Alcohol is prevalent in our society. It is so common, it can be difficult to understand how someone may become addicted to it. Yet alcohol use disorder or addiction affects millions of people every year. As a chronic disease, individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder require professional help to get healthy again. Fortunately, Sunlight Medical Services can provide the support individuals need. If you or a loved one is in the grip of alcohol abuse, our alcohol addiction treatment program can provide the resources and treatments necessary to help break free.
What Is Alcohol Use Disorder?
Alcohol abuse or addiction is now commonly termed as alcohol use disorder. This is when an individual uses alcohol to excess and in a way that negatively impacts their everyday life. When someone suffers from alcohol use disorder, they are unable to control their drinking, that is, unable to regulate how much and how often they drink. There are several characteristics to look out for to determine if you or a loved one is abusing alcohol. For instance, frequent blackouts, hiding alcohol or lying about drinking, drinking first thing in the morning, every day, or at inappropriate moments, or erratic, violent actions all point towards alcohol abuse.
As a chronic disease, individuals suffering from alcohol use disorder have become physically dependent on alcohol. Perhaps the clearest sign of alcohol abuse is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. When someone is dependent upon alcohol, their brain chemistry has been altered by the substance. Thus, even if individuals go a short time without drinking, they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Profuse sweating
- Agitation or moodiness
- Tremors or shakiness
- Craving of alcohol
At Sunlight Medical Services, we understand it’s difficult to admit you or a loved one is abusing alcohol. However, getting help sooner rather than later can help avoid serious physical issues like liver disease, high blood pressure, brain damage, and heart disease. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can get patients on the right track to recovery.
How an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program Can Help
Our behavioral health programs offer individual and group therapy so patients can work through their underlying mental health issues contributing to their alcohol use disorder. When you can’t stop thinking about when you’ll have your next drink or drink compulsively deriving no real pleasure from it, then you are certainly addicted.
Dealing with cravings and underlying mental health issues or environmental triggers are some of the areas patients address with their therapist. Thus, working one-on-one or in a group session provides a safe, intimate setting where triggers can be explored, coping mechanisms can be shared and created, and traumas confronted in a supportive community. This, combined with our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, can go a long way towards giving patients the resources and tools necessary to not only heal but make sobriety a lasting condition. Our Vitvitrol treatment program is especially suited to helping patients manage their cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
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Getting sober isn’t a one-time event. Rather, individuals entering an alcohol addiction treatment program commit to maintaining their sobriety. To do so, patients need to be able to create a long-term plan. With guidance from Sunlight Medical Services, individuals can make their recovery a lasting one.
Alcohol abuse can cost people their job, detail their education, and severely or permanently damage intimate and family relationships. It doesn’t have to be this way. At Sunlight Medical Services, we know you have the strength to emerge from alcohol abuse stronger and in control of your life. So reach out to us today at 855.920.1104. Explore our behavioral programs and medication-assisted treatments to see what may work best for you or your loved one.