Alcohol Treatment Center Serving Greenville, SC
Too many people regard alcohol as a harmless way to celebrate a special moment or to wind down after a long day at work. The thought is that having one drink or even two is just fine because it doesn’t create other problems. But for an addict, alcohol has created problems that are too many to count. There are a lot of different definitions to describe the habit of drinking too much alcohol, so we will begin by clearing up some of the confusion. If you believe that your or a loved one may have an alcohol addiction, it’s important to get help from an experienced alcohol rehab center.
You may hear the terms “alcohol abuse” and “alcoholism” used interchangeably. No matter which word you use, this is where the problems with alcohol began. Abusing alcohol means that someone is drinking too much and can’t stop at just one drink, nor have the ability to stop at two drinks. When an alcoholic consumes alcohol, they lose control of decision-making skills and lose control of themselves.
Alcohol dependency begins with alcohol abuse. They go hand in hand. Some people believe alcohol dependency is acceptable and manageable because it has not yet grown into a full-blown addiction. The fact is, alcohol dependency is without a doubt the path that can lead an individual to alcohol addiction. Alcohol dependency affects the mental and physical well being, there are alcohol cravings, and the person is unable to stop drinking alcohol even under dire circumstances. The body is not able to function fully without alcohol, and this is where addiction can make its entrance.
Alcohol dependency sounds a lot like alcohol addiction. They sound so similar because alcohol is being abused by way of excessive drinking habits. Although an individual can fully function without alcohol the difference between dependency and addiction lies in the brain’s reaction to alcohol and how it is affected. Alcohol addiction is when a person has not just the physical dependence on alcohol but a chemical dependence on alcohol within the brain. Over time, an individual’s brain is transformed chemically directly because of the overconsumption of alcohol.
All the above can destroy a life, the lives of friends and family can be torn apart, the social life and professional life can be disrupted, along with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health that can decline dramatically. If you or someone you love is abusing alcohol by way of dependency or addiction, our alcohol rehab center is here to help.
The Effects of Too Much Alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol is dangerous. The short-term danger is that the person drinking puts themselves and others in dangerous situations. Perhaps they know not to drink and drive, but the fact is that being drunk altars the state of mind so they can no longer make sound decisions, safety is not a priority, and the safety of others it is certainly not a priority either. Loved ones can be put in immediate danger directly because of your alcohol abuse. Alcoholics are not themselves when they get drunk, and if it hasn’t already, their drinking problem will begin to wreak havoc in their life.
In the long-term, too much alcohol will lead to serious health problems which include liver disease, pancreatic problems, fibrosis, hepatitis, or cirrhosis. An alcoholic could also experience high blood pressure and even a stroke cannot be ruled out because of the excessive drinking habits.
Mentally and emotionally, alcohol abuse can lead to depression and anxiety. Even after a good night’s sleep, they may feel fatigued. But the next night – even when exhausted, they may have trouble falling asleep. Too much alcohol can cause problems from moment to moment even when not drinking. This can have a dramatic effect on the addict’s day to day mood, which can lead to a lack motivation to do things they once loved. Self-care and good hygiene habits will likely suffer as well.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the symptoms described above, it’s time to seek help through alcohol rehab. If you have seen relationships compromised because of alcohol abuse, it’s time to get help. If you have seen physical effects because of too much drinking, it’s time to get help. And especially if the drinking continues, despite the negativity that it has brought on, it is time to seek help. You are in the right place to do just that.
Understand Your Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholics fall into a certain category. We can discuss this in more depth during alcohol rehab and therapy but identifying the type now will help you to gain an understanding of the addiction.
Most young adults who come to our facility for alcohol treatment have never been treated before for alcohol abuse. Most of them do not have other mental issues that contribute to their alcohol problems.
Most of these addicts come to us in their late twenties and have a genetic link to alcoholism, and many have an underlying mental disease. These individuals also smoke cigarettes marijuana or both. They have also been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety and also participate in other recreational drug use.
Note: the difference between the young adult and the young antisocial client is the mental illness and genetic links to alcoholism. These facts have a large effect on the course of treatment.
The individual may also have a genetic link to alcoholism and is typically involved with a family. Additionally, there it is a diagnosis of mental illness that likely includes the depression. Most of this group also uses other addictive substances is and smokes cigarettes.
These clients are a part of the smallest group of addicts, and they are the highest percentage that is diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder in combination with other mood disorders. This group also has the highest percentage of combining alcohol consumption with other addictive substances.
