Alcohol addiction is a complicated illness that affects each person differently. It can result in many medical complications and can also occur with other mental health and substance abuse disorders creating an increased risk for suicide. People with alcohol addiction drink regularly and in large amounts and when it becomes severe are given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. They develop a physical dependency over time. When their bodies don’t have alcohol, they experience withdrawal symptoms. There’s no clear cure for alcohol addiction. Overcoming alcohol addiction can be a long process that requires both personal dedication and various treatments or therapies. The optimal treatment plan will depend on personal circumstances, including:
- prior history of alcohol dependence
- level of support from family and friends
- personal commitment to becoming and remaining sober
- financial situation
Seeking professional treatment for alcohol addiction is very necessary as quitting alcohol without any type of medical intervention can lead to severe withdrawal seizures and even death. The goal of treatment is to replace negative coping skills and patterns with positive cognitive behavioral skills and coping skills that work for the person. Like any substance abuse or mental health disorder, determining the treatment levels of care is necessary in order to provide the best care. Levels of care range from residential treatment and partial hospitalization to intensive outpatient treatment and regular outpatient treatment.
Here at Divine Healthcare Services, Inc., we understand that what works for one person may not be successful for someone else. We also understand that the rehabilitation process may be longer for some clients than others. That is why we offer a variety of treatment options, ranging from individual counseling and therapy to group support sessions. If you’re ready to face your addiction, make an appointment with us!