More than half of all Americans over age 12 report drinking alcohol. In addition to its widespread use, it is also one of the most commonly abused substances – with 17 million individuals exercising behavior that would indicate an alcohol use disorder. Nearly 2 million individuals seek help for alcohol addiction every year, however this falls significantly short of all of those who could benefit from treatment.
CAST Centers in West Hollywood is a local alcohol addiction treatment center. At CAST, we are committed to providing you with the active support and treatment you need to reclaim your life and feel freedom from alcohol abuse.
At CAST, we use the CAST alignment model (CAM), which focuses on the connection between your mental, emotional, and spiritual self. We recognize that tackling alcohol addiction requires a comprehensive approach – one that empowers you in all of the different areas of your life.
We offer two primary programs that are tailored to your specific needs. They include an Intensive Outpatient Program/Partial Hospitalization Program (IOP/PHP) or Custom Outpatient Care. Breaking free from alcohol addiction often requires a complete change of environment. We work together with you on a daily basis to transform your habits and your life. Other times an outpatient care program is best, as it allows you to continue living at home/working, etc.
The focus of our CAST alignment model is to bring all of the different and unique pieces of yourself and your life back into focus. We want to empower you to open yourself up again – to all of the challenges and joys that life brings.
It is a common misconception that individuals suffering from substance abuse are incapable of holding down a job or maintaining relationships. In many cases, however, individuals who are addicted to alcohol can be high-functioning. You may find yourself excelling in your career or at the very least “putting on a good face,” but in all likelihood many areas of your life will be suffering.
Alcohol addiction is characterized by an inability to control the urge to consume alcohol. If you have an alcohol addiction, you may experience some or all of the following things:
Alcohol functions as a central nervous system depressant, which means that it slows down your mental function. It can lead to a decrease in anxiety, stress, or feelings of nervousness. Though it suppresses these feelings, however, it can also cause negative or depressed feelings to become more prevalent. These feelings often become more pronounced as you consume more alcohol.
For individuals who are dependent upon alcohol, the mental effects are much more severe. They can include hallucinations, decreased speech capabilities, and blackouts. Prolonged alcohol abuse can also cause the shrinking of certain parts of your brain.
Alcohol affects communication between the brain and the rest of the body, which can lead to decreased coordination, inability to balance, impaired sight, numbness, and muscle cramps.
Prolonged alcohol use and abuse is known to have far more serious effects on the body. Some of the major diseases and physical illnesses associated with alcohol abuse and addiction include heart disease, liver disease, cancer, osteoporosis, birth defects, stomach distress, and pancreatitis.
If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol addiction, we encourage you to call us at 323-329-5206. We are eager to talk to you and discuss how together, we can help you heal your body and mind.
CAST Centers is in network with Anthem Blue Cross, MHN Health Net and accepts most PPO insurances like Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare.