Alcohol is a regular part of so many people’s lives. We come home after a long day and pour a glass of wine to wind down and relax. We toast the New Year with champagne. We have a drink with friends to celebrate milestones. We are regularly exposed to logos, billboards, and advertisements touting the positive, image-enhancing properties of alcohol. Alcohol is so prevalent in our lives that it can be easy to forget that it can lead to an addiction and serious problems. Determining when you’ve developed an addiction can be challenging.
There is a myth that alcoholics are disheveled, incoherent people who stumble around, too drunk to stand up. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are different levels of alcohol abuse and not all of them involve heavy drinking on a daily basis. Perhaps you find it’s impossible to relax without the use of alcohol. Or you won’t engage in social activities without several drinks to quiet your nerves. These situations could lead to dependence – a sign of addiction. Many people increase the amount they drink until alcohol becomes one of the most important factors in their life; they can’t function normally without it. Other warning signs that you may have a problem with alcohol include:
- Anxiety about where you will get your next drink
- Making plans with friends and family around your drinking habits
- Being unable to resist drinking even when you try to
- Finding it difficult to stop drinking once you start
- Feeling the need to drink soon after waking in the morning
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to cut down drinking
- Drinking to avoid or get rid of withdrawal symptoms
Perhaps some of these descriptions sound familiar to you. If you feel your life is chaotic and out-of-control, we can help. At The Refuge, our compassionate staff is trained to help you fight alcohol addiction. You aren’t alone; there is hope.
Why Consider Residential Treatment at The Refuge?
Alcohol abuse can become a serious problem affecting every aspect of your life. Often people who don’t have problems with alcohol can’t understand alcohol addiction. There’s a common belief that those who engage in problem drinking can simply decide to stop if they want to. Many people believe that because alcohol is legal, you cannot become addicted to it. Some people who are dependent upon alcohol have similar beliefs and feel worthless, weak, as if they have a major character flaw. When others reinforce these beliefs, it increases the stress, negative self-evaluations, and distress. Unfortunately, these are some of the things that make a person feel they need a drink.
A residential treatment center that focuses upon treating the whole person, not simply the symptoms of addiction, has been shown to be one of the best, most effective ways to treat addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Through a variety of therapeutic interventions, you’ll learn the skills needed to live a life free from booze and focus your attention on what really matters – recovery.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
The Refuge is a multifaceted alcohol addiction treatment program. We don’t define you by your diagnosis and we don’t simply treat your symptoms – we treat the whole you. We take the time to get to know you and focus on your strengths and unique qualities. At The Refuge, we are concerned about all of your needs – spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social, legal and vocational – as opposed to focusing exclusively on your addiction. Everyone who comes to us for help will receive individualized treatment. We use a 12-step program as the backdrop for your specific treatment plan. We know how difficult it is to think about life without alcohol and will provide support as you work to achieve sobriety. We also use scientifically-validated treatment approaches to help you begin your journey to a life filled with happiness, health, friends, and family.
Treatment Options for Alcohol Abuse at The Refuge
We firmly believe in the importance of conducting a comprehensive evaluation prior to treatment. It is not unusual to discover co-occurring mental disorders during these evaluations. Following your evaluation, your treatment team will work with you and your significant others to create an individualized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Your treatment team will continue to assess your condition during your stay. Some of the treatment options offered in our addiction program include:
Detoxification: Averaging 7-10 days, our alcohol detox will safely and effectively rid your body of alcohol and any other drugs in your system. The Refuge uses medication to provide the most effective and humane detox process possible. Medications may be used to help you with specific symptoms. For alcohol detox, we use disulfuram (Antabuse) and topiramate (Topamax) to curb your cravings.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT): Focuses on social relationships and re-establishing normal roles in life. We help you identify any interpersonal contributions to your addiction, work to repair broken relationships, and establish new social support networks.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): We’ll help you explore and identify maladaptive, inaccurate, and irrational thoughts related to your alcohol abuse. You’ll learn methods to challenge and restructure these negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ways of thinking.
Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT): DBT validates the factors which lead you to addiction, helps you tolerate extreme emotions which can’t be eliminated, and provides you with new strategies to help you cope better with stress. We work to teach you how to balance the acceptance of previous experiences that can’t be changed with emotional regulation skills to help you feel more stable in the present and future.
Intensive family therapy: Family Week – We recognize families and loved ones are critical as overcome your addiction and plan for the future. Additionally, family members often need to process their own issues related to addiction. Sharing the addiction process with your loved ones helps you to feel accepted.
Experiential therapy: We use traditional therapies alongside non-traditional treatments to allow us to help heal the whole you. Some of the techniques we use include:
- Art therapy
- Creative expression
- Ropes courses
- Equine therapy
- Dramatic experiencing
- A.A. and N.A.
- Somatic experiencing
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
As you complete our program, we will learn what therapeutic options will best meet your needs for continued progress. Many choose to discharge to structured environments such as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or you may feel that you have reached a point in your recovery in which you are ready to continue the healing process on an outpatient basis. If this is this is the case, we will refer you to an outpatient therapist who focuses on alcohol addiction.