Although they are all very different kinds of people that become alcoholics, they do have one very important fact in common: All can live a life of sobriety with the proper treatment, and it all starts by getting to the root of the alcohol problem.
Our Alcohol Rehab Center
When an addict begins treatment at our rehab facility, there will be different techniques and methods put in place that is customized to them. One area that we will delve deeply into is to determine what caused the addiction. We need to know why alcohol is a problem before true healing can begin. Underlying feelings may need to be dealt with during therapy to determine why an addict chose to numb those feelings through alcohol abuse.
Whatever is causing the addict to consume so much and become either dependent or addicted to alcohol, know that they will not be judged when they walk through our doors. When an alcoholic comes to get rehabilitated with us, no matter what – we can guarantee each person will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect that is deserved.
A client is no less of a human just because they are dependent or addicted to alcohol. Abusers do not ask for this problem nor do they invite this problem. We know because the founders of our alcohol treatment facilities are addicts as well. They have a personal connection to overcoming addiction and are invested in helping the clients overcome this disease too.
You may never understand exactly why alcohol specifically became the place of comfort, but we can begin to understand why certain experiences led to the alcohol problems. We can help the addict make sense of their life, their decisions, and how we can begin the healing process.
Some of the common reasons for alcohol dependency in addiction include:
- peer pressure
- addictive personality
- low self-esteem
- dual diagnosis
To someone on the outside looking in, these common reasons for alcohol dependency or addiction may seem like an excuse. But the fact is these are real reasons that alcohol dependency and addiction happens to real people. We’ll help get to the root of the problem, the underlying causes and will help the addict get better.
It may seem hard to imagine now, but with the proper treatment, the addict will live a life that is alcohol-free. Sobriety will become the new normal.
The Benefits of Becoming Sober
We’ll help the addict fill in the blanks below to help them envision a life free from alcohol addiction:
When I’m sober I will be able to ______________.
Now that I’m sober I’m so glad I can_____________.
Becoming sober has helped repair my relationship with_______________.
Now I spend my money on_____________ instead of alcohol.
The addict will be able to fill in each one of those blanks with numerous answers at the conclusion of the treatment here in Greenville. What a wonderful feeling it will be for them to be clean.
Getting the Right Treatment
Our most successful program is Residential Treatment. This 30 to 45-day stay will focus on a variety of different therapies and methods that have proven successful time and time again in treating alcoholics.
The foundation of residential treatment is the same, but the programs within residential treatment are fully customized. The care clients receive is around the clock, and they are able to focus solely on recovery with no distractions and no one person to deter from your goals. There are no negative influences in residential treatment, and this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce a new normal into the life of an addict with new activities, new peers, and positivity all-around.
There are a plethora of therapies that the addicts will have full access to 24-7 throughout the entire residential treatment program.
Partial Hospitalization Program
This program is perfect to transition from residential treatment to living independently. It serves as a great way to re-enter the world responsibly after completing residential treatment.
It allows the client to live at home in a sober living environment and also provides the opportunity to attend a chosen 12 step program. All methods of treatment and therapy programs are available in PHP. It has also proven successful for those clients who don’t have a severe addiction that requires Residential Treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This program is perfect for people who need to work or go to school while receiving support from a dedicated medical staff. This also is a great way to get accustomed to life after a more formal treatment program, and it is imperative that they live at home or in another sober living facility while participating in an IOP. Just like PHP, IOP also provides full access to the therapies and methods available in recreational treatment.
One of the reasons our alcohol treatment programs have such a high success rate is because of the many therapy options we provide right here in Greenville. The therapy options we provide include:
- family therapy
- individual therapy
- dual diagnosis
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- holistic therapy, which includes numerous classes like yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, music therapy, art therapy and many, many more.
Let Our Alcohol Rehab Center Help You Get Started
Addicts are not left to battle alcohol addiction or dependency on their own. As hard imagining your life without alcohol for an addict, we can see it happening, because we witness it every day. It’s amazing to see this transformation happen for our clients. They come in addicted to alcohol and leave ready to take on the rewarding life of sobriety. And if they ever feel like they need a drink, we have something for that too.
When treatment comes to an end, we don’t just send the addicts out and hope for the best. Our door is always open even after treatment. The same therapies and methods are still available when our clients leave.
The world is full of more possibilities with sobriety, so please reach out to us today. Call our alcohol rehab center now to determine your place here and focus on your journey forward. We’re here for you. Someone will speak to you about the options and how we can help. Let us start helping today.