Currently, millions of people struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD)—damaging their physical and mental health. This disorder impacts every facet of a person’s life, causing family and friends to become increasingly concerned. Thankfully, help for alcoholism is available. Our alcohol rehab in Palm Springs, CA uses a combination of various therapies and treatments in order to get those struggling with AUD the help they need.
About Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction can have several underlying causes—with many individuals using the substance as a way to escape pain and dull their senses. However, alcoholism can also stem from a dependency brought on by overconsumption. Eventually, individuals struggling with alcohol dependency feel as if they have no control over the amount or frequency of their drinking.
Effects of Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholism can change an individual’s life quickly as alcohol disrupts the mind’s neural pathways, altering brain chemistry. Not only does this make it more difficult for people to think straight or move fluently, but it impairs judgment—leading to dangerous decisions. Additionally, drinking also changes mood and behavior, which is why people find themselves becoming more cheerful, sad, or angry under the influence of alcohol.
Common Risk Factors for Alcohol Addiction
Biological factors, as well as environmental and psychological factors, can influence the development of alcoholism. Life factors that commonly put people at risk for alcohol addiction include:
- Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder
- Emotional trauma
- Genetics (parents or other family members with alcoholism)
- Social influences
- Childhood trauma
- Drinking underage
- Physical trauma
Indicators and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
As a person struggles with alcoholism, certain signs and symptoms can be identified. Alcoholism can be diagnosed by mental health professionals, however, some people—or their family and friends— recognize that they have a problem and need help. There are three categories of AUD—mild, moderate, and severe—based on how far the condition has progressed. Common indicators of alcoholism include:
- Having cravings for alcohol
- An inability to fulfill personal and professional responsibilities
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Continued usage after alcohol impacts relationships negatively
- The majority of time is dedicated to drinking alcohol and recovering from its effects
- Going through withdrawals when trying to slow or stop alcohol use
- Continuously increasing the amount and frequency of drinking
- Failed attempts to stop drinking—even after it damages your mental and/or physical health
High-Functioning Alcohol Addiction
High-functioning alcoholics are typically able to maintain a seemingly normal presence at work, social events, and around family due to the high tolerance they have built up. It is often
difficult to determine if someone is a high-functioning alcoholic,
because they are able to mask many of the addict behaviors that are
typically associated with this disorder. The following are common signs of a high-functioning alcoholic:
- Drinking alone on a frequent basis
- Comparing yourself to “typical alcoholics”
- Concealing alcohol consumption
- Fixating on when you will get your next drink
- Binge drinking
- Defending you need to drink because you are in a social setting
Alcohol Addiction Statistics
Alcohol addiction leaves tragedy in its wake. In fact, alcohol is the US’s third leading cause of preventable death. In 2018, over 1,000 people reportedly died from drunk driving accidents in California alone and 100,000 were arrested for driving while impaired by alcohol—many of which were under the age of 21.
Driving under the influence is not the only alcohol-related cause of death. According to the CDC in 2013, binge drinking causes almost half of the 88,000 deaths resulting from excessive alcohol use in the nation.
Alcoholism is a serious issue that affects thousands
of Californians each year. However, alcohol-related injuries and death
are preventable — especially when those struggling with alcohol
addiction can get the help that they need.
Long Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction and Binge Drinking
Alcoholism poses a valid threat to a person’s health. Common long-term side effects of drinking include:
- Fatty liver
- Cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Alcoholic hepatitis (yellow skin/eyes)
- Weakened immune system
- Increased chance of developing pneumonia
- Types of cancer such as breast, liver, colon, and esophageal cancer
Alcohol Can Cause or Worsen Emotional and Psychological Disturbances
Alcohol can greatly lower a person’s quality of life. These can result in:
- Worsened symptoms of mental illness
- Lowered self-esteem
- Marital/relationship issues
- Family tension
- Loss of job
- Inability to remain productive
- Uncharacteristic feelings of sadness
How is Alcoholism Treated
Alcohol rehab in Palm Springs gives individuals the opportunity to work through any personal problems or past traumas in therapy, reducing the need to use drinking as a coping mechanism. Additionally, those in treatment undergo detox and are given program options that work for them and their needs. In these programs, various evidence-based and holistic therapies are available to facilitate overall healing.
Typically the first step in alcohol treatment is detoxification. This process allows your body to rid itself of all impurities and toxins. Detox can be uncomfortable as those with alcohol addiction are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Shakiness, sweating, or loss of appetite
- Restlessness, agitation, and irritability
- Vomiting or feeling sick
The amount of time withdrawal takes depends on the person and the frequency of their alcohol consumption. Due to the often dangerous nature of withdrawal symptoms, people should be monitored by medical professionals during the detox process.
For those who need intensive care after detox, residential treatment programs are a great option. People are able to live in a structured environment—away from outside triggers. There, they undergo therapies in individual, group, and family settings. Often, those in residential treatment eventually transition to an outpatient program. Phoenix Rising offers comfortable facilities and nice amenities in order to make clients feel at ease during residential treatment.
Outpatient treatment can either be conducted while a client lives at their own home, a sober living home or Phoenix Rising’s outpatient treatment center in Palm Springs, CA. Those in this program receive treatment during the day before returning back to their living quarters at night. This type of program allows individuals to maintain personal and professional responsibilities while undergoing treatment. The following are the three main levels of outpatient treatment in order from most to least intensive:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Standard Outpatient Program (OP)
Types of Therapy for Alcoholism
During alcohol addiction treatment, different therapies address the multiple facets of recovery. These therapies allow you to identify the underlying factors of your alcoholism, discover coping strategies, repair important relationships, establish a peer support network, and find inner peace—all of which promote long-term sobriety. The types of therapy offered at alcohol rehab in Palm Springs, CA include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- EMDR therapy
- Equine therapy
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Medication-assisted therapy
- Holistic Therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Neurofeedback therapy
Alcohol Rehab in Palm Springs, CA
At Phoenix Rising, you can stop drinking and start building a firm foundation for lasting sobriety. We will provide you with essential resources and encouragement—helping you avoid addiction triggers and prevent relapse. Our alcohol rehab in Palm Springs, CA strives to put you on the path to a completely changed lifestyle.
Get back to being you; don’t let alcohol addiction control your life for a second longer. Recovery is possible, and you are capable. We promise that at Phoenix Rising in Palm Springs, California quality treatment is our number one priority. To learn more about which combination of therapies is right for you, call us or visit our contact form today.