Alcohol

Alcohol

Though alcohol use enjoys social acceptability, one cannot deny the fact that it is an addictive substance, the abuse of which leads to dependence. Alcohol is a substance just like any other drug and its addiction can have grave short- and long-term physical, mental, and social consequences. People battling an alcohol use disorder (AUD) can get relief from their symptoms only through a proper substance abuse treatment program administered at a credible behavioral health center.

At times, alcohol use is accompanied by psychological disorders, which result in a dual diagnosis. Invictus Health Group offers comprehensive alcohol addiction programs for alcoholism and for a dual diagnosis of alcoholism and a mental disorder.

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Alcohol

Consequences of Alcohol Use

Despite the comparatively watered-down perception of alcohol addiction, alcoholism has serious physiological effects on the organs:

  • Brain: Alcohol obstructs the communication pathways in the brain, causing mood swings, coordination issues and difficulty in decision making.
  • Heart: Alcohol consumption can cause strokes, hypertension, irregular heartbeats, and damage heart muscles.
  • Pancreas: Drinking large quantities of alcohol on a daily basis may lead to toxic and inflammatory pancreatitis.
  • Liver: Alcohol consumption can cause heavy damage to the liver in terms of fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and webbing of liver tissues, affecting its ability to function efficiently.
  • Apart from the physical effects, alcoholism can also substantially increase the risk of developing the following conditions:
  • Cancer: Past research has shown that chronic alcohol abuse can lead to the development of seven different types of cancers including mouth, esophageal, pharyngeal, laryngeal, breast, bowel, and liver cancer. Alcohol is absorbed by the bloodstream causing overall damage.
  • Immunity: Long-term alcohol consumption weakens immunity leaving those dependent on alcohol susceptible to pneumonia, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.
  • Mental disorders: Alcoholism may cause signs and symptoms of mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and psychosis. It may also lead to antisocial behavior leading to social isolation.

Symptoms of Alcohol Use

Alcohol is an acceptable part of the social fabric of the U.S. This is the reason why identifying a problem with alcohol consumption might be tough. However, there are certain red flags that one can look out for.

  • Friends and family comment on how much and how often an individual consumes alcohol
  • Performance issues at school or work
  • Feeling that a glass of alcohol would help one perform better
  • Drinking before heading home or while driving
  • Having little or no memory of what happened while and after drinking
  • Getting into legal and financial trouble because of drinking
  • Inability to control or stop drinking behavior despite health problems
  • Getting physically hurt because of lack of coordination caused by excessive drinking
  • Hurting known and unknown people physically, emotionally or verbally
  • Prioritizing drinking schedules
  • Visiting only those places where drinking is allowed
  • Socializing only with people who drink

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Invictus Health Group understands that for recovery and sobriety to be long-lasting, an alcohol addiction treatment program needs to be based on the patients’ use habits, severity, and duration of alcohol use. A successful substance abuse treatment program would treat the patient for both physical and mental dependence on alcohol.

Further, our experiences in the field of addiction industry has taught us that at times, a patient needs to move away from the triggers and stressors completely. It is for this reason, that we have partnered with residential alcohol treatment centers whom offer comfortable and modern facilities established at various locations:

  • Orange County, California
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California

Co-occurring Conditions

People start using alcohol due to various reasons. Some fall in the trap of alcoholism as a result of bad choices, poor decisions, and family history. Others might use alcohol to self-medicate anxiety, depression, trauma or other life-numbing experiences. This co-presence of an AUD and a mental disorder is called dual diagnosis.

Invictus Health Group’s partners provide comprehensive intervention modalities to simultaneously treat both, alcoholism and a mental disorder at its licensed behavioral health center.

Levels of Care

Depending on the severity of an addiction, a patient at Invictus Health Group may be referred to any of the following programs:

  • Residential treatment program (RTP)
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Patients will step down through levels of care as they move closer to recovery.

Admissions Process

The admission process at Invictus Health Group has been simplified to include a few easy steps. This has been done to ensure that a patient starts receiving personalized treatment as soon as possible through one of our partners. The steps for admission to an alcohol addiction treatment program are:

Preadmission assessment

Once an individual expresses an interest in enrolling for treatment at one of our partnering substance abuse treatment centers, an admission specialist calls them to conduct an interview. The aim of this interaction is to assess the patient’s needs and create a personalized treatment plan. During this session, a mutually agreeable admit date is also set.

Admission

The patient arrives at their preferred location on the set admit date to begin treatment. They complete the paperwork, review the rules and regulations, bid goodbye to their family members, and settle in.

Introduction

The patient is introduced to their medical team and walked through their customized treatment plan. Depending on their arrival time at the facility, they can start participating in therapy sessions from the first day itself.

Treatment

The medical team assigned to a patient chooses a range of treatment modalities to provide maximum benefit to the patient. Moreover, these modalities and interventions are changed as the patient progresses and their needs change.

Family participation

Invictus Health Group encourages families to be a part of the substance abuse treatment process. This usually happens after a week in treatment.

Discharge

Patients stay at an Invictus Health Group partnering facility for anywhere between 30 to 90 days depending on the severity of their addiction. Our partners also offer continuing care programs for up to one year after discharge.

Why choose Invictus Health Group?

Invictus Health Group is an innovative leader in the mental health and addiction treatment industry, working with formidable teams of professional doctors, therapists, alternative therapy experts, and residential attendants. Our network of teams are committed to individualize substance abuse treatment for each person ensuring lasting recovery.

For more information about how our effective alcohol abuse treatment programs can help you or a loved one achieve lasting recovery, call our 24/7 helpline 866-548-0190 and speak to a representative. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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