Understanding Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction (better known as alcoholism) is defined as the obsessive, uncontrollable, and persistent use of alcohol. Many alcoholics are “functioning” alcoholics, in that their addiction hasn’t affected their work life or relationships yet. However, alcoholism is a progressive disease, and years of abuse have consequences both physical and emotional. Over time, alcohol abuse increases the likelihood of high-risk behaviors, such as drinking and reckless driving. It interferes with regular brain functioning, and is recognized as the second-leading cause of dementia.
Patients with a severe, chronic alcohol addiction will likely be treated as an inpatient, and may also be required to detox in our facility as well. Inpatient treatment can take approximately 30, 60, or 90 days, and may take place in our facility or an affiliated facility with amenities that are relatively standard, or are more extensive in terms of recreational or treatment options. For those whose problem is less severe, we also offer options for outpatient treatment for people with alcohol abuse problems. These include group counseling, individual counseling, and 12-Step programs. We also offer intensive individual psychotherapy methodologies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), contingency management (CM) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET).