Alcohol is a legal substance, and drinking is an accepted social activity, so alcohol addiction is incredibly common. The prevalence of so many types of alcohol in so many places can make it easy to develop a problem with the substance.
Fortunately, you are not alone with your alcohol addiction, and you have options for treatment for alcoholism in Worcester, Massachusetts.
How Do I Know I’m Addicted to Alcohol?
Exactly what an alcohol addiction looks like varies between people. Does your use of alcohol negatively impact your daily life and mental health? If you answered yes, you might have an addiction.
Other warning signs include:
- Continuing to drink at social events after others have stopped
- Viewing drinking as the main attraction at a party
- Feeling like you need a drink in order to relax
- Missing work or school due to drinking
- Needing to drink more over time to get drunk
Alcohol addiction can include binge drinking, but it doesn’t always. Binge drinking is defined differently for men and women but are always within a two-hour time period:
- 5+ drinks (men)
- 4+ drinks (women)
If you’ve been using alcohol for an extended period of time, you might have health problems as a result. The effects of alcohol include health issues like:
- Liver damage
- Brain damage
- Increased risk for certain cancers
- Weakened immunity
- Bone loss
- Vision problems
What Is Alcohol Addiction Recovery Like at Washburn House?
Upon arriving at Washburn House in Worcester, you will be assessed for an alcohol use disorder. If you need to detox, we’ll refer you to our Medically Monitored Detox program. This program provides 24-hour medical care to assist you in case you experience severe withdrawal symptoms. You will also have a clinician and case manager to create a withdrawal management plan customized for your individual needs.
Our staff will help you determine the next phase in your treatment. We’ll work with you to select the program that’s your best fit and maximizes your ability to be successful!
What Path of Treatment Is Right for Me?
At Washburn House, we’ve helped many people navigate through alcohol addictions to long-term sobriety. Every person’s journey is different, so we offer many options for treatment.
Your first step may be Medically Monitored Detox program will help you complete the detoxification process safely and as comfortably as possible. If you have a severe alcohol use disorder, this is where you should start. Where you go from there depends on what works for you and what will help you best maintain sobriety. When you go through our admissions process, we’ll help you understand what treatment program is best for you.
What Is Detox from Alcohol Like?
If you have a dependence on alcