Alcoholism Treatment in Massachusetts
East Coast Recovery Center is one of the best alcohol rehab centers in the greater Boston area. We offer customized substance abuse treatment to help people overcome addiction and regain full control over their lives. If you or someone you love has been battling alcohol abuse, we can help.Seeking addiction treatment for alcohol abuse takes tremendous courage and bravery. If you're thinking about getting help, you've already taken the biggest step towards sobriety. Call East Coast Recovery Center today to speak to an addiction expert that specializes in alcohol addiction. Read on to find out key information about alcohol abuse and learn about the available treatment options we offer.
What Is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol abuse is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, behind tobacco and heart disease. Despite alcohol being perfectly legal, it poses a significant risk to public health due to its potential for abuse. In small quantities, it acts as a social lubricant, causing minor inebriation, loss of inhibition, mild euphoria and impaired cognition. However, for a percentage of the population, alcohol can be deadly.Facts: In Cohasset, MA and the surrounding area, there has been a consistent increase in alcohol addiction and its related consequences over the past decade. Covid-19 amplified those numbers nearly ten-folds. East Coast Recovery Center knows the ravishing effects alcohol can have on you and loved ones. Walk the path with us today – don’t be a statistic in Massachusetts anymore!
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Alcoholism and its Effects
While most people will not develop an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, those with a specific mix of genetic, environmental and behavioral factors can develop addiction, which is a disease. This is where cravings to use alcohol and get drunk are placed in an irrationally high place on a person's list of priorities. Even when they're aware their life is being negatively impacted by alcohol use, they can't stop doing it.It's important to understand that addiction doesn't occur because the individual chooses it or lacks the self-control to prevent it. Some people are predisposed to substance abuse disorders through no fault of their own and have to work harder than others to avoid drug and alcohol abuse and stay sober. For these individuals, abstinence is usually the safest and most effective route to freedom from alcohol and drug use disorders.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
The only thing more frustrating than trying to figure out when you or a loved one becomes an alcoholic is knowing that there are steps we can take before the addiction takes hold. A lot of people in their early 20s drink excessively, but most grow out of this phase by middle age, which means it's time for some serious self reflection if these behaviors don't change soon!
The most important distinction to make between addiction and enjoyment is this: If drinking doesn't negatively impact your life in any way and you're entirely in control of your intake, you're probably not addicted. On the other hand, if your relationships, job, finances or ability to meet your goals is impeded and you find yourself drinking more than you intended, or drinking when you told yourself you wouldn't, you might need help.
Let's take a look at some of the physical, psychological and behavioral signs of alcohol addiction.
Physical Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
- Weight gain or weight loss unrelated to diet
- Poor personal hygiene and decreased self-care
- Injuries or illnesses as a result of drinking, e.g., falls or liver failure
- Breath that smells of alcohol
- Bins full of empty alcohol bottles or a mess of empties in the home
- Frequently seeming intoxicated, e.g., slurring, stumbling and lack of coordination
- Drinking increasing amounts of alcohol to get the same effects
- Spending an inordinate amount of time and money getting and using alcohol
- Spending a large amount of time recovering from the effects of alcohol
Psychological Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
- Delusions and irrational thinking, particularly during inebriation or withdrawal
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Attention, memory and cognitive problems
- Aggression, anger and irritability
- Being defensive and argumentative
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Mood swings
Behavioral Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
- Problems at work or school
- Decreased athletic performance
- Change of social groups to incorporate drinking and partying more
- Spending less time around friends
- Withdrawing socially
- Not following through with plans
- Lying and deceiving others
- Getting into conflicts with people
Alcohol Treatment in Cohasset, MA
From hiking a trail at Whitney and Thayer Woods to relaxing with a good book at Sandy Beach to shopping local boutiques in Cohasset Village, there is plenty of fun to be had in Cohasset, but sometimes fun is overridden by addiction. At East Coast Recovery Center, we are experts in guiding people along their recovery journey.
We look at various factors including availability and budget as well age or unique experiences that may make one more likely than another for specific types of treatment. For instance, an older individual who has been addicted longer term might need more oversight because he/she has ingrained behaviors that will take more time to change. Getting and staying free of the addiction is a process that one needs to be able to practice patience and be willing to change all behaviors that keep us in active addiction.
Outpatient Programs for Alcohol Addiction
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) in Cohasset is designed for individuals that need support and accountability in early recovery. Having a support system is key to sustaining a long-term recovery and in an outpatient setting one can strengthen or gain the needed support system. An intensive outpatient program works around the addicted person’s personal schedule and makes it possible for them to continue working, going to school or taking part in extracurricular activities such as sports while still getting the treatment needed. This type of outpatient treatment is one step down from a traditional PHP due to its flexibility. Clients can meet during the day or at night as their schedule allows.
An IOP usually involves around 12 hours a week of treatment that includes counseling services, family counseling, support groups and other outpatient treatments, but each program is tailored to address specific needs.
A typical day in East Coast Recovery’s IOP consists of meeting with support staff, therapists and peers. During addiction treatment, the clients learn the necessary skills to obtain or keep a job, find the meaning of life through personal discovery, learn how to socialize and connect with others going through similar recovery, address the causes of the addiction and learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships. This outpatient addiction treatment also includes help on repairing relationships that might have been destroyed or damaged during the addiction process.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is recommended for those who need to address substance abuse and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression in a single treatment program. The PHP offered by East Coast Recovery Center is generally a more structured treatment for addiction. It takes place for several hours a day five days per week, and it addresses addiction triggers while helping with behavioral health and mental health issues surrounding addiction.
A typical day in a PHP consists of individual and group therapy, education, skill building activities and frequent mental health and recovery evaluations that must be performed by a licensed mental health professional in a mental health facility. The exact length of time in a PHP varies depending on the person, but the goal is to ensure the client has reached treatment goals.
Get Help for Alcohol Abuse Today
At our addiction treatment program in the greater Boston area, you'll learn new coping skills , gain a deeper understanding of what motivates and triggers you and find out what drives drug or alcohol addiction. Get in touch with East Coast Recovery Center today for professional treatment advice or to book your place in our alcohol rehab programs. In addition, we work with multiple insurance companies, so make sure to ask about how your insurance may cover your addiction treatment.