Las Vegas Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Personalized Inpatient Addiction Rehab in Las Vegas
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.
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
- Stomach ulcers
- Increased risk of stroke
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.