Alcohol Addiction & Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a disease for which counseling and rehabilitation for alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse is recommended. If you ignore the problem, it will become destructive physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially, tearing apart your relationships as it controls your mind and body.
Alcohol addiction is simply defined as a compulsive need for an intoxicating liquid that is obtained from fermented grain or fruit. These liquids include beer, wine, and other hard liquors. Alcohol is an addictive drug. The more alcohol we drink (and abuse) the more our body comes to depend on it -thus, the nature of addiction.
What is it that makes alcohol so addictive?
Many individuals are genetically predisposed to alcohol addiction. To these people, excessive drinking is a dangerous game, as one’s genetic make-up is a very difficult thing to overcome. People who have a family history of alcohol abuse are more at risks for the issues discussed above including liver disease, brain damage and death as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.The ironic thing about alcohol is that, to your body, it is poison. And in order to ingest alcohol and survive, your body must alter itself significantly. Specifically, your brain and liver undergo changes when you consume alcohol -they literally adapt to this toxin in their midst in an effort to keep you healthy (and breathing!).
Overcoming alcohol addiction can be a long road as the addiction needs intensified treatment. The first step, as in with all addictions, is to admit there is a problem and that alcohol has taken over your life. Getting sober is the next step to recovering from the disease. Certain recovery programs such as 12 step procedures are a good start as well. Counseling is an important element to seeking out the help that is needed. Medications may be provided as well if the need is there. Most importantly having the support of loved ones around will help with the process and get the progression going for a faster recovery.
Having the will to quit drinking before it leads to a more serious path if it hasn’t already, needs to be on a level where one wants and needs the help without someone telling them. Scottsdale Recovery Center can help you overcome your alcohol addiction.
What is the Scottsdale Recovery Center’s Alcohol Addiction Program?
While the programs represent a solid foundation for success, Scottsdale Recovery Center believes that individual attention is a key to permanently breaking alcohol addiction. Each patient undergoes an initial assessment and is assigned to a primary therapist that works with the patient throughout his or her treatment.
- Alternative programs such as recovery based yoga, meditation, massage therapy and equine therapy
- IOP – Group therapy and individual counseling
- Daily relapse prevention workshops
- Family counseling
- Trauma Therapy (EMDR)
- Physician Assessment
Furthermore and most importantly, we provide Evidence Based Practices in our group therapy and individual treatment sessions to get to the underlying issues of why one continuously relapses and uses drugs and alcohol.