Desert Cove Recovery Alcohol Treatment
“Alcohol is cunning, baffling, and powerful.” These words, taken from the book Alcoholics Anonymous (1st edition), are spoken at most AA meetings because they connect with almost every individual who has ever struggled with alcohol abuse or addiction.
The Desert Cove Recovery staff understands the difficulty in overcoming alcohol addiction. Alcohol is legal, inexpensive, and easily accessible. It is glamorized in slick ad campaigns and is prominently displayed in grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and more. Because of its convenient accessibility, it is also one of the most commonly abused substances.
Signs that Alcohol Treatment is Necessary:
An individual addicted to alcohol, when confronted, will oftentimes deny that a problem exists. Alcoholism can be difficult for family and friends to “identify” in their loved one as there are many levels of alcohol abuse, some less obvious than others. There are, however, some common behaviors and signs that indicate an individual may have a problem with alcohol that needs to be addressed. Indicators include:
Early Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
- Blackouts/Memory Loss
- Unexplained Falls/Bruises and Cuts from Falling
- Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Mood Swings
- Tardy or Missing Work, School, or other Important Events
- Loss of Employment
- Broken Relationships, Separation, or Divorce
- Financial Struggles
- Strange, Intoxicated Behavior
- Weight Loss
- Car Accidents/DUI
Later Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse:
Most long-term alcohol abuse symptoms are physical, such as:
- Cerebellar Atrophy
- Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
- Wernicke’s Encephalopathy (abnormal brain functioning)
- Korsakoff’s Dementia
- Central Pontine Myelinolysis (brain degeneration)
- Peptic Ulcers
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Unfortunately, many alcoholics aren’t diagnosed by their physicians as they will not answer questions honestly about their usage and deny having a problem.
If you or a loved one is struggling with the early symptoms of alcohol abuse (mentioned above), it’s time to seek professional help. If alcohol abuse is prolonged, it can result in serious damage to the brain and body, leading to death.
Overcoming Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Some individuals who enter our program have been through a recovery program in the past and have been unable to stay sober. Sometimes, something traumatic happens, and they think alcohol will be a temporary solution to relieve the pain. Then suddenly, they find themselves repeating old patterns of abuse and realize they are right back where they started.
At Desert Cove Recovery Center, our alcohol treatment programs strive to help individuals overcome addiction and go on to live healthy, happy lives – alcohol free. We specialize in chronic relapse and relapse prevention, teaching our clients how to deal with trauma and pain in the future, without relying on alcohol or drugs.
Long-term sobriety IS possible with the right treatment program. We can help.