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Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder begins with a compassionate approach to the patient. For too long, those suffering from Alcohol use were judged harshly by family, friends and society. Today we approach the disorder as a disease that can be managed.

The Life Management Resources, Intensive Outpatient Program begins with an extended visit with the patient and family. From that session, we try to understand as well as possible what issues, behaviors and concerns that are expressed by all. Following that visit, our Intake counselor will collaborate with the patient to complete an extensive Biopsychosocial evaluation to understand the complete history of the person.

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Life Management Resources Alcohol Abuse Program

The more we can understand about you, the better we are able to help you. The program consists of two area parts, group therapy where you meet with other in the program to better understand alcoholism, what triggers use and tools for how to prevent them from taking over. Over the next 8 weeks the group therapy will learn about coping skills, relationship skills, communication skills and many other interesting and helpful skills to help maintain sobriety.

Every week you will meet with your counselor who will, together with you, develop a treatment plan to address the issues and causes in your life that contributed to the alcohol use disorder. Issues such as trauma, family negative events, personal injury and others will be studied to understand how those events impacted your life.

Family therapy sessions are available if you feel that meeting with the family and your therapist would help improve your goals of sobriety. Life Management Resources is a compassionate, caring, loving group of people whose only goal in life is to see you get to a joyful place in your life. It is the reason that over 25,000 people have come to Life Management Resources over the past 23 years for help.

Alcohol Abuse

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Unlike other illicit substances, alcohol is legal, making it harder to know when casual use crosses the line into abuse. Alcohol misuse contributes to 88,000 deaths in the United States each year, with one in 10 deaths among working adults due to alcohol misuse, according to Facing Addiction In America, the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2016 report on alcohol, drugs, and health.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General on the United States, in his groundbreaking report on Addiction, found the following statistics: 

• In 2015, 66.7 million people in the United States reported binge drinking in the past month.
• Alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorders cost the U.S. approximately $800 billion in lost productivity, healthcare expenses, law enforcement, and other criminal justice costs.
• Over 175 million persons 12 and older (65.7%) reported alcohol use in the past year, with over 66 million (24.9%) reporting binge drinking in the past month.
• Almost 10% of the population met the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder for alcohol or illicit drugs, and another 1% met the criteria for both.
• Although 20.8 million people (7.8% of the population) met the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder in 2015, only 2.2 million individuals (10.4%) received any type of treatment.

Alcohol's Effects on the Body

Drinking too much, whether occasionally or on a regular basis, can have a serious impact on your health. Alcohol abuse can increase your cancer risk and negatively affect your brain, heart, liver, and pancreas, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Potential alcohol-related health risks:

• Interferes with the brain’s communication pathways

• Brain disruption can cause mood, behavior, coordination issues

• Cardiomyopathy (stretching and drooping of the heart muscle)

• Irregular heartbeat

• Stroke

• High blood pressure  

• Fatty liver

• Alcoholic hepatitis

• Fibrosis

• Cirrhosis

• Pancreatitis (dangerous inflammation that prevents proper digestion)

• Multiple types of cancer

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Disease and Alcohol

Clear patterns have emerged between alcohol consumption and the development of head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. The National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. The research evidence indicates that the more alcohol a person drinks — particularly the more alcohol a person drinks regularly over time — the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. Based on data from 2009, an estimated 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States were alcohol related.

Drinking too much can also weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Even drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections — up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Mental Health & Addiction

Addiction to alcohol never begins in an obvious way. It is defined as an inability to control drinking habits because of a physical or emotional dependence. Alcoholism does not discriminate and affects all cultures and walks of life. While many judge alcoholism by the amount of alcohol consumed by a person, the disease itself is much more complicated. Why a person drinks so much is far more important than how much they drink.

The emotional trauma behind the need to escape must also be addressed. Post-traumatic stress disorder stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma, and signs of PTSD can surface at different times for different people. While they may begin soon after a frightening event and then continue, others may develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. And while we often associate PTSD with veterans or active military service members, the condition can happen to anyone, even children, according to mentalhealth.gov.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affecting how we think, feel, and act. The state of our mental health also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and how we make choices in our everyday lives. Because mental health issues can negatively impact our lives, it is especially important to address them when treating addiction. The goal Life Management Resources is to help each client gain the courage to face difficult issues, heal from emotional trauma, overcome grief and loss, and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a combination of alcohol abuse and physical dependence. Those who are addicted must consume alcohol on a regular basis to function in everyday life. Without treatment there could be damaging physical and emotional consequences in a person’s life.

Physical Signs to Look for:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Blackouts
• Nausea
• Sweating
• Insomnia
• Pounding heart

If you’re concerned your drinking might be becoming a problem, look for these common behavior patterns: increased isolation from others, trying to quit but not being able to stop, drinking more than you always plan, obsessive thinking about alcohol, trouble at work or in school, drinking more to maintain the same effect, relationship issues surrounding drinking, withdrawal symptoms in between binges, and continuous drinking despite warnings from loved ones.

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