Alcohol Rehabilitation - Addiction and Treatment
Alcohol, is the main ingredient in a large range of social drinks. Alcohol, the drug, is often recognized as one of the worlds most used intoxicants. While alcohol is a legal substance it has potential for abuse. Alcoholism comes with many health implications.
We offer Medical Detoxification to help you stop drinking. Our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program helps you deal with your dependence on alcohol and provide long term recovery.
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Treating Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol on its own is not immediately addictive. Over-use can lead to dependence and leads to alcoholism. If you have concern for yourself, a friend or family member struggling with alcohol there is help for you.
Spotting the signs of alcoholism or alcohol abuse can be tough. Alcohol addiction treatment is the answer. Severe alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and you should not try and quit on your own. We are here to help you stop drinking and get alcohol treatment.
Symptoms of Dependence
Do you have an issue with Alcoholism? These are some of the signs:
- You spend a lots of time drinking, sick from drinking or “hungover”
- Drinking causes problems with work, family or school
- Thinking about drinking or when you will drink next
- Tried to stop or cut back but could not
- Increased volume of drinking or heavy/binge drinking
- Alcohol use is causing relationship issues or arguments
- Insured yourself as a result of drinking
- Stopped other activities in your life to drink
- Experienced blackouts where you don’t remember what happened because of alcohol
- Increased the amount of alcohol to get the same feeling
- Feel withdrawal like symptoms when not drinking.
Any more than two of these symptoms should be an alarm that you are developing a dependence on alcohol. There are many treatment options.
Long Term Symptoms
The social acceptance of drinking alcohol can make addiction or abuse quite hard to spot. Frequent use of alcohol can cause dependence. Left untreated it causes long term health impacts. Some of the alcoholism symptoms of excessive or long term use include:
- Slurred and/or strange speech
- Impaired coordination / clumsiness
- Impaired verbal and mental fluidity
- Slow reflexes
- Dose dependent stomach pains, nausea and vomitting
- Loss of control, loss of consciousness, and/or black outs
- Redness of the face.
- Ranging emotional instability.
Alcohol is a brain affecting chemical, able to change a persons perception. The drug attaches to the GABA receptors, a block of the central nervous system . Alcohol is a full agonist. This means that the more alcohol enters the body, the more attaches to the brain receptor. This is dose dependent and can lead to severe health events, to possible poisoning and death.
Alcohol abuse and use issues have caused over 100,000 deaths per year in Canada and America. It is also reported to be the leading cause of death in teenagers and young adults.
When a person suffers from alcohol addiction, their mental and physical health suffers. The associated drinking patterns span from every day to periodic binges. The amount depends on the emotional state of the individual.
The “Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction” published a low risk alcohol guide and a series of drinking guidelines. The guide emphasizes planning non drinking days to reduce forming habit. Alcohol consumption in youth has long term effects. It creates dependence over their lifetime.
Alcoholism - Impact on Family and Friends
Alcoholism and Alcohol Dependence can have a massive impact on Family and Friends. What are some of the ways that drinking can affect your family, your friends or co-workers?
Life Changes – Alcohol impairs your judgement. It impairs your mind. It modifies your physical behaviour that causes changes in the way you function each day. It can change your punctuality for work or school or family activities. Your ability to handle regular home life activities can change.
Physical Health – One of the short-term side effects of alcohol can be a hang over. You now need to sleep later, maybe you do not eat the way you should, or you put off exercising. The more this happens it can now affect sleep patterns which can affect heart and overall health. The nature of a hangover systems makes it difficult to do day to day functions.
Marital, Relationship and Family Issues – Alcohol abuse and addiction has impacts on spouses, children, friends. As abuse progresses it can cause arguments and fundamentally change relationships. In family environments work affects that cause job loss can throw households into financial chaos causing further stress on friends and family. Alcohol abuse can also cause an increase in debt as individuals either spend more to buy alcohol or to party. Child development can be affected when alcohol abuse disrupts daily routines or puts children into adult situations that they are not ready to understand.
Legal Issues – Alcohol directly affects your ability to make sound judgements. It also can mean that you make poor decisions. Alcohol related violence or disorderly conduct is common. Drunk driving and the impact of losing a license or ability to drive can result in job loss.
Alcoholism Treatment Program
Our addiction treatment centre offers alcohol addiction treatment. We use a personalized approach unique to each client. Our facility is one of the most trusted and accomplished centers in the world. We provide alcohol addiction treatment to clients from North America and the world. We know that alcohol abuse and dependence destroys lives, relationships and families. We offer an exclusive and confidential treatment program. We help addicts put an end to their alcohol addiction problem. Our program helps alcoholics to avoid possible relapse.
What our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Offers
Our professional addiction counsellors at 1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre specialize in a holistic, therapeutic treatment approach so that we treat the entire individual and not just their chemical alcohol addiction but also their mental health. Our residential alcohol rehabilitation treatment center in Canada uses the following processes to address substance abuse and dependence in this particular area:
- Medical Detoxification
- Recreation Programs
- Holistic treatment approaches (inc. Yoga, Meditation)
- Behavioral Health Based Treatment
- Art and Music therapy
- Relapse Prevention training
- Life Management
- Counselling for individuals, groups, and families
- Nutritional and dietary counselling
- Physical fitness and personal training
- Aftercare treatment solutions
Withdrawal and Alcohol Detox
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening. Medical Supervision during detoxification will ensure safe transition. Withdrawal symptoms can be worst within 24 to 72 hours of stopping drinking.
