Alcohol Addiction Treatments

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, alcohol is the most abused substance in the United States. This disease impacts your personal life, your ability to work, relationships with loved ones, and more. When you or a loved one needs help, the compassionate team at The Nestled Recovery Center is here.

Our residential rehab center only has 10 beds so that we can provide every patient with the personalized attention and care they need. Through educational classes, psychotherapy, pharmacological therapy, and experiential therapies, we help our patients rebuild their lives after addiction and take positive steps to the future.

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol abuse, contact The Nestled Recovery Center in Las Vegas today.

Reliance on Alcohol Is a Common Problem

Alcohol abuse in America has been an issue for decades and is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), roughly one million people died from alcohol-related causes from 1999 to 2017, with annual alcohol death rates more than doubling during this time frame. This number is even higher when considering homicides and accidents that involve alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 93,000 people die from excessive alcohol use in the United States each year. More than 25% of adults report having at least one heavy-drinking day in the past 12 months, which is defined as 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men.

Other startling facts about alcohol use disorder in the United States according to the NIAAA:

  • Roughly 14.4 million American adults struggle with alcohol use, with only 7.9 percent of adults receiving treatment each year.
  • It is estimated that more than 400,000 adolescents age 12-17 struggle with alcohol use disorder, with only 5% of adolescents receiving treatment each year.
  • Alcohol misuse cost the United States $249 billion in 2010 alone, with roughly three-quarters of this cost being related to binge drinking.
  • As of 2018, nearly 37% of college students ages 18-22 report binge drinking in the past month.
  • More than 1,800 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries.

How to Recognize Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol addiction is sometimes hard to spot. People often overlook warning signs of alcohol abuse because the substance is legal. It’s important to remain vigilant – keep track of how often you drink, who you drink with, how much you drink in one sitting, and be honest with oneself about the negative consequences that occur because of drinking (e.g., financial, emotional, social, occupational, relationship).

People turn to alcohol to relieve stress, relax, or avoid uncomfortable feelings. It’s not unusual to drink for these reasons, and doing it every once in a while is not a cause for alarm. But when someone turns to alcohol repeatedly when stressed or to feel “happy”, it’s time to take a closer look at their drinking habits.

The following are some signs that someone has an alcohol addiction:

  • Drinking in secret
  • Lying about how much you drink
  • Drinking alone
  • Drinking more than you intended
  • Feeling irritable or anxious when you can’t drink
  • High alcohol tolerance
  • Continuing to drink even after it has negatively impacted your work or personal life
  • Spending less time with friends or on hobbies in favor of drinking
  • Getting so drunk that you blackout or lose memories
  • Binge drinking
  • Drinking and driving
  • Legal issues such as DUI arrests

There is no “one” sign that an addiction has formed. Alcohol abuse affects people differently, and people who seem completely functional could just be better at hiding harmful behaviors. Have an honest discussion with yourself or someone you love if you think there is a problem.

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can lead to a variety of serious health effects over time. Drinking alcohol in excess places a severe strain on your liver and can lead to harmful long-term conditions such as:

  • Liver disease
  • Heart damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Cancer
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weakened immune system
  • Brain and nerve damage

Long-term alcohol abuse can also contribute to serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Alcohol use paired with a mental illness is known as a "co-occurring disorder" or a dual diagnosis. These conditions require special care such as psychiatry and other therapies to be treated effectively.

From Moderate Drinking to Alcoholism: "Types" of Drinking

Many people enjoy having a drink on occasion. In fact, drinking in moderation has revealed by certain studies to have certain health benefits. But how much is too much? In The United States, a standard drink is defined as 14 grams or 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. While standard drink amounts may be helpful for following health guidelines, they do not always match customary serving sizes and will vary depending on the type of alcohol being consumed.

The following is a breakdown of the types of drinking patterns and their definitions:

  • Moderate drinking: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate alcohol consumption as 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.
  • Heavy drinking: According to the Centers for Disease Control, heavy drinking is defined as 15 or more drinks per week for men and 8 or more drinks per week for women.
  • Binge drinking: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person's blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams per deciliter (0.08%) or higher. This typically occurs after a man consumes 5 drinks or a woman consumes 4 drinks within a 2-hour period. Binge drinking can be considered "alcohol abuse" and is unhealthy in any form.
  • Extreme binge drinking: Binge drinking becomes extreme when it involves drinking at levels far beyond the binge threshold, resulting in high peak blood alcohol concentrations. Also known as "high-intensity drinking," some studies define extreme binge drinking as drinking 2 or more times the gender-specific binge drinking thresholds, or 10 or more drinks for men and 8 or more for women.
  • Alcoholism: Alcoholism occurs when a person transitions beyond abusing alcohol to developing a physical dependency for it, causing cravings and requiring them to drink constantly to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

