Alcohol Rehab Programs in Memphis, TN (901) 620-0983

Rehabilitation, or rehab, is a program of treatment for those abusing or addicted to drugs, alcohol, a behavior, or an activity. Mental illness and disorders found in dual diagnosis situations are also treated in qualified drug treatment facilities including alcohol rehab facilities.

Alcohol rehab programs are designed specifically for alcoholics. Alcohol rehab consists of supervised medical detox and withdrawal management, vitamin therapies, guided nutrition, exercise, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, education, supplemental treatment offerings, and aftercare services.

If you or a loved one are currently battling with addiction, please contact Memphis Drug Treatment Centers to find the best alcohol rehab program for your needs. Call (901) 620-0983 today.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

There are two types of alcohol abuse disorders (AUD) as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV. The definition is "the continued use of alcohol and the experience of at least one of four abuse symptoms that lead to clinically significant impairment or distress." The four symptoms described include:

  • Social problems: Backing-out of activities, poor attendance at work, school, etc.
  • Legal problems: DUI, DWI, Divorce, Eviction.
  • Hazardous use: Drunk driving, Drinking while operating machinery, etc.
  • Role impairment: Not fulfilling duties as a parent, letting friends and family down, not "showing up".

This disorder causes damage to structure and function in the brain, and in some vital organs at this point. The origin of the signs noted are psychological, mental, physiological, and behavioral in nature. There may be outward signs when inebriated, such as slurred speech, off-balanced stride, relaxed facial muscles, and fatigue.

How does Abuse Transition to Addiction?

Alcohol abuse easily transitions to addiction when there is drinking done on a consistent basis creating a level of tolerance which evolves into dependence.

Do abuse and addiction have any common secondary addictions?

A secondary, or "substitute addiction" often occurs after the user has ended one addiction and replaces the behavior by occupying themselves with a new object, substance, or behavior. Secondary addictions are perceived by the addict as being less harmful and justify their use. They can easily trigger a relapse of the primary addiction.

Substances Abuse Statistics in the United States

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports the following:

  • In 2013, 46.4 percent of the 71,713 total liver disease deaths involved alcohol.
  • 20% of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder.
  • According to a 2012 study, over 10% of U.S. children live with an alcohol dependent parent.
  • Close to 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes. Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the US.

How is Alcohol Rehab Useful in Treating Alcoholism?

Alcohol and drug rehab helps to treat the whole person. Physical and psychological health, emotional stability, family interactions, and personality elements are all examined. Treatment is a transformation and the ultimate goal is abstinence and recovery.

Rehabilitation starts with abstinence, detoxification, and withdrawal. Individual counseling and therapy sessions analyze personal issues that may impact the disorder. Family relationships and social issues are explored. Group sessions further explore issues and create a sense of community. The emotional support and the protected environment of the treatment center is invaluable in early recovery. Facilities most often also have NA or AA meetings that patients can attend.

Why does alcoholism often go untreated?

Drinking is legal and socially acceptable. In many cultures it is tradition and is even used in religious rites. When drinking becomes a problem there is an initial denial. For an alcoholic to admit that there is a problem there often has to be an extreme consequence involved. They must then want help. They are often ashamed, fearful, and dread what they assume will be negative consequences to an admission.

Employment is often a worry, as they often worry about losing their job and not being able to provide for their family. The cost of rehab is another area of concern. Treatment centers usually have some form of financial aid to help with the cost. Insurance is most often accepted as well.

There are other social, economic, family, and personal factors that cause a person to resist getting help. Very often they will resort to making excuses and blaming others. If attempts to get them to seek help are not successful, it may then be time for intervention.

If you, or someone you know, needs help or information please call Memphis Drug Treatment Centers at (901) 620-0983.

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