The seriousness of withdrawal symptoms may vary but could include:
- Hallucinating that you are hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
- Sleeping Problems
- Shaking – may be most prominent in the hands
- Delirium Tremens – rapid onset of confusion that causes erratic behaviour
- Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
Why Get Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction starts slowly and changes the way a person thinks, acts, and feels. It has a huge impact on all parts of their life, including their health. Those who do suffer from alcohol addiction face scary implications such as a severe decline in their health as a result of the addiction. When they’re ready to stop drinking and gain control over their own life again, help is available to make the transition away from alcohol much easier on them.
The Decision to Get Help for Alcohol Addiction
The dependence on alcohol can impact every part of a person’s life. It impairs their judgment, can change their physical behavior, can impact their relationships with their family and friends, has a serious impact on their finances, and can lead to legal issues when they do not make the right decision. They could, for instance, end up with a drunk driving conviction that means they can no longer drive, making it more difficult to get to work. All of this is intertwined, with the alcoholic having issues in all parts of their life as the alcohol addiction becomes more severe. When they reach the point where they feel they can’t continue the way they have been, they will want to get help for their addiction. Because of the addiction, this can be a difficult decision to make. However, it is one they’ll need to make on their own as they will need to go through the entire treatment process to get help and start moving forward.
The Link Between Mental Health and Alcoholism
Many individuals will start drinking to deal with emotions or feelings that are the result of an undiagnosed mental disorder. They start drinking because it helps them get rid of anxiety, depression and other disorders they may not even know they suffer from. The more they drink, however, the worse their mental health can become. Alcohol can cause psychological symptoms like memory loss, depression, paranoia, and more. If the person is already suffering from a mental disorder, the continued use of alcohol can worsen their mental health. They may continue to drink to try to get rid of the symptoms they’re having, making their alcohol addiction worse. This can then lead to a worsening of their symptoms, turning into a vicious circle that’s difficult for the person to get away from.
On top of this, it can be hard for someone who has an alcohol addiction to be treated for their mental health until they have received treatment for their addiction. Since some of the symptoms of mental illness and alcoholism are the same, it can be hard to tell if a symptom is from the alcoholism or from a mental health disorder. Instead, the best approach is for those who are seeking treatment to go through a program that helps with their mental health as well as alcohol addiction.
Why You Need Medical Detox
Many people who are addicted to alcohol will attempt to detox at home. However, this is typically not a good idea as the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. The withdrawal itself can lead to symptoms like depression, hallucinations, anxiety, and delirium treatments. It can also lead to death if the person suffers a medical episode during the withdrawal and does not have access to immediate medical care. A medical detox program provides supervision during the detox process, enabling the person to receive immediate care of they have any medical issues during their withdrawal.
Along with medical assistance, a medical detox program provides help for all areas of the person’s life while they learn to overcome their addiction.
The person can receive help with the detox process, their nutrition and diet as they recover, getting back into exercising, and more. They also receive help for any mental health issues they may be having. Once the person is through the withdrawal period, it can be easier to tell if the symptoms they experienced were due to the alcohol or an underlying mental health disorder. If the symptoms are from an underlying mental health disorder, they can begin getting the diagnosis and treatment they need for that. This helps reduce the chance they will turn to alcohol again in the future.
How Long does an Alcohol Rehabilitation Program Take?
One worry about going into an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation program is that it interrupts the person’s life for a period of time. The issue with this way of thinking is that their life is already interrupted because of alcohol. The alcohol rehabilitation program is going to help them get everything back on track again. The length of the program can vary, depending on the individual. They will need to stay in the program at least long enough to go through the withdrawal, but it’s best if they remain in the program for 45 days or longer to learn how to manage their life now that alcohol is not a part of it.
After Leaving the Detox and Rehab program
While the individual is in the medical detox and rehab program, they will learn what to do when the program ends. They will need to make sure they abstain from alcohol in the future. While more studies are needed to show exactly what causes relapse and how to help those who are likely to relapse, the best course of action is to simply avoid drinking alcohol to minimize the risk of a relapse. Those in the medical detox and rehab program will learn how to cope with their triggers and what to do if they feel like they need a drink. This helps reduce the chance they’ll drink alcohol and go through a relapse.
If you’re suffering from alcohol addiction or you have a loved one who is, there is help available. Take the time to learn more about a medical detox and rehab program designed to make the transition away from alcohol addiction easier and safer. This option helps keep you safe during the withdrawal process and enables you to learn how to get your life back in order once the alcohol is no longer in your system.
A Program Tailored For You
We tailor our alcohol rehab treatment program to answer to the unique and specific needs of our clients, using the result of their initial assessment as the basis for our alcohol addiction treatment plan.
Why Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Necessary
The effects of alcohol addiction are destructive and devastating. A person suffering from alcohol abuse is vulnerable to mental, emotional, and physiological problems and when left unaddressed, alcohol addiction many times leads to death.
Alcoholics not only physically and mentally suffer due to their alcohol addiction but the resulting financial and social issues can destroy their lives. When is it time to seek alcohol addiction treatment? Now is the time to get help and finally put an end to your alcohol addiction problem.
1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre is here to help!
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