Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol is a socially acceptable drug in our society, blurring the lines between normal and abnormal drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction reports that 86.4% of people ages 18 and over have drunk alcohol at some point in their lives. Fifty-six percent say they have drunk in the last month. For those suffering from alcoholism or a drinking problem, outpatient alcohol rehab can create sustainable change.

There are also certain times of the year when drinking is more prevalent, such as around the summer and winter holidays. Blackout Wednesday, for example, is the most popular night of the year for bars. With alcohol being a common and acceptable part of society, how can you tell the difference between casual drinking and alcoholism?

Unless you have religious or personal restrictions, having a few drinks with friends or a glass of wine with a meal is usually not a cause for concern. The problem starts when you begin abusing alcohol and experiencing negative consequences because of your drinking. 

When things get out of hand and you begin relying on alcohol to get through your days, it’s possible to become addicted. Alcohol use disorders are progressive and require treatment to get better. Fortunately, alcohol rehab is highly effective at treating alcohol addiction. The sooner you recognize your need for treatment, the sooner you can stop drinking and start your new life of sobriety.

Supportive Holistic Outpatient Alcohol Rehab in Phoenix

If you find yourself questioning your drinking habits, Continuum Recovery Center is here to help. We have a holistic approach that incorporates emotional, spiritual and physical treatment. All services are delivered in a safe, supportive outpatient treatment center in Phoenix, AZ. We can also help arrange housing when appropriate. 

Clients who participate in our outpatient alcohol rehab enjoy this flexible method of treatment. They’re able to work on their recoveries during the day and return to their beds at night. In fact, many of our clients are also able to maintain much of their normal schedules. They might work part-time, volunteer in their communities and take care of family obligations. 

Within our alcohol treatment programs, we have various levels of care. Most people start off with our intensive outpatient program three to five days a week for 60-90 days and then move to a lower level of care. All treatment programs also include holistic addiction therapy like yoga, mindfulness and acupuncture. We provide our clients with as many self-help tools as possible, this way, they’re prepared to transition into society on a gradual basis. 

Let’s learn more about the signs of an alcohol problem and when alcohol rehabilitation is necessary.

Defining Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

There’s usually nothing wrong with having a couple of drinks at a party or enjoying a glass of wine at dinner unless you have religious or personal reasons for not doing so. The trouble comes when you start abusing the substance.

Alcohol abuse refers to a pattern of behavior where a person abuses alcohol. They might drink excessively, frequently, or both. Alcoholism is a progressive disease and refers to a physical or psychological need to continue using alcohol despite negative consequences.

Both alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are serious. When you abuse alcohol, you can develop an addiction at any time. Remember, addiction does not discriminate. Even if you do not have an alcohol use disorder today, we strongly recommend seeking some type of professional support or intervention to get your drinking under control.

Here are some ways to tell the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction: 

  • Dependence. Not every person who abuses alcohol is dependent on the substance, whereas dependence is a key symptom of alcoholism.

  • Severity. While both serious, alcohol abuse is generally considered to be a milder form of an alcohol use disorder. People who abuse alcohol are also less likely to suffer withdrawal effects compared to those with an addiction. 

  • Symptoms. With an alcohol use disorder, people are both physically and emotionally dependent on the drug. Because of this, they tend to experience more severe symptoms than those who abuse alcohol.

  • Treatment. An alcohol addiction requires professional detox and treatment. Alcohol abuse may not require this level of treatment, though a combination of behavioral therapy, medication and support groups is effective for treating both problems.

Understanding Heavy Drinking in Adults

So what exactly is excessive drinking? According to Mayo Clinic, heavy drinking in men is more than four drinks per day and more than 14 in a week. For women under the age of 65, heavy drinking is more than three drinks a day and more than seven a week.

For some people, it’s not the frequency of drinking that’s the problem but rather how much is consumed at a single time. Binge drinking refers to consuming a large amount of alcohol at once. For men, it’s five or more drinks in two hours, and for women, it’s four or more drinks in two hours.

The complicated thing is that not everyone who drinks heavily is an alcoholic. Nearly one-third of American adults are considered “excessive drinkers,” but only 10 percent of these people have an alcohol use disorder. That said, heavy drinkers can become alcoholics at any point. They are also more likely to suffer consequences from their drinking, such as health problems, relationship issues and work problems. 

If you are a heavy drinker, it’s important to recognize the dangers of this habit and ways to cut back. If you can’t do this on your own, an outpatient alcohol treatment program can help. These flexible programs don’t have to interfere with work or school, and they can help you identify your reasons for heavy drinking and better ways to cope with stress. 

Warning Signs of a Drinking Problem

It’s difficult to diagnose someone over a computer, so we highly recommend calling Continuum Recovery Center if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one. We can talk about the issue and determine the best route of care.

In the meantime, here are some red flags which strongly suggest an addiction to alcohol and, possibly, the need for professional treatment and support in Phoenix:

  • Lost Interest in Activities and Hobbies that were Once Fun
  • Unable to Stop Drinking Despite Negative Consequences
  • Making Drinking a Priority Over Everything Else
  • Drinking Alone or in Secrecy
  • Pre-Drinking Before Attending an Event
  • Inability to Control Consumption
  • Suffering Physical Effects
  • Extreme Mood Swings and Irritability
  • Starting the Day with a Drink
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Cravings for Alcohol

There is no single one-size-fits-all profile of an alcoholic. A person can have a full-time career and a family and still struggle with an alcohol dependency. In fact, forming stereotypes about who is and is not an alcoholic can delay intervention. Addiction does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity or social class.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab in Phoenix

Continuum Recovery Center has a unique approach in which clients receive treatment during the day and return to their home at night. Our clients enjoy having a more “real life” arrangement and not being stuck under one roof in a residential facility. This makes them more receptive to getting the help they need.

Aside from individual, group and family therapy, our clients also receive education regarding their alcohol problem. Alcohol is a unique substance because it is legal. You can work hard to reduce temptation, but it’s likely that you will have some run-ins with alcohol, which wouldn’t be the case with illegal drugs. Alcohol is served at restaurants, bowling alleys, sporting events and even some movie theaters. It can also show up at work parties, holiday events and summer barbecues. This is why education is crucial.

In addition to learning to live without the use of alcohol and learning coping skills for the inevitable ups and downs of life, we spend time getting to the root causes of the “why” of alcohol addiction. What led you to abuse alcohol? What does alcohol do for you that you like? Does it numb your emotions? Increase your confidence? What are your triggers? By understanding these questions, you learn to protect your recovery by developing healthy skills such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation.

For more information regarding Continuum Recovery Center’s Holistic Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Phoenix, AZ, call us today! We look forward to discussing the best treatment option for you or a loved one.

For more information regarding Continuum’s Holistic Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Phoenix, AZ, call us today! We look forward to discussing the best option for you or a loved one.