Most individuals are able to have a few drinks at the end of the day without suffering any negative consequences. For others however, they are unable to drink alcohol without experiencing a number of difficulties. Due to their alcohol abuse these individuals are facing a number of significant problems within their lives. Alcohol abuse is a chronic disease in which a person is unable to stop consuming alcohol despite the negative effects on their work, interpersonal life, education, or health. Alcoholism is more severe than alcohol abuse and is defined as highly destructive pattern of alcohol usage that involves a physical tolerance, including the presence of withdrawal symptoms if alcohol consumption is cut back or stopped.
At Vantage Point we strive to meet the individual needs of every patient who walks through our doors. For over 30 years we have successfully served children, adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from mental illness and substance abuse addiction. You do not have to continue living a life stuck in the cycle of addiction. Our compassionate staff can help you break that cycle and help you learn how to put down the bottle. Together we can help you achieve a brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have a loved one that is struggling with alcohol addiction, approaching them about the situation can be extremely difficult. In addition to seeing your loved one suffer, they may not believe that they have a problem, which can further complicate the situation. If you suspect that someone you love may have an addiction to alcohol here are some signs to look for:
- Excessive preoccupation with liquor
- Avoiding activities because they are drunk
- Sneaking away for long periods of time and returning with glazed eyes or erratic behaviors
- Drinking large amounts of alcohol just so they can get the same feelings
Helping a loved one recover from an alcohol addiction can be a long and in some cases painful process, especially if they do not think they need help. One of the first things you can do to start the recovery process is have a conversation with your loved one where you express your genuine concerns about their overall well-being. Tell your loved one how you think a rehab program will be most beneficial for helping them overcome their addiction as well as ensure them that you will be there to support them throughout the entire process. Here are some other ways that you can help your loved one:
- Educate yourself about addiction
- Stop making excuses for their behavior
- Don’t give them any money to support their habit
- Stay focused on the bigger picture
Why Consider Treatment at Vantage Point
Over a prolonged period of time, the heavy consumption of alcohol can cause a whole host of negative health consequences such as an enlarged heart, high blood pressure, and stroke. You may have noticed that your reflexes have slowed and that you are not remembering things as well as you used to. Additionally, your drinking may have caused you to have problems within your marriage or with your loved ones and friends. As you continue to abuse this substance you may have become more socially isolated and have started to experience symptoms of depression. Without proper treatment and support the problems associated with excessive drinking will only get worse over time.
Inpatient programs have been known to be successful in the treatment of alcohol abuse and addiction. By entering an inpatient treatment program it allows you to be surrounded by caring professionals who will make it their goal to keep you safe, while at the same time doing all they can to help you be successful with your treatment. In addition to engaging in a number of different therapeutic methods, you will have the opportunity to connect with other individuals who are struggling with similar issues. Additionally, an inpatient program will provide you with a safe environment away from the stress of everyday life where you can truly focus on getting better.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point, we know that no two people experience alcohol addiction in the same way and so we strive to understand the specific needs of each one of our patients. We are dedicated to providing confidential care in an environment that is designed to promote crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, and personal growth. Our highly qualified staff provides care 24 hours a day to help ensure the safety of each and every individual in our programs. At Vantage Point, we provide a full continuum of care that ranges from acute inpatient treatments to various outpatient treatments. Throughout all of our programs our main goal is to stabilize patients and get them back to their highest level of functioning so they can return to their community as quickly as possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vantage Point
Upon arriving at Vantage Point, you will meet with a qualified assessment specialist who will conduct a thorough psychosocial assessment so that we will be able to get a more in-depth understanding of your specific needs. Through the result of these assessments we will be able to recommend an appropriate level of care and be able to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet those needs. Your input is encouraged and will greatly impact the success of that treatment plan. The different types of treatment we provide through our inpatient program for alcohol addiction include:
Detoxification: If you come to Vantage Point chemically dependent on alcohol then you will first go through our detoxification process. The detox program at Vantage Point is designed to help remove all toxic substances from your body as safely and effectively as possible. The detoxification is medically monitored 24 hours a day to ensure for your safety.
Medication management: Medication is often used during the detoxification process in order to help manage some of the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Additionally, it may be used to control the symptoms of an existing co-occurring disorder. You will work closely with your psychiatrist in order to find a medication that works best for you and it will be consistently monitored throughout your stay with us. If changes in medication are required, the psychiatrist with whom you work will walk you through that process.
Individual therapy: All of our patients will participate in individual therapy with a qualified therapist at least once per week. However, additional session can occur at any time on an as needed basis. During individual sessions, patients will have the opportunity to explore and process the various emotions that they may be experiencing, while at the same time getting at the underlying cause for the development of your addiction.
Group therapy: Group therapy is held on an ongoing basis and meets multiple times per day, every day. These group sessions will cover topics such as developing positive coping skills, exploring emotional disturbances, identifying triggers for drinking, and relapse prevention. Group therapy sessions are also an ideal time for patients to come together to support one another on their journey of recovery.
Family involvement: At Vantage Point, we understand the importance of family involvement in the success of a person’s treatment. Family therapy sessions are held once a week, but extra sessions can be requested and held at the discretion of the individual’s therapist. Patients are also able to have weekly visitation with family members.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Planning for discharge begins at the time of a patient’s admission into a program. We know how important it is for our patients to get the help that they need and be able to return to their normal daily lives as soon as possible. By having the discharge planning process started at admission, it allows case managers and care coordinators time to organize future treatment options. Before being discharged patients will have their next stage of treatment in place and know what it entails. On the day of discharge, patients will have a final meeting with their treatment team in order to go over the next steps for continued care. Patients will leave our program with the comfort of knowing that they will still have the ongoing support that they need.
Some clients feel that they would like more time to work through their challenges and choose to enter into a residential program. Others may discharge to an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for therapy during the day and a slow reintegration back into the home in the evenings and on weekends. Still, others may feel that enough progress has been made for them to return home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy program and community resources.