Signs of Alcohol Addiction

signs of alcoholism

Alcohol – it’s widely available and it may seem like everyone drinks it. Although it’s easily accessible and often used as a social tool, it can be extremely addictive. Because it’s socially acceptable to drink, it can be hard for someone to recognize if you have an alcohol addiction. It can also be difficult to comprehend whether or not you need treatment for said addiction. 

Today, we’d like to talk about the signs of alcohol addiction and how to get help for it. Alcohol can cause some people to engage in extremely destructive behavior. Like any other addiction, it can start off slowly and eventually end up consuming your entire life. If you or someone you know is suffering from an alcohol addiction, please don’t wait to seek professional treatment. 

Establishing What Alcoholism Is 

Alcoholism, or Alcohol Use Disorder, is a chronic disease that is characterized by a dependence to alcohol and uncontrollable drinking behaviors. Alcoholism can also be characterized by a physical and/or emotional dependence on alcohol. Someone that is suffering from alcoholism may not feel like they can function normally without having alcohol within their system. This can lead to a wide range of negative consequences and can even impact their home, work, and social life. As time moves on within this disease, the negative consequences and serious side effects can continue to worsen and produce damaging complications.

What Are the Signs of Alcoholism?

There are many different signs of alcohol addiction/alcoholism. As highlighted and outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5), to be diagnosed with alcoholism a person has to meet any of the two criteria presented below within a 12-month period:

  • The usage of alcohol in larger amounts or for a longer time than originally intended
  • The inability to cut down on alcohol use despite a desire to do so
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of alcohol
  • Having cravings, or a strong desire to use alcohol
  • The inability to fulfill major obligations at home, work, or school because of alcohol use
  • Continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative consequences (interpersonal or social) that are likely to occur due to alcohol use
  • Giving up previously enjoyed activities (social, recreational, occupational, etc.) because of alcohol use
  • Using alcohol in physically dangerous situations (such as driving a car or operating machinery)
  • Continue to abuse alcohol despite psychological or physical problems that occur due to this alcohol use
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol (meaning that an individual will need to drink in an increasingly large or more frequent amounts of alcohol to achieve desired effect)
  • Developing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using alcohol 

Once again, if someone meets two of these criteria within a consecutive 12 months, they may have alcoholism and should seek out treatment. Please note that addiction looks a little different for everyone, if you feel like you have a dependency on alcohol but don’t relate to the bullet points above, you may still have an issue. At the end of the day, you are truly the only person who can determine whether or not you’re suffering from an alcohol addiction.

How to Get Help With an Alcohol Addiction

Getting help with an alcohol addiction first starts with realizing you need help. Once you establish you need professional addiction treatment, it’s important to find the right treatment center for yourself. Addiction and alcoholism is different for everyone, so choosing an individualized treatment program is crucial. Below is a list of different treatment options to treat an alcohol addiction:

  • Detoxification – This is (usually) the first step in alcoholism recovery. It’s crucial to have professional help when going through the detoxification process. At times, you may experience withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Some withdrawal symptoms can cause serious health complications, so if you do require detox, don’t try to do it alone.
  • Rehabilitation – This can be either done within inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab, and truly depends on the severity of the addiction. Inpatient rehab is intensive and requires an individual to check into a treatment facility for a period of time. Inpatient rehab usually lasts from 30 to 90 days. Outpatient rehab allows you to partake in a recovery program while maintaining a sort of ‘normalcy’ within your life. You can live at home or in a sober living while attending outpatient rehab.
  • Maintaining sobriety – Addiction is a lifelong disease. Once you complete addiction treatment, attending support groups and counseling is a great way to maintain long term sobriety. Some support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous and Refuse Recovery. 

Finding a Job After Rehab

finding a job after rehab

If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, seeking professional treatment should be a main priority. It’s rare for an addict to be able to maintain employment, solid relationships, good health, etc, as addiction affects all aspects of your life. Professional addiction treatment not only helps you get off drugs or alcohol, it helps you learn coping skills to maintain long term sobriety and reintegrate back into society. At Atlanta Recovery Place, we want all of our clients to complete treatment and feel happy and confident starting their new sober life. Today we’d like to spend some time talking about finding employment post addiction treatment. Keep on reading to find out more information! 

