How to Admit You're Struggling with Alcoholism
Admitting that you’re struggling with alcoholism can be a distressing experience. As an alcoholic, you may be dealing with feelings of shame and embarrassment and even suffering from co-occurring mental health issues, which can make admitting you have a problem difficult. Finding a safe environment to admit you’re struggling with alcoholism is critical — this might mean speaking with a close friend or loved one. Understanding the nature of dual diagnosis and knowing that there are clear next steps to take can also make the decision easier.
What Are My Alcoholism Treatment Options?
If you’re suffering from alcoholism and are ready to get help, you have several treatment options at your disposal. Below, we’ll discuss the most prominent options, all of which Beachway Therapy Center offers.
Although admitting alcoholism may be the first step on the road to recovery, before a person can make any real progress in their fight against addiction, they must be physically free from alcohol. Medical detox typically comes first in a patient’s alcoholism treatment plan. This process removes dangerous toxins in preparation for treatment. Because the symptoms of drug withdrawal are medically dangerous, detoxification is carried out in a controlled environment under proper medical supervision.
When it comes to alcoholism treatment for serious addiction, inpatient treatment is slightly more common. Inpatient treatment fully immerses patients in a healing environment designed to combat all the symptoms of alcoholism, and it has a higher patient success rate. Patients check into a rehab center and remain there for the course of treatment, which can last between one and six months. Inpatient alcoholism treatment tends to be more expensive, but patients have 24-hour access to medical staff and psychiatric professionals and the ability to focus all their energy on recovering.
In the early stages of alcoholism, and for less serious cases of addiction, outpatient alcoholism treatment and rehabilitation may suffice. Outpatient alcoholism treatment includes attending therapy sessions for alcohol abuse, participating in regular family life, and remaining involved in other routine activities. Notably, this type of treatment does not interrupt a person’s daily life. And although it is more convenient, it can have a lower success rate and still requires some commitment. Unlike with inpatient treatment, there is no 24/7 medical and professional support.
In the later stages of alcoholism and for serious cases experiencing several symptoms of alcoholism, partial hospitalization programs may be necessary. Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) usually require full-time attendance from five to seven days a week and may amount to eight hours a day. This level of care is aimed at addressing the issues that cause addiction to alcohol — including the interplay between alcohol and mental health — in an environment of constant support and monitoring. PHP level of care is available after completing the detoxification process (when necessary).
How to Treat Mental Health and Alcoholism
Understanding the nature of a dual diagnosis is an essential first step in treating mental health and alcoholism. At Beachway, we understand it’s important to understand an individual’s full, unique situation. In many cases, an underlying co-occurring disorder could be partially responsible for a person’s struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Co-occurring disorders such as clinical depression or anxiety can make it extremely difficult for someone to fully overcome their addiction, and if not properly treated, it could repeatedly end in relapse.
Treating mental health and alcoholism requires a holistic approach. At Beachway, our treatment center offers both traditional and specialized rehabilitation programs, as well as unique therapy options such as art therapy, and recreational therapy with activities such as kayaking and horseback riding. Inpatient and outpatient services are available to help patients both here on campus as well as at home.
We specialize in dual diagnosis treatment programs designed to help patients overcome their battles with addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. We also provide tailored treatment paths for individual diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and trauma, and substance abuse disorders.
Learn More About Alcoholism Treatment and Dual Diagnosis at Beachway
Although dual diagnosis can seem like a disconcerting experience, it can be a valuable step in finding the treatment option that’s best for you. At Beachway, we understand how co-occurring conditions can play off of one another, including the ways alcoholism can induce depression. Our full-service alcoholism rehab treatment center takes a holistic approach to your mental and physical. If you’re interested in seeking treatment for your alcoholism, contact us today.