Alcohol Rehab Treatment

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What is Alcohol Rehab?

When someone who is abusing alcohol finds they are unable to stop drinking, it may be time to consider attending alcohol rehab.

Many people think of those who struggle with alcohol misuse are a certain age or type of person, but this is far from the truth.

There are a few different types of individuals that struggle with alcoholism, and all of them have to deal with ways this chronic disease affects their brain and their body — among many other factors.

Over 14 million American adults struggle with alcoholism, and 95,000 die each year from an alcohol-related illness.

No matter what type you are, seeking the help of an alcohol rehab program is the best way to overcome your addiction.

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What is Alcoholism?

What most individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder have in common is they drink alcohol frequently or in very large quantities.

Alcoholism is considered a chronic disease because of how it changes the way the brain works. When you drink, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel happy and relaxed. The longer you abuse alcohol, the more you will have to drink to feel these effects.

Over time, your brain forgets how to release dopamine naturally. This makes your brain crave alcohol to make you feel good. This is what makes alcoholism a chronic disease. It is very challenging for those who struggle with alcoholism to stop drinking, even when they know it is causing problems with their health.

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Understanding the Types of Alcoholics

There are many stereotypes regarding people who have a drinking problem, from not being able to hold down a job to not caring about their physical appearance.

There is no such thing as one type of alcoholic. Alcoholism can affect people of any age with any background, no matter how successful they are in their careers.

When it comes to the different types of alcoholics, there are typically five main groups:

  • Young Antisocial:
    This type of alcoholic begins drinking very young, usually around the age of 15 years old. Some of these young people may have a mental illness as well, such as an antisocial personality disorder, which makes them impulsive and uncaring of the physical dangers of alcohol.

 

  • Young Adult:
    This type of alcoholic begins showing impulsive behaviors when they are around 20 years old. They typically do not drink every day, but instead, binge drink two or more times per week. This is the most common type of alcoholic in the United States today.

 

  • Functional:
    This type of alcoholic usually has a higher level of education and income level. They also tend to have more stable personal relationships than other types of alcoholics. Functional alcoholics are usually binge drinkers who consume alcohol at least every other day.

 

  • Intermediate Familial:
    This type of alcoholic usually has a close family member who either had or has a drinking issue. These people usually begin drinking when they are around 17 years old in order to try and cope with family stress.

 

  • Chronic Severe:
    This type of alcoholic has the most severe symptoms and issues. Most chronic severe alcoholics are men and, as a result, have a high rate of divorce because of their drinking. They also have a high rate of abusing other drugs along with alcohol.

 

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The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

For all types of alcoholics, alcohol poses a serious risk to their health.

This is because alcoholism can create a wide range of negative symptoms and long-term health problems.

Certified alcoholics can experience heart problems, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks. They often also experience problems with their livers. These problems can include fatty liver, liver fibrosis, and cirrhosis.

Alcoholism can weaken your immune system, making it more likely that you will deal with things like colds, the flu, and pneumonia. One of the more dangerous risks for the different types of alcoholics is an increased risk of certain cancers. Alcohol increases your chances of getting liver, throat, esophageal, colon, and breast cancers.

Attending an alcohol rehab program as soon as you realize you have a drinking problem will avoid some of these issues.

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Mental Illness and the Certified Alcoholic

Many people who are certified alcoholics also deal with mental health issues.

Anyone struggling with alcoholism has an increased chance of either developing a mental health issue or worsening one they already had. This is because alcohol changes your moods and your behaviors. Alcohol makes it harder for you to think clearly.

When abused, it also changes the way that your brain sends chemicals that make you feel happy and relaxed. Over time, your brain gets used to relying on alcohol to release these chemicals, which makes it difficult for you to feel happy from anything else. This can make you feel anxious and depressed.

And, eventually, these mental health symptoms can affect your personal relationships and your performance at work or school. This can lead to losing your job, dropping out of school, and divorce. Many people who have alcohol abuse issues also suffer from anger issues, which can cause further problems with their loved ones.

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Treatment Options for the Different Types of Alcoholics

Much like other types of addictions, there are many alcohol rehab treatment options available depending on your specifics needs and level of addiction.

For the most serious addictions, the first step is detox. At Pathfinders Recovery Center, we offer medical detox options to our clients. This allows us to help make your detox symptoms less uncomfortable.

Once this is complete, we can move on to a behavioral therapy program.

There are three main therapy options that work best for alcohol rehab: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Family Counseling.

CBT helps you to see the thoughts and behaviors that lead to your drinking. It also teaches healthy ways to manage stress and avoid things that trigger you to drink.

MET is a way that helps you build positive motivations to avoid relapsing.

Lastly, family counseling focuses on working to repair any family relationships that have been damaged by addiction or alcoholism. These sessions take place with your family members and can include your spouse, children, parents, other family members, or close friends. Being able to build a stronger family system helps your family heal from any emotional damage, as well as increases your chances of staying sober.

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Getting the Help You Need for Your Alcohol Addiction

At Pathfinders Recovery Center, we know exactly what it takes to get your life back from the cycle and negative effects of addiction.

That is why you can trust our alcohol rehab programs to help you overcome your dependence on this substance.

Our luxury locations provide a comfortable and home-like atmosphere so that our clients feel safe and secure throughout the length of their treatment program.

We only use only scientifically-researched, cutting-edge, and effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs.

We have over 25 years of experience in helping people with addictions and co-occurring disorders overcome their struggles and live a happy, healthy, and sober life.

Many of our clients wonder whether or not they will be able to take advantage of their health insurance benefits to help cover their treatment. That is why we offer free insurance verification.

Simply give us a call and one of our addiction specialists can check to see how much of your treatment program will be covered by your insurance before you begin treatment.

You can trust us to communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to.

For all types of alcoholics, experiencing health problems from your drinking is a serious risk.

Let us use our years of experience to get you on the right path to a meaningful and lasting recovery.

See the difference getting sober can make in your life.

Exploring the Link Between Family Genetics and Addiction Tendencies

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We often hear of people having an addictive personality, or even that addiction runs in families.

It does bring up the question: “Why does one person get addicted to drugs or alcohol and another doesn’t? Is addiction linked to genetics?”

Is it possible to be predisposed to addiction? Is there a genetic link to addiction? If your parent or relative struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, do family genetics mean there’s no hope for you?

We’re going to answer all of these questions for you in this article.

Keep reading to learn about the genetic predisposition to addiction and general addiction tendencies based on your DNA.

What Is Addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that addiction is a direct effect of the reward and motivational part of our brains being affected by an overwhelming need to “pursue reward or relief by substance use and behaviors.”

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions in the United States.

An estimated 15.1 million people have an alcohol use disorder (AUD).

While most of us immediately think of alcoholism when we think of addiction, you can be addicted to many different substances and/or behaviors.

Some other examples of common addictions include:

  • Tobacco
  • Opioids
  • Sex
  • Cocaine
  • Benzos
  • Gambling

Any substance or behavior that affects your pleasure and/or reward system in the brain has the potential to become an addiction.

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Is Addiction a Disease?

Addiction is defined as a chronic disease of the brain that affects you mentally, physically, and socially.

Addiction directly disrupts normal brain function that impairs your judgment, learning, motivation, memory, and reward/relief systems.

Genetic Links to Addiction

As with other diseases, there are a number of factors that contribute to the development of the disease.

These factors include social settings, environmental factors, behavioral factors, and family genetics.

Let’s get a little bit more into the genetic predisposition associated with addiction.

“Addiction Genes”

There has been a scientific effort to uncover the specific genes that would result in addiction and drug abuse disorders.

