Alcohol is the most used and abused substance in America, yet many people don’t think of it in the same destructive light as they do drugs. Alcoholism is a real problem though, and there are people who have a drinking problem who may not fit the mold of alcoholic as well. Alcohol can be very addictive in certain people, and it often takes some help to get past that addiction and on the road to sobriety.
When people are admitted to Avante Treatment Centers for alcoholism, they are given a complete evaluation by the medical staff. With this evaluation, the staff can determine the best type of treatment for the individual and if any medications would be necessary in the situation the person is in. Medications can be used to help with withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification may be advisable, and any other disorders the patient may have are also taken into consideration at this time.
Relapse prevention is a big concern as well. Tools and techniques to help avoid relapse are part of the program. The patient is given help to recognize what may trigger a craving for alcohol.
There are some basic goals that are part of alcohol rehabilitation, regardless of the type of treatment being offered.
Abstinence is key. It starts with detox and psychiatric treatment, with the focus on helping the patient learn to stop drinking and to avoid what may trigger a relapse in the future.
Co-occurring disorders, or other issues, are also considered. Almost 40 percent of recovering alcoholics suffer from mental health issues as well.
Honesty is also very important and people with drinking problems may have had trouble with this in the past. To stay sober a person must be honest and actively be working to improve. Honest communication with everyone is essential to the recovery process.
Perseverance is also an issue, as relapses may happen from time to time. Patients must learn to stick with the program and to get back up if they fall down. Our centers utilize the 12-step program and meetings are a great way to learn perseverance.
Relapse prevention is the ultimate goal of our treatment program, with all other goals supporting this one. Learning abstinence comes first, while the second is preventing a relapse. People can learn things to do when faced with cravings or temptations. It is important to learn to change one’s thinking patterns, which can keep you from going back to old behavior patterns.
Often alcoholics are not the first to admit they need help. Family and friends may not know when they should speak up or get involved. People who have a problem often think they do not have a problem and that the alcohol is under control. They may also be convinced that no one realizes how much they are drinking.
Even so, alcoholics are generally not that great at hiding their drinking patterns and the damage it causes. It is eventually up to family members to get the person’s attention and let them know you think they have a problem with alcohol. Sometimes people can stop drinking on their own before it gets out of hand, but at some point family members may decide an intervention is necessary.
Avante-which translates from Spanish to “the way forward”-offers a way forward for people who are ready to deal with their drinking problem. The detox process can be handled at the facility, but if other drugs are involved, a hospital stay may be needed. Detox is the first step toward recovery. From there inpatient treatment may be needed. Call Avante Treatment Centers for more helpful information if you suspect you or a family member have a drinking problem.