Alcoholism counseling and its importance to the recovery process should not be underestimated. Alcoholism, while medically defined as a treatable disease, is incredibly difficult to overcome without proper help.
With the World Health Organization estimating an astounding 140 million alcoholics worldwide, it’s necessary to examine some common denominators about alcohol dependency as well as the benefits of alcoholism counseling in battling addiction.
Alcoholism counseling plays a key role in the recovery process because prolonged alcohol abuse can have a lasting negative effect on an addict’s body and mind. Common effects that alcoholics experience are the symptoms of withdrawal. Physical withdrawal occurs when a person with a physical dependency on a substance abstains from it for a period of time, whether it be voluntarily or not. Several common symptoms of withdrawal include nausea, tremors, vomiting, intense mood swings and increased anxiety and paranoia. Alcoholics often continue to drink to avoid the onset of these extremely unpleasant feelings.
Dr. Smith, addictionologist at Destination Hope, presents an informational session on the causes of addiction, who may be at risk, and what is needed to prevent relapse. Dr. Smith also shares his story of addiction and the common thoughts and behaviors of those seeking treatment for substance abuse.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year during which families create precious memories as they celebrate and spend time together. However, for families with loved ones in treatment or early recovery, the holidays can be a difficult time. Understanding some of the underlying reasons for this difficulty can help families and their loved ones cope with these challenges.
Here are four reasons that holidays can be stressful.
The decision to take a step toward treatment for addiction is an important one in the right direction. However, there is a lot of stigma and false information spread about rehab and what the experience entails. The road to recovery is a series of ups and downs, but knowing you are in a direction toward a better self keeps you grounded in living the life you deserve. That being said, there are some myths to debunk and addiction treatment:
Alcohol and drug treatment programs can offer the best chance at recovery for those suffering from addictions and substance abuse problems. Many of the people who need the help of alcohol and drug treatment programs will also have co-occurring issues in addition to their chemical dependency. They may suffer from other mental health issues on top of the addiction such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD often due to trauma or abuse, or other addictive behaviors.
When a person has an addiction in addition to mental health issues, it is called a dual diagnosis. Since more than one third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of drug abusers have a dual diagnosis, it is imperative that alcohol and drug treatment programs be well versed in this area and offer it as a specialty track. The dual diagnoses we see the most often at our alcohol and drug treatment programs include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves a facilitator conducting a therapy session with more than one patient. It creates an environment of empathy and common struggle that may make a person more likely to share their own experience. However, every session of group therapy is different, and a therapist must remain flexible in order to cultivate the most welcoming and constructive environment for their patients to share. Read more about how group therapy can be used to its greatest potential.
November 11th marks Veteran’s Day in the United States. Veteran’s Day exists to honor those that have put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. Many veterans have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice a great deal throughout their life and may have seen things that should never be seen by anyone. These experiences can lead to self-medication through drugs or alcohol to try to dull the pain that memories bring.
It is easy for veterans to feel alone even when others are around. It’s easy to believe no one understands their thoughts or what they went through. However, help is out there, and people care deeply about supporting veterans through addiction and mental health treatment.
Residential Treatment for Addiction & Mental Health
Residential treatment centers for substance abuse and mental health issues offer a chance for patients to fully immerse in their treatment and receive the most in-depth and all-encompassing care available. They provide extensive therapy, drug and alcohol-free living facilities, 24-hour supervision, and recreational activities.
Residential treatment centers provide different benefits versus outpatient programs, and for those who are suffering from serious addiction or mental health disorders, they are often the place to start treatment after detox or hospitalization.
Beginning in 2011, October became National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This is a month dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse and a call to action for prevention. Substance abuse has effects on both an individual level as well as a community level – giving us plenty of reason to stay informed and do our part to guide people toward help and provide support and prevention.
The road toward recovery can be a dark and lonely place, and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed with bad news. It is important, now more than ever, to maintain hope. Hope can be found through storytelling or finding common experiences through listening and conversation with other individuals who have gone through similar struggles. Our own alumni, Susan Battah-Horn, has been eager and gracious enough to share her story of how her treatment at Destination Hope completely changed her life forever.
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“I walked into detox on July 11th, 2019. It was my birthday – probably the saddest day of my life, and the best day of my life. I had Tricare insurance; the only thing left of my broken marriage. I was hopeless and I was extremely ill. My body was covered in ringworms and my feet had rotted off. I stepped on glass barefooted and it got infected, so by the time I got there I couldn’t even walk. I was pouring out pus from my feet and from my face – the ring worms were just too spread out. Pus was everywhere – not the gory kind, but definitely very visible. I didn’t have clothes on. I had stolen some homeless man’s oversized shirt and sports and I had no shoes. That’s how I walked into Destination Hope.