Alcoholism, clinically referred to as Alcohol Use Disorder, is a condition where an individual is both mentally and physically dependent on alcohol. Many times, the individual is unable to control the amount of alcohol they consume throughout the day. Alcohol will change the brains function causing a chemical dependency. Worldwide, drinking alcohol is often seen as a social event. Since drinking is legal, always available, and seen as socially acceptable it may be difficult to determine if someone is suffering from alcoholism.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2016), an estimated 10 million people suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder in the United States. Of those 10 million people approximately 6% of those individuals are eighteen or older. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused mind-altering substance. Frequent alcohol abuse can result in a high tolerance, which causes the consumer to constantly increase the amount they are drinking.
As the consumption of alcohol increases, the physical health decreases. Extreme amounts of alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning and ultimately death. If abused for extended periods of time, there are several effects that can be harmful to ones body. Excessive use can cause complications to the neurological system, causing changes in behavior, mood swings, as well as cognitive functions. Possible long term effects of alcohol abuse are high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heart beat, cirrhosis, cancer of the liver, hepatitis, fatty liver, pancreatitis, cancer, and a weakened immune system.
What is Detox from Alcohol?
Once an individual admits they have a problem with alcohol, and want help, their journey towards a sober life begins. There are many different symptoms that are caused by alcohol withdrawal, including headaches, restlessness, shaking, anxiety, confusion, and sometimes seizures. Since withdrawal from alcohol can have many complications, Bright Futures Treatment Center requires medical detox before entering our program. During this process the client will be closely monitored by the detox facility and given medications to assist in the detox process. This helps the client detox in the safest and most comfortable way possible.
The Bright Futures Treatment Center substance abuse specialists, and admissions team will gladly assist you in helping you find the appropriate detox facility. For help please don’t hesitate to call: (844) SOBER-00
What is Alcohol Treatment?
At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we have multiple levels of care of treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. Starting from Residential Level 5, or Day/ Night Treatment with community housing, these levels of care tend to take place right after completing detox. After completing the treatment of the program client with step down into lower level of care, Intensive Outpatient Program and then our Outpatient Program. Once a client has completed any level of care they are able to take part in all Alumni events and meetings.
While in our program clients are supported by the clinical team, who all have experience with recovery from drugs and alcohol. During their time with Bright Futures Treatment Center, clients are assisted by the clinical team in developing healthy coping skills for everyday life, along with stress, depression and anxiety. Throughout the week clients will be involved with group therapy sessions, individual sessions. Individual session will take place with their assigned therapist, this therapist will be with the client during their entire treatment process. Being apart of Bright Futures Treatment Center means that no one has to go through this alone, we will be there every step of the way to help work towards a successful recovery.