This brings up two questions: “Why would there be genes for addiction anyway? If addiction is so harmful, shouldn’t those types of genes have already been eliminated from our population due to natural selection?”

Some argue that “addiction genes” may have helped our early ancestors to promote motivation and feelings of pleasure/reward for things like gathering food, procreating, etc. Once these genes are in place to reward us, it can affect how we behave with other things that give us pleasure, like drugs and alcohol.

There has been some success in finding particular “addiction genes.” As with most things concerning genetics, there is no one specific “addiction gene.” Instead, it’s a complex system of different genes and chemicals that can lead to addictive tendencies.

One common gene found in many drug addicts and alcoholics is a gene that affects dopamine receptors in the brain, specifically the DRD2 gene.

Dopamine is this “feel good” chemical in your brain. When you do something pleasurable (like drugs), your brain releases dopamine, which makes you feel good and makes you want to do more of that thing.

If your dopamine receptors are changed or more receptive to dopamine, it could make it easier to become addicted to drugs.

This is just one example of a potential “addiction gene” found by scientists. Hundreds of other genes can contribute to a predisposition to addiction. See some more examples here.

Twin Studies

Some of the most telling facts about addiction and genetics are genetics looking at family history and relatives with addiction.

Studies show that genetics amount to up to 50% of the likelihood that you’ll develop an addiction.

How do we know this? One study looked at over 1,000 sets of twins. Identical twins have the same genetic make-up. Therefore, if addiction were solely genetic, we would assume that if one twin had a substance abuse issue, the other twin would as well.

However, they found that if one twin had an addiction, the other twin was likely to have an addiction. But, they found that if one twin had an addiction, it didn’t mean the other twin had an addiction too.

In simple terms, this study found that genes have a large factor in addiction since the likelihood of twins having an addiction was high.

However, when one twin had an addiction, many of their twins with the same genes did not have an addiction.

This indicates that other factors that contribute to addiction besides genetics, even if addiction is linked to genetics.

Other studies support these findings.

This leads to the consensus that genetics amount to half of the predisposition/risk of developing an addiction.

Children of Parents Struggling with Addiction

When thinking about addiction’s genetic component, we have to look at the history of drug addiction in families.

One of the easiest ways to study the genetic links to addiction is to look at the children of those struggling with addiction.

These individuals struggling with substance abuse pass on their genes to their children. So, if there is a genetic link, logic tells us that the children of these individuals should also have substance abuse issues at one point or another. They should at least be at a much higher risk of addiction compared to children of those that do not have drug or alcohol issues.

And studies have found that this is, in fact, the case.

Children of those struggling with addiction are eight times more likely also to develop an addiction than children of individuals without substance abuse issues.

Another study showed that people who use drugs are more likely to have at least one parent that also uses drugs.

Is It Really Genetics? Digging Deeper

After everything we’ve just gone over, from the specific genetic findings to the family statistics, you might think it’s definite that genetics is the factor that causes addiction.

While it’s true addiction is linked to genetics, there are questions related to how much this means in terms of genetic predisposition.

However, we can’t ignore the behavioral and social aspects of family life that have nothing to do with genetics.

Children growing up with parents who normalize drug and alcohol use may simply use drugs because socially, it seemed normal. This doesn’t have to do with their genes; it has to do with their social environment.

While family statistics and studies show a link between genetics and addiction, it’s also important to remember that addiction is a complex disease with many factors, including social and behavioral factors.

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Other Factors that Can Lead to Addiction

Continuing with this idea, let’s look at some other factors that can contribute to addiction besides “addiction genes.”

Some of the most significant risk factors for addiction include:

  • Stress
  • Mental health disorders, such as depression, eating disorders, anxiety, etc.
  • Emotional/physical trauma
  • Peer pressure
  • Pop culture exposure
  • Easy access to drugs/alcohol
  • Social environment

Predisposition Is Not Certainty

This brings us to a very important point.

Just because you’re predisposed or have a higher risk of developing an addiction doesn’t mean you definitely will.

Your entire family could struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, and you could have multiple “addiction genes.”

But this does not mean addiction is inevitable for you.

If you feel you have many risk factors and can feel yourself potentially going down the wrong path, you can learn coping skills and enter treatment before an addiction develops.

Understanding your risks as a child or relative of someone who struggles with substance abuse can be a way to regulate your drug use. It can also help you understand you’re predisposed to addiction, which might motivate you to seek help before things get worse.

Each of these factors could lead to a higher risk of addiction, no matter what genes you have.

Addiction is complex and is the result of not one but many factors.

Genetics could be a big part of what leads someone down the addiction path, but it’s not the only factor. Although it is still essential to be aware that addiction is linked to genetics.

Family Genetics and Addiction: Bottom Line

You’ve probably heard that alcoholism is a family disease, and on some level, that’s true.

Addiction is linked to genetics and drug abuse disorders.

However, it’s also important to recognize that addiction is a complex disease that cannot be pinpointed on one factor or cause. It’s a myriad of social and biological triggers that come together to form the perfect storm known as addiction.

If you or a family member is struggling to stay sober, contact us today.

We can help those suffering from addiction overcome their reliance and live a healthier, more stable life.

 

Are You Searching For “Outpatient Rehabs Near Me?”

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Outpatient rehabs near me are sometimes the most effective choice for treating addiction.

Choosing to seek rehabilitation is difficult to make.

Having to determine what type of rehab to attend makes the decision even more complicated.

Alcohol and drug rehabilitation, whether inpatient or outpatient, is an effective and common form of treatment for addiction.

The competent and empathetic staff that have their best interests in mind surround the patient.

Read on for information about how to choose whether you attend inpatient or outpatient rehab.

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About Outpatient Rehabs Near Me

While both are effective options for substance abuse rehab depending on your specific level of addiction, inpatient and outpatient programs have essential differences.

Outpatient rehab allows patients to continue living at home as they attend therapy for addiction, while inpatient rehab involves patients remaining as residents at the rehab facility. Many patients prefer to attend outpatient rehab because of its added flexibility.

Still, the right choice of rehab depends on multiple factors, including the severity of the patient’s addiction, the familial and living situation of the patient, and the patient’s overall health. Understanding there are options to make your recovery as comfortable as possible is a significant factor in accepting the help you need.

Some outpatient rehabs near me offer various degrees of intensity in their treatments, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Although they can be quite helpful as an addiction aftercare initiative, low-intensity programs may not offer the necessary help that one who is struggling with addiction needs to lead a sober lifestyle.

While knowledge of addiction and education about recovery is beneficial to patients and their loved ones, severe addictions often require more intense treatment.

When considering outpatient rehab, remember this type of treatment may not be all-encompassing as other program options.

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Understanding Outpatient Rehab vs. Inpatient Rehab

Residential rehab is an ideal option for those that have been abusing alcohol or drugs for a long time, in large quantities, and on a frequent basis. Residential rehabilitation centers should maintain an up-to-date license to offer best practices for clients residing in inpatient rehab.

There is a community-centered feel with inpatient rehab, as patients live with clinical doctors and people who struggle with the same issues. For some patients, this aspect of the community draws them to inpatient rehab and helps them know recovery is possible. You can find more information on inpatient rehab from the NIDA here.

Licensed outpatient treatment centers offer outpatient rehab during the day, where patients come in a few times a week but do not live at the rehab facility. Treatment at outpatient rehab includes individual and group counseling.

