While alcohol dependency doesn’t currently receive the media attention that other substance abuse disorders do, it is a serious concern. In fact, alcohol abuse and dependency are currently the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the U.S. According to the latest data from SAMHSA (2014 for most states), 37% of all admissions for treatment of addiction are for alcohol alone or for alcohol plus another substance.
When entering alcohol rehabilitation, it isn’t enough to simply stop using alcohol. To achieve a successful recovery, it is important to discover the underlying issues that are behind your use. At Executive Recovery Center, we specialize in getting to the root of your problem with DBT therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is evidence-based treatment designed for addiction. This is specialized treatment delivered expertly, something rare even among the best treatment centers in the US.
Alcoholism is a chronic disorder that causes a person to experience a strong need to consume alcohol. It is a true addiction, and as such is nearly impossible to overcome without help. It is estimated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency that nearly 17.6 million people in the U.S experience some degree of alcohol dependency.
In our society not only is alcohol legal, but it is also often used as a way to ease social tension or social anxiety. It is common for people to begin drinking in college or even earlier as a way to relax in social situations. Because alcohol helps to bolster feelings of confidence, the behavior quickly becomes self-reinforcing, and an addiction is born.
Understanding Alcohol Rehabilitation
Many people enter alcohol rehabilitation after attempting to quit drinking on their own. Unfortunately, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal make this nearly impossible, particularly for long-term users.
A good alcohol rehabilitation program will help you overcome and understand your alcoholism. At Executive Recovery Center, we focus on DBT and combine it with a number of therapies and treatments into a personalized approach for you. These treatments include:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is the heart of addiction treatment, and we do it the right way. We hold all sessions with co-led teams. We run 2-3 sessions per week and cover the full program. Our therapists are trained directly by the creator of DBT, psychologist Marsha M. Linehan.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
A goal-oriented approach that focuses on practical problem-solving. It is aimed at helping you identify and change the thoughts and behaviors that are behind your addiction.
- 12-Steps and Alternatives
While we are 12-step friendly, we don’t push you to do step work if that’s not your thing. However, we do believe that support groups are extremely valuable to post-rehab recovery.
Choosing an Alcohol Rehabilitation Program
When entering treatment for an alcohol use disorder, it is very important that you take into account your personality and needs. The program that you choose should be tailored to meet your individual needs. A few things to consider are:
- What therapies are most effective for your addiction?
- Can the program be tailored to your individual needs?
- How long you have been using alcohol?
- Do you need an Inpatient or an Outpatient program?
- How long do you need to be in treatment? 30 days is the usual base, but that is not always the optimal length.
- What will your health insurance cover?
It is important to weigh your options carefully to ensure that you choose a program that is tailored to your needs. At Executive Recovery Center, we offer premier partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. We partner with other programs for medical detox and residential treatment.
At Executive Recovery Center, we want you to feel like you’re at home. We try to provide a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere where our clients can thrive.
After admissions, we tour our clients through the facility and introduce them to staff. We give them notice of all rules, policies and procedures. Then it’s time for clients to move into their completely furnished temporary homes.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Many people enter alcohol rehabilitation after attempting to quit drinking on their own. Unfortunately, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal make this almost impossible. Especially for long-term users.
We also offer dual-diagnosis treatment. A lot of times, addiction comes along with an already occurring illness. Some of these illnesses are depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
We pride ourselves in our treatment plans, which are always going to be “case-specific”. This means that we will only choose treatment plans that are beneficial to our clients.
Our Continuum of Care
We offer two types of treatment programs, one designed to follow the the other:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
A more intensive therapy that provides both outpatient psychiatric services and detox. This is not an inpatient treatment. It hospitalizes a client during the day and allows them back home at night.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
A service and support program that treats both a dual diagnosis and an addiction without the use of detoxification.
The Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol addiction is more than a mental disorder – it is a physical dependency. As such, alcohol withdrawal carries many symptoms that can be difficult and even dangerous. This is why it is incredibly important to have medical supervision when detoxing from the use of alcohol. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Cold sweats
- Loss of appetite
- Anxiety and mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle tremors
- Delirium tremens
- Grand mal seizures
We can help get you into a detox program and then bring you directly into our premier treatment program.