allow people to step away from their daily lives and work to beat addiction 24 hrs a day. This type of alcoholism treatment is ideal for some as they can focus solely on their alcohol rehab. Their daily lives might hold the triggers to alcohol consumption and the break from these daily stressors is needed for total recovery.

Elevate’s alcoholism rehab program is not focused on time but on results. We believe putting a strict time limit on treatment is the wrong way to go about alcoholism recovery. An individual might be ready for a tremendous breakthrough or close to resolving a major issue. Our programs average is 90 days, we do not believe in ’28 day quick fixes.’ Based on our experience it takes an individual the first 30 days just to overcome the physical part of addiction, or ‘come out of the fog.’

Elevate does not use the 12-step method of treatment or prescribe mind-altering drugs to address a mental or emotional issue. All clients will be weened of medications not deemed necessary. Allowed are doctor recommended medications such as insulin, blood pressure etc. Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications will not be prescribed here. We believe that the body naturally produce what is lacking once all foreign substances have been halted.

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