Although legal and considered mostly acceptable in social situations, alcohol is actually one of the most dangerous and devastating drugs of abuse. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 25.8% of adults reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month. For those that engaged in high-intensity drinking (consuming alcohol at 2-3x the binge drinking threshold), individuals at 2x were 70 times more likely to have an alcohol-related emergency department visit. Those who consumed 3x binge thresholds were also 93 times more likely to have an alcohol-related ED visit. These do not even get into the well-documented rates of alcohol-related violence and deaths that occur before individual can get help at an alcohol rehab.
As a result, alcohol has some of the most severe consequences out of all drugs of choice for those suffering with addiction. But there is hope. For those willing to make a change, alcohol rehab offers a way to recovery and a healthier, more fulfilling way of living.
Alcoholism Can Affect Anyone
No individuals have granted immunity to alcoholism. Although many people who struggle with alcohol abuse inherited a genetic predisposition, many people in alcohol rehab do not have any family history of addiction whatsoever. Also, “having your life together” by still working/going to school full time does not indicate immunity. Functional alcoholics go to great lengths to live with their disease. In fact, these individuals often have a harder time accepting help because their lives seem to be going so well. But external measures of success do not always correlate with mental health or a struggle with substance abuse disorder.
Not everyone who drinks heavily becomes an alcoholic. But binge drinking and drinking to excess increases the likelihood of developing alcohol use disorder.
COVID-19 Increased Alcohol-Related Problems
Most of our lives changed after COVID-19. The pandemic threw a wrench into everyone’s plans. Moreover, it wreaked particular havoc in terms of substance use disorders. Much of this happened due to the isolation and loneliness. Alcohol provides temporary relief for these sorts of feelings. But that spiraled out of control for many who may or may not have struggled with alcohol use. Admissions to alcohol rehab rose during the pandemic. And many individuals still struggle with bad drinking habits developed during lockdown.
Alcohol Rehab in Southern California
Alcohol rehab centers offer several levels of care for those seeking treatment. For alcohol rehab, detox represents an important step due to the potential for lethal withdrawal symptoms.
- 7-10 days
- Inpatient residential setting
- Care staff 24/7 monitoring vitals
- Meds provided as needed to stabilize and make withdrawal symptoms more comfortable
- Introduction to therapy
- Case manager assigned
- 30-60 days (more if needed)
- Inpatient residential setting
- Care staff 24/7 track vitals once a day, or more as needed
- Daily breathalyzer and random drug testing
- Daily group therapy
- Individual therapy several times a week
- 30-90 days
- Outpatient therapy
- Sober living recommended
- Includes group & individual therapy
- Discharge planning and relapse prevention planning
- Encouraged to find a sponsor
If you or someone you love needs alcohol rehab, our counselors offer free case assessments by phone 24/7: 855-997-4702