Get help for your drinking problem without sacrificing your work, school, or family commitments. It’s time to consider getting help if alcohol affects your health, relationships, work, or financial life. If alcohol consumption hurts your relationships, social life, work, or finances, you’re drinking excessively. Excessive drinking can cause both short and long-term health problems & lead to alcohol dependence.
How To Know You Have an Alcohol Use Disorder
Excessive drinking is considered:
- Consuming more than eight drinks per week (for women)
- Consuming more than 15 drinks per week (for men)
- Binge drinking 5+ times per month
The bottom line is if your drinking is causing problems in your life, then you have a drinking problem.
Your drinking may already be a problem if you’re experiencing the symptoms shown below. The more symptoms you’re experiencing, the higher the chance you’re already dependent.
- Tolerance: When someone drinks large quantities of alcohol regularly, their body gradually develops a tolerance/resistance. This means they will need to consume more to feel the same effects they used to get from a lesser amount.
- Withdrawal: The symptoms that someone experiences when they suddenly stop drinking alcohol after a period of heavy and prolonged drinking. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can vary widely in severity. In some cases, they can even be life-threatening. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, tremors, anxiety, hallucinations, and seizures.
- Impaired Control: You drink for longer periods than intended, or you consume larger amounts than intended
- Unsuccessful attempts to stop drinking: You’ve tried to stop drinking on one or more occasions, but you can’t go for more than a few days before starting again
- Continued use despite problems: Although you’re aware that your drinking harms your health, finances, or personal relationship, you can’t stop.
- Neglect of Activities: You can’t find the time or motivation to do the activities you once did. You neglect to do important tasks, and responsibilities take the back seat.
- Time spent on alcohol-related activities: You spend a disproportionate amount of time on activities involving drinking. You also prioritize any activity that involves drinking over all others.
Are you experiencing these symptoms? You don’t need to hit rock bottom before getting help. The sooner you address your drinking problem, the sooner you can get things under control and get back to living life without the need for alcohol.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Alcohol Addiction
Someone is said to have a co-occurring disorder if they suffer from a mental health issue and substance use disorder (SUD) at the same time. Research shows that approximately 8 million Americans suffer from a co-occurring disorder.
Many people who suffer from alcohol use disorder also suffer from mental health issues like depression and anxiety. People often drink alcohol to help cope with mental health conditions. However, alcohol can worsen these symptoms.
The most effective way to treat a co-occurring disorder is with integrated treatment or dual diagnosis treatment. This is when an individual receives care for both alcohol dependence and their mental health condition at the same time. Here at Ashwood Recovery, we sometimes use medications combined with behavioral therapy and counseling to help treat mental health conditions and decrease alcohol cravings. This is part of our medication-assisted treatment or MAT program.
The Advantages of Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Rehab
Outpatient treatment is a very confidential form of care that gives individuals the opportunity to get help for their alcohol problems without compromising their daily work, school, and family obligations. Some advantages of outpatient treatment include:
- Live at home and go to our treatment facility for a few hours a week
- Apply what you learn at rehab immediately in real-life scenarios
- Regular sessions with therapists, doctors, and psychologists
- A more affordable option than inpatient treatment
We offer three levels of outpatient rehabilitation. Our clinicians recommend the right level of care for each individual based on their specific background and needs.
Also, whether you’re personally struggling with an alcohol problem or a family member or close friend of someone who is, support groups have proven to be very beneficial in the recovery process.
- They are usually made up of people in all stages of recovery
- Meetings normally last about 90 minutes
- They help people to minimize and reduce relapse
- Members can empathize with each other’s situation in a way that others who don’t have a problem with alcohol cannot
- They aid in solidifying coping skills and tools learned in rehab
How Much Does Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Cost?
The cost of outpatient treatment at Ashwood is different for everyone. Why? Because there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for individuals with alcohol dependence. So, all of our plans are individualized to fit each individual’s needs, background and addiction.
We work with many insurance providers in the U.S to help minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Some insurances may even cover 100% of your costs. Check your coverage by filling out our 3-step verification form (Approx. 2 mins). You’ll need your insurance card handy to complete the verification.