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Alcoholism Treatment at Mid City Recovery Center

 

At Mid City Recovery Center, clients receive alcoholism treatment in a safe, relaxing environment where they can focus on their recovery in comfort. Our goal is to make alcohol detox as comfortable as possible with many medical and complementary therapies to ease discomfort, anxiety and insomnia. Alcoholism treatment helps clients address the underlying issues that contributed to their drinking problem and teaches them new, healthy coping skills.

While the alcohol addiction treatment experience will be different for each client because we customize the detox, therapeutic plan, and ancillary treatments to meet the specific needs of each client, all treatment programs at Mid City Recovery Center include individual therapy, group therapy, family involvement, and complementary therapies for specific underlying issues. We can treat most co-occurring issues and will bring in specialty clinicians if needed for an issue or diagnosis. Upon leaving Mid City Recovery Center, our alumni services help clients stay connected and feel supported in recovery.

Alcohol Detox

For those with a dependence on alcohol, detoxification usually occurs in a two-phase process. The first phase may take place over a few days. This is the period in which some of the more life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur. The second phase lasts longer, possibly months, as the brain begins to resume normal functioning and slowly regulate itself from the damage long-term alcohol abuse can bring. Less severe withdrawal symptoms may linger during this time.

Professional detox is important for those eliminating alcohol from their systems during alcoholism treatment. Evidence-based medications are prescribed to help ease symptoms and medical staff monitors clients around the clock to prevent life-threatening withdrawal situations. As detox from alcohol runs its course, medications such as acamprosate and naltrexone may be prescribed to ease discomfort. Any detox medications require the supervision of medical staff to ensure they are used safely and appropriately.

About Alcohol

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that contains ethanol and depresses the central nervous system, resulting in lowered inhibitions, poor judgment, reduced attention and slowed reaction time. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, about 18 million adult Americans are either alcoholics or abuse alcohol, meaning they engage in drinking that results in distress and harm. The prevalence of alcohol abuse is compounded by its social acceptance as a legal substance, easy accessibility and prominence at social events.

Alcohol abuse is often used as a form of self-medication in individuals with mental health disorders. A survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicated that of 20.2 million adults with a substance use disorder, 7.9 of them also suffered from a co-occurring mental health disorder. Effective alcoholism addiction treatment must address the biological, emotional and environmental factors that contribute to alcohol abuse as well as any underlying psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.

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