Alcohol abuse is one of the most common addictions and unfortunately, one of the most difficult to recognize. Because drinking is legal and socially acceptable, it’s often difficult to realize when drinking becomes a problem. Alcoholism often starts gradually or is seen as “normal.” It’s only once it’s too late and relationships, jobs, and health are ruined that we see a problem.
The victims of alcoholism extend beyond the person living with the addiction to their families and loved ones. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 10% of children live with and are cared for by alcoholic parents; and, the likelihood that a child with alcoholic parents will grow up to be an addict themselves is as high as 25%.
What is Alcohol Addiction and How Do I Know if I Have It?
For anyone who is struggling with alcoholism, it can be difficult to view your actions objectively. Within the lens of alcohol being accepted in society while alcoholism is stigmatized, it can be difficult to accept that you’re an alcoholic. It’s also possible that you are abusing alcohol as a way to deal with something else, like a mental health issue or social anxiety. What might have started as social drinking can very easily become alcohol abuse. If you’re unsure if you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, take this quiz and give us a call for more information about the treatment options at Cypress Lakes Lodge.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Cypress Lakes Lodge is a residential treatment center for alcohol addiction and drug addiction. Our alcohol addiction recovery program consists of three steps: detox, counseling, and dedication to lifelong recovery. Treatment is the first step to a lifelong journey of recovery.
For Family Members and Friends:
If you think your loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to talk to them. They might not see their drinking as a problem and become defensive when you bring it up. Caring about someone with an addiction can mean having difficult conversations and making sure they get the help they need.
There are resources to help you. The empathetic, knowledgeable staff of Cypress Lakes is here to talk you through the process of getting help for your loved one. Reach out to us so we can all approach your loved one with compassion.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency:
- You miss social events because of drinking
- You argue with family members or coworkers about your drinking habits
- You black out and can’t remember what happened while you were binge drinking
- You experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking, such as dizziness, seizures, sweating, insomnia, vomiting, or loss of appetite
- You drink every day or binge drink every weekend
- You feel like you need to drink or crave alcohol
- You turn to alcohol when you have problems or are stressed or anxious
- You cannot stop at one drink, but rather you always drink until you are intoxicated
The first step can be one of the most difficult: admitting you need help. Addiction is isolating but the truth is that you are not alone. It’s important to seek help for alcoholism and curb any potential health risks that come from excessive drinking. Make the choice for your health and your future. Reclaim your life.
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In any addiction, your brain becomes dependent upon chemicals to function. When you are without that substance, you experience withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous or even deadly. When you enter recovery, our specialists will guide you through the detox process in the safest way possible. It’s very important that you disclose all of the substances you use and discuss any preexisting conditions with our medical team prior to detox so that we may provide each patient with the most comfortable and effective care during this first stage of your recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Counseling and Recovery Planning
After you detox and begin to regain physical health, you can start to heal your mind as well. Many people who are in active addiction don’t realize that they have been suppressing their emotions and that it’s possible to develop healthy coping mechanisms instead of abusing substances.
Counseling and therapy are necessary steps in overcoming addiction. They teach you how to process your past trauma and provide the tools to cope in healthy ways.
Cypress Lakes Lodge also offers specialized therapy for patients with a dual diagnosis of addiction and other mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. A dual diagnosis is very common with alcohol addiction. Many people with undiagnosed mental health conditions self-medicate with alcohol, and many people who have long-term addictions find themselves developing mental health disorders due to the effects of prolonged substance abuse.
You will work with your counselors and physicians to plan out integrative therapies and other aspects of treatment. Learn more about our integrative therapies and offerings including meditation, yoga, art therapy, or music therapy.
Open Mind, Open Heart
At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we tell our patients that when we are engaged in our treatments, the more resistant we will be to relapse. As you progress through your therapies with us, we encourage you to commit to your healing every step of the way. Only when you consciously and honestly choose to live your life substance-free will you be able to move beyond treatment and into true lifelong recovery.
Contact Cypress Lakes Lodge
Addiction affects every aspect of your life. By seeking treatment at Cypress Lakes Lodge, you are committing to living your life free of substances. Cypress Lakes Lodge offers a full suite of treatment options from detox through outpatient therapy, and we will guide you through every step. To reclaim your life today, please call us at 409-407-4976 .