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Breaking Free: Alcohol No Longer Has to Hold You Back

It’s no secret the United States has a problem with alcohol.

In fact, millions of Americans have alcohol use disorder (AUD) right now. To be exact, in 2019, 14.5 million U.S. citizens had AUD, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Of that 14.5 million, 414,000 adolescents ages 12-17 had AUD.

On top of possibly causing issues with the law, AUD has the potential to negatively impact virtually all other aspects of your life, including your health, your job, and relationships with family and friends.

Unfortunately, many people with AUD do not seek help, putting them at risk of dealing with the consequences mentioned above. But by seeking treatment, AUD can be conquered. A life free from alcohol is possible.

No one ever said it would be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is.

If you’re one of the nearly 15 million people in the United States with AUD, do not lose hope. Evidence-based treatment is available to put you on a path toward recovery.

Sincere, Quality Residential Care in the Buckeye State

Located in eastern Ohio, Vertava Health Ohio is here to offer quality care to those who need it most.

AUD can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or background. It is different for everyone, which is why unique, individualized care is crucial.

At Vertava Health Ohio, we create treatment plans that are designed to address the client‘s AUD and any other problems that may have contributed or are contributing to it. Our perspective on AUD is that by addressing the root causes of AUD, clients will have a better chance of living a sober life.

At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to give clients all of the tools they’ll need to live the rest of their lives in recovery.

Vertava Health Ohio’s evidence-based treatments are led by a team of caring, experienced professionals who have clients’ best interests in mind.

Clients can expect to receive the following treatment options:

  • Evidence-based treatment methods
  • Family addiction counseling
  • One-on-one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Aftercare planning
  • Helpful activities to support the recovery process

Our Inpatient Rehab Program

Vertava Health Ohio’s inpatient rehab program takes place in a comfortable residential setting. This program is recommended for those battling severe AUD.

Although clients will be away from home, Vertava Health Ohio will provide an environment free of alcohol and other negative influences to make sure the sole focus is on recovery.

Our facility is filled with various healthcare professionals who will provide around-the-clock care to clients. Additionally, numerous treatment options are available to treat both AUD and mental health disorders.

While the length of treatment depends on a variety of things, inpatient programs typically last from 28 to 34 days.

Some may find it beneficial to remain in an inpatient program longer, which is perfectly fine.

Inpatient rehab will give clients:

  • 24/7 care and supervision
  • No access to substances like drugs or alcohol
  • Structure and routine
  • The ability to focus on their individual needs
  • A healthy lifestyle
  • A safe environment
  • Connection with others battling AUD
  • An opportunity to learn much-needed skills for recovery

How Is Outpatient Rehab Different?

Vertava Health outpatient facilities are located in Dublin, Westerville, and Rocky River, Ohio, as well as Nashville, Tennessee.

The outpatient program provides treatment for those battling substance use disorders or mental health disorders.

While not necessarily recommended for those with a severe addiction, outpatient care is perfect for those transitioning from inpatient care who would like a flexible schedule while still receiving quality treatment. This may also be helpful for those who can’t live in an inpatient or residential treatment setting.

Despite not being an inpatient program, Vertava Health’s outpatient care still offers individualized treatment for each person to meet their unique needs.

The Alcohol Detox Process

One of the first major steps on your road to recovery will be to rid your body of the toxins caused by your AUD.

It’s widely known that abruptly leaving alcohol behind can be extremely dangerous, and in rare cases, it can be fatal.

At Vertava Health Ohio, our detox center will evaluate the client’s drinking habits before choosing a plan that is safe for them. By using medically supervised detox, it creates a much safer and more comfortable experience for the client. This includes managing withdrawal symptoms caused by the body breaking free from alcohol.

If needed, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be used. MAT is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective form of treatment that can reduce alcohol cravings and ease certain withdrawal symptoms.

What Is MAT?

MAT, also known as medication-assisted treatment, is used during the treatment process for either AUD or opioid use disorder. It is a combination of medication and behavioral health therapy.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery. MAT can help:

  • Keep people in treatment
  • Improve survival of clients
  • Increase clients’ ability to get and keep employment
  • Improve birth outcomes for women with substance use disorders
  • Decrease criminal activity among those with substance use disorders

If MAT is deemed right for a client, they will work closely with our team of medical professionals and counselors.

At Vertava Health Ohio, we understand MAT requires proper supervision and a responsible and safe environment.

Examining Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are when a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder coexist. While co-occurring disorders are common, many people do not even know they have a co-occurring disorder until they seek treatment.