Finding a Job After Addiction Treatment

Participating in addiction treatment doesn’t always, but sometimes may, affect your professional life. A lot of people are even hesitant to seek addiction treatment in the first place because of this. Although it may not feel like it, no job is as important as seeking recovery. If your job or career needs to be put on hold in order to do this, that is totally ok. 

After addiction treatment, it can be hard to jump back into a “normal” life/routine. It’s important to be able to find a balance between recovery and some sort of ‘normalcy’. Finding a job is crucial in the search for this balance between normalcy and recovery because working can give you a sense of purpose, and the ability to support yourself financially. Working and being employed full time will also help you create a routine. Routines help you incorporate structure and stability into your daily life, a crucial component to maintaining long term sobriety. 

If you’ve recently completed treatment and are unsure what you want to do professionally, working in the addiction treatment space may be a great place to start your job search! The industry will feel familiar as you’re now immersed in it, so seeking employment here may feel a little less intimidating. 

Jobs in the Addiction Field

There are many different careers within addiction recovery and the rehabilitation field that you can possibly pursue! Some of these jobs include things such as:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor – As you may or may not know, Substance Abuse Counselors treat people who are struggling with substance abuse. The main goal of a Substance Abuse Counselor is to help addicts overcome their addiction. Every state in the US has different qualifications to become a counselor but the NAADC is a national certification that exceeds most state requirements. 
  • Social Worker – A social worker  performs a great diversity of tasks to help people who are struggling with some aspect of their lives. Social workers can be employed by rehabs and addiction treatment centers, as well as other places such as hospitals. If you’re interested in going back to school and receiving a masters degree, this could be a great option for you. 
  • Detox Support Specialist – These people help perform drug screenings and monitor individuals undergoing the detox process. They provide a safe space for their clients to detox and go through their withdrawal symptoms.
  • Sober Companion – A sober companion is fairly self-explanatory; this is a person who provides companionship for someone that is sober. They offer guidance and advice, are physically present the majority of the day, and will help someone with day to day tasks. 

The above mentioned are just a few jobs in the addiction field. With a little research, and guidance from the addiction treatment center you went to, the job opportunities in the addiction field are endless! 

Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help You Today

Atlanta Recovery Place is an addiction treatment center in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living services. We are also always looking for an extra set of hands to help out at our facility. If you’re interested in working with us, you can fill out the form here. Whether you’re looking for help with your addiction, or a place to work, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today! 

Drug Addiction Therapy: All You Need to Know

drug addiction therapy

Drug addiction is complicated. It can be exceptionally difficult for some to find resources for themself or a loved one. At Atlanta Recovery Place, we hope to make drug addiction therapy as accessible as possible for people in the Atlanta area and beyond. Today, we’d like to spend some time sharing some resources regarding drug addiction therapy and how it affects the drug user and people around them.

What Is Drug Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that an addiction is a chronic disease that is characterized by compulsive drug use that can be difficult to control, even with harmful consequences. This addiction and repeated drug use can cause changes within the brain. These drugs and substances seem to affect the brain’s reward system. This can cause the addict to need the drug to not only feel an euphoric feeling, but to also need the drug to feel normal. Pretty wild, right? This will also motivate the individual who is addicted to the drug to repeat their negative behaviors. Using drugs or alcohol can lead to long-term changes within the brain which can cause problems in functioning. These changes affect things such as:

  • Learning
  • Judgment
  • Stress
  • Decision making
  • Behavior
  • Memory

Keep in mind that although addiction can be more common in certain individuals depending on their genetics, their development, and their environment, technically anyone is vulnerable to developing an addiction.  

How Is Drug Addiction Treated?

Drug addiction can be treated through many different things, including therapy and replacement therapy. Drug addiction can also be treated within rehabilitation facilities and through recovery groups. There’s an abundance of ways to treat an addiction and truly depends on the individual addict. Some people find success getting & remaining sober by attending AA meetings, others get sober by going to an addiction treatment center. Below are different methods we use to treat addiction at Atlanta Recovery Place. 

