Alcohol use disorder (also referred to as AUD or Alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves difficulty controlling your drinking, a preoccupation with alcohol, continued use of alcohol even when it causes problems, increasing drinking to get the same effect, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. The social acceptance of drinking can make alcohol addiction hard to spot. Despite its legal status, alcohol’s potential for abuse exposes users to many health risks and possible addiction.If your pattern of drinking results in frequent distress and consistent problems in your daily life, you may have an alcohol use disorder. An estimated 16 million people in the United States have AUD. Disorders can range from mild to severe. However, even a mild disorder can escalate and lead to serious problems, so seeking treatment early on is important. At Valley, we understand AUD and how to treat this all too common disorder.
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What Are the Symptoms of Alcoholism?
Unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk and causes consistent problems in your everyday life. It also includes binge drinking – a pattern of drinking where a male consumes five or more drinks within two hours or a female downs at least four drinks within two hours.
Alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate or severe, based on the number of symptoms you experience. Signs and symptoms may include:
How is Valley Treating Alcoholism?
Paying regular attention to your mental well-being is good and should be a normal part of healthy living. At Valley, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, which is why we take the time to care for each client individually and consider their broader story. Every client that walks through our doors is assessed holistically and provided comprehensive care within a solution-focused approach.
We offer a wide variety of counseling and counseling environments for a wide variety of clients:
Our individual counseling focuses in on each client and their unique story in order to discover the solutions that are right for them. After pairing our clients with the ideal therapist, we take the time to press into the cognitive, behavioral, and motivational aspects of our client’s recovery while also considering dual-diagnosis.
At Valley, we offer FDA approved medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependence in Tippecanoe and Montgomery counties. Each medication program is prescribed by a trained clinician within a broad scope of long-term care.
Research shows that counseling within a group setting is just as effective, sometimes even more so, as individual care. At Valley, we are proud to provide robust and interactive care groups led by trained clinicians. These empowering spaces have proven to be an invaluable resource for learning coping skills, feeling acceptance, and avoiding social isolation.
While every client needs to be individually motivated to seek treatment, one of the largest factors in successful treatment is a solid support system. Our family and couples counseling partners with immediate family, primary caregivers, adopted families, and support systems to get everyone on the same page in caring for their loved ones.
Incorporating complementary or alternative medicine is often referred to as an integrated approach and works best when used alongside professional treatment. Don’t replace conventional medical treatment or psychotherapy with alternative medicine.
With that said, here are some things proven to be helpful when dealing with Alcoholism:
As part of your recovery, you’ll need to focus on changing your habits and making different lifestyle choices. These strategies may help.
In addition to your treatment plan when recovering from alcohol use disorder, these techniques may be helpful:
Many people with alcohol problems find that participating in support groups is an essential part of coping with the disease, preventing or dealing with relapses, and staying sober. Here are a few examples:
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