The Importance of Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcoholism should not be taken likely. Although the general population often refers to facilities like ours as “drug rehab centers,” the truth is we’re treating people with alcohol issues just as much or more than all drug addictions combined.
Alcohol use can creep up on you. What’s usually reserved for social gatherings can turn into daily drinking at home and even to an interference upon one’s work or school performance. Heavy drinkers often develop strained relationships with family members as well as trouble interacting in certain social settings.
When it comes to alcohol addiction treatment, here’s a look at how common it is in the U.S, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- Treatment admissions for alcohol only routinely beat out individual drugs like heroin and marijuana each year.
- In 2013, 21 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions were for alcohol only. Furthermore, alcohol was cited as the primary substance of addiction in more than 37 percent of all substance abuse admissions that year (counting people who were admitted for addiction to more than one substance).
- If you count people who were admitted for treatment with alcohol listed as a secondary or tertiary form of addiction, then alcohol was cited as a substance of abuse in 54 percent of all addiction-related admissions cases in 2013.
What Are the Dangers of Alcohol Abuse and Withdrawals?
A binge-drinking episode can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, anxiety, trembling and possibly hallucinations. These symptoms usually begin 6-8 hours after the last drink. Of course, someone who routinely drinks will require more of the substance to feel buzzed or drunk, and drinking heavily and frequently can lead to dependence.
Alcohol can even cause some life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. People who routinely abuse the substance may experience the following dangerous symptoms during withdrawals:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Extreme anxiety
- Overwhelming sense of fear
- Extremely high blood pressure
Routine alcohol abuse also can damage organs in the body, such as the liver or brain. Someone who has suffered permanent brain damage from alcohol abuse has what is called Wet Brain Syndrome, a type of dementia.
Our Unique Approach to Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcoholism is a progressive disorder. What may seem like reasonable use of the substance now may spiral out of hand before long. This is why it’s important to reach out for treatment before alcohol use causes permanent damage to yourself or a loved one.
At Maryland Recovery, of the things that sets us apart from other alcohol rehab centers is the unique set-up of our program. In the scenic, rural town of Bel Air, Maryland, we combine outpatient day treatment along with an off-site residential housing component. It’s what we call a “residential outpatient” treatment program.
This method is rare within our industry, and we have found it helps clients in recovery by giving them the ability to separate living conditions and professional care, all while residing in a privat setting that is conducive to long-term recovery. This structured environment is a key component to the success that so many have experienced within our individualized alcohol treatment program.
Our Alcohol Rehab Center Offers Affordable Treatment
The severity of alcohol addiction can be drastically different from one individual to another. More often than not, recovery requires more than a short detox regimen or a 30-day treatment program. When insurance companies will not pay for continued care after the initial detox program, or if the program is longer than 30 days, recovery from a serious addiction to alcohol becomes too expensive for many people.
This is why Maryland Recovery works with a multitude of insurance companies to make our treatment program (a recommended 90 days) affordable to clients. Our unique residential outpatient approach to alcohol addiction treatment makes long-term recovery affordable – and one that many insurance companies will pay for. Clients even have a chance to work a job on the side during the Extended Care phase (30 days) of our program, which can help offset some of their expenses.
Holistic Alcohol Treatment Methods
Addiction of all types affects a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. In order to recover from alcohol addiction, it is important to address all three components during treatment.
At Maryland Recovery, our treatment program includes a holistic, all-encompassing approach. We show you how to nurture your body through improved diet and yoga therapy. We also offer unique holistic activities such as drumming therapy and auricular (ear) acupuncture to round out your treatment.
By integrating a holistic methodology into the whole recovery process, Maryland Recovery has built a strong track record of helping individuals calm their alcohol addiction and stay sober for years on end. If you’re struggling with alcohol abuse, this is the place you need to be to learn the tools necessary to keep alcohol addiction in the rearview while having a brighter outlook toward your future.