Alcohol abuse is a chronic, debilitating disease in which a person is unable to stop consuming alcohol despite the negative effect it is having in all aspects of their life. Alcoholism on the other hand, is the more severe of the two disorders and is a highly destructive pattern of alcohol abuse that involves physical tolerance and the presence of withdrawal symptoms should alcohol use be cut back or stopped altogether. Despite what some people think, those who abuse alcohol or have developed alcoholism are not drinking because they lack self-control. Alcohol abuse and addiction is a disease that one cannot simply walk away from, even if they really want to. However, with proper detox, treatment, and support, those who struggle with alcohol abuse or alcoholism are more likely to successfully overcome their addiction and lead sober lives.
Cedar Crest Hospital has helped countless men, women, children, teens, and older adults find the strength within to gain the tools needed to overcome their addiction once and for all. We have successfully helped many individuals beat the cycle of addition and get back to living a life they deserve. It you are slowly losing control of your life due to your inability to put down the bottle let the compassionate staff at Cedar Crest help you today.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If you’ve been watching your friend or loved one slowly lose themselves to alcohol abuse or addiction, you are likely experiencing a wide range of emotions. You are worried about what the future holds for them, but you may also be struggling with feelings of anger, wondering why they can’t just stop destroying their life. While you may have come to realize that your loved one’s drinking has gotten out of hand, you may not know exactly what you can do to help. Here are a few things you can do:
- Understand addiction: Addiction is a complex disorder of the brain. Repeated use of psychoactive substances actually changes the structure and functioning of the brain. While initially your loved one voluntarily started drinking, the repeated use has actually changed the way their brain works. Attend an A.A. or N.A. meeting to see what living with addiction is truly like.
- Speak up: Approach your loved one and tell them how concerned you are about them, without being critical or judgmental. Offer help and support, but be prepared to be met with denial and excuses about their alcohol usage.
- Take care of yourself: Do not get so caught up in your loved one’s alcohol problems that you forget to take care of your own needs. Reach out to trusted others whom you can talk to or join a support group for family members of alcoholics. Above all make sure to keep yourself safe and don’t place yourself in any dangerous situations.
- Avoid self-blame: While you can provide your loved one with support and encourage them to get the treatment they need, there is nothing you can do to force them to change. Let your loved one accept responsibilities for their own actions because you cannot control their decisions.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Cedar Crest Hospital
If you regularly abuse alcohol or are an alcoholic you are mostly likely experiencing a number of serious problems within your life. Even at small doses alcohol can lower you inhibitions, effects your emotions, and alter your judgment. This can lead to poor decision making and putting yourself in dangerous situations such as drunk driving or physical fights. Prolonged drinking can lead to even more serious consequences such as heart problems, liver disease, and a number of neurological complications. In the most severe cases alcohol can lead to death from overdose or by a tragic accident. Alcoholism is not something you can just simply get over on your own, you need the help of a trained mental health professional to help you get clean and stay sober.
Research shows that an inpatient center that has experience treating alcohol addiction and mental disorders is one of the best ways to get clean and stay clean. An inpatient addiction program is the ideal place for rehab because it allows you to escape the stressors associated with daily life and avoid triggers that may cause you to drink. Individual therapy, group sessions, family therapy, and experiential programs are all designed to help patients get their symptoms under control while also providing them with the additional support they need.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Cedar Crest Hospital has been helping people successfully recover from chemical dependency and mental illness for over 25 years. Our caring and compassionate staff has the experience and knowledge to help all children, teens, adults, and older adults who come to us for care. Our serene campus nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains is the ideal place to begin the journey to recovery. At Cedar Crest, our goal is to help all of our patients reach the maximum potential that allows them to once again be fully functioning members in their community. We focus on individual strengths, making sure to build people up so that they can once again be happy and successful in life.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital
The approach at Cedar Crest teaches our patients that in order to grow as a person, treatment must include developing healthy expression of emotions, community involvement, teamwork, openness to alternative viewpoints, and accountability for one’s own actions. Once an assessment has been completed we will be able to determine your exact needs and what your treatment plan should include.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help relieve some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal so that you are better able to engage in the therapeutic process. These meds are tapered down once the withdrawal has subsided. Other individuals may need long-term medication management in order to treat the existence of any co-occurring disorders. Medication will be closely monitored and adjusted as needed by your treatment team.
Individual therapy can help you unearth the reasons that caused you to start abusing alcohol in the first place and what led to your addiction. Also, by addressing the negative ways in which you view the world you can learn to make healthier choices and engage in better behaviors in the future. We will also take the time to work through dealing with triggers and relapse prevention.
Group therapy is a cornerstone of addiction treatment as it allows you to work with others who are struggling with addiction. Together you can work on learning better coping mechanisms, social skills, how to identify relapse triggers, and how to support each other throughout the whole process. Groups are held multiple times a day and topics may include anger management, importance of adherence to your treatment plan, and coping with triggers.
Family therapy can help you and your loved ones begin to mend any bonds that may have been broken due to your problems with alcohol. Since addiction is a family disease we will also educate your loved ones about addiction, the recovery process, and ways that they can be supportive. We will also provide time for your loved ones to share the ways in which your addiction has affected their life.
In addition to standard therapies we offer a variety of experiential methods designed to complement our other therapeutic interventions. Experiential methods may include:
- Ropes course
- Weekly A.A. and N.A. meetings on campus
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
- Numerous walking trails
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’re proud to offer a variety of levels of care for those who come to us for help. As the time for discharge approaches, you and your loved ones will work with your treatment team to create a plan of care that meets your continuing needs. On the day of discharge you will meet with each member of your treatment team to make sure everything is in place.
You may opt to step down to a residential or sober living treatment program, which allows you to continue your recovery in a less restrictive environment. Other people may opt to step down into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP and IOP both allow you to focus on your recovery during the day and slowly reintegrate into your community at night. Finally, others may choose to discharge to home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic. Whatever your decision, Cedar Crest is behind you the whole way.