Financially speaking, alcohol addiction and abuse costs our country approximately $249 billion annually. However, you can’t possibly put a price tag on the emotional distress it causes individuals and their families. Approximately 1.5 million adults received treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder in 2014. While this number may seem large, it represents less than 10 percent of the people who actually need treatment. If you or someone you love needs help, Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, can guide you down the path to sobriety with our alcohol addiction treatment center.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

alcohol addiction treatment centerAlcohol addiction is a chronic disease. When individuals develop alcoholism, their entire lives revolve around the next drink. However, when it comes to casual drinking vs. problem drinking vs. full-blown addiction, the line becomes blurry.

Many individuals can drink socially without developing any kind of issue. They have a couple of drinks to unwind and can stop whenever they want.  However, when people start binge drinking—or consuming alcoholic beverages in excess during a short period of time—this is where problems can start to arise.

However, some people can abuse alcohol and then stop in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. However, those who have developed an addiction do not have a “stop” button. Even when their social, family or employment situations begin crumbling, they can’t put down the bottle. Treatment is the best option for people whose lives become controlled by alcohol and addiction. No one with a substance use disorder (SUD) can help themselves on their own. The specialists at CVRC are here to help.

Before Treatment, You May Need an Alcohol Detox

When you make the brave decision to seek alcohol addiction recovery, be prepared for withdrawal symptoms to begin as early as two hours after your last drink.  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be potentially life-threatening and can persist for weeks if left untreated. Common symptoms may include:

  • Shakiness
  • Mild anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Seizures

As withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable—and in some cases fatal—CVRC may recommend that you or someone you love start recovery with medical detox. We partner with a qualified detox facility to ensure professionals monitor your safety and stability while cleansing your body of alcohol.

How Reality Therapy is Integrated into an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

Many facilities approach alcohol addiction treatment from the wrong angle. While starting in some sort of rehab treatment program is ideal, some substance abuse treatment centers can feel like jail. Structure and supervision are important, but too much of the latter can be suffocating during treatment.

For this reason, our alcohol addiction treatment center focuses on reality-based therapy. While our evidence-based clinical care is vital to the process, we also believe in putting our clients in real-world situations.

At CVRC, we rely on our reality-based model to help individuals develop effective coping techniques that you’ll use long after treatment is complete. Having practical strategies allows individuals to properly respond to triggers and avoid relapse.

Don’t let an alcohol addiction control the rest of your life. Call Crest View Recovery Center today at 866.327.2505.

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Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.