Though drinking alcohol is legal in the United States for those over the age of 21 and common practice in most homes and at social gatherings, it is estimated to be a problem at the level of disorder for more than 18 million Americans, according to Medline Plus. The defining characteristics of alcoholism include:
- Increased tolerance to alcohol. Patients need more and more alcohol to feel its effects (e.g., tipsy or drunk).
- Inability to stop drinking once started. The promise of “I’ll just have one” disappears with the first drink. Many alcoholics start out the evening intending to stay sober and ultimately end up blacking out.
- Cravings. The more they drink, the more they want to drink. Alcoholics often feel physically and psychologically uncomfortable without a drink in their hand and two drinks in their system.
- Physical addiction. Over time, the body of the alcoholic adjusts its functioning based on the expectation of certain alcohol levels. When those levels drop, the alcoholic may experience withdrawal symptoms that can include tremors, sweating, nausea, headache, and more.
Fighting alcoholism is not easy for the alcoholic, nor is it easy for the family members to stand by and watch knowing that help is available. The first step is often convincing the alcoholic that drinking is a serious enough problem to warrant treatment. The next step is finding a comprehensive alcohol rehab program that does more than offer the bare bones basics of recovery and instead provides an intensive and unique treatment plan tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
At Constellation Behavioral Health, that’s our main focus. We utilize a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and medical resources to ensure that each patient benefits from a personalized treatment experience that takes them from the first day they stop drinking until well after they have returned home after enjoying a thorough and well-rounded treatment program with us.
Addressing the Issue of Alcoholism
Staging an intervention is recommended to concerned family members when an alcoholic loved one is reticent about entering treatment. It can provide everyone with the opportunity to voice their concern, take a proactive step toward a life of balance, and give the alcoholic the gift of a new life that is no longer defined by alcohol and alcoholic behaviors.
Families are encouraged to find an alcohol rehab for their loved one prior to staging an intervention. Choosing a program is often stressful for them because they are unsure what treatment options, philosophies of care, and resources will most benefit their alcoholic family member. At Constellation Behavioral Health, we assist them every step of the way and help them choose between:
- Outpatient or inpatient alcohol treatment
- Local or distance treatment
- Traditional or holistic treatment options
- Medicated detox or medical treatment
Personalized care and comprehensive treatment begin with the first phone call.
Helping the Family Heal
The risks of continued alcoholic behavior are as taxing on the family as they are on the alcoholic. Family members are a crucial part of the recovery experience for alcoholics – they are often the reason that an alcoholic goes to treatment, stays in treatment, and sticks to their recovery when they return home. In order to aid family members in healing from the damage done by a loved one’s alcoholism and to help them to be a positive part of their loved one’s recovery, we offer a wide range of treatment options for them through Constellation Behavioral Health.