Most people would probably say that there is nothing wrong with enjoying a casual drink every now and again, perhaps a glass of wine at dinner or a beer shared with co-workers following a tough day. Alcohol addiction is another matter entirely; it is a real illness, and potentially a life-destroying one. That is what makes it so urgent to seek treatment right away.
Recovery for alcohol addiction is possible. It is attainable. It requires a lifelong commitment, and may bring bad days mixed with the good, but at Above It All, our clients overcome alcohol addiction and enjoy lives full of health, happiness and sobriety. It all begins when they choose healing through the personalized treatment approach at our center.
Recovery rarely happens without the support and encouragement of others. Alcohol rehab at one of the facility partners of Above It All offers the support and structure that can make the difference between a life of illness and a life of recovery free from addiction.
Understanding Alcoholism & Alcoholism Statistics
A number of factors can contribute to alcohol abuse or alcoholism, an intense dependence on alcohol. These factors may be environmental, social or biological; certainly, those with alcoholism in their family line are at a higher risk of it.
To understand just how common alcoholism is, consider some of the statistics. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcoholism and alcohol abuse continue to become more common with each passing year, in adults of all age groups—and in high school-age kids, as well.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
Alcoholism can be a little bit tricky to identify, whether in yourself or in a friend or neighbor—but these telltale signs can help give you some clarity. Common marks of alcoholism include:
- Lost control over drinking, being unable to quit or stand by a commitment of abstinence.
- Giving up on other activities or relationships because of an alcohol habit.
- Spending a great deal of time and energy using alcohol, obtaining it or hiding it.
- Drinking despite obvious consequences—relational, physical, emotional, financial, professional, legal, etc.
Note that another common indication of alcoholism is denial. Those who struggle with alcohol addiction are usually adamant that they do not have a problem, and will try to downplay the effect of alcoholism in their life. If you identify the signs of alcoholism in a loved one, you will need to be persistent in showing your compassion and concern—and in urging them to seek treatment.
Treatment for Alcoholism
The good news is that treatment for alcoholism does exist. No two people are alike, so the specific course of treatment can vary from one person to the next. The important first step is to have the problem evaluated by one of the facility partner of Above It All’s addiction recovery specialists, at which point an individualized treatment plan can be developed.
Detox will always be the first step down the road to recovery. You must rid your body and mind of harmful toxins, and overcome alcohol’s withdrawal symptoms. A clinical detox is highly recommended; home detox is dangerous and unsafe.
Inpatient Alcohol Rehab
Most clients will continue from detox into an inpatient, residential alcohol rehab program, which provides clients with several benefits. Around-the-clock medical supervision is offered. Above It All’s partner accommodations are peaceful, private and luxurious—perfect for focusing on recovery. Safety is always the top priority, and intensive therapy sessions can ensure that the proper foundations are laid for long-term recovery.
Outpatient Alcohol Rehab
Some clients may prefer an outpatient program, which allows them to return to their personal and professional obligations while still working on their sobriety. As long as therapy sessions and support group meetings are prioritized, outpatient alcohol rehab can be quite effective, and allow an individual to get help more flexibly and less intensively.
Whether the client chooses inpatient or outpatient alcohol recovery, it is vital to attend to sobriety on an ongoing basis. Recovery is a journey, one that lasts a lifetime—and maintaining sobriety means staying connected with valuable resources and support groups. That is what makes aftercare such a big part of the recovery process, and a key to the Above It All partner’s methodology.
Recovery from Alcoholism
Recovery from alcoholism is possible—for you or for your friend or loved one. The important first step is to admit to the problem and then to seek professional help from Above It All.
Above It All provides hope and healing to countless drug and alcohol clients throughout California. Something that sets us apart is our honest commitment to making a difference for our patients. Our client advocates are not only well trained, but also utterly determined to help the people placed in our care. As a client of one of our facility partners, you will feel loved from the very first minute you set foot in our facility.
Our partners work with clients to develop a treatment plan that makes sense for them—and we are proud to continue walking with them in their recovery journey even after they leave our inpatient or outpatient program.Find hope. Find recovery. Begin a commitment to lifelong recovery today—for yourself, for your friend, or for your loved one. Call our team today.