Overcoming Alcohol Addiction and Abuse

Learn what alcohol use disorder is and how to get help when you or someone you love needs alcohol addiction treatment.

Alcohol Misuse Overview

While having a cocktail or glass of champagne on occasion is socially acceptable, a constant need to sit down with an alcoholic beverage may indicate a problem. If you find you can’t get through the day without a certain number of drinks, or if drinking is getting in the way of your daily functioning, you may have an alcohol use disorder.

In 2020, an estimated 22.4 million Americans age 26 or older met criteria for AUD. Over 5 million young adults between 18 and 25 had an alcohol use disorder in the same time frame. The disease also touches adolescents and teens, with an estimated 712,000 youths between 12 and 17 having an AUD that year.1

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What Is Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic and relapsing condition, diagnosed by professionals using a set of 11 criteria (shown below).

These criteria come from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Meeting 2 or more of the criteria in a 12-month period indicates the presence of an alcohol use disorder. The more criteria met, the more severe the disorder.2,3

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse very commonly co-occurs with mental illness. According to  SAMHSA, roughly 39% of all Americans with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental illness. People may drink in an attempt to relieve symptoms associated with their mental health issues. Doing so may actually worsen the condition over time.

Not every person who experiences mental illness, trauma, or other risk factors for alcoholism will go on to abuse alcohol. The disease of addiction is complicated. It is impossible to predict who will be impacted.11

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and multifaceted disease. As alcohol use disorder itself is a complex condition, so is recovering from it. It is not just a matter of deciding to put the bottle down. Very often, professional treatment is needed to get and stay sober.11

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How to Talk to Someone About Their Alcohol Abuse

Convincing yourself or a loved one to get help can be extremely challenging. Denial is common among people struggling with alcoholism.

It may take many attempts before you or your loved one accepts help.12 Don’t get discouraged if you or you loved one thinks about getting help but backs out. Changes are hard for everyone.

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Finding an Alcohol Treatment Center

The Dallas-Ft. Worth area and greater state of Texas have many resources for those seeking treatment for an alcohol use disorder.

The setting and intensity of rehab programs vary greatly depending on the facility. Here are some tools to help you find the right treatment center that meets your individual needs.

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Types of Alcohol Treatment Programs

As a person progresses through treatment, whether at an alcohol rehab program at Greenhouse or at another facility, they may participate in one or more of the following levels of care:16–18

Together, these programs form a spectrum of services that support long-term sobriety. At Greenhouse Treatment Center, we provide this full continuum of care and offer all levels of treatment in one place. Our patients don’t have to bounce around between treatment providers as they progress in their recovery.

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Addiction Treatment and Recovery

The Alcohol Treatment Intake Process

The intake phase is a critical step in the early stages of alcohol treatment. A thorough assessment will ensure that the course of treatment adequately addresses the patient’s needs. Upon admission to Greenhouse Treatment Center in Texas, staff may ask about the patient’s:19

  • Medical history.
  • History of alcohol use and withdrawal.
  • Abuse of any other drugs.
  • Previous detox attempts.
  • Treatment history.
  • Mental health history.
  • History of personal trauma or abuse.
  • Sources of social support.

This information helps the treatment team identify the right level of care for the patient and create a personalized care plan for recovery. We can discuss the right treatment plan for you, or your loved one. Call to discuss your options today.

Stages of Alcohol Recovery

As a person gets help for an alcohol use disorder, they will often go through several stages of treatment. Most often, the first stage is medical detox because alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous or in some cases life-threatening.18

In some cases, after the detox stage, additional medications may also be used to decrease continued drinking behavior in those with AUD. Such medications include acamprosate (Campral), disulfiram (Antabuse), and naltrexone (Vivitrol). The use of these medications may extend into the maintenance stage, as well.

Treatment may then focus on behavioral therapies and skills training in an inpatient or outpatient environment (or both).

Once treatment is complete, the maintenance stage starts which may involve one or more of the following:

  • Minimal hours of outpatient therapy
  • Moving to a recovery residence
  • Attending regular AA meetings

Taking other steps that help support recovery are also important. These can be moving, changing habits, attending church, returning to school, refocusing energy on new hobbies or other positive activities.

Recovery Happens One Day at a Time

Treatment is often a multistep process that demands long-term hard work, effective therapies, and the support of friends and family. This effort pays off. Those in recovery experience improved physical health, stronger personal relationships, and a more positive outlook on the future.

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Paying for Rehab

Paying for recovery can be a stressor for those who need help. In many cases, however, the cost of treatment may be less of a barrier than you think. Many programs offer financing, loans, or other ways to offset the burden of paying a large sum upfront.

For individuals with limited financial resources, options do exist in the form of:

  • Publicly funded detox and rehab programs.
  • Scholarships.
  • Sliding scale payments (adjusted cost based on financial need).

Outpatient programs tend to be less expensive than inpatient programs, as well.

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Using Health Insurance for Rehab

Most health insurance plans also cover substance abuse treatment. For questions, contact the treatment center or call the number on your insurance card.

To learn more about the various payment options offered at Greenhouse, or to find out whether our alcohol rehab center in Grand Prairie, TX, accepts your specific insurance plan, simply fill out the quick and confidential form below.

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