Facts About Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is a pattern of excessive drinking that comes with high risks. While a person does not have to be addicted to alcohol to binge drink, binge drinking can quickly lead to alcohol dependence. According to the CDC, 37 million adults binge drink roughly once per week, consuming on average 7 drinks per binge. Adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are most likely to engage in binge drinking, though adults over the age of 35 who binge drink are more likely to drink more per binge drinking experience. Binge drinking is responsible for nearly half of deaths and three-quarters of costs incurred due to excessive alcohol use.

Binge drinking is associated with a long list of serious health and behavioral risks, such as:

  • Violence
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease

Early Treatment

The first step to recovery is admitting there’s a problem. If you have a loved one who is not ready to admit it, keep trying to have the conversation with them. You cannot force someone to get better, but knowing that you care and want to help may be the push they need. In situations where someone has a clear problem but refuses to acknowledge it, you may need to organize an intervention. Be sure to do this with an experienced professional, you can contact us if you need a reference.

The next phase of recovery is detoxification. Alcohol withdrawal is uncomfortable, and the symptoms often lead someone to relapse before their recovery can really begin.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin within the first six hours of the last drink. The following is a list of symptoms that may occur during withdrawal:

  • First 6 to 12 hours – Feelings of anxiety and agitation. Headaches. Shaking. Nausea and vomiting. Food cravings.
  • 12 to 24 hours – Disorientation. Trembling in the hands. Seizures. Dehydration.
  • 48 hours – Insomnia. High blood pressure. Fever and sweating. Delirium tremens (confusion and disorientation).

The Nestled Recovery Center has a dedicated medical detox program where patients are monitored during withdrawal. Our experienced 24/7 medical team will be able to intervene and assist with any symptoms that cause serious distress through the use of Ativan or Librium tapers to mitigate some of the detox symptoms as well as other medications to aid with post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

Planning for the Long-Term

Following detox, inpatient rehab is strongly recommended. Psychotherapy significantly decreases the risk of relapse and gets to the root of the addiction which often times is a mental health disorder or unprocessed trauma(s) that continues to trigger the addiction.

While there are several behavioral therapies that may be used to treat alcohol addiction, some of the most commonly used options include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Experiential / adventure therapy
  • Ongoing support groups

Getting Help for a Loved One Struggling With Alcohol Abuse

If you have a family member or loved one who is struggling with alcohol dependency, you may be feeling frustrated at his or her inability to stop drinking. It can be difficult to understand how a person can continue to drink alcohol in excess despite the devastating impact that it can have on their daily life, but it is important to remember that addiction is a disease that influences a person's perception of their behaviors. As such, your loved one may be unaware of the true impact that their alcohol dependency has had or may be unconsciously ignoring the repercussions, leading them further down the path of addiction. With that said, recovery is possible with the help of a trusted alcohol rehab center and your loved one will need your support during their journey to attaining sobriety.

If you have a son, daughter, parent, or other loved one that is struggling with alcoholism in Las Vegas, there are several things you can do to get them the help they need:

  • Learn about alcohol use disorder to understand on a deeper level what they are going through.
  • Let the person know you care and that you are available. Practice what you are going to say to them and approach them with a tone of compassion.
  • Pick the right time and place to have a conversation about their wellbeing.
  • Be prepared for resistance and listen to what they have to say. Remember, your loved one may be in denial about their alcohol dependency. Do not take it personally if they have a negative reaction.
  • Offer your support in a nonjudgmental, sincere, and empathetic manner. Urge them to seek professional treatment, or if they vow to cut back on their own, ask for concrete commitments and follow up.
  • If your loved one is very resistant to seeking help, consider gathering other friends, family, as well as enlisting the help of a professional counselor for an intervention.

Compassionate Alcohol Addiction Rehab in Las Vegas

At The Nestled Recovery Center, our team aids patients in becoming responsible for assessing and healthily getting their needs met in all 8 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, mental, social, environmental, spiritual, occupational, and financial. In addition to psychotherapies, we offer experiential therapies such as yoga, qigong, equine therapy, song healing circles, and art groups to help patients build a toolbox of coping skills for sustained and long-term wellness in their journey of sobriety.

Call (702) 299-6406 today to speak with the compassionate alcohol addiction treatment professionals at The Nestled Recovery Center in Las Vegas.

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