Alcohol misuse can quickly spiral out of control. Not only can it lead to various physical health problems, but also it can negatively impact a person’s mental health. Without professional alcohol abuse treatment, these issues can grow in severity and lead to lasting consequences.
Our alcohol treatment center in Massachusetts offers a variety of programs to address the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of alcohol abuse to help you or your loved one find lasting sobriety.
Alcoholism & Alcohol Use Disorders
Close to 15 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder, but only about 7% will get alcohol treatment.1 Anyone can develop a drinking problem, and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) fall on a wide spectrum of severity. While some people are high-functioning alcoholics, others struggle to hold down a job because of their drinking.
Because of the different degrees of alcohol abuse, many people are in denial about their drinking problems and unwilling to get help. Unfortunately without professional treatment for alcoholism, quitting can be nearly impossible.
Signs Someone Needs Alcohol Treatment
It’s common for people to struggle to recognize the severity of alcohol abuse and hesitate to seek help, but the first step to alcohol recovery is recognition of a drinking problem in yourself or a loved one.
Common signs someone needs alcohol addiction treatment include:
- Being unable to control alcohol intake
- Drinking more frequently than intended
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences
- Craving alcohol
- Drinking throughout the day
- Using alcohol to cope with poor mental health
- Developing a tolerance
- Engaging in risky behaviors while under the influence
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (e.g. nausea, sweating, shakiness, insomnia)
If ignored, heavy drinking can lead to serious mental and physical health concerns that can grow worse over time or be potentially life-threatening. These problems can include depression, anxiety, liver disease, cardiovascular problems, stroke, and cancer.
Alcohol Treatment in Massachusetts
Our alcohol rehab center in Cummington, Massachusetts offers a variety of evidence-based care and comprehensive alcohol treatment programs to help patients stop drinking and regain control of their lives.
Because we recognize that recovery occurs in many ways, patients follow an individualized alcohol treatment plan. After an initial assessment, our dedicated addiction specialists will help not only determine the appropriate level of care, but also outline treatment programming that best addresses the patient’s unique needs. With the goal of long-term sobriety in mind, patients will start building a foundation for success immediately.
For many patients at our alcohol rehab in Massachusetts, the first step in their recovery will be a medical detox. Especially because quitting alcohol “cold turkey” can be dangerous and even life-threatening, our physician-supervised staff is available 24/7 and will help ensure that this process is as safe and as comfortable as possible. In some cases, medication-assisted treatment is used to aid in the alcohol detox process.
Detoxing at our facility also provides patients with emotional support when alcohol cravings become intense. This companionship not only greatly increases the patient’s chances of successfully completing this process but also helps to prepare them for the next step in treatment.
Alcohol Therapy Programs
A step down from detox, residential addiction treatment involves patients living at our facility and participating in a full schedule of individual and group treatment services. This type of programming is intensive and removes patients from triggering home environments. More flexible programming that allows patients to live at home or at a sober living facility are also available. Our care team will help determine which alcohol treatment program is right for you or your loved one at every stage of the recovery journey.
While the level of care determines the frequency of treatment, much of the programming is similar. Patients in our Massachusetts alcohol addiction programs will participate in:
- Individual behavioral counseling
- Evidence-based treatment modalities
- Support groups
- Educational and skill-learning groups
- Aftercare support planning
- Co-occurring disorder treatment as needed
Because addiction is a complex disease, our treatment for alcohol abuse will involve several methods that are designed to address the physical, mental, and psychological sides of substance use. Individual counseling allows patients to explore the root causes of their drinking and tackle mental health concerns while group programming helps patients build their support system. Together these different programs and treatment methods help patients create a strong foundation for life-long sobriety.
At Vertava Health Massachusetts, we believe it is never too late for someone to begin their recovery from alcohol use or dependence. Admitting you or a loved one needs help for drinking can be scary, but it will take you one step closer to a healthier and happier future. Contact us today to learn more.