Alcohol Addiction Treatment
At Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services, we know that alcoholism while a powerful addiction can be overcome. Our team can help you to identify whether you or your loved one is in need of alcohol addiction treatment, and can help you to find a way out of your current life situation, and back to a life free from alcohol addiction, where you are in control.
What makes alcoholism dangerous?
Alcohol is an entrenched part of our society. It is regarded as an aid to social and celebratory events, and a way for many people to relax and let go. However, alcohol can be seriously addictive and tears apart many lives and families every year. It’s danger lies in it’s availability and that it’s culturally accepted. Anyone over 21 can legally purchase alcohol in any amount without question. You can drink alcohol in the middle of all your friends without concern, unlike other drugs, which are often taken in secret or only with certain people. Alcohol comes with so much social acceptance and often-high regard that it’s often the hardest of all drugs to realize someone has a problem with. It is a substance where a user can increase their tolerance over time allowing them to drink more and more, while at the same time learning to cover up how bad their alcohol addiction is. Most friends are oblivious to the problem except for very close friends and family, who are then forced to bear the experience of someone they love being transformed into someone else entirely by their alcohol addiction.
As well as the social aspects, alcohol addiction or misuse damages almost every organ in the body, especially the brain. Alcohol abuse can cause both medical and psychiatric problems while also creating a compulsive, insatiable dependency on alcohol that not only harms the person but also can create further health problems when the person tries to stop. And if they do manage to stop, they remain exposed to alcohol every time they go out, whether to see friends at an event or just to the supermarket. Out of all addictions, alcohol addiction is the one that goes most unchecked and yet is the most abundant in our society today.
Challenges for Treating Alcoholics
There are two principle challenges with in alcohol addiction treatment. First, the person affected has to be self-aware enough to know they have a problem, or at least have someone who can help show them that they need treatment. In a recent study, 87% of people aged 12 or older that needed alcohol addiction treatment, had not sought out any treatment, as they perceived no need for it. Many others in the study avoided treatment, as they could not afford it.
The second challenge with tackling alcohol addiction is the environment you live your life in. Meeting up with friends at a bar, going to a party can become huge obstacles in the recovery path of an alcoholic. Learning how to adapt your life and your psychology towards alcohol is key for you to be able to reintegrate back into your life after alcohol addiction treatment.
Why someone should seek alcohol addiction treatment
Studies show that entering an alcohol addiction treatment program increases significantly the chances of a full, long-term recovery from alcoholism. By accepting treatment you are taking responsibility for the condition, which is by far the biggest step on the path to recovery. By owning the problem, you can then decide whether you hold on to it or free yourself from it.
Common Behaviors of an Alcoholic
Alcoholics rarely know they have a problem until it’s too late. Because of this, those who first approach them with the issue may be forcefully rejected. Not seeing that alcohol is the problem, an alcoholic takes any criticism as personal and against his or her own character. They often feel they’re being attacked and misunderstood, or that other life problems they are going through aren’t being fully empathized with. Unfortunately, this often leads to further drinking. Denial, aggression, depression are all common psychological symptoms of alcoholism. Physically the damage is often internal and drawn out over a long period of time. Alcoholics build up an incredible tolerance to alcohol, leading them to drink more and more in order to create the same effect one or two drinks may have years before. They may start drinking earlier in the day, on their own as well as with friends, and start to forego other responsibilities in order to keep up their habit. Their behavior can lead to their own isolation, as families and loved ones feel less and less able to relate and communicate. The very substance that was used in the forming of so many friendships then becomes the very thing that pushes them away.
How Breathe’s Alcohol Addiction Treatment Can Help
Alcohol addiction treatment at Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services is specially designed to create a social and healing environment. By removing alcohol as the center focus of social settings, we can help you to redesign the way you approach interactions with friends and others. Rediscover what really matters when meeting people, and understand the parts of your life alcohol is destroying and how you can rebuild.
Our alcohol addiction treatment is not just for the time you are at our center. It stays with you when you leave our centers and go back into the real world. Our goal is not to provide some miracle cure, but to give you back the choice – to decide how you want to live your life, back on your terms.