Patients typically participate in behavioral treatments such as the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This is where patients learn to recognize and cope with compulsive addiction situations.
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy: This therapy works with adolescents who attend therapy with their families to improve their family dynamic and address any substance abuse issues.
  • Motivational Interviewing: This therapy utilizes the motivation of patients for a drug-free life.
  • Motivational Incentives: This therapy uses positive reinforcement to encourage drug or alcohol abstinence.

Patients may continue outpatient rehab for prolonged amounts of time if necessary. Outpatient rehab often starts intensely, with patients attending therapy multiple days a week. Over time, sessions become shorter and less frequent if patients find that their recovery journey is going well and they are maintaining their sobriety.

Though outpatient rehab is an option for patients whose drug or alcohol addiction is more manageable.

However, it is not always the best choice for severe addictions. If you or someone you love suffers from a severe addiction to drugs or alcohol, you should consider inpatient therapy.

Because patients are residents of inpatient therapy centers, there is less temptation to relapse. Spending time in an inpatient setting allows patients to adjust to living without drugs or alcohol and establish positive abstinence and coping strategies. In-depth therapy is offered at inpatient centers, helping patients understand why their addiction formed in the first place and the steps that will allow them to overcome it.

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Effects of Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction and substance abuse are epidemics in America and even around the world. Addiction affects millions of Americans, where their lives are in danger and outright threatened if they continue to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Searching for an “outpatient rehab near me” helps treat those who suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol and leads them toward recovery. Knowledge about the effects of addiction helps friends and family members stay informed about their loved ones’ addictions.

If you suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is essential to be knowledgeable about the damaging and detrimental effects so that you can seek treatment if and when they do occur.

Addiction to drugs or alcohol causes serious health risks, both short and long-term. Long-term issues with drug addiction, according to the NIDA, include increased risk of lung disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, or mental illness. People who use drugs are also at an increased risk of contracting infections or diseases like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

Alcohol addiction sometimes causes adverse effects in the brain, heart, liver, and pancreas, as stated by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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Mental Illness and Outpatient Rehabs Near Me

Addiction does not only affect the body in short- and long-term situations; it’s also common for addiction to adversely affect the mind. People who experience substance abuse and addiction issues are more likely to struggle with mental health issues.

While it is not clear why this occurs, some people with mental health issues seek out drugs or alcohol to avoid their illness. Drugs and alcohol generally seem like an escape, but the effects of mental illness often worsen if addiction forms. If you or someone your love struggles with mental illness and addiction, both the mental illness and the addiction should be treated simultaneously.

Some outpatient treatment centers offer treatment for both mental illness and addiction.

If one or both of these issues is severe, the patient should receive more in-depth treatment at an inpatient center. However, if the patient’s mental health and addiction are relatively manageable, outpatient therapy is a safe and effective choice.

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Payment for Treatment at Outpatient Rehabs Near Me

Our company supplies prospective patients with free insurance verification to deal with the complicated process of paying for treatment.

Financing treatment at outpatient rehabs near me sometimes seems like one more problem to add to addiction’s burdensome issue.

We understand this is not an easy process.

But, it is important to remember that our outpatient treatment centers are as dedicated as possible to our patients’ recovery.

Though we wish recovery was a guarantee, relapse is a common issue for those suffering from addiction to face.

However, we want to stress that relapse does not always mean treatment has not helped and will not continue to help.

Recovery is possible after relapse, especially if patients continue rehabilitation with addiction aftercare plans.

For many, relapse is simply an unfortunate but, in some cases, an unavoidable step in the recovery process.

Remember that you are capable of overcoming addiction.

Take a chance on an addiction-free life by contacting us today about whether outpatient treatment centers are right for you.

Our expert physicians and staff are capable of helping you decide which type of rehabilitation fits you best.

We understand how challenging addiction is, which is why we promise to supply you with the skills you need for long-term recovery.

Reach out today for more information if you are looking for  “outpatient rehabs near me.’

Common Symptoms of Alcoholism & Symptoms of an Alcoholic

About Alcoholism

Alcoholism is an unfortunate epidemic in the United States that affects millions of Americans each year, especially when people start noticing symptoms of an alcoholic.

It can adversely affect the lives of you or your loved ones when one is showing symptoms of an alcoholic.

Alcoholism is dangerous to your health, the safety of you, and those around you.

You must understand the symptoms of an alcoholic and how destructive they can be over time.

Alcoholism is a unique addiction disorder because drinking is legal for people over the age of 21.

Using many other addictive substances is not legal or socially accepted.

However, when a person comes of age, people expect and even encourage them to drink alcohol.

Social drinking, such as at parties or events, is commonplace and routine.

Often times, it is this misfortune that drives most adults on an early course of becoming an alcoholic.

If children or teens begin drinking at a young age, alcoholism is more likely to develop tenfold.

Though it is illegal, drinking is commonplace among teens.

Some consider binge drinking on the weekend a cool activity in college or high school.

Though light alcohol in your teens can seem harmless, it puts you at risk for developing an addiction later in life.

If teens consume too much alcohol for too long, the body forms a dependency quickly and suddenly.

Alcoholism occurs when your ability to stop or limit drinking becomes impaired.

Though alcoholics face adverse consequences and life changes due to their addictions, they cannot control their drinking because it has become compulsive.

Alcoholism develops slowly over long periods and is sometimes seemingly hidden.

Significant symptoms of an alcoholic that you should watch out for if you believe you or someone you love may be suffering from an alcohol use disorder.

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Understanding the Symptoms of an Alcoholic

It is not always simple to tell when someone struggles with alcoholism. Increased consumption of alcohol over long periods leads to a higher tolerance in the user.

It can seem as though the person has no impairment or alcohol influence when they may have a high tolerance. Though it may not be as easy to spot an alcohol use disorder’s physical effects, there are behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of an alcoholic to look out for.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) lists the following activities as symptoms of alcoholism:

  • Experienced times where you end up drinking more or longer than originally intended
  • More than once wanted to limit or stop drinking but couldn’t
  • Spent a lot of time drinking or being sick from its effects afterward
  • Wanted a drink so badly it was hard to think of anything else
  • Found that drinking or its aftereffects were impeding you from your responsibilities with your family, home, career, or education
  • Continued to drink even though it was causing you trouble in personal relationships</career,>
  • Stopped activities that were important to you to keep drinking
  • Continued to drink even though it was making a mental health issue worse

These are not the only adverse effects of alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism transforms a person’s life and changes the way they interact with others. The need for alcohol takes over almost everything else and blinds you. It is easy to forget about the people and things you love when alcohol is the only thing on your mind.

Drinking becomes compulsive–something you no longer want to do but have to. When you stop drinking alcohol after prolonged addiction, you will experience challenging and sometimes painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol addiction is common and distressing, but it does not have to last forever.

If you are struggling with alcoholism, know that it is possible to recover. Rehabilitation programs like ours exist to help you overcome your addiction and regain control of your life.

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Effects and Abuse of Alcoholism

In addition to causing changes in behavior and lifestyle, alcoholism causes physical and mental health problems. If left unaddressed, these issues can progress to a life-threatening level. The NIAAA states that over-consumption of alcohol can affect the brain, heart, pancreas, and liver. The following are health risks caused by alcohol addiction (NIAAA):

  • Stretching and drooping of the heart muscle
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Interference with the brain’s communication pathways
  • Changes in mood, behavior, or coordination
  • Fatty liver
  • Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Increased alcohol consumption also causes a risk of toxic substance production by the pancreas and a higher risk of cancer. Types of cancer that alcoholism sometimes leads to include head and neck cancer, liver cancer, and breast cancer (NIAAA). The long-term symptoms of an alcoholic cause significant issues with physical and mental health.

