By Robert Lien, MHA
A person does not have to use alcohol every day to consider themselves alcoholic. Alcoholism in general is something that is self diagnosed as there are various levels of use. Some people might have a glass of wine at the end of the day to relax and they find overtime that they cannot relax without that glass of wine. Some people may go out on the weekends and enjoy cocktails with friends only to find themselves having a hangover the next day. Others may go on binges where they drink for a number of days in a row and then can suddenly stop. However, some people will find that they have to drink everyday no matter what and will find themselves putting alcohol use ahead of other important things or people.
For the occasional drinker a hangover includes mild symptoms such as a headache, nausea, anxiousness and sweating. For the person who uses alcohol on a daily basis they may find that if they do not have alcohol they are experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, delirium tremens. These more severe withdrawal symptoms can also lead to a heart attack, a stroke, esophageal varices or even death. If someone is experiencing severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms they should be under the care of a medical doctor who can prescribe medication to get them safely through it.
Once a person stops drinking alcohol, treatment begins by understanding that abstinence is required and that they must not use any form of alcohol. However sobriety is much more than just not drinking alcohol, sobriety is about living life and being a productive member of the community and their family. Sobriety is about being comfortable in your own skin and being able to live a healthy lifestyle. Typically the addiction to alcohol does not happen overnight it builds up over time. Therefore learning to live in sobriety also takes time. For many people that is where the frustration begins because they do not have the tools and abilities to manage and deal with daily stressors that will cause someone to want to use alcohol for the quick fix or escape.
At CAST Centers our outpatient rehab for alcohol allows clients to stay engaged with a sober community and learn those new life skills while continuing to work or go to school. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) alcohol treatment program provides clients with a safe structured environment to voice what they are experiencing on a daily basis and then immediately get feedback, suggestions and direction from expert clinicians in alcohol recovery. Additionally, our clients in alcohol outpatient treatment stay connected to other people who are also staying sober and facing the same challenges. Together they learn how to stay sober.
To learn more about CAST Centers alcohol treatment program call our Admissions Department today at (866)-283-9885 we can also check to see if your Anthem Blue Cross Insurance, Aetna PPO insurance, Cigna PPO insurance or United Healthcare PPO insurance can help with the cost of outpatient treatment