Alcohol Rehab at North Jersey Rehabs
Alcohol addiction is the inability to manage a drinking habit. In fact, when a person experiences an alcohol use disorder, it may be mild, moderate, or severe. However, if the problem is not addressed, it can definitely spin out of control. Oftentimes, a person who struggles with alcohol addiction feels that getting through the day without picking up a drink is challenging. As a result, the individual experiences problems with relationships, work, and overall health.
Of course, it is imperative to understand the long-term consequences of addiction. Luckily, there are places that offer help. North Jersey Rehabs offers safe and comfortable environments to confront alcohol misuse issues and to get back onto a sober path.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse
In fact, 20 percent of people in the United States have experienced an alcohol use disorder throughout their lifetimes. To be sure, there are a number of warning signs of an alcohol problem.
- Being unable to control drinking
- Craving alcohol
- Placing alcohol as a priority above other responsibilities
- Spending large sums of money on alcohol
- Not being able to stop drinking
- Developing a tolerance
Unfortunately, a severe alcohol misuse disorder can cause extreme health conditions.
- Liver disease
- Long-term cognitive issues
- Heart problems
- Problems with coordination
- Fatal consequences
Behavioral Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Notably, a person who battles alcohol addiction will feel shame. For example, they will become secretive and hide alcohol around their home. Specifically, when a person drinks excessively and for a prolonged period of time, they may be prone to accidents. As a result of their addiction, a person may stop taking care of themself and look unclean. Friends may notice a shift in mood and irritability. Also, there are other critical behavioral signs of alcohol addiction.
- Legal troubles
- Showing up drunk at work or major events
- Financial problems
- Engaging in risky behavior, including unprotected sex
There are many factors that may lead to alcohol addiction. For example, environmental issues, genetics, or possible mental illnesses may begin the problem. In certain cases, stress, pressure, and anxiety can cause a person to use alcohol as self-medication. Indeed, social drinking may easily become an alcohol problem, especially when these factors are in place. Although not everyone will become an addict, there are many reasons why people drink and become dependent.
In reality, when a person relies on alcohol to lower everyday stress, it impacts addiction. In fact, alcohol has a depressive effect. Therefore, it brings a sense of pleasure and calm. However, frequent drinking leads to the development of tolerance. In other words, the person must drink more to achieve the same feelings.
Coping with Loss
When a person loses a friend or family member, it takes an emotional toll on them. Alcohol becomes a crutch to escape. Over time, this coping mechanism leads to misuse disorders.
As mentioned, alcohol relaxes the body. Also, it lowers a person’s inhibitions. With high amounts of alcohol in an individual’s body, they become more comfortable in social situations and are more likely to pursue risky behavior.
Dealing with Trauma
Even though there are many types of traumatic events, they all cause pain. To treat unresolved issues, a person may turn to alcohol. In reality, this becomes a dangerous copy mechanism.
How North Jersey Rehabs Help People with Alcohol Addiction
When a person recognizes a problem, it is not always easy to quit an alcohol misuse disorder without help. North Jersey Rehabs offer a variety of treatment options in a tranquil setting. Notably, medical professionals are available to monitor patients’ conditions, teach healthy ways of coping with triggers, and make sure patients enjoy long-term sobriety.
In fact, the first stage of treatment is always detoxification. Our facility offers medical detox. In other words, patients receive drugs to lessen withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision. Quitting cold turkey can be dangerous and can have devastating effects on a person’s body. During detox, a patient is monitored by a doctor until all alcohol is out of their body.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
An intensive outpatient program provides care for individuals who do not require constant monitoring. Instead of living inside of a facility, the patient attends numerous therapy sessions but returns home at night. In other words, treatment occurs regularly and during many hours of the week.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Indeed, a partial hospitalization program delivers intensive outpatient care to a person with an alcohol misuse disorder. Of course, it requires more time than a regular outpatient program. Markedly, it is ideal for people who require further intensive treatment or who have experienced a relapse.
To be sure, outpatient therapy is vital for a person who wants treatment but must maintain daily responsibilities like work, school, and family. People attend meetings and therapy sessions a few hours a week.
Aftercare is an essential part of recovery. After finishing inpatient treatment, it may be difficult to return home to an environment that does not encourage sobriety. In other words, a sober living facility provides a living space with rules and responsibilities. It is shared with other people who are recovering from drugs or alcohol misuse disorders. Specifically, this type of residential arrangement helps a person learn how to assimilate back into a more normal life without alcohol.
If you or a loved one wants to take the first step toward recovery, our compassionate and trained staff can help. For more information, contact us today.