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Mental Illness and the Symptoms of an Alcoholic

You must remember the symptoms of an alcoholic if you or someone you know struggles with mental illness and drinks alcohol often.

Mental illness puts people at an increased risk of developing alcoholism later in life. Issues with mental health sometimes exacerbate alcohol detox symptoms as well.

Diseases that have the potential to lead to alcoholism include depression, anxiety, and PTSD. If you have experienced trauma as a child, you are also at an increased risk for developing an alcohol use disorder.

If you have a mental illness and think you may have a drinking problem, the surest thing is to seek treatment right away. Mental health issues and alcoholism should receive medical attention to ensure the best chance of recovery and a low relapse rate.

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Treatment for the Symptoms of an Alcoholic

Treatment for alcoholism begins at a rehabilitation center or hospital by expert physicians and staff. Medication, counseling, and support groups are all common forms of treatment for alcoholism. No matter how long you have been suffering from alcoholism or how severe your drinking problem is, treatment is beneficial. Though complete recovery after treatment can’t always guarantee, rehabilitation center professionals do their absolute best to supply you with the necessary resources.

The NIAAA lists three treatment types to address alcohol use disorders: behavioral treatment, medications, and support groups.

Behavioral treatment helps patients develop positive coping mechanisms to deal with the body’s compulsive want for alcohol. Medications treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms during detoxification and have the ability to lower the risk of relapse.

Support groups attended by other people who struggle with alcoholism are common because they create helpfulness and understanding.

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Payment for Treatment

We offer free insurance verification for treatment.

Our company understands how challenging it is to finance rehabilitation for alcohol use disorder.

The price is not small, but recovery is worth it.

Let us help you through your alcohol addiction and alcohol detox symptoms by contacting us about recovery today.

We are passionate about the work we do treating alcoholism and helping people secure a better life.

Recovery is a long process, but we promise to support you every step of the way.

We cannot guarantee complete recovery or no relapse, but we can assure you that treatment is worth the time and money.

Care from compassionate and skilled professionals who put your health and well-being first and support others who understand your situation is beneficial.

Get in touch with us to find out more about our rehabilitation programs, support groups, and passion for what we do.

Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

Many people struggle with fighting addiction, but it can be easier to fight your addiction through faith-based addiction treatment.

If you are religious, there are unique aspects of recovery that you do not realize.

Abusing drugs and alcohol can affect your faith and religion.

Because 76.5% of Americans identified as religious in 2015, faith-based addiction treatment is a suitable option.

Whether or not you are religious, drug addiction often feels like a moral or ethical failing.

By going to faith-based addiction treatment, you can connect with your high power to overcome addiction.

Faith-based addiction treatment and rehab will allow your religious beliefs to grow during treatment, making you a stronger person.

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What is Faith-Based Addiction Treatment?

Faith-based addiction treatment addresses your medical and spiritual needs.

Even though the spiritual aspect is a large focus, treatment still needs to contain standard drug rehab techniques.

These techniques might include medically-assisted detox and behavioral therapy.

Healing the soul and managing withdrawal symptoms and cravings are equally important.

Standard addiction treatments in faith-based rehab might include:

  • Drug detox
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Prescribed medication for withdrawal symptoms
  • Life skills and emotional coping training

In faith-based addiction treatment, certified spiritual advisors are present for all counseling.

They offer guidance during your treatment, along with individual and group sessions.

These counselors help you find peace by way of faith.

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Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous

You may have heard of the support groups NA and AA. These acronyms stand for narcotics anonymous and alcoholics anonymous. These support groups are faith-based addiction treatment, as they incorporate faith into their aftercare programs.

Often after you have completed rehab, you join either AA or NA. The emotional support that you find during group meetings is beneficial to staying sober once you are in the world again. Speaking with peers who have been through the same situation will help in avoiding relapse.

 

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Faith-Based Addiction Treatment vs. Standard Treatment

The difference between faith-based addiction treatment and standard treatment is the addition of faith and faith-based activities.

In faith-based addiction treatment, you will see that worship is a part of your recovery plan. Spaces for prayer are available on-site, and there are typically religious services. Often scripture readings, discussions, and meditations occur daily.

In one study, for people interested in religion, a faith-based activity could be helpful in treatment. Combining a supervised detox and mental health counseling with faith-based addiction treatment can be extremely effective. Not only are the physical and medical aspects being taken care of, but the mental and spiritual aspects are too.

More than 800 faith-based community programs receive SAMHSA grants to help those of faith beat their addictions.

Who is a Candidate for Faith-Based Addiction Treatment?

You are a good candidate for faith-based addiction treatment if you have a specific faith and want to incorporate faith in treatment.

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Examples of Faith-Based Addiction Treatment Curriculum

  • The Struggle of Sin: In this, you will understand sin and view your addiction as such. You gain a better understanding of your disease.
  • The Grace of God: If your faith involves God, then you will be able to use scripture to understand God’s grace. It will also allow you to learn how to free yourself from addiction.
  • Empowerment of Faith: This can be a special subject. When you read scripture, you articulate what faith means to you and how it empowers you.
  • The Importance of Honesty: The first step in recovery is honesty with yourself. You will need to admit to yourself that you have an addiction. Understand your addiction and apply biblical teachings.
  • Prayer and meditation: Because these are both essential to spirituality, you will learn how to pray and meditate to aid your recovery process.

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Signs You Have an Addiction

There are many different signs of addiction. Although it may be hard to admit it to yourself, this is the first step in the recovery process. Here are signs that you have an addiction:

  • You keep taking prescription drugs after you no longer need them.
  • You have developed a tolerance to the drug and need more to get the same effect.
  • You feel bad when you no longer have the drug in your system. You may feel depressed or nauseous, get headaches, or sweat excessively. Often these symptoms can lead to seizures if not controlled.
  • When you cannot stop yourself from using the drug, even though you want to, you may have quit many times but are still using.
  • Addiction is affecting your social relationships, as well as your mental or physical health.
  • You think about how to get more of the drug. You feel bad after taking the drug.
  • You struggle with limiting how much you take of the drug. You may say that you will only use it so often, but you are using it more than planned.
  • You have lost interest in things you once loved to do, such as spending time with family or friends.
  • You are no longer able to perform daily tasks that were previously in your routine.
  • You drive or operate machinery while intoxicated.
  • You have needed to borrow or steal money to pay for your addiction.
  • You do not let others know about your drug use, and you feel embarrassed by your use.
  • You are having trouble getting along with your family, friends, or coworkers. The people in your life are complaining that you act differently or have changed due to your use.
  • You are encountering insomnia or oversleeping disorders. Your sleeping and eating habits have changed.
  • You have specific friends with who you typically use drugs or drink alcohol. You go to different places than normal to use or drink.
  • You have gone “doctor shopping” to obtain prescriptions for the same drug from different doctors.
  • Often look in your friend’s or family’s medicine cabinets to find drugs.
  • You take prescribed medication with alcohol or other drugs to increase their effects.

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Is It Time for You to Get Help for Your Addiction?

If you are someone of faith and want help with your addiction, consider faith-based addiction treatment.

At Pathfinders, we offer inpatient and outpatient faith-based treatment programs.

Regardless of your religion, you can find a program that shares your faith and meets your spiritual needs.

We also offer free insurance verification for treatment to help you in finding the right program.

Contact us today for more information.

The 5 Types of Alcoholics

Not All Alcoholics Are the Same

When we think of the term “alcoholics,” we think of individuals addicted to drinking alcohol.

For this reason, it is easy to lump everyone who is affected by alcohol addiction into a single group.

However, this kind of catch-all approach does not reflect the reality of alcohol addiction.

