Nationwide, millions of people struggle with the negative side effects of alcohol abuse or addiction. In many cases, if the person maintains their habit despite the harmful and unpleasant consequences, alcohol addiction is most likely the result.
Fortunately, Free by the Sea, located in the beautiful state of Washington, is here to help. Our facility offers a quiet, relaxing environment and alcohol addiction treatments that are respectful and dignified.
We are serving the Nation, based in the Pacific Northwest.
What Is Alcohol Addiction?
When someone is struggling with alcohol addiction, they consider alcohol to be a necessity, so many people go to extremes just for another drink. Indeed, this means that alcohol can start taking priority over your work, finances, friends and family, hobbies, and other important areas of your life. Addiction is most apparent when an individual spends considerable amounts of time abusing alcohol.
When alcohol abuse is severe or prolonged, withdrawal will result. Often, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are unpleasant and uncomfortable enough to drive the person to keep drinking, even when they wish to quit. Furthermore, drinking fails to mask the triggers that so often lead to alcohol abuse. Consequently, this causes many individuals to face those as well as the symptoms of withdrawal.
At Free by the Sea, you will receive help and support from our highly experienced medical staff to guide you along the path of recovery.
Indications of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol abuse can be extremely harmful to a person’s mental and physical health. It’s critical to become aware of the signs of alcohol addiction so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Some of the signs that you should look for are as follows:
- An overbearing obsession with alcohol and drinking, such as talking about it frequently and at length or a strong desire to visit places where alcohol is being served.
- Isolation from friends and loved ones, abandoning hobbies and interests, and even neglecting responsibilities in favor of abusing alcohol.
- Routinely consuming excessive quantities of alcohol, possibly to the point of becoming ill, blacking out, or losing consciousness.
- Maintaining your drinking habit simply to prevent the symptoms of withdrawal, even when you would rather quit.
- Drinking increasingly larger quantities to get the same effects, which is caused by your body, developing a tolerance to the alcohol.
Shifts in Behavior that Indicate Alcohol Addiction
Deviations from normal behavior are also frequently seen with alcohol addiction. In most cases, these include the following:
- Irrational or extreme reactions to relatively small stresses or using alcohol to control stress levels
- Frequent absence from work, poor job performance, and going to work drunk or hungover
- Socializing primarily with other people who drink
- Hiding alcohol, drinking in secret, and dishonesty about your degree of consumption
- Increasing frequency of arguments with friends and loved ones, straining or ruining relationships
- Feeling like it’s impossible to quit drinking or manage your consumption
- Avoiding, denying, or belittling the problems your addiction causes
- Drinking to alleviate hangovers
- Legal trouble caused by addiction to alcohol, such as driving while intoxicated, public urination, indecent exposure, assault, and disorderly conduct
- Being unable to perform everyday tasks and responsibilities, such as household chores, job duties and other tasks without drinking
Physical and Psychological Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction can involve several mental and physical symptoms, especially during withdrawal. In severe cases, the symptoms can become life-threatening, such as the following:
- Digestive upset, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, acid reflux, and abdominal cramps
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Insomnia and night sweats
- Passing out frequently
- Tremors in the head and extremities
- Fatigue and restlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Diminished reasoning ability
- Depression and anxiety
- Mood swings involving irritability, anger, sadness, apathy, and rage
- Anhedonia, an inability to feel satisfaction or pleasure
- Low motivation
- Alcohol cravings
- Requiring another drink soon after the first
- In severe cases, seizures
Treating Alcohol Addiction
Treating alcohol addiction starts with seeking help. Our dedicated addiction treatment specialists can help you find the best type of program to meet your recovery needs. Our recovery center offers many treatment services to suit your unique needs and schedule.
Detoxification is the first step in treating alcohol addiction. Detoxification is the process your body undergoes to get rid of harmful chemicals accumulated through alcohol use. Within the first few days after you quit drinking, you may experience intensely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
This is why it’s crucial to undergo detox in a medically supervised setting. Withdrawal symptoms can range in severity if not treated properly. Our trained medical professionals will offer you 24/7 supervision and care. After detox, the core components of treatment will take place, such as evidence-based therapies and recovery meetings.
Residential Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Residential treatment also referred to as inpatient rehabilitation, offers the highest level of care at our recovery center. The program generally runs between 28 to 90 day periods. It is also a requirement to stay on-site during your alcohol addiction treatment. As a member of residential treatment, you’ll receive full access to all of our amenities and treatment services.
Your first week in residential treatment will generally begin with the process of detoxification. This is the first stage of the addiction recovery process. The process of detoxification eliminates alcohol from your body so you can begin treatment with a cleaner slate.
Afterward, the core components of treatment will begin. We’ll help give you the tools to overcome alcohol addiction and maintain long-term sobriety.
Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Individuals looking for alcohol addiction treatment may stray away from seeking help because they feel like it’ll take up too much of their time. That’s where outpatient treatment programs come in. These types of programs offer high-quality treatment based on the recovering individual’s schedule.
For instance, you may have serious responsibilities, such as being at work or taking care of a child at home. We understand how important it is for you to prioritize those obligations. Thus, we’ll work around your needs to create a structured program that works for you.
Outpatient treatment differs in the commitment and length of each program depending on the individual. After an in-depth evaluation, we’ll create a unique alcohol addiction recovery plan that suits your needs best.
Partial Hospitalization Programs
A partial hospitalization program is a cross between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. However, it is classified as an outpatient treatment program. It can be as intensive as inpatient rehabilitation in regards to the hours of treatment sessions. Although partial hospitalization programs allow you to return home every night.
This alcohol addiction treatment option is best suited for recovering individuals who live close to the facility and have a stable home environment. Partial hospitalization programs generally run between six to eight hours daily. Even though individuals return home in the evening, they are still closely monitored for signs of a potential relapse, withdrawal symptoms, and other health conditions.
Alcohol Addiction Statistics in Washington State
Our nation is facing a drug epidemic with shocking statistics. In 2010, 2,457 alcohol-related deaths were reported in Washington state. 16% of adults reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks for men, 4 or more drinks for women) at least once in the past month. San Juan, Grays Harbor, and King counties reside above the state average, with 22%, 21%, and 17% of adults reporting binge drinking in the past month, as well.
When it comes to alcohol use and addiction, Washington state is aligned with the national average, with 17% of adults binge drinking about four times a month. The statistics are a wake-up call: we must help our communities receive help. Whether it’s you or a loved one struggling with alcohol addiction, we’re here to help.
Why Choose Free by the Sea?
Free by the Sea is a beautiful community located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our recovery center prides itself on having a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client-centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our alcohol addiction recovery approach.
We adhere to evidence-based practices that are focused on successful outcomes for long term alcohol addiction recovery. Services provided include:
- 77 treatment beds.
- Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, including licensed Mental Health Therapists.
- High-quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
- DBT, CBT, EMDR, and trauma-informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships.
- Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
- Twelve-step meetings
- We provide residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
- Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
- Nutritionally designed meals to restore health
Contact Free by the Sea
Enrolling in an addiction recovery program helps you put a stop to the cycle of abuse and dependence. The cycle of addiction and alcoholism has extremely damaging effects not only on you but also your friends and loved ones. If left untreated, alcohol addiction may further bring chaos into your life.
At Free by the Sea, our priority is offering patients a wide variety of top-quality treatment options. With our long history of success in helping people successfully beat alcohol addiction, you can feel confident that we will provide you or your loved one with the quality treatment they need and deserve. Contact our office today to find out more about the treatment services we offer and how we can help you today.