Alcoholism Addiction Treatment
Residential Alcoholism Treatment at Promises
If you’re ready to take back your life from alcohol addiction, we can help. At Promises, you’ll receive evidence-based alcoholism treatment that helps you get sober. You’ll also learn a healthier way of living that supports long-term recovery. We’ll help you repair your relationships and build the life you’ve always wanted.
We offer residential alcoholism treatment in private, relaxing settings. You can focus all your energy on recovery. Residential alcohol rehab at Promises Treatment Centers may include:
If you abuse alcohol, you may need medically monitored alcohol detox. Trying to detox from alcohol on your own can be painful, dangerous and even fatal.
At Promises Treatment Centers, you’ll receive care around the clock. Our detox specialists will make sure alcohol detox is safe and comfortable. We use research-backed medications and alternative approaches to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Medication options may include acamprosate and naltrexone.
Alcohol detox usually occurs in a two-phase process:
- The first phase may take place over a few days. This is the period when life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur. Examples include delirium tremens and seizures.
- The second phase lasts longer, for a few weeks to months. The brain begins to resume normal functioning as it repairs the damage of alcohol abuse. Less severe withdrawal symptoms may linger during this time. Examples include anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues and nutritional deficiencies.
The alcohol rehab experience is different for each client. We customize alcohol detox and addiction treatment plans to meet each client’s needs. But our goals are the same across the board:
- Ensure a safe and comfortable alcohol detox
- Help you address the reasons you’ve abused alcohol
- Teach you coping skills so you have a strong foundation when you leave residential addiction treatment
During inpatient substance abuse treatment, therapies may include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy to improve communication with loved ones
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Complementary approaches like mindfulness and experiential/adventure therapies
- Psychiatric care
- 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, or 12-step alternatives like SMART Recovery
- Relapse prevention
View our various types of treatment for alcoholism offered by location here.
We’ll work with you to make sure you have the right support in place when you leave Promises. Your treatment team can connect you with:
- Sober living residences
- Support groups and local 12-step programs
- Medical professionals
- Ongoing support through our alumni network
Am I an Alcoholic?
Symptoms of alcohol addiction can be physical or psychological in nature. They depend on how much alcohol you abuse and how long you’ve been alcohol dependent. Consider inpatient alcohol addiction treatment if you can relate to any of these:
- Needing more and more alcohol to feel drunk (developing a tolerance)
- Failed attempts at decreasing or quitting drinking on your own
- Needing alcohol to feel “normal”
- Having blackouts due to heavy alcohol consumption
- Experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms if you don’t drink
- Financial or legal problems such as DUIs due to alcohol abuse
- Compromised relationships because of alcohol abuse
- Compromised work status or performance due to drinking
- Feeling unable to quit drinking once you start (binge drinking)
- Putting yourself or others in danger when drinking
- Drinking alone or hiding or lying about alcohol consumption
- Drinking when you intended to stay sober
Alcoholics may experience one or several of these symptoms. The fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines substance use disorders as severe, moderate or mild depending on the number of diagnostic criteria you meet. Alcohol addiction treatment can help with alcohol abuse at any of these levels.
What Are the Risks of Alcohol Abuse?
About 18 million adult Americans are either alcoholics or abuse alcohol. This means they engage in drinking that results in harm, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Alcohol abuse affects millions of people. This is, in part, because drinking is socially acceptable as a legal substance. It’s also easy to get and part of many social events.
Short-Term Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol affects the brain. At first it causes euphoria, excitement and lowered inhibitions. Depending on the amount of alcohol you drink, it can also have less desirable effects like:
- Poor sleep
- Decreased coordination
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Delayed reactions
- Exaggerated emotions
- Inability to stand or walk
- Slowed respiration and circulation
- Suppressed reflexes
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
When you abuse alcohol, the liver becomes more efficient at removing it from your blood. That’s why you must drink larger amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effect.
Long-term, heavy drinking can contribute to:
- Several types of cancer (mouth, pharyngeal, esophageal, laryngeal, breast, bowel and liver)
- Liver damage
- Emotional instability
- Memory loss
- Heart disease
- Brain damage
- Vitamin deficiency
- Stomach ulcers
- Skin problems
- Sexual performance problems
Why Alcohol Rehab Is Necessary
If you abuse alcohol and then quit, you may develop alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This is because your body has developed a dependency on alcohol. Stopping it can throw your system into shock.
