The process for determining if you may suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD) is highly personalized and requires rigorous self-honesty. There is not a specific quantity or frequency of alcohol use that can tell us the answer definitely, but rather it’s about the role alcohol plays in your life and the impact of the alcohol use on yourself and those around you. 

Two of the most common features of alcohol use disorder are:

Loss of control over how much alcohol you consume once you start. This doesn’t mean you lose control each time consuming alcohol, but it happens frequently enough to cause internal (and perhaps external) concerns.

Trouble coping without a drink. This generally means that it’s not simply that you might prefer having a drink here and there in order to feel less depressed, less anxious, or help wind down at the end of a day, but you actually feel like you need it. And, if drinking alcohol is not an option, it causes additional stress for you.

To determine if you likely suffer from AUD – an issue that affects 17 million U.S. adults and 855,000 youths ages 12 to 17, according to the National Institutes of Health – we list below some of the common criteria the AAR Healthcare addiction treatment professionals assess collaboratively with our clients.

The alcohol addiction treatment center at AAR Healthcare is here to provide you with a safe place to get the help you need. If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol use issues, contact us today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610.

Do I Need Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

To determine for yourself if you are abusing alcohol or are otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:

  • Are you experiencing increased tolerance to alcohol, leading to drinking more in order to feel the desired effect?
  • Have you continued your use of alcohol despite suffering negative consequences affecting your job, relationships, and/or health?
  • Have you engaged in risky behavior while drinking, including driving or having unprotected sex?
  • Are you unable to control your drinking at least some of the time? Once you start, can you sometimes not stop at just one or two drinks even if it’s what you told yourself you’d do?
  • Do you become angry or defensive when a loved one expresses concern about your drinking?
  • Are you spending more time drinking alone or otherwise hiding your drinking?
  • Do you experience feelings of anxiety when you can’t drink?

If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to alcohol, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. Alcohol is among the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from without medical supervision, and attempting to do so “cold turkey” can often lead to extremely adverse consequences.

The Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Alcohol addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Our MAT program utilizes naltrexone (or Vivitrol) as well as other medications to control alcohol cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery including improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

Alcohol Use and Co-Occurring Disorders

It is an unfortunate fact that individuals struggling with mental health issues are far more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or not, it is important to find a facility that will address not only your alcohol use but also the potential co-occurring disorders that underpin and fuel it. These commonly include issues like:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Major depression
  • Unresolved trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bi-polar disorder

This list is far from exhaustive, but issues like the above – whether diagnosed or not – are often the root causes of alcohol use problems. At AAR Healthcare, our team members have a long history of demonstrated success helping individuals with these co-occurring disorders and understand the importance of treating them alongside addiction issues. 

The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications that treat alcohol use disorders by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options that, when combined with evidence-based counseling, greatly enhance the likelihood of sustained recovery.

The main MAT medications for AUD include:

Naltrexone and Vivitrol

blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication and allows people with alcohol use disorders to reduce alcohol use and to remain motivated to continue to take the medication, stay in treatment, and avoid relapses.

Acamprosate

for people in recovery that are no longer drinking alcohol and want to avoid drinking. It works to prevent people from drinking alcohol, but it does not prevent withdrawal symptoms after people drink alcohol.

Disulfiram

treats chronic alcoholism and is most effective in people who have already gone through detoxification or are in the initial stage of abstinence.

Whether you wish to begin your recovery in San Marcos or participate through our comprehensive telehealth program, AAR Healthcare has a solution that is right for you.

Learn More About Alcohol Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.