Current research shows there are five subgroups of people dealing with alcoholism.

No matter which of these groups you belong to, you will likely need help to recover your sobriety.

Additionally, it’s important to know that not everyone with serious drinking problems faces the same situation.

This kind of awareness gives doctors the ability to tailor treatment plans surrounding their specific needs and situation.

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How Is Alcoholism Defined?

Before breaking down the sub-types of alcoholism, it helps to clarify what alcoholism itself means. Today, experts view alcoholism as part of an illness called alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Symptoms that point to an alcohol addiction include:

  • Regularly consuming more alcohol than you initially planned
  • Repeated lack of success when you try multiple times to stop drinking
  • Making drinking and drinking-related activities the focus of your day
  • Needing more and more alcohol to feel like its effects on you
  • Not quitting drinking after seeing its negative impact on your health
  • Feeling a strong pull toward drinking when not consuming alcohol
  • Experiencing withdrawal if you take a break from drinking or try to quit

You can be diagnosed with AUD if you have experienced two of these symptoms. You can also be diagnosed if you have just one symptom of alcoholism and one symptom of non-addicted alcohol abuse. The most severely affected drinkers typically experience six to 11 alcohol-related symptoms.

 

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The Five Types of Alcoholics

Being addicted to alcohol is just the baseline definition of alcoholism. To understand alcoholism better, researchers have studied the condition in greater detail.

There are a couple of reasons why this is significant. First, this additional information makes it possible for doctors to better understand their patients struggling with alcohol abuse and addiction. Moreover, it allows people affected by the illness to understand themselves better.

With all of this in mind, here are five subgroups of people affected by alcohol addiction.

Drinkers Who Are Young Adults

Young adults are people between the ages of 18 and 25. People in this age range make up a large percentage of all alcohol consumers in the U.S. They also make up a significant percentage of binge drinkers and heavy drinkers.

Roughly one-third of all Americans addicted to alcohol are young adults. People in this category are not as likely to have additional problems often found in heavy drinkers.

These problems include a family history of alcoholism. They also include the presence of other mental health issues, including additional substance addiction. If you belong to this subgroup of drinkers, chances are low that you have sought help for your problems.

Young People With Antisocial Tendencies

People who behave in antisocial ways do things that violate the norms of everyday behavior.

Some of these actions include stealing, invading other people’s personal space, and committing violent or aggressive acts. In some cases, these individuals may have an antisocial personality disorder.

About a fifth of all Americans addicted to alcohol are young adults in their 20s with antisocial tendencies. If you belong to this subgroup, you may also have:

  • An anxiety disorder
  • A bipolar illness
  • Major depression

It is not uncommon for those affected to have an additional addiction to opioids or cocaine. There is also a very good chance that these individuals use marijuana or smoke cigarettes. Interestingly, antisocial problem drinkers often seek treatment. Over 33% of people in this category do so.

“Functional” Alcoholics

Functional alcoholics are addicted to alcohol and manage to maintain much of their daily competence.

For this reason, they may slip through the cracks when it comes to detecting an alcohol-related problem. Roughly one in five problem drinkers fit into this subgroup. These people tend to be in their 40s or 50s. They also tend to have a high level of education and meet their responsibilities at work and home. Many people in this category have parents or grandparents with alcohol problems. Cases of major depression are also relatively common. The same holds true for cigarette use.

Intermediate Familial Drinkers

People in this subgroup are middle-aged adults. About 50% have some diagnosable depression, and about 20% have bipolar disorder. The same holds true for marijuana and cocaine abuse. Close to 20% of all people with alcoholism belong to the intermediate familial subgroup. Unfortunately, one in four of these people are likely to seek treatment for their drinking.

Long-Term, Severe Drinkers

9% of those that struggle with alcoholism belong to this subgroup of long-term, severe drinkers. This group includes those most heavily affected by alcohol use disorder. It also consists of those most heavily affected by other mental health issues, including antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorders, and major depression.

The vast majority of long-term severe drinkers come from families with alcohol problems. People in this category also frequently suffer from addictions to substances such as:

  • Opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana

It is common for severe alcoholics to seek treatment. This is the only subgroup where more than 50% of those affected seek help.

 

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Not Enough Alcoholics Enter Treatment

One glaring statistic holds true for most problem drinkers: They do not seek help for their alcohol use disorder. This is a truly unfortunate situation. Why? In the 21st century, there are multiple proven treatments for people affected by AUD.

Those treatments options include medication and supportive care that makes it possible to stop drinking. They also include medication and behavioral therapy to help you remain alcohol-free. This does not mean the road to sobriety is easy. Setbacks are common, and you will almost certainly have bad days while in alcohol rehab. Still, lasting sobriety is possible, and rehab programs help people make progress toward their recovery goals each and every day.

 

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Regardless of Your Sub-Type, Seek Help

Today, it is common for health insurance to cover the cost of an alcohol rehab program. Even if your insurance does not cover your treatment, you have a good chance of finding programs that provide alternative flexible payment options. This means that people in all kinds of financial situations can get the assistance they need.

The understanding that you belong to a subgroup of alcoholics does not need to be a negative realization. On the contrary, you can use this knowledge to learn more about your situation. You can also use it to focus on treatments known to have helped many people in similar circumstances. Experienced professionals in your program will help identify these treatments.

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For information on how to get the help you need, contact Pathfinders today. Our addiction specialists will answer all of your questions about the available treatments. We also offer treatment services that benefit all types of problem drinkers.

 

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Alcohol and the Liver – How Alcohol Damages the Liver

What is the Connection Between Alcohol and Liver Health?

Alcohol is America’s most popular addictive substance. But, alcohol and liver issues are quite common among heavy drinkers.

However, if you drink too much, you not only run the risk of developing an addiction, you also expose your liver to potentially catastrophic damage.

This is true because alcohol has a direct impact on how the liver functions.

Liver damage does not happen to heavy drinkers all at once.

Instead, it develops gradually over time.

If you seek help for your alcohol abuse as soon as possible, you can avoid the worst kinds of damage.

You can also limit the other severe consequences of this common form of addiction.

If you are a drinker, it is essential to understand the connection between alcohol and liver health.

Why? Drinking can have a harmful effect on this vital organ, even if you do not meet the definition of alcoholism.

If you drink heavily as a habit, you increase your chances of developing a severe, or even fatal, liver-related disease.

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Alcohol and the Liver – The Basics

Why does alcohol affect how your liver works? First, alcohol is toxic to your body. If too much of it builds up in your system, you can die from alcohol poisoning. This means that your body must find some way to get rid of the alcoholic toxins. If this elimination process did not occur, you would not be able to drink any amount of an alcoholic substance without running into problems.

How does your body eliminate alcohol from your system? It relies on the liver. When you drink beer, wine, or liquor, your body starts to digest it. The toxic parts of alcohol eventually make it to your liver. There, they undergo a gradual breakdown.

However, your liver’s ability to break down alcohol is limited. If your consumption is higher than this organ can handle, you will overwhelm its capacity. When this happens, the toxins in alcohol will build up in your system — resulting in your liver having to overwork to rid the body of the toxins.

If you keep taxing your liver long enough over a period of time, it will start to lose its normal function. This is true whether or not you have diagnosable alcohol problems. However, the real danger begins when you take part in a long-term pattern of heavy drinking. This kind of ongoing, excessive consumption leaves you vulnerable to the worst possible forms of liver damage.

