No matter where you go, alcohol is available nearby. This substance is one of the most addictive and simultaneously downplayed problem that many people all over the world suffer from in varying degrees. Alcohol abuse is dangerous because it’s so readily available and commonplace that people often don’t realize that they either have an addiction to alcohol or that a friend or family member suffers from it. This particular addiction is hard to detect in many because it starts gradually and only when relationships are damaged, and all previous responsibilities are discarded and begin to reveal themselves, so too does addiction.
At Cypress Lakes Lodge many of the patients that enroll in our addiction treatment program suffer from alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction can affect anyone from children to adults. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 10% of children live with and are cared for by alcoholic parents. That’s a lot of young people that are influenced by parents that have problems with addiction and this number increases when we add various addiction to the mix. Addictive routines and addictive thinking can start as early as childhood, since 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?
Addiction in itself is an obsession or compulsion with any substance or conduct. In the case of an alcohol addiction, the addict is obsessed with the need for a drink at all times and often succeeds in getting this drink at all costs. When someone is addicted to a substance such as alcohol, they may not know they are addicted since they cannot see their own actions, but only understand the reward that comes with drinking alcohol. This usually means that they have avoided whatever issues they were looking to prevent, such as social encounters or demanding responsibilities that cause them distress, once they have their drink.
Signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency:
- Drinking causes you to miss social gatherings or any planned events
- Drinking causes problems at work or with family members
- You lose time after binge drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms after you stop drinking such as dizziness, seizures, sweating, insomnia, vomiting and loss of appetite
- You drink every day or binge drink every weekend
- Have sensations of needing a drink
- When you have problems, you turn to drinking
- You cannot stop at one drink, but drink to achieve high
Living with alcohol addiction takes its toll on anyone, and when this addiction is combined with drug dependence or mental conditions, it’s much harder to manage especially when we’re unsure of these other factors. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we bring every one of our patients into a healthy living environment that allows them to cleanse their bodies of alcohol and addictive drugs. Before we treat these addictions, it’s important that we provide every patient a complete detox of any abused drugs and alcohol. It’s very important that all drugs abused are disclosed, or any preexisting conditions (that are known) are discussed with our medical team prior to detox so that we may provide each patient with the most comfortable and effective method of detox.
Dual Diagnosis Counseling and Recovery Planning
Once they have gone through their respective detox programs, we then offer a dual diagnosis of mental health conditions they may have that are contributing to their addiction. Often, those addicted don’t realize the feelings they’re trying to calm or get rid of are a mind issue. Whether or not mental health conditions are present as they develop these addictions, or if years of prolonged alcohol abuse brings these about, we must find out what’s involved to be successful in our recovery.
We understand that recovery takes time and for our patients, we work day by day to manage addiction and the addictive thought process. When we think about alcohol addiction, we know that it works differently than other addictions, because the process of reflection is different and alcohol is seen as a disease that is guided by years of alcoholic rituals. Every patient requires a therapist and counselors to learn more about their particular needs.
We think about a few different things in therapy for alcoholic addiction:
- What causes these cravings for alcohol?
- Is alcohol my escape from social issues or conflict?
- How often do I drink?
- How often have I blacked out from alcohol?
- Were my parents alcoholics?
- Do I need to drink more each time to feel buzzed or get that high?
Once we understand what we need to work on to achieve complete recovery, each patient will work with their specially paired counselors and physicians to plan out integrative therapies and other aspects of treatment. Our patients to know that we want you to succeed which is why every plan we create is custom to your needs. Check out some of our integrative therapies and offerings to ask about these during your counseling sessions, if there’s something you would like to try such as meditation, yoga, art or music therapy.
Open Mind, Open Heart
Opening your mind to recovery and allowing yourself to be completely immersed in these treatments, will open your heart to trust and accept that you can succeed. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we tell our patients that when we are engaged in our treatments the more resistant, we will be to relapse.