“Alcohol is cunning, baffling, and powerful.” These words, taken from the book Alcoholics Anonymous (1st edition), are spoken at most AA meetings because they connect with almost every individual who has ever struggled with alcohol abuse or addiction.
The Integro Health Systems staff understands the difficulty in overcoming alcohol addiction. Alcohol is legal, inexpensive, and easily accessible. It is glamorized in slick ad campaigns and is prominently displayed in grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and more. Because of its convenient accessibility, it is also one of the most commonly abused substances.
Signs that Alcohol Treatment is Necessary:
An individual addicted to alcohol, when confronted, will oftentimes deny that a problem exists. Alcoholism can be difficult for family and friends to “identify” in their loved one as there are many levels of alcohol abuse, some less obvious than others. There are, however, some common behaviors and signs that indicate an individual may have a problem with alcohol that needs to be addressed. Indicators include:
Early Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
Unexplained Falls/Bruises and Cuts from Falling
Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Mood Swings
Tardy or Missing Work, School, or other Important Events
Loss of Employment
Broken Relationships, Separation, or Divorce
Strange, Intoxicated Behavior
Later Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse:
Most long-term alcohol abuse symptoms are physical, such as:
Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
Wernicke’s Encephalopathy (abnormal brain functioning)
Central Pontine Myelinolysis (brain degeneration)
Unfortunately, many alcoholics aren’t diagnosed by their physicians as they will not answer questions honestly about their usage and deny having a problem.
If you or a loved one is struggling with the early symptoms of alcohol abuse (mentioned above), it’s time to seek professional help. If alcohol abuse is prolonged, it can result in serious damage to the brain and body, leading to death.
Overcoming Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Some individuals who enter our program have been through a recovery program in the past and have been unable to stay sober. Sometimes, something traumatic happens, and they think alcohol will be a temporary solution to relieve the pain. Then suddenly, they find themselves repeating old patterns of abuse and realize they are right back where they started.
At Integro Health Systems’ alcohol treatment center in Arizona, our alcohol rehab programs strive to help individuals overcome addiction and go on to live healthy, happy lives – alcohol free. We specialize in chronic relapse and relapse prevention, teaching our clients how to deal with trauma and pain in the future, without relying on alcohol or drugs.
Long-term sobriety IS possible with the right treatment program. We can help.
Of people who seek treatment for substance abuse, alcohol is reportedly the most abused substance. In fact, Recovery Brands conducted a survey in 2017 and found that nearly 69 percent of people who were in recovery were struggling with alcohol addiction. Almost 53 percent of the people who were surveyed stated that alcohol abuse was what they sought the most treatment for. No matter how many substances there are that are abused, it seems as if alcohol causes the most damage.
At Integro Health Systems, we understand how difficult it can be to overcome alcohol addiction. Alcohol is easy to access, inexpensive, and legal to obtain. These three things are the main reasons that so many people struggle with alcohol dependency.
Not only is alcohol easy to obtain, it is also glamorized in ad campaigns. This makes it seem like drinking alcohol is a great idea, even when it may not be. While there are some people who have no problem with a few drinks every now and then, there are others who simply cannot control their drinking and become addicted to the substance. This is where the problems can arise and help may be necessary.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
When a person who is addicted to alcohol is confronted about their issues, they most likely will deny that they have a problem. However, there are several common signs of alcohol addiction.
Some of these signs include:
An inability to control drinking alcohol
Issues with family and friends that are caused by alcohol use
Blackouts that are caused by alcohol consumption
Drinking alone and in private
Rituals created around the use of alcohol
Not everyone who suffers from alcoholism has the same symptoms. However, the signs listed above may be something that you notice in yourself or a person that is close to you. A person who is addicted to alcohol cannot control their use of the substance.
If you know someone who has a problem or if you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, it may be time to seek treatment for your issue as your alcohol abuse is likely causing other problems within your life.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
At Integro Health Systems, we believe in a holistic treatment for alcohol addiction. This may begin in several ways. First, a person must admit that they have a problem with alcohol abuse. Once a person has recognized that they have a problem it is time to get started with their alcohol treatment program.
Often times, a person will need to go through detox first. This process will involve a medical team who will help a person overcome their alcohol addiction by using medications and other means to remove alcohol from their system. Integro Health Systems will refer you to a detox center if they feel that it is necessary before treatment for your addiction begins.
Once detox is complete, our team of experts will discuss different courses of treatment that are available for you. We firmly believe that each person recovering from alcohol addiction is different and this is why we create an individualized plan to help you recover from your disease.
Integro Health Systems uses a holistic approach when it comes to alcohol treatment. We firmly believe that it is important to treat the mind, body, and spirit, when it comes to recovery. Individual and group therapy are a large part of the treatment process.
The 12 step program is also used in alcohol treatment. This program has been tested over time and has proven that it works when it comes to treating alcohol addiction.
Ongoing Alcohol Recovery Treatment
At Integro Health Systems the treatment does not end after you leave our facilities. Once you have recovered within our care, we help you on your road to staying sober after you go back to the “real” world.
Finding a support system is extremely important when it comes to remaining sober. We will do everything in our power to support you on your journey in sobriety. It is important to share your struggles with other people and we will make sure that you have a group to share with no matter what.
Asking your friends and family for help during the recovery process is important as well. Chances are, the people who love you are going to be very proud of you for taking control of your life once again.
Taking Control of Your Life
When it comes down to it, seeking alcohol treatment is really about regaining control of your life. There are millions of people who are struggling with an addiction to this very powerful substance and hundreds of thousands seek treatment to overcome their addiction. There are many different options available for recover and many people who have found success with these recovery programs.
Integro Health Systems has helped people overcome their addiction to alcohol and move forward with their lives. We fully understand how difficult recovery can be and will do everything in our power to help you work through your struggles.
If you are ready to take control of your life once again and overcome your addiction to alcohol, contact us today. We are happy to work with you through your struggles to ensure that your road to recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Just pick up the phone and call now: (602) 535-8200. We are here to help: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.