Alcohol abuse is the most common form of recreational substance abuse in the United States, and alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, is the most common type of chemical dependency. Alcohol use disorder affects about 16.5 million adults, aged 18 and above, though fewer than 8 percent of people with this disorder get the treatment that they need. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-related death is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
It is virtually impossible to calculate the negative impact that alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorder can have had on individuals, families, and communities throughout the nation. On a personal level, alcohol abuse can inflict significant damage on a person’s physical and mental health, emotional wellbeing, financial stability, and social standing. Within society as a whole, alcohol abuse is associated with family discord, lost productivity in the workplace, increased crime, and a host of additional problems.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand what it means to be trapped in the downward spiral of uncontrolled alcohol abuse, and we have developed highly effective treatment methods to help men and women achieve and maintain long-term recovery and sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone in your life is struggling with alcohol use disorder, then you already know how devastating this experience can be. What you may not realize, though, is that by taking a few important steps you can help your loved one get the treatment that he or she so desperately needs:
- Educate yourself about the disease of alcoholism. The more you learn about this disorder, the better you will be prepared to be a source of effective support.
- Learn about the types of treatment that have helped others who were in situations similar to what your loved one is currently experiencing. Identify programs that provide the type of care that your loved one needs.
- Prepare yourself to have a productive conversation with your loved one. Learn how best to express your concerns and help your loved one understand that he or she needs help.
- Prepare to listen to your loved one. Your goal should not be to deliver an issue or conduct a lecture, but to have an open and honest conversation.
- Expect pushback. Your loved one is in pain and in crisis. Alcohol use disorder robs individuals of the ability to control their behavior. Stay calm in the face of anger, and do not allow your conversation to evolve into an argument.
- When your loved one is ready to get help, volunteer to help with logistics such as appointments, transportation, and childcare. Eliminate distractions so your loved one can focus on getting better.
- Do not neglect your own needs. To be the best source of support for your loved one, you need to ensure that your physical and mental health needs are also being met.
The most important thing you can do for your loved one is to continue to be a source of love and support before, during, and after he or she is in treatment. Recovery is a long path and you should plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
The physical devastation of chronic alcohol abuse includes cardiomyopathy, cirrhosis of the liver, anemia, malnutrition, impaired immune system, pancreatitis, increased risk of certain cancers, stroke, and death. Individuals who develop alcohol use disorder are at an increased risk for also developing an anxiety disorder, a depressive disorder, or another mental health condition, and they are much more likely to attempt suicide. The continued abuse of alcohol significantly impairs a person’s ability to meet his or her responsibilities at home or at work, which can lead to family discord, destroyed relationships, and job loss. It is far from uncommon for individuals who have engaged in long-term alcohol abuse to experience unemployment, legal problems, financial struggles, and even homelessness. However, by partaking in effective treatment, such effects and risks can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to alcohol. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their alcohol abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances such as alcohol in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to alcohol, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their alcohol addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to alcohol, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from alcohol addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to alcohol, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.