 

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Alcohol-Related Damage is Progressive

Heavy drinking has a progressive impact on the health of your liver. This means that damage to the organ gets worse over time. Doctors and public health experts have a name for this progressive process known as alcoholic liver disease. There are three stages to this disease, including fatty liver or hepatic steatosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Each of these conditions affects you in different ways.

Fatty Liver of Hepatic Steatosis

Fatty liver gets its name because the condition produces an abnormal buildup of fat inside your liver. This buildup makes your liver grow larger than usual. Some people with fatty liver experience no apparent symptoms. However, others experience things such as:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Uncomfortable feelings in the upper right abdomen

The majority of heavy drinkers will eventually develop a fatty liver if they do not stop using alcohol. If you are affected by this condition, it may go away if you halt your drinking and lose weight.

Alcoholic Hepatitis

Hepatitis is the name for any significant inflammation within your liver tissue. In people with alcoholic hepatitis, this liver inflammation is widespread. Other symptoms of the condition include:

  • Fatty liver
  • Liver cell death, also known as necrosis

In addition, some affected people have symptoms of cirrhosis. Roughly 10% to 35% of all long-term heavy drinkers will develop alcoholic hepatitis.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the most harmful form of alcoholic liver disease. It occurs when continued heavy drinking leads to scarring inside your liver. This scarring permanently reduces the organ’s ability to function. If cirrhosis advances far enough, it can cause your liver to fail altogether. This is a dire health emergency. Additionally, some people with cirrhosis also develop liver cancer. Between one and two out of every 10 heavy drinkers will go on to develop cirrhosis.

 

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Alcohol and Liver Damage – How Much Do You Have to Drink?

You are probably wondering how much alcohol you need to drink to damage your liver. Your liver can eliminate 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol in a standard drink in about an hour. This is the equivalent of:

  • One 12-ounce serving of beer
  • Eight or nine ounces of malt liquor
  • One five-ounce glass of wine
  • A 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor

Problems begin when you make a habit of exceeding this level of consumption by large amounts. Signs of liver disease may start to appear after a decade or more of drinking the following:

  • Two to eight beers a day
  • Three to six servings of wine a day
  • Three to six servings of hard liquor a day

If you consume alcohol in even heavier amounts, you run a higher risk of developing cirrhosis. Cirrhosis risks rise along with your level of consumption and duration of hard-drinking. For example, if you drink for 20 years or more, you have roughly a 50% chance of developing cirrhosis if you drink more than:

  • Roughly 36 beers a day
  • About 18 glasses of wine a day
  • Approximately 18 shots of hard liquor a day

These might seem like incredibly high amounts. But unfortunately, some heavy drinkers consume at least this much alcohol on a regular basis.

 

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Limit the Harm with Alcohol Rehab

Not everyone who drinks heavily is addicted to alcohol. This does not mean that non-addicted people cannot be problem drinkers. In fact, you can receive a diagnosis for alcohol problems even if you are not considered an alcoholic. This happens when your non-addicted alcohol abuse seriously damages your day-to-day life.

If you are caught up in a cycle of alcohol abuse, you have many reasons for getting help. Those reasons include avoidance or preventing the long-term effects of abuse/addiction itself. They also include avoidance of progressive liver damage.

For anyone affected by alcoholism, alcohol rehab typically begins with enrollment in a detox program. Detox helps you stop drinking. It also provides medication and support that allows you to cope with symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Once your time in detox is done, you are ready for the main phase of rehab, which is active treatment. The assistance you receive during active treatment will reinforce your short-term ability to stop drinking. It will also help you learn how to make lasting changes in your life that support long-term sobriety.

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Learn More About Alcohol and Liver Damage

If you have been drinking heavily for a long time, you are at risk of damaging your liver. In its early stages, alcohol-related liver disease can sometimes be reversed. However, over time, you may develop irreversible damage in this vital organ. No one wants to face these kinds of severe, avoidable health complications.

Before alcohol can affect you in such drastic ways, seek help in an alcohol recovery program. An effective program makes it possible for you to abandon heavy drinking and get sober. It also makes it possible for you to make sobriety an ongoing priority of your daily routine.

If you already suffer from liver damage, rehab is still the best way to limit the harm to your body. Along with providing the right kind of medical treatment, your recovery program will help stabilize your health. It will also help and protect you from even greater physical and mental harm.

For more information on alcohol and liver damage, contact Pathfinders today. We are also your source for trusted information on alcohol abuse and addiction. In addition, we provide top-quality services for all kinds of alcohol use problems.

 

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How to Tell Your Family You Need Help with Alcohol

Why Might Alcohol Rehab be Necessary for You?

Alcohol rehab is a common and effective addiction treatment method.

It is necessary because alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances.

Celebrations, holidays, social gatherings, and stressful situations can lead many individuals to want to enjoy a few drinks.

This normalization makes alcoholism difficult to cope with and admit to.

It may be tempting to ignore it, but that will only work temporarily.

Over time, it will get worse and more noticeable.

Both you and your family will benefit from you attending alcohol rehab if that is what you need to recover.

Trust that they want what is best for you.

And know that at Pathfinders, we want that too.

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How Many People Actually Need Alcohol Rehab?

Nearly 18 million adults in America have an alcohol use disorder.

You are not alone.

If you feel like you are alone, there are several quick fixes to this particular side effect of alcoholism.

Having an open and honest conversation with someone you love and trust will bring a caring companion into the equation.

And contacting our facility to choose an alcohol rehab program complete with therapeutic remedies and support groups will also accomplish this goal.

It will accomplish many other goals too.

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Risk Factors for Alcoholism

Since alcohol is so normalized, it can be difficult to understand why some people become addicted, and others do not.

Genetics is one reason for this discrepancy, and it is one of the most common.

Genetic predisposition accounts for up to 65% of the risk of becoming an alcoholic.

Further, children who grow up with alcoholic parents are up to four times more likely to become alcoholics.

This is a disease that alters your brain chemistry, functioning, thoughts, and behaviors.

If alcoholism runs in your family, your family may already know that you are predisposed.

High-pressure jobs, stressful relationships, peer pressures, and environmental influences are other risk factors for developing alcoholism.

Whatever the reason or reasons may be, our alcohol rehab programs can help.

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Signs You Need Alcohol Rehab

If you are unsure whether or not you should attend alcohol rehab, there are many warning signs to watch for.

One of the most important warning signs is mood changes. Certain underlying mental health disorders are often linked to alcohol abuse.

For example, up to 80% of people who struggle with alcoholism also struggle with mood disturbances.

Depression is very often linked to alcoholism.

Anxiety is also common among alcoholics and alcohol abusers.

Many alcoholics also suffer from increased agitation, blackouts, unexplained accidents or injuries, and appetite loss.

Insomnia and alcohol cravings are common too.

However, of all of the signs that you need alcohol rehab, experiencing withdrawal symptoms after a few hours of not drinking may be the clearest.

If you have experienced troubling withdrawal symptoms or cravings, our medically-assisted detox can help.

Talking to Your Family About Attending Alcohol Rehab

Talking to your family about attending alcohol rehab can be scary.

But, they may already be aware of your alcohol abuse.

Whether or not they already know, admitting that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery.

This conversation does not have to be shameful. It may be difficult to admit that you have a problem out loud, but you are admitting this to people who want to support you.

In your family, you can build strong support systems.

You can reveal this portion of yourself to the people who are most likely to support you and cheer you on during the recovery process.

First and foremost, as you approach this conversation, remember to be honest. Clearly express what you have been feeling and experiencing.

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Approaching the Conversation with an Open and Honest Mind

Help them clearly and definitively understand what you are going through.

Tell them that you need help.

If you know what this help will look like, share the details with them. If you are still unsure what to do next, ask them to help you research and get your questions answered.

