Topsail Addiction Treatment

Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab in Massachusetts

Topsail offers three levels of treatment for alcohol addiction, all located at our outpatient rehabilitation facility in North Andover, Massachusetts. Each addiction treatment program is based on a patient’s severity of symptoms, medical needs, and personal and family obligations. For those seeking alcohol addiction treatment around Boston, we offer the following programs:

  • Full-Day Treatment / PHP*
    Comprehensive treatment programs that meet 5 days a week at our facility in Andover, MA.  Clients can either live at home or at a sober house.
  • Half Day Treatment / IOS / IOP**
    An immersive treatment program that helps individuals with substance abuse and addiction problems while they live at home or sober living.
  • Weekly Treatment / OP
    Customized treatment plans that accommodate work, school, or other responsibilities living at home

Overview of Topsail's Alcohol Treatment Programs

Full-Day treatment programs, sometimes called “partial hospitalization programs” or “PHP,” is the highest level of drug and alcohol treatment in an outpatient setting. Consisting of 5 to 6-hour sessions 5 days a week, the intensive Day program at Topsail Addiction Treatment has been created to help patients with significant addiction, and substance abuse issues. It is well suited for individuals who are either beginning their rehab journey or as a transition for people who have recently completed inpatient addiction treatment (PHP is usually the next step after detox and/or residential treatment is complete).

An intensive outpatient program, or IOP, is an immersive treatment program that helps individuals with substance abuse and addiction or alcohol problems while they live at home. IOPs are programs designed so the patient can live in their own residence or a sober living home and take part in an immersive program of continuing treatment at the facility

Weekly Outpatient addiction treatment (OP) tends to be more flexible and less restrictive than inpatient programs. Outpatient recovery programs usually require a specific number of hours and days per week spent visiting a local treatment center.

During these treatment sessions, patients will focus on alcohol abuse education, individual and group counseling, and learning coping strategies for living with addiction.  Outpatient alcohol rehab can be an excellent standalone option or part of a long-term treatment program. Outpatient addiction treatment can last three to six months — something similar to inpatient treatment — or for longer if required.

Alcohol Detoxification

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of ridding the body of the toxic substance. Detox is the first step in any addiction treatment program and usually includes uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxing from alcohol is especially challenging, as withdrawal from alcohol may have life-threatening consequences. Because of this, it is best accomplished in a medically monitored environment.

Medically Monitored Detox can be achieved through a variety of methods, either alone or in combination, including:

  • Medications to mitigate the risks of severe withdrawal and/or withdrawal complications
  • Nutritional support and physical exercise to promote early recovery.
  • Psychological and behavioral counseling and support.
  • Supervision by a trained clinical team to manage any emergencies that arise.
Topsail’s level of care is best suited for people who have successfully completed a medically-monitored detox or residential facility. If you or someone you love is in need of detox, call us today and our team would be happy to connect you with a trusted facility that will help with the crucial detox stage of addiction treatment. 

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Not all people experience addiction in the same way, but below are some general guidelines. The American Psychiatric Association, which is the authority on psychological illness in defines the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

If a person experiences two or more of the following signs within 12 months, that can be defined as “a problematic pattern of drinking that results in clinically significant impairment or distress.”

  • Drinking more or for a longer period than intended
  • Continually wanting or attempting unsuccessfully to cut down or stop drinking
  • Spending a lot of time getting alcohol, drinking, or recovering from its effects
  • Having a strong desire or urge to drink
  • Failing to fulfill major work, school, or home responsibilities due to drinking
  • Continuing to drink even though it is causing relationship troubles with family or friends
  • Prioritizing drinking by giving up or cutting back important activities
  • Drinking in situations in which it is physically dangerous
  • Continuing to drink even though one has a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that drinking has likely caused or made worse
  • Needing much more than was once necessary to get the desired effect from alcohol, or not experiencing the same effect when drinking the same amount
  • Having withdrawal symptoms (trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, a seizure, or sensing things that are not there), or drinking to relieve or avoid such symptoms.
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What is Alcoholism

Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has reported that close to 15 million American adults suffer from alcohol addiction. Alcohol use disorder — the clinical name for alcohol addiction or alcoholism is unlike other addictions because alcohol consumption is socially acceptable, and alcohol is affordable and readily available.

The High Cost of Alcohol Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “37 million US adults—or 1 in 6—binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of 7 drinks per binge. As a result, US adults consume about 17 billion binge drinks annually or about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker. Further, 9 in 10 adults who binge drink do not have an alcohol use disorder.

Excessive alcohol use has a significant cost, both fiscally and human life. 

  • Approximately 88,000 deaths a year in the United States, 
  • 1 in 10 total deaths among working-age adults aged 20 to 64 years. 
  • In 2010, excessive alcohol use cost the US economy $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink. 
  • About 40% of these costs were paid by federal, state, and local governments.

Helping People Conquer Addiction in Massachusetts

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