Alcohol is a legal substance known for lowering anxiety and inhibitions, though at a cost.

People who regularly abuse alcohol put themselves at a higher risk for injuries, violence, liver diseases and cancer. Of course, not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. But when a person lacks control over their drinking, they’re likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD).

What is an Alcohol Use Disorder?

An alcohol use disorder is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems with controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with drinking and continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems. Over time, you need more alcohol to get the same effects. And if you cut back or stop drinking, you may experience withdrawal effects.

Failure to treat an alcohol use disorder can jeopardize your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you. This is why getting help for a drinking problem is critical at any stage. In fact, treating an AUD early is often easier and leads to improved outcomes.

Shadow Hills Recovery offers detox and residential rehabilitation services for those with alcohol use disorders. We find that residential treatment is ideal for addressing alcohol problems because this substance is found everywhere. By removing yourself from these everyday triggers, you can focus on your recovery and heal from your addiction.

To learn more about the treatment options available for alcohol use disorders, contact Shadow Hills Recovery today.

What are the Symptoms of an Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol addiction is characterized by a craving for alcohol and the inability to stop drinking despite negative consequences. By continuing to abuse alcohol, changes occur in the brain that make it difficult for it to adapt under normal circumstances. Eventually, people don’t drink to get drunk but to feel normal.

Here are some signs that you may be struggling with an alcohol problem:

  • Drinking more than intended
  • Unsuccessful attempts at cutting back or stopping
  • Needing more alcohol to feel the same effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal effects when not drinking
  • Drinking despite negative consequences
  • Spending an increased amount of time consuming alcohol
  • Feeling cravings to drink alcohol

Keep in mind that alcoholism is a progressive disorder that gets worse over time. Maybe you only have a few signs and symptoms, but eventually, there will be more. This is why it’s best to treat an AUD in the early stages when the disease hasn’t had the chance to progress as much.

The Best Treatment Options for Alcoholism

Shadow Hills Recovery offers detox and residential treatment services for individuals with AUDs. Even though alcohol is a legal, controlled substance, it is an extremely dangerous drug. This is why professional detox and treatment services are the recommended approach.

To begin your recovery, you’ll start with detox. Shadow Hills Recovery has a medical detox program that provides 24-hour monitoring and supervision. Alcohol is a dangerous drug to detox off of, as it can produce life-threatening side effects like delirium tremens (DTs) and seizures.

During your time in detox, you will have access to various FDA-approved medications that curb cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms. While we can’t take away the pain completely, our support staff will make sure that you are comfortable and able to tolerate the withdrawal symptoms. Most people start to feel better on Day 5.

After detox, the ‘heart’ of treatment starts. The treatment approaches that work best for alcoholism are:

  • Behavioral therapies
  • Group and family therapy
  • Music and art therapy
  • Breathwork/breathing exercises
  • Acupuncture and chiropractic care
  • Relapse prevention skills
  • Medication-assisted therapy

Why Residential Rehab is Best for Treating AUDs

Unlike illicit drugs, alcohol is socially acceptable and encouraged in certain situations. It’s found just about anywhere you go, including restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, concerts and friends’ houses. While some people can enjoy a drink on occasion, a person in early recovery must refrain. Putting yourself in situations where alcohol is within reach can compromise your recovery.

With this in mind, residential rehab is an excellent way to set the foundation for a complete recovery. You’ll be able to focus solely on getting better without having to manage temptation. Residential treatment centers provide safe, supportive and sober environments that are conducive to learning and healing.

Additionally, residential rehab keeps you connected to your peers. You don’t have to feel alone, and you’ll have people there to support your journey. This is especially important if you lack a supportive home environment. Medications, therapies and support are always within reach.

Shadow Hills Recovery can help you fight your addiction and remove alcohol from your life for good. Get in touch with our intake specialists to learn more about our treatment options for alcoholism and how soon you can start the detox and recovery process.

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