What is So Bad About a Drinking Problem?

It is common knowledge that alcohol abuse can ruin relationships, destroy careers and result in legal troubles. Some may not realize, however, the damaging effects that alcohol can have on the body, both temporary and long lasting. Alcohol abuse can cause a number of health conditions including nervous system damage, brain damage, heart disease, stomach ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, and nutritional deficiencies. Due to alcohol withdrawals and alcohol poisoning, even death can occur. Withdrawals from alcohol due to physical dependency are called delirium tremens which are, in effect, thousands of miniature seizures that cause lasting damage to the body and brain. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol then you should call us immediately at (804) 210-7244 to speak to a professional about what your next step should be. We are here for you anytime so that you don’t have to go it alone!

Is Rehabilitation a One-Size-Fits-All Treatment?

There are a wide variety of treatment facilities and programs available to treat substance abuse and addiction. Just because a program and specific treatment modality works for one person does not necessarily mean that it will be effective for you or your loved one. It is important to choose a facility that will fit the individual needs of the addict so that they can have the best chance at recovery possible. Often, the best way to do this is to find a facility that attacks the problem of substance abuse from multiple angles. A Facility that offers a variety of treatment modalities such as equine therapy, music and art therapy, yoga therapy, drug abuse education, individual and group therapy as well as a 12-step based program or SMART Recovery will give you or your loved one a shot at a better quality of life for years to come. Addiction is a complicated thing and is not usually simply due to alcohol and drugs. There is usually a reason that someone used drugs or alcohol and that must be addressed to achieve long term recovery. A facility that is dual-diagnosis to treat co-occurring disorders is extremely beneficial. Call us today at (804) 210-7244 to discuss which facility and program will be best fro you or your loved one.

Is Rehab a Stand-Alone Treatment?

Inpatient treatment has been shown to be extremely successful in provided the foundation for long term recovery for many individuals. It is, however, only a foundation. The work does not stop when someone gets out of treatment. If someone has been using drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time it is recommended that they detox at a facility before entering treatment. This will allow them time to get the toxins out of their body and mind so that they can absorb the knowledge during treatment to use after they complete rehab. An aftercare plan for when they leave treatment is also incredibly important. Inpatient Rehabilitation teaches the addict or alcoholic the skills and insight that they need to be successful after treatment but they will need a safe and supportive environment to practice these principles once they leave. When an aftercare plan includes sober living or transitional housing immediately after treatment, the chance of long term sobriety greatly increases. The right facility will help you or your loved one create and aftercare plan to continue working on creating a better quality of life.