Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Treatment
The first step towards treatment for an alcohol use disorder or substance abuse problem, is to acknowledge that there is a problem and that you or your loved one needs to stop drinking. This may be a situation where you are aware of the problem and seek help directly. Often a loved one becomes aware of the alcohol abuse first. It is in the best interest to address and approach your loved one to stop drinking. No matter, the circumstances, it is important to seek alcohol abuse and alcoholism treatment.
Levels of Care for Alcoholism
Levels of care for the treatment for alcoholism or alcohol abuse include detoxification (detox), residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient.
It is important to have family support during the treatment for an alcohol use disorder, as it makes it easier to process the alcohol or drug addiction. We offer family groups and involvement based on the needs of each client.
Detoxification from alcohol is when the person drinking goes through the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Inpatient hospitalization, or residential with special licenses can allow for this level of service. Doctors will provide medical advice in this component to treat withdrawal from alcohol.
The medical staff at a facility will vary based on their license. The acuity is higher at this level of care and requires twenty-four-hour supervision and observation.
Based on a person’s medical history, medications used to prevent withdrawal symptoms to alleviate as much discomfort as possible.
Signs and Symptoms of Withdrawal
The signs and symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal start 6 to 24 hours after the last drink. (SAMHSA TIP 45)
- Restlessness, irritability, anxiety, agitation
- Anorexia (lack of appetite), nausea, vomiting
- Tremor (shakiness), elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure
- Insomnia, intense dreaming, nightmares
- Poor concentration, impaired memory, and judgment
- Increased sensitivity to sound, light, and tactile sensations
- Hallucinations (auditory, visual, or tactile)
- Delusions, usually of paranoid or persecutory varieties
- Grand mal seizures (grand mal seizures represent a severe, generalized, abnormal electrical discharge of the major portions of the brain, resulting in loss of consciousness, brief cessation of breathing, and muscle rigidity followed by muscle jerking; a brief period of sleep, awakening later with some mild to even severe confusion, occurs)
- Hyperthermia (high fever)
- Delirium with disorientation regarding time, place, person, and situation; fluctuation in level of consciousness
As one of the few licensed residential treatment centers in Florida, Turning Point of Tampa is proud to offer our clients the ability to stay in a safe, sober environment while in treatment. We have around the clock staff and offer a highly intensive therapy and counseling milieu. Utilizing the 12-Step model for addiction treatment, we have helped thousands of clients over the past three decades.
Turning Point of Tampa offers day treatment in a unique way. Our clients come to us daily to participate in our structured counseling and therapeutic milieu. At the end of the day, they either go home, or reside in our transitional residence. This living situation offers needed support as someone starts to participate in their daily life outside of the treatment center.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Turning Point of Tampa offers intensive outpatient treatment. Our clinical staff meets with clients who want to be sober and can attend set session times during the week. These sessions are consistent and will involve the clinical team creating a successful treatment plan for each client. All clients at this level of care can participate in daily life. Many clients in this level of care have a job, are in school or are volunteering in the community. There is no housing option available in this level of care.
Traditional outpatient will occur based on the need of each client. Individual and group will be offered as well as any additional services requested. An outpatient program offers fewer hours than the intensive outpatient program.
Recovery Maintenance Activities
Support groups such as alcoholics anonymous (AA) or our Turning Point of Tampa Alumni meeting are important to stay active in recovery.
Alcohol Use and Mental Illness
If you or someone you love is entering a treatment program for alcoholism, they will face some initial obstacles, which is normal. It takes some time for them to become comfortable in the program and accept all the symptoms that come when they stop drinking.
Alcoholism, alcohol abuse, or heavy drinking is often connected with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. During treatment, our clinical team will help you examine the underlying cause and together with you and your loved ones, determine a strategy to address these issues.
Using alcohol or other drugs can be a coping strategy for individuals who are struggling and have no other options to treat the pain they are facing. Facing the alcohol abuse and alcoholism is the big hurdle. In treating an alcohol use disorder, we will also address what other mental health disorders are present.