Alcohol — it’s cheap, legal and readily available, so it must be harmless, right? Not to be a buzzkill, but this is a common misconception about alcohol. Although widely used and found at every bar or house party, alcohol can be a highly addictive substance, with far-reaching effects that impact every facet of an individual’s life. And since drinking is so prevalent in our culture, it isn’t always easy to tell when someone has a problem, making it one of the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S.
At Valiant Living, our goal is to change that by helping individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of alcoholism and providing high-quality treatment options that open a path to healing. If you or a loved one has a drinking problem, our detox and recovery services can help reverse the effects of alcohol abuse and start the treatment process in a comfortable, home-like environment where your needs are our top priority.
For most people, drinking is a social activity enjoyed in moderation. As one of the most widely used substances in the world, it’s normal to have a glass of wine with dinner or hit the bar at the end of a long week. But for others, the urge to drink is more powerful, becoming a nagging obsession that’s hard to ignore. They might need alcohol to relax, have fun, or simply get through the day, using it in drastically different ways than casual or social drinkers. It becomes a crutch they rely on just to get by, and the need to drink is prioritized above all else.
This is the difference between casual use and addiction. Alcoholism often starts with a drink every now and then, but gradually grows into a dependency that harms your health, career and relationships. Despite the damage, alcoholics can’t stop drinking and feel stressed, irritable or anxious if they try to cut back. In severe cases, intense cravings and withdrawal may also set in, perpetuating the cycle of abuse and addiction.
If this sounds familiar, your drinking has likely reached a point where it’s become a problem. Alcoholism is a serious condition that interferes with the brain’s natural chemical processes, causing symptoms that are highly disruptive to normal functioning. Overcoming it alone can be difficult and dangerous, but recovery is possible with the right help.
Alcohol addiction is hard on the mind and body, with lasting effects that can lead to several health problems. Early intervention is therefore crucial, but it isn’t always easy to tell moderate drinking from abuse. If you suspect that you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol, learning to recognize the signs of addiction can minimize the damage and get the recovery process started as soon as possible. Some of the hallmarks of alcoholism include:
Drinking is so common that recognizing when to get help can be difficult. Millions of American use alcohol on a daily basis, and it’s almost impossible to avoid when celebrating a special occasion or going out with friends. Because of this, it’s easy to make excuses or rationalize your behavior, but when one drink turns into six and the consequences are beginning to add up, it’s time to start thinking about how your alcohol use is impacting your life.
While everyone is different, alcohol use is considered problematic when you need a drink to get through the day. Binge drinking, stealth drinking and self-medicating with alcohol are also troubling signs that point to an increased risk of dependency and addiction. Left unchecked, harmful patterns of alcohol abuse can quickly spiral out of control, jeopardizing your health and leaving a number of financial, legal or social problems in its wake.
It’s never too late to start the healing process, but the damage runs deeper the longer you wait. Professional help can provide the support you need to curb your drinking, and Valiant Living’s evidence-based approach to recovery can get you started on the path to sobriety with detox, recovery housing and extended care options tailored to your needs.
Before the recovery process can begin, it’s necessary to first clear the body of toxins. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can make this dangerous to do on your own, but our private, 8-bed facility just south of Denver, Colorado, provides a comfortable environment where you can safely detox from the harmful effects of alcohol abuse with access to 24/7 medical care. This ensures that withdrawal symptoms are carefully managed, and your physical, mental and emotional health needs are met during this time.
After completing detox, our experienced team will help coordinate and plan your next steps. This will vary depending on the severity of your addiction, but our treatment options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and transitional recovery housing. We also offer a specialized program for professionals with high-stress careers, as well as trauma and mental health-focused care to help you overcome past issues that may be holding you back. At Valiant Living, our high-quality programs are designed to help develop the skills you’ll need to maintain a sober lifestyle, using an evidence-based approach tailored to your specific needs.
Completing rehab is an important milestone on the road to recovery, but the most successful treatment plans focus on long-term strategies. Returning home can be overwhelming and expose you to triggers, temptations and challenges you may not be ready for, but transitional care lets you readjust to a sober lifestyle at your own pace.
At Valiant Living, we offer recovery housing to give clients a chance to develop their coping skills in a real-world setting while surrounded by a community of supportive peers. This type of environment can help ease the transitional period of early recovery and provide a sense of structure, purpose and accountability that builds upon the lessons learned in rehab. As an important part of our continuum of care, we’ve found that recovery housing helps clients achieve new levels of personal growth and feel more prepared to return to independent living.
Alcoholism is a severe condition that can wreak havoc on your life, but recovery is possible. Whether you’re a professional, have a co-occurring disorder or need the highest-quality outpatient care available, Valiant Living can help you break the cycle of addiction and start the healing process. To learn more about our programs and how they can help you overcome a drinking problem, contact or call us today at 303-816-3571.
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