Why might I need to think about Alcohol Treatment?

Admitting you or someone you know has an addiction to alcohol is a hard reality to accept. Unfortunately, this disease is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation, which also means that you are not alone on the journey to recovery. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence shares that alcoholism does not stem from how long someone has been drinking or his or her alcohol of choice. Instead, alcoholism is rooted in a lack of willpower and a craving for the substance, equal to that of needing food or water. Denial is a typical response when considering the idea of whether you or a loved one struggles with alcohol addiction. However, the sooner signs of abuse are detected and addressed, the easier it is to regain control of your life through various forms of alcohol treatment.

Increased risk?

The chances an individual becomes an addict is based on several factors. The Mayo Clinic identifies these factors as genetic, psychological, social and environmental. For example, if an individual’s family has a history of alcoholism then he or she will have an increased risk of becoming an addict. An individual also has an increased risk of becoming an addict if he or she has a mental illness and uses alcohol to self-medicate. Social and cultural factors can also be the root of many alcohol disorders as an individual is pressured by family members or peers to consume large amounts of alcohol or binge drink on a regular basis.

What are the signs?

Picking up on the signs of an alcohol addiction can save a loved one’s life or your own life. The following are some of the key signs of alcoholism. When reading through the signs, honestly analyze each point so you can accurately determine whether you or someone you know struggles with alcoholism and needs to seek treatment:

  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Needing alcohol to relax
  • Creating distance from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Becoming irritable with individuals who comment on your drinking habits
  • Trying to quit but experiencing withdrawals or unable to stop

(It should be noted that these are some of the key signs of alcoholism but not all. )

What types of alcohol treatment methods are available?

Every case of alcoholism is specific to each individual. As a result, there are many treatment options suited to cater to the distinct needs of each individual. For the large majority of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction, a support system and guidance on how to overcome and manage the disease are necessary. Integrative Life Center in Nashville has the tools and knowledge to serve as that support system and guide through both the initial recovery process as well as with relapse prevention. When someone struggles with alcoholism it is a tri-fold battle: mentally physically, and emotionally. Therefore, all the treatments offered at Integrative Life Center adopt a holistic approach aiming to heal the whole self. ILC has trained medical professionals that can keep an eye on existing medical conditions to ensure they do not worsen or impact the recovery process. Treatment options range from 12-Step Practices, to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to Adventure and Experimental Therapy to Equine Therapy. To learn more about the variety of treatment methods available at ILC click here.

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol addiction, contact Integrative Life Center’s intake coordinator and learn more about the treatment programs and plans and let us help you through regain control of your life.

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