Everyone’s addiction recovery journey is unique, and, when it comes to alcohol use disorder, it is important to find the best treatment possible for your specific needs. There are many dangers associated with alcohol use and withdrawal, so it is important to keep this in mind when choosing the right form of treatment. Alcohol addiction treatment comes in many different forms, and there are plenty of options that you can seek out to ensure effective treatment and lasting sobriety.
The Dangers of Alcohol Use Disorder
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year in the United States. Alcohol-related causes are the third leading preventable cause of death in the country, behind tobacco (1) and poor diet and physical inactivity (2).
The NIAAA also states that approximately 14.5 million people had alcohol use disorder in 2019. These numbers are staggering, and they really begs the question of why alcohol use disorder is so prevalent in society.
Why Is Alcohol Use Disorder So Common?
It is no secret that alcohol use is widely celebrated in American culture. Alcohol consumption is often used as a way to celebrate milestones in life, like birthdays and weddings. It is also commonplace to serve alcohol at ordinary dinners and family gatherings.
Alcohol is a legal substance, so the common belief is that it is mostly harmless, with a hangover being the worst side effect after a night of binge drinking. What fails to be recognized, however, is that heavy and consistent alcohol consumption can lead to a wide range of health problems, seizures, and even death.
When Is Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Necessary?
You may be questioning “how much is too much?” when it comes to your consumption of alcohol. It is a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of what may constitute alcoholism or alcohol use disorder.
According to Medline Plus, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition in which you:
- Drink alcohol compulsively
- Cannot control how much you drink
- Feel anxious, irritable, and/or stressed when you are not drinking
AUD ranges from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. A general rule of thumb is that if you are exhibiting feelings of alcohol withdrawal, then the best option would be to seek some form of treatment.
Alcohol Detox and Inpatient Treatment
Withdrawal from alcohol can be extremely uncomfortable, complicated, and even deadly. For the most severe cases of AUD, a medically assisted detox in an inpatient setting is your safest bet.
Inpatient alcohol detox consists of 24/7 around-the-clock care, combined with the right medications to stabilize your system as the alcohol is leaving your body. After you go through the detox process, you can seek outpatient treatment to address the underlying causes of your alcohol use, and learn how to stay on the right track for a healthy life with lasting sobriety.
Outpatient alcohol treatment is perfect if you have already undergone the detox process, or if your addiction is less severe. Outpatient treatment programs usually include a combination of therapy and psychiatric support, along with outside engagement programs like Alcoholics Anonymous that will help keep you on track and hold you accountable to your goals.
Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Options at Lighthouse Recovery Texas
At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we utilize a wide spectrum of treatment options to address the underlying conditions of AUD and help set you up on the path for long-term, sustained recovery. Our custom curriculum is entirely built from scratch and is tailored to your unique needs. We also employ a holistic approach to every one of our treatment modalities.
Outpatient Programs: PHP and IOP
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are two outpatient tracks that will help you gain confidence in your sobriety and re-enter daily life with a sense of accomplishment and success. Our PHP is perfect if you need more intensive treatment, with 30 hours of programming per week. This is often the next “step down” after you have completed an inpatient detox.
Once you complete the PHP program, you might step down to the IOP level of care. While enrolled in the IOP, you will have a less rigorous schedule that will help as you transition out of treatment. At Lighthouse, both the PHP and IOP tracks provide a healthy mix of clinical and holistic treatment, including various therapy modalities, life skills programming, and psychiatric care.
A sober Living program is a great option if you do not have a stable home environment, or if you are in need of 24/7 wrap-around care. The Sober Living program at Lighthouse is designed to give strong structure and support as you make the transition back to true independence. Our program focuses heavily on community, and this is where you will find strong peer support to keep you accountable. Sober Living at Lighthouse also includes group programming, clinical therapies, life-skills training, recreational activities, and much more.
When you are in treatment for AUD, you might find it difficult to adjust to this big change in your life. A recovery coach can guide you through treatment, and be a means of support when you truly need it the most.
Here at Lighthouse, Recovery Coaching is included in all outpatient services (like PHP and IOP) free of charge. After you complete your outpatient program, you can still work with a recovery coach in the following months to ensure a smooth transition back into daily life.
Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Many people don’t realize the true dangers of alcohol consumption, a widely celebrated activity, but if you think you’re struggling with alcohol, it’s important to know the treatment options that are available to you. Here at Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we offer a wide spectrum of treatment services to help you understand the underlying reasons for your alcohol addiction and set you up for long-term sobriety. Our Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs are highly structured, giving you the tools you need to transition back into daily life. Sober Living is a great option for 24/7 wrap-around care, and recovery coaching will keep you accountable and give you true support when you need it the most. For a free personalized assessment, give us a call at (214) 396-0259.