Millions of Americans use alcohol at higher levels than recommended, with nearly 30% of young men reporting that they binge drink. But how do you know if casual drinking is turning into an alcohol addiction? And how do you know if you or a loved one needs substance use treatment? Read on to find out more about Crestview Recovery’s alcohol addiction rehab center in Portland, Oregon.
What Is Alcoholism?
Not everyone who abuses alcohol suffers life-altering consequences, but many of us do. Drinking alcohol affects dopamine levels in the brain. Drinking large amounts of alcohol over time can result in physical and psychological dependency, commonly known as addiction. Symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
- Abusing alcohol
- Frequent blackouts
- Incoherent behavior
- Hiding alcohol
- Erratic or violent actions
- Drinking first thing in the morning or every day
It may be hard to admit that you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of alcohol addiction. Many people deny that they have a problem with alcohol abuse because they are embarrassed or don’t want to quit. They feel like they have the alcohol under control. However, when a person who cannot control their drinking decides to keep drinking, the results are catastrophic. Some of these are physically serious and include liver disease, high blood pressure, brain damage, and heart disease. Alcoholism also causes relationship, financial, and social upheaval.
For a person struggling with alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment center can be life-saving. There is no reason to quit on your own; people who attend addiction treatment programs for alcohol addiction are more successful than people who don’t.
What Happens When You Begin an Alcohol Addiction Rehab Program?
Making the decision to enroll in an alcohol addiction rehab center in Portland is monumental. You will be amazed at the difference between trying to quit drinking on your own and being in a recovery program. If you have attended a Portland alcohol rehab in the past, remember that all rehabs are not equal. We take pride in helping people who feel like they’ve tried everything.
When you stop drinking abruptly, you will experience symptoms. This is known as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms can include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Profuse sweating
- Agitation or moodiness
- Tremors or shakiness
- Craving of alcohol
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Doctors and trained specialists will guide guests through this difficult withdrawal period so that the recovery process can fully begin.
Once the alcohol is out of your system, you can begin the next phase of treatment. This phase involves getting to the root of how the initial alcohol abuse originated. What was the driving force behind your alcohol addiction? No one wakes up one day and decides to be an alcoholic, but rather one thing leads to another until it happens. Sadly, it can happen to anyone.
Addiction counselors assist guests through individual and/or group therapy and other activities to ensure they can unpack emotionally. Joining support groups and other people in recovery is also helpful. Professionals at the facility will assist with facilitating the group therapy sessions as well as group activities.
Alcohol Treatment and Therapy Programs
Crestview Recovery offers co-ed as well as gender-specific alcohol rehab programs, including a men’s drug rehab program and a women’s drug rehab program. This allows individuals to find the appropriate program for their needs. However, no matter what program is chosen, there is comprehensive therapeutic care. These options can range from standard individual talk therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to alternative therapies like yoga and mindfulness. Your therapy plan will always include evidence-based substance use treatments, such as:
- Holistic drug rehab
- Trauma therapy
- Group therapy
- Mindfulness meditation therapy
As individuals move through their treatment program, they receive the customized care necessary to address their specific issues. This approach allows individuals to make their journey through recovery not just effective but lasting. Finding the right recovery community makes all the difference. Whether someone enters the typical residential rehab program or an intensive outpatient program, partial hospitalization program, or extended care program, they’ll have access to high-quality care.
Furthermore, Crestview Recovery offers therapeutic treatment addressing mental health and physical wellness. When individuals suffer from both a mental health issue and substance use disorder they have what experts call a co-occurring disorder. At Crestview Recovery, we address co-occurring disorders through our dual diagnosis treatment program. Here individuals receive treatment for both issues simultaneously so that when they complete the program the risk of relapse is lower.
How Do I Ask for Help for A Loved One or Myself?
It is not easy to admit powerlessness over an aspect of your life, but it is incredibly brave. At Crestview, we only hire people with a profound understanding of addiction recovery. Reaching out to the professionals at Crestview Recovery is the first step in beginning the next chapter of your life.
Alcohol addiction treatment is a process, but there is a team ready to fight the battle right alongside you. At Crestview, we don’t judge you; we’re there to assist you on your journey to healing, hope, and happiness.
Give us a call at 866.262.0531 to learn more about our alcohol addiction rehab center.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.