Alcoholism Treatment at New Today Programs
At New Today Programs, clients receive alcoholism treatment in a safe, relaxing environment where they can focus on their recovery in comfort. Our goal is to make alcohol detox as comfortable as possible with many medical and complementary therapies to ease discomfort, anxiety and insomnia. Alcoholism treatment helps clients address the underlying issues that contributed to their drinking problem and teaches them new, healthy coping skills.
While the alcohol addiction treatment experience will be different for each client because we customize the detox, therapeutic plan, and ancillary treatments to meet the specific needs of each client, all treatment programs at New Today Programs include individual therapy, group therapy, family involvement, and complementary therapies for specific underlying issues. We can treat most co-occurring issues and will bring in specialty clinicians if needed for an issue or diagnosis. Upon leaving Promises, our alumni services help clients stay connected and feel supported in recovery.
For those with a dependence on alcohol, detoxification usually occurs in a two-phase process. The first phase may take place over a few days. This is the period in which some of the more life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur. The second phase lasts longer, possibly months, as the brain begins to resume normal functioning and slowly regulate itself from the damage long-term alcohol abuse can bring. Less severe withdrawal symptoms may linger during this time.
Professional detox is important for those eliminating alcohol from their systems during alcoholism treatment. Evidence-based medications are prescribed to help ease symptoms and medical staff monitors clients around the clock to prevent life-threatening withdrawal situations. As detox from alcohol runs its course, medications such as acamprosate and naltrexone may be prescribed to ease discomfort. Any detox medications require the supervision of medical staff to ensure they are used safely and appropriately.
Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that contains ethanol and depresses the central nervous system, resulting in lowered inhibitions, poor judgment, reduced attention and slowed reaction time. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, about 18 million adult Americans are either alcoholics or abuse alcohol, meaning they engage in drinking that results in distress and harm. The prevalence of alcohol abuse is compounded by its social acceptance as a legal substance, easy accessibility and prominence at social events.
Alcohol abuse is often used as a form of self-medication in individuals with mental health disorders. A survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicated that of 20.2 million adults with a substance use disorder, 7.9 of them also suffered from a co-occurring mental health disorder. Effective alcoholism addiction treatment must address the biological, emotional and environmental factors that contribute to alcohol abuse as well as any underlying psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.
Short-Term Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol affects the brain, initially causing euphoria and excitement (including increased self-confidence, shortened attention span and lowered inhibitions), and then leading to functional difficulty (sleepiness, poor coordination, memory loss, blurred vision, delayed reactions). As an individual continues to drink, they can progress to stupor (extreme confusion, increased emotionality, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, lapsing consciousness), shutdown (prolonged periods of lost consciousness, slowed respiration and circulation, suppressed reflexes), and sometimes death.
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol
As an individual habitually drinks, the liver becomes more efficient at removing alcohol from the bloodstream, so the alcoholic must consume increasing amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effects, which greatly contributes to alcohol dependency. About 8% of people in the United States are dependent on alcohol, but many more experience problems with alcohol and go undiagnosed.
Long-term, heavy drinking can result in dementia, several types of cancer (mouth, pharyngeal, esophageal, laryngeal, breast, bowel and liver), malnutrition, liver damage, emotional instability and irritability, memory loss, heart disease, brain damage, vitamin deficiency, stomach ulcers, skin problems and sexual performance problems.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Symptoms of alcohol addiction can be physical or psychological in nature and depend on the individual’s makeup as well as the duration and quantities of alcohol abused. Common alcohol addiction symptoms are:
- Developing a tolerance to alcohol that requires increased quantities to feel intoxicated
- Failed attempts to cut back on drinking alcohol or to quit using alcohol
- Needing alcohol to feel “normal”
- Having blackouts due to heavy alcohol consumption
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol such as irritability, depression, loss of appetite, nausea, insomnia, shakiness and tremors
- Financial or legal problems such as DUIs due to alcohol abuse
- Compromised relationships because of alcohol abuse
- Compromised work status or performance due to alcohol intake
- Feeling unable to stop drinking once one begins
- Putting oneself or others in danger when drinking
- Drinking alone or hiding or lying about alcohol consumption
Individuals with alcohol addiction may experience one or several of these symptoms. The fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines substance use disorders as severe, moderate or mild depending on the number of diagnostic criteria one meets. Professional alcohol addiction treatment can benefit those struggling with alcohol abuse at any of these levels.
Our intensive outpatient programs provide structure and support that help you create a sober routine, make changes in your thoughts and behaviors, and establish a support network—critical components of long-term recovery. Outpatient treatment for drugs and alcohol is ideal if you are already on your recovery journey and ready to return to work, school or other responsibilities and need help with this transition.
You’ll spend up to 10 hours per week (at least three days a week) in a structured setting with support from licensed professionals. Client groups, family groups and individual sessions continue for 24 or more sessions. We draw upon the 12 steps and proven clinical treatment methods to help you make positive changes in your life.
Highlights of our intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs include:
- Programming three days a week (10 hours total)
- Day and evening hours
- 12-step approaches
- Group and individual counseling
- Family groups
- Spirituality awareness
- Relapse prevention skills training
- Addiction education