Alcohol addiction or problem drinking are concerns that affect millions of Americans and their loved ones. For those who wonder if they have a problem, especially people who may have started drinking more than they usually did, the answer can be difficult. People may start drinking more due to personal struggles, anxiety, and depression, or even the effects of COVID-19 quarantining and stress. If you’re concerned about your own drinking or that of someone close to you, you have options. Topsail Addiction Treatment has answers for residents of Malden, Massachusetts.
Do You Struggle With Alcoholism?
The US Centers For Disease Control estimates that over 37 million Americans struggle with some form of alcohol misuse, from daily drinking to binge drinking (defined as more than 4-5 drinks in one sitting). However, even with numbers like these, many people have a different picture of what alcoholism looks like.
You may need alcohol rehab, or simply counseling if drinking is affecting your ability to work or go to school, if it’s impacting family life, or if you find yourself no longer able to participate in your favorite activities because of drinking. You may have a problem, even if you haven’t hit “rock bottom.”
Dangers of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction can affect both the drinker and those around them. If you exhibit several of these signs within a period of 12 months, then you may need professional treatment.
- Drinking more or for longer than you planned.
- Unable to quit on your own, or unsuccessfully staying sober.
- Having strong cravings or urges to drink.
- Drinking in situations where it’s dangerous.
- Continuing to drink even if it’s causing physical or psychological damage to your body.
- Failing to fulfill your work, school, or responsibilities due to drinking or being hungover the next day.
- Engaging in risky behavior, such as sexual behavior, driving while intoxicated, or behaving out of character.
These are some of the signs of problem drinking, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). If you’ve noticed these in yourself or a loved one, then there are different treatment options for you.
Treatment Options To Suit Your Needs
Addiction treatment for alcoholism starts with medically supervised detox. Topsail Addiction Treatment recommends you speak with your primary care physician about medications to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal, allowing you to clear your mind and prepare for the more intensive therapy work of addiction treatment and rehab.
Once you’ve rid of the alcohol from the body, it’s time to fix the mind. Alcohol treatment includes finding underlying causes for alcohol abuse, including undiagnosed anxiety or depression. Your counselor may recommend a treatment of therapy and/ or medication. If your Topsail counselor identifies the need for medication, they will provide a prescription for you.
Treatment options can include inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient therapy, or individual and group counseling sessions. No matter where you start, your treatment program will also include a relapse prevention plan and aftercare.
Compassionate Rehab Counseling
Working through an alcohol addiction on the journey to sobriety includes a lot of insight into oneself. Having a compassionate support team can help you deal with some of the feelings and emotions that come to the surface as you work through therapy. That’s why the counseling team at Topsail Addiction Treatment is professionally trained to guide clients through the treatment process, helping them become honest with themselves and working with different coping mechanisms for the stressors of life other than drinking.
Your options can include:
- Inpatient treatment, a communal living facility where you may stay for a certain period of time, depending on the severity of your addiction. Then, you’ll receive treatment in a safe environment, supervised 24-7 by rehab counselors, and protected from your former living situation
- Intensive outpatient therapy allows the client to remain in their home, or in a sober living facility, and attend several hours of therapy each week. These include both group sessions and individual sessions, meeting five days a week
- Outpatient Counseling, for those whose addiction is less severe or those who also have a strong support environment at home. Treatment can include weekly individual therapy and weekly group counseling sessions
- Aftercare therapy, where counselors and sponsors are available for those who have completed their therapy, helping those newly sober navigate life free from addiction
Topsail counselors will recommend an inpatient facility if this is the best course for your treatment, and work with you to enroll in one of our outpatient programs once you’ve completed the inpatient treatment.
Don’t Wait – Call Us Today!
If you’re worried about your drinking or that of a loved one, you’re not alone. The caring rehab team at Topsail Addiction Treatment can help you determine whether you need treatment, and which level of treatment is right for you. We’ll walk with you every step of the way, finding options, helping you understand your addiction, and create aftercare to get you on the road to sobriety. Get ready to start your best life now, with addiction rehab your way.