Types of Drug Addiction Therapy

There are many different types of therapy for drug addiction. The treatment of drug addiction can best take place in a facility. Here Atlanta Recovery Place, we offer different options when it comes to drug addiction therapy and treatment. Our programs include partial hospitalization, an intensive outpatient program, outpatient program, and sober living. We incorporate various types of drug addiction therapy into these programs: 

  • Individual counseling – This is very important in the rehabilitation of our clients.  This gives our clients opportunities to work with certified professionals that use therapeutic methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and even standard talk therapy.This can help pave the way for learning new skills and coping with an addiction.
  • Group Therapy – Group therapy for clients can also be a crucial aspect in maintaining sobriety. It provides an experience for clients to express their emotions and listen to others’ emotions who are going through the same thing.
  • Meditation –  During meditation/mindfulness practices, our clients find peace of mind and also find a healthy mental state.
  • Nutrition and exercise – We find that physical health can also create a healthy space for our emotional and mental health. Having good overall health habits is important for maintaining sobriety and continuing healthy habits.
  • Dual-diagnosis – Some clients may experience co-occurring disorders. This is when someone suffers from mental illness AND an addiction. By treating both the mental illness and the addiction the same time, this helps with maintaining sobriety and a simpler recovery process. 

How Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we help our clients to be at ease when becoming sober. The goal is for each and every client to overcome their addiction and maintain long term sobriety. Reach out to us today to find the therapy and treatment that best fits your needs.

What is Outpatient Rehab?

what is outpatient rehab

Rehabilitation and recovery does not have to be a burden for someone who is trying to maintain a sober life. Within outpatient recovery programs you can continue to work while going through the process of sobriety. At our facility Atlanta Recovery Place, we’re here to help anyone with addiction (who wants help of course). We also hope to inform the general public about addiction & effective ways it can be treated. Keep on reading to learn a little bit more about outpatient rehab and how it helps with addiction recovery. 

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

What is outpatient treatment? Outpatient rehab is a treatment style that offers individualized, unique treatment that allows for flexibility in a recovery addicts schedule. This treatment is for a recovering addict who wants to continue to work and spend time with others (including families, friends, etc.). This gives them the ability to experience addiction treatment and recovery while continuing to live their life. The cost of outpatient is also significantly lower compared to inpatient treatment (this is because you don’t have to pay for any living costs.).

The above mentioned are just a few of the benefits of outpatient treatment programs. During these outpatient treatment programs clients typically become engaged in individual therapy, group therapy, life skills workshops, mindfulness practices, and relapse prevention. The individual therapy may consist of cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Once again, the addiction treatment plan is based on your specific needs and will be individualized/unique to you.

Why You Should Go to Outpatient Treatment for Addiction

There are many reasons why an individual should partake in an outpatient treatment program for their addiction. Once again, outpatient treatment programs include many different benefits. These benefits include things such as:

  • Flexibility – The outpatient treatment programs provide less restrictions and more flexibility. This program works with and around  your schedule, and it also helps provide resources that fit your needs.
  • Cost – Because there is no need to pay for living arrangements, the costs of the outpatient treatment programs are substantially less than the costs for the inpatient treatment programs. 
  • Maintaining a “normal” life – When taking part in these outpatient treatment programs our clients can still maintain their normal life, such as work, family time, talking with peers, etc. This provides freedom and the ability for our clients to take responsibility, and find accountability. While this is the case, we still recommend and encourage finding a sober community to engage in, even while living the client’s normal lifestyle.

These are just a few of the benefits to engaging in an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient rehab can be used as a followup to an inpatient treatment program or as stand alone treatment. No two addictions are alike, therefore everyone’s course of treatment will vary a bit. Using outpatient rehab as a standalone treatment also usually depends on the severity of the addiction and the support system that the client has within their life. 

How Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we provide specialized treatment for our clients so they can achieve their recovery and sobriety goals. We provide outpatient treatment programs that usually last a few hours a day on certain days of the week. These outpatient programs typically range from 30-90 days. When a client is engaged in these programs and on the facility grounds, the clients have access to different amenities in this facility. These amenities include things such as  our tennis courts, pools, and the atmosphere of our gated sober community. 

There are three types of outpatient treatment programs here at our facility. We have a traditional outpatient program that provides a more laid back approach and solution to substance abuse and recovery. Our intensive outpatient treatment program is suited for a complex recovery including those struggling with not only substance abuse, but also a co-occuring disorder. Our partial hospitalization program is the most intensive, allowing the clients to focus solely on recovery daily. Reach out to us today to figure out which treatment program best fits you and your schedule!