Examples of co-occurring disorders are anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to SAMHSA, “People with mental illness are more likely to experience a substance use disorder than those not affected by a mental illness. According to SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder.”

At Vertava Health Ohio, clients with co-occurring disorders will receive treatment focusing on improving and managing their mental health. This includes evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to change harmful thought patterns that can negatively impact their connection to alcohol. Therapy can also help clients develop coping skills they can apply to their everyday life.

Spotting Alcohol Use Disorder, Withdrawal, and Identifying Other Dangers

AUDs can usually be spotted by a few tell-tale signs.

Symptoms of AUD include:

  • Drinking more or longer than anticipated
  • Wanting to cut down on drinking but being unable to
  • Strong urges to drink
  • Continuing to drink despite being sick
  • Continuing to drink despite it causing family problems
  • Continuing to drink despite it causing problems with work
  • Giving up activities or hobbies to drink
  • Spending a lot of time recovering from drinking
  • Engaging in dangerous activities due to drinking
  • Having to drink more and more to feel the effects
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Those with AUD who suddenly stop routinely drinking may experience symptoms such as irritability, depression, anxiety, nausea, restlessness, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there), seizures, and fever.

Another thing to keep in mind is how dangerous alcohol can be to one’s health. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says, “Too much alcohol is dangerous. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It may lead to liver diseases, such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. It can also cause damage to the brain and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby.”

In some instances, someone with AUD may be prone to alcohol poisoning, which is a health emergency.

Alcohol poisoning occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that it affects life-sustaining functions in the brain. This can include control of things like heart rate, breathing, and body temperature. Signs of alcohol poisoning include confusion, semiconsciousness (only somewhat awake), low body temperature, seizure, and vomiting. What makes this even more dangerous is the fact that the intoxicated person may choke on their own vomit.

Alcohol poisoning can cause brain damage, and in some cases can be fatal. If alcohol poisoning is suspected, seek medical attention immediately.

The Importance of a Support System

Having a support system is one aspect of recovery that shouldn’t be forgotten. Everyone wants the best for their loved one, which is why it’s so difficult to see one struggling with AUD.

Vertava Health’s family therapy is designed to address family connections.

Family therapy will allow counselors to work with families to build skills such as understanding addiction as a medical disease, re-establishing trust, forgiveness, managing expectations, teaching responsibility, learning strategies for success, and practicing coping strategies.

Since the person with AUD may feel misunderstood, it’s important for families to understand that addiction is a medical disease.

In a supportive environment, families can let their frustrations be heard. When the entire family is treated, addiction treatment is more effective.

Just like the person battling AUD, families, too, can recover.

Your Path to Sobriety Starts Here

You are more than your AUD. Alcohol no longer has to control your life. Vertava Health Ohio can help you take your life back.

You deserve treatment that is tailored to your needs — treatment that can give you the tools you’ll need to live the rest of your life in recovery.

If you or a loved one needs help addressing AUD, call (888) 481-7821 today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the stages of rehab?

At Vertava Health Ohio, there are typically three stages in the rehab process, including detox, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab. The detox process consists of eliminating alcohol toxins from your body in the safest and most comfortable manner possible. Inpatient rehab is where a client resides at a treatment facility to get the help they need. This includes evidence-based treatments to help clients learn how to live a sober life. Outpatient rehab is usually recommended for those who have completed the first two steps in the process. It gives clients the opportunity to continue receiving treatment while maintaining their work and family schedule. Outpatient treatment may also be an option for those who can’t possibly do inpatient rehab.

What are the odds of staying sober?

Everyone is different. The odds of staying sober depend on a variety of things. By seeking professional treatment, you can learn the tools needed to live a full life in recovery. If you’re struggling, there is no shame in asking for help. You have the power to live a sober life.

What does it mean to be clean from alcohol?

“Clean from alcohol” typically means alcohol-free. This can refer to someone who has overcome AUD and is currently living in recovery or someone who simply chooses not to drink alcohol. Using the term “clean from alcohol” is generally avoided in the treatment community since it implies a previous state of dirtiness instead of disease.

What is MAT?

Also known as medication-assisted treatment, MAT is the combination of medication and behavioral health therapy in the substance use disorder treatment process. MAT is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective form of treatment that can reduce alcohol cravings and ease certain withdrawal symptoms.

What’s an example of co-occurring disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are common for people with substance use disorders. Co-occurring disorders are when a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder coexist. Examples of co-occurring disorders are anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).