Alcoholism Treatment in Hampton, VA – Therapy and Counseling
Can you relate to this experience? After several cold ones, you tell yourself that it’s probably time to go home. You should stop, leave the bar, and get some sleep before tomorrow’s long day. But you do not. You see a friend of a friend of a friend you met once, so you stay, have another, and chat for a while. No big deal, you tell yourself. It’s ok to kickback. Right? Right. Or maybe not. When it comes to alcohol, it can be hard to know when healthy use becomes alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
Many people struggle with when, where, and how they consume alcohol. Therapists have helped many people regain control, whether they have a few unhealthy habits or an addiction.
Thriveworks Hampton, VA provides treatment that has helped many people assess their alcohol intake and overcome dependencies or abuses.
Alcoholism and the Brain
Alcoholism is the more common name for alcohol use disorder, an illness that throws the brain out of balance. The disequilibration increases the brain chemical that allows people to feel pleasure when drinking alcohol while the chemical that controls impulses decreases.
The imbalance in the brain expresses itself in losing control of alcohol consumption. Alcoholics may drink compulsively, experience negative emotions when not drinking, and/or have difficulty curbing alcohol use.
Alcoholism and Its Signs
The first step toward treating alcoholism may be recognizing its signs and acknowledging the problem. Denial can be difficult to overcome, but if you or a loved one exhibits one or more of the following behaviors, it may be time to see a therapist.
- Developing a ritual for alcohol use
- Consuming alcohol in secret or alone
- Lying about alcohol use
- Drinking more to experience the same buzz
- Prioritizing alcohol over family, friends, hobbies, and work
- Feeling angry or annoyed when not drinking
- Craving alcohol
- Attempting to quit or drink less without success
- Sweating, vomiting, or shaking when going too long without a drink
Alcoholism and Health
Heightened or sustained alcohol in the blood stream can cause or exacerbate other significant health problems. Although alcoholism is in itself a serious illness, it is also associated with increased risk of …
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Birth defects
- Diabetes complications
- Bone damage
Alcoholism and Treatment
Alcoholism is an awful illness, but many people who seek treatment for their alcohol addiction have overcome it. There are many paths that lead to regaining control over alcohol use and many different treatment options. Often, people need professional help to find the right path for them. Therapists can guide people toward the strategies that may be most effective in treating their unique struggle.
The particular circumstances of where the alcoholism formed and of how it has manifested in a person’s life are unique to each individual. Therefore, treatment may be individualized as well. Seeing a therapist or counselor may expedite recovery because they can help their clients find a tailored treatment plan.
In general, a multi-faceted treatment plan has helped many people recover from alcoholism. The first step may be to detox from the alcohol, allowing the body to adjust to life without alcohol in its blood stream. Once a person has gained sobriety, maintaining it may involve psychological, pharmacological, and/or psychosocial treatment.
Psychological treatment addresses the root causes of the illness. Therapists may explore when and why a client first used alcohol, healthy coping strategies, and any accompanying mental health challenges.
Pharmacological treatment uses medication to achieve or maintain sobriety. A qualified medical doctor or therapist should oversee any medicinal treatment of alcoholism.
Psychosocial treatment involves a support group or group therapy. A group setting where there is understanding and accountability has a long history in alcoholism treatment, and many people have benefitted from the support these groups provide.
Scheduling Treatment for Alcoholism
Think about the list of alcoholism’s signs. Could you identify you own behavior on the list? Maybe controlling your alcohol intake is coming harder. Maybe you are unsure if you are misusing alcohol or not. Maybe it is time to talk to a professional who can give you support and guidance.
Therapy through Thriveworks Hampton has given many people the tools they need to overcome their alcoholism. Our counselors are ready to give each client the personalized care they need.
When you schedule an appointment with one of our therapists, here are some things you can expect …
- You will reach a real person – not a voicemail.
- Our therapists accept many forms of insurance.
- You may be able to see your therapist within 24 hours of your call, even if you are a first-time client.
- Need an evening or weekend appointment? We have them available.
Is it take to take back control of your alcohol use? We are ready to help. Call today.