Alcohol contains ethanol. This chemical makes your body think it needs alcohol to function. Alcohol depresses the nervous system. To try to maintain balance, the brain produces too much “alert” brain chemicals. Examples include serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine. Without alcohol, this excess of brain chemicals creates imbalance. The process sends you into alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol Withdrawal Is Dangerous
It’s dangerous to quit alcohol “cold turkey” without the help of a medical professional. Doing so puts you at risk for the following alcohol withdrawal symptoms:
Delirium tremens (DTs) – The DTs can be dangerous. The condition occurs within the first 48 hours of alcohol withdrawal. Symptoms of DTs include:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of dehydration, heart attack, stroke and death
Seizures – Seizures typically occur within the first couple of days alcohol detox. Alcohol withdrawal seizures are involuntary muscle contractions alternating with convulsions.
Vomiting – You may experience vomiting while the nervous system tries to restore balance. Nausea can last around a week.
Heart palpitations – Heavy drinkers may experience high blood pressure and an erratic heartbeat. These symptoms can feel like a panic attack.
Dehydration – Lack of water in your body can cause various complications including:
- Delirium tremens
Your body might already be dehydrated from alcohol abuse. It can become even more dehydrated from alcohol withdrawal symptoms like vomiting.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment Helps Prevent Relapse
Around 62% of people relapse without alcohol addiction treatment. If you detox from alcohol without addressing the underlying issues, you’re setting yourself up for relapse. Alcohol cravings can be difficult to manage.
Residential alcohol rehab helps you stay sober by:
Treating mental health disorders – Mental health disorders often go along with alcoholism. One study found 80% of participants with an alcohol dependency also struggled with depression symptoms. Other research found people with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to experience general anxiety. They’re twice as likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder. In alcohol rehab, you’ll receive thorough psychiatric assessments. We’ll help you recover from co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse.
Addressing emotional issues – Difficulties stemming from childhood can contribute to substance abuse later in life. These difficulties may include:
- A chaotic environment
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Challenging relationships with loved ones
Residential alcohol addiction treatment provides a safe space to heal from these experiences. You’ll take part in therapies that get to the root cause of emotional pain.
Tackling drinking triggers – The stresses that led you to drink will still be around when you leave alcohol rehab. That’s why you’ll work on identifying your drug abuse triggers. You’ll also learn healthier ways of dealing with them.
Teaching relapse prevention skills – Inpatient alcohol rehab teaches you healthy coping skills. You’ll learn self-care activities to improve your physical and mental health, such as:
- Proper nutrition
- Taking medication as prescribed
- Keeping up with counseling appointments
- Attending 12-step programs and support groups
Providing addiction resources – We make sure you have support in place when you leave residential alcohol rehab. This may include connecting you with:
- Sober living options
- Support groups and local 12-step programs
- Other alcohol recovery resources in your community
What to Look for in Residential Alcohol Rehab
Alcohol rehab is an important step in taking back your life from drug abuse. To make this time is as effective as possible, choose the right alcoholism treatment center for your needs. The best inpatient alcohol rehabs have:
Addiction specialists – Your treatment team includes nurses, psychiatrists and therapists trained in addiction. We make sure alcohol rehab addresses all aspects of substance abuse. Treatment plans draw from the latest addiction research.
Medical detox – Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. It’s important to detox from alcohol in a medical setting. Physicians and nurses can ease discomfort using research-backed medications.
Mental health treatment – Depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders are common in alcoholics. Make sure alcohol rehab also provides treatment for co-occurring disorders. This way, both the addiction and underlying mental health issues are treated at the same time.
Variety of therapies – You’ll be more engaged in alcohol addiction treatment if you learn in different ways. Look for a drug rehab that offers a variety of treatments for alcoholism. Examples include individual and group therapy as well as experiential and alternative therapies. These will help you experience recovery concepts in a way that makes them more likely to “stick.”
Comforts of home – In residential alcohol addiction treatment, your focus should be on getting better, not what’s lacking in your environment. A comfortable, home-like environment makes this much easier to do.
Aftercare planning – Alcohol detox and inpatient alcohol rehab are important steps in recovery. But they aren’t the last. The best inpatient alcohol rehabs will help you plan for life after treatment. You’ll need a thorough aftercare plan with a variety of recovery resources.
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