Our addiction counselor is available 24/7 to help address questions and concerns. A simple phone call may be the easiest way to start.

Next, share your reasons for seeking help. This will help them understand better, and it is a good way to hold yourself accountable for your reasons for getting sober.

Ask clearly for their support, understand and acknowledge their feelings, stay calm, and committed to your new goals, and leave shame out of the equation.

What to Expect From Alcohol Rehab

Once you have told your family that you need help with your alcohol abuse, you have completed a major milestone.

Be proud of this.

You have chosen to face your addiction and change your life.

These two tasks will be the primary focuses of your alcohol rehab program.

Depending on your addiction, needs, and other individual factors, we will work with you to choose the care program that will benefit you the most.

We customize each plan to maximize our efforts and give you the highest level of care possible.

During your alcohol rehab program, you can expect to experience a variety of therapeutic methods.

Various therapies, support groups, and lifestyle training are all common rehab methods.

These help you identify underlying issues, triggers, temptations, and mental health concerns that may be contributing to your addiction.

Once you shed light on these problems, it becomes easier to address and overcome them.

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Alcohol Rehab Options

At Pathfinders, we offer a variety of alcohol rehab options to choose from.

There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in our facilities.

Among others, we offer:

Each of these programs provides unique benefits, high-level care, and a comfortable and safe facility to focus on your recovery.

The one you enter will depend on your individual needs.

For example, someone with a severe addiction, multiple addictions, or overwhelming withdrawal symptoms or cravings might be an ideal candidate for a 24-hour stay in residential rehab.

Someone with a milder addiction and no underlying mental health problems may be better suited to an intensive outpatient program.

This type of program allows you to live at home and spend nine to 20 hours at our facility each week. These hours will be spent in therapy sessions, meetings, and support groups.

Partial hospitalization programs serve as a middle ground between the two and are ideal for patients with a dual diagnosis. While these care programs also allow you to live at home, they require about 20 hours per week at the facility.

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Pathfinders Alcohol Rehab

With incredible, comfortable facilities and experienced, caring teams, you can trust Pathfinders to give you what you need throughout each stage of recovery.

We offer customized care plans, comprehensive methods, and dedicated services.

We will help you and your family understand your addiction and move past it.

You do not have to continue suffering.

We are available to help as soon as you are ready.

Call us today at 855-728-4363 to see the difference that a Pathfinders rehab program can make.

Alcohol Abuse is on the Rise for Women

Women, Alcoholism, and Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol rehab has been helping women and men overcome troubling addictions for decades.

Alcoholism in women often does not get the attention that it deserves because the common thought is that men tend to drink more than women.

But alcohol abuse is on the rise for women, which indicates that alcohol rehab may be the right solution for women struggling with alcohol addiction.

For many individuals, biology, social pressures, and mood disorders are to blame.

These are just a few of the factors connected to the increase in alcohol abuse rates among women.

If you are battling alcohol abuse or alcoholism, Pathfinders can help.

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Risk factors for Alcohol Abuse in Women

There are several unique risk factors that women face.

Some of these risk factors are biological.

Women tend to weigh less and experience certain mood disorders at higher rates than men do.

This means that women often have lower thresholds for excessive drinking and can become addicted faster.

Juggling full-time careers, family obligations, and social commitments can increase pressure, stress, and anxiety.

To cope with these symptoms, many people turn to alcohol.

After all, it is a normalized, convenient, and common fix.

It reduces stress in the short-term.

It may help you sleep, laugh off stress, or relax at the end of a long day.

And most people drink alcohol at parties, gatherings, holidays, and happy hours, too.

The excessive normalcy of this substance makes excessive use easier to justify.

But alcoholism comes with a wide variety of mental and physical health risks that are less easy to justify.

Before things get out of control, you can use alcohol rehab to effectively turn the tables on your addiction.

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Physical Risks Associated with Alcoholism

Among the wide variety of risks associated with alcoholism, some of the most troubling include the potential health conditions that can occur.

Alcoholics often experience increased risks for strokes, liver cirrhosis, and alcoholic hepatitis.

They are also exposed to increased risks for heart disease, breast cancer, and brain damage.

Research on the effects of alcoholism on different genders reveals that alcohol may be more detrimental to women than men.

The physical health impairments of alcoholism are troubling and far-reaching. But there are concerns to consider in other areas, too.

Many risky or uncharacteristic behaviors are linked to alcohol abuse. For example, intoxicated driving leads to many avoidable accidents and fatalities each year.

Alcohol impairs your judgment, increases feelings of agitation and aggression, and is linked to many violent offenses.

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Mental Health Risks Addressed in Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol alters your brain chemistry.

One of the most troubling risks associated with alcoholism – outside of the physical health concerns – is mental impairment.

It can lead to mental health disorders or worsen existing ones.

Studies have shown that women are more likely to have depression than men are. And, depression is a common mental health disorder among alcoholics.

The link between the two is steady and troubling. Regardless of which came first, each condition can worsen the other.

Part of our alcohol rehab program admission process includes a mental health assessment.

If you are suffering from both an addiction and a mental health disorder, you have a dual diagnosis.

We can help with this as well.

Alcohol Rehab Options

At Pathfinders, we do not believe in one-size-fits-all solutions to addiction care.

No two patients are the same, and no two addictions are the same, either.

We build each program based on the individual needs of the person entering alcohol rehab.

We will work with you to determine the right care methods and settings for your addiction, needs, and circumstances.

We offer a variety of alcohol rehab options to meet these needs.

Among others, we offer:

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Residential Alcohol Rehab

Residential rehab is one of the primary choices for individuals battling substance abuse.

This option offers constant care, support, and guidance, so it is best for those heavily affected by their addictions.

It is also ideal if you have multiple addictions or underlying mental health conditions.

Residential alcohol rehab programs like ours can help you address each of your essential treatment needs.

It gives you the time, space, tools, and resources to focus on building a new, substance-free routine.

It teaches you how to build healthy habits, coping mechanisms, relapse prevention techniques, and support systems.

This particular care setting often begins with a medically-assisted detox.

This eases withdrawal symptoms and cravings while you work on recovering in a safe, comfortable space. It allows us to monitor your progress and adapt as necessary.

The medications we use to ease withdrawals are carefully selected, approved, and professionally administered.

Alcohol detox medications primarily include naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram.

But, there are other care programs that may start with a different medically-assisted detox.

Choosing the right alcohol rehab program is not a task you have to face alone.

We will work with you to choose the right program and customize it based on your needs.

Other Alcohol Rehab Settings

Partial hospitalization programs combine effective care and convenient flexibility.

They allow you to live at home while receiving care in our facility for approximately 20 hours each week.

This is a common and effective choice for individuals with a dual diagnosis.

It helps address mental health and addiction needs when your symptoms are not quite severe enough to require a residential stay.

These programs are very structured and specialized.

Similarly, intensive outpatient programs also allow you to live at home while attending meetings, sessions, and seminars at our facility each week.

These programs require nine to 20 hours each week.

Across the various treatment settings available, many of the treatment methods used in alcohol rehab remain the same.

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Treatment Methods Used in Alcohol Rehab

In any of our treatment settings, we will use many of the same effective, research-based, and comprehensive care methods.

Some of the most common care methods in alcohol rehab include:

  • Medical detoxes
  • Various therapy settings, including individual, family, and group sessions
  • Various therapeutic methods, including behavioral, recreational, motivational enhancement, and occupational
  • Support groups
  • 12-step programs
  • Medication-assisted treatments or medication management
  • Community reinforcement
  • Aftercare planning and services

Residential rehab stays will also include a unique set of care methods that are only necessary during inpatient stays. For example, residential rehab patients will also be provided with three healthy meals per day, recreational opportunities, downtime, and holistic remedies.

