Alcohol Addiction Treatment Addiction Treatment
Alcoholism and Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcoholism is the physical and mental addiction created by the excessive use of alcohol. How to know if someone needs a alcohol addiction treatment? When someone experience an uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol and the feeling that they cannot function without alcohol. This person may suffer from alcohol addiction disorder.
Alcohol is a depressant drug of the central nervous system that progressively inhibits brain functions. What do the latest scientific research on alcohol use show? Particularly abusive use concentrated in a few hours by adolescents, can affect the central nervous system at different levels:
> It interferes with the development of the brain, limiting its future and individual potential.
> Affects the brain (hippocampus) zone related to memory and learning.
> In cases where the use produces symptoms of hangover or abstinence, it damages the memory, learning and planning of tasks.
Effects and Consequences of Alcohol Abuse in Health
Prevalence of alcohol consumption is high: Portugal ranks 9th worldwide per capita on alcohol consumption (SICAD). According to WHO, globally 16,9% drank excessively, 0,9% have a risk use and 2,1% are addicted to alcohol.
The relationship between alcohol use and more than 200 diseases has been repeatedly observed, with serious consequences at the individual and social levels.
- In the short term, excessive alcohol use involves the following risks:
> Ethyl poisoning, which can result in coma or even death.
> It favours risk behaviours, since alcohol disinhibits and causes a false sense of security. It is thus related to traffic accidents, occupational accidents and risky sexual practices.
- In the long term, abusive alcohol use implies serious health problems, family and social conflicts.
For these reasons, abusive alcohol use is a serious health problem, with personal and social factors at its origin. This situation leads to the need of an alcohol addiction treatment.
Did you know that alcohol abuse has consequences on physical and mental health? As well on different areas of personal functioning – family, social, labour and legal?
An adequate and specialized support, by an expert team of professionals 24×7 can help you through your self-fulfilment recovery journey.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Works
If this a problem that you want and need to overcome, focusing on a recovery oriented to abstinence, Dianova can help you. Our intensive and personalized residential alcohol addiction treatment program, is here to help you reach your expectations, well-being and self-fulfilment.
Our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program
Our therapeutic addiction treatment program for alcohol addiction is focused on the needs of each person. It is based upon a cognitive-behavioural approach, with a biopsychosocial focus. Through this approach, we seek to make the person self-aware of his/her alcohol problem.
The program offers the following services and activities:
> Individualized psychotherapy.
> Medical and psychiatric.
> Group therapy.
> Individual therapy.
> Workshops and occupational pedagogy of everyday life.
> Cultural activities and leisure management.
> Sport activities and wellness.
Subsequently and throughout the course of treatment, it is intended that he/she obtain:
- new learning processes
- regain his/her self-esteem
- gain sense of responsibility
- and greater self-control, enhancing his/her own resources and capabilities to cope with the problem.
In a residential setting, we combine interpersonal relationships, the inpatients’ resocialization processes with therapeutic techniques and an array of educational interventions. The objective is to promote a comprehensive and abstinence-oriented recovery.
Life Before – During – After Treatment
To better understand how our intervention model, try to picture the Before – During – After in which relies the premises of our treatment program:
BEFORE the program in Therapeutic Community
> Disconnection with the Other. Drug use as the usual solution to overwhelming feelings. Or an escape of family or friends’ expectations. Use to solve problems of regulation of conduct, identity or integration.
DURING treatment in Therapeutic Community
> Upon entering the TC and begin to live with the peer group according to the rules of the program, the inpatients begin their reconnection with the Other. They initiate to manage their feelings and emotions, the resolution of problems of conduct regulation, the feeling of recognition of who I am. And the overcoming of the usual forms of interaction.
AFTER treatment in Therapeutic Community
> “I have changed 100%”. Through the structured narrative obtained on who they are and what they have gone through, inpatients become able to deal with experiences in a positive way. The regulation of change behaviour highlights the importance of speaking on a truly way about relapse prevention. Change of perception of Self and in relation to others. Desire to live: to have an apartment, to start work, to pay the bills, to return to school …
Briefly: Critical Success Factors of Treatment
For this, we focus on:
> Abstinence on a safe environment: restoring the physical and psychological balance begins with the abstinence of alcohol in a relaxing, safe environment;
> Behavioural analysis: based on the assumption that each behaviour has specific consequences and has underlying cognitive and social expectations.
> Pedagogy of daily life: by engaging in occupational activities, daily tasks and healthy management of leisure. We seek to promote personal structure and organization, as well as discovering other sort of activities that boost personal motivation and satisfaction
> Psychological support: engaging on psychotherapeutic groups and individual psychotherapy to promote cognitive, emotional and relational development and relapse prevention strategies
The results of this self-test should and must be used only as guidance for understanding your use of drugs, drug addiction and related health problems. A full evaluation and diagnosis must be completed by a health professional, in order to determine the most adequate counselling or inpatient treatment.