Some of the most common holistic remedies in addiction treatment are meditation, journaling, yoga, and exercise classes. These types of care methods help address the needs of both the body and mind.

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Pathfinders Alcohol Rehab

With upscale locations and dedicated teams, Pathfinders is a premier addiction and dual diagnosis treatment center.

We provide well-researched, cutting edge, and effective substance abuse treatments.

We offer only the best to each patient who walks through our doors.

We aim to improve the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.

With over 25 years in addiction treatment, we know exactly how to help you overcome your addictions and find a meaningful and purpose-driven life.

The confidential, comfortable, and peaceful atmosphere we create facilitates deep healing and meaningful connections.

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Is it Possible to Live a Completely Sober Life?
This is What to Know

Live a Sober Life with Benefits

When it comes around to Friday or Saturday night, many of us have a routine.

We come home from work, get dressed up, and head out for a good time with friends.

Or maybe we sit down to dinner with a bottle of wine or a couple of beers, or maybe we go over to a friend’s house and smoke a joint.

Alcohol and drugs are so ingrained in our culture that living a completely sober life seems impossible.

But not only is this possible, but it can also come with some amazing benefits. Read on to learn more about how to live a sober life and what great things it can bring you.

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Have Honest Fun

Let’s start off with a simple answer to the question: sober living is possible, and it can bring a number of amazing benefits with it. For one thing, once you’re living sober, you’ll start to have more good, honest fun.

In our culture, there is an idea that you have to be drinking to have fun, but that simply isn’t true.

Think about all the amazing things you could be doing when you’re spending time in a bar, getting high, or drinking at home.

If the sun’s up, you could explore national parks or local museums, and at night, you and your friends could try different cuisines, go see local shows, or have a game night at home.

And best of all, unlike when you’re drinking or using drugs, you’ll remember every bit of fun.

Learn Healthy Coping Mechanisms

In our society, when things go wrong, people tend to turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. Everything from media to friends tells us that the response to a bad day at work is to have a stiff drink.

At the end of the week, we blow off steam and release some stress by tossing a few back or getting high with our friends.

But none of these coping mechanisms is healthy, and none of them get to the root of the issue. When you’re sober, you turn to healthier coping mechanisms like exercise, meditation, journaling, spending time with friends, and attending therapy.

And think about how much better it would feel to wake up on a Saturday morning, not hungover and crawling to the bathroom, but refreshed and ready to strap on your running shoes and go for a jog.

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Find Your Real Friends

One of the big barriers to sobriety for many people is a concern that they’ll lose their friends. After all, if you’re sober, it’s hard to hang out with friends who only hang out in bars or get high.

And since you can’t make lifestyle choices for anyone else, you may not be able to ask them to start doing something else.

We won’t deny that you may lose a few friends during your journey to sobriety. But here’s the good news: you’ll discover who your true friends are along the way, and you’ll have deeper and more genuine relationships with those people.

You become like the five people you spend the most time with, and once you start spending time sober, you’ll discover people who lead you to a better lifestyle.

Set Your Priorities Straight

When you’re using drugs, alcohol or otherwise, your priorities in life become warped. That substance starts to act like gravity, and your need for it pulls everything in your life out of perspective.

You may find that you aren’t where you want to be in your relationships, your career, or your personal achievements.

Once you start living sober, you can set your priorities back in line. You no longer have that substance demanding your time and resources, so you can start looking with fresh eyes at what you want in life.

You can rediscover what’s truly important in life and take steps to make that a priority in your daily routine.

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Discover New Opportunities

Drinking or getting high puts you in a haze in your life, and you may find that you’re missing out on some amazing opportunities. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end job because you can’t manage to go above and beyond in your performance.

Maybe you’re in a relationship that’s going nowhere because you can’t see how you could get anything better.

But once you’re sober, those doors start to open back up again. You have more energy and resources to put into doing the best work you can at your job, and you discover that you don’t have to stay in that toxic relationship.

You can begin to move onto better things in your life without the distraction of substance use weighing you down.

Become Financially Free

One of the consequences of drug use we don’t think about very often is the financial impact. Drinks are expensive, and drugs no less so.

You may be spending a lot of your money every week on alcohol or drugs, and that means you have a lot less money to spend in the important areas of life.

Imagine how much money you would have at the end of a year if you took the money you’re spending on drinks or drugs and put it into a savings account.

How long would it be until you could make a down payment on a car or go on a nice trip? How much longer until you could pay off all your debt or buy a house?

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Learn to Love Yourself

Oftentimes, when we’re drinking or using drugs, it’s because we don’t feel like we’re able to cope with life on our own. We may feel weak or unloved, and so we use these substances to cope.

And if you’ve tried getting sober in the past and failed, that may be weighing on you as proof that you aren’t good enough.

But as with every other area of your life, once you’re sober, you’ll be able to see yourself more clearly. You’ll start to see all the wonderful things you’ve done in your life and the beauty you live in each day.

You’ll also be able to take pride each day in the fact that you’re making the best choices for your life and your health.

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Help Others Around You

Once you’re on the path to sober living, you’ll also be gifted with a tremendous opportunity: the chance to help others around you.

For one thing, you’ll have more resources to contribute to things like volunteering or donating to charities if you wish. But you can also act as a role model to others working to get sober.

When you’re getting sober, you may have a role model or sponsor who helps you along the way. This person serves as an inspiration and a guide through the toughest parts of your journey.

And eventually, you may be able to play that role for someone else, helping them to unlock their best life.

Take It One Step at a Time

So how do you go about pursuing all these benefits of the sober life? One of the big tricks is to take things one step at a time.

If you’re dealing with an addiction, consider seeking treatment and help with both the withdrawal process and the steps to come.

From there, take things one little step at a time. However long you think you can go without drinking or using drugs, do that, and then tackle the next section of time.

This may mean taking things one hour at a time, but if you string enough consecutive hours together, eventually, you have a lifestyle of sobriety.

Find New Hobbies

When you’re getting sober, you may suddenly find that you have a ton of time on your hands. During the time you used to drink or get high, you’re now at loose ends.

And it’s very important to fill that time or it can become easy to slip back into old habits.

Pick up some new hobbies to fill that extra space in your life. For some people, this means working out, and for others, it’s volunteering.

You may get involved with a D&D game in your area or start learning woodworking or cake decorating or start attending improv or ballroom dance lessons in your area; pick something that sounds fun to you, and roll with it!

Be Kind to Yourself

Most of all, during this time, you need to be kind to yourself. Remember, one of the goals of getting sober is to feel better about yourself. And there may be setbacks during this time, but it’s never too late to get up and try again; in fact, you’ll be stronger for doing so.

Take time out for self-care during this time in your life. Reward yourself for hitting certain milestones, and don’t beat yourself up if things go off the rails for a bit.

Surround yourself with people who support you, and do your best to be good to yourself on your journey to sobriety.

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Learn How to Live a Sober Life

Living a sober life can be a challenge, but it’s one that’s more than worth the effort.

You’ll find yourself more fulfilled, happier, more connected, and better off than when you were drinking or using drugs.

Find the support you need, and be gentle with yourself as you journey down the path to a sober life.

If you’d like to start on your sober living journey today, reach out to us at Pathfinders Recovery Centers.

We treat a variety of addictions, ranging from alcoholism to heroin, meth, and prescription pill addictions.

Contact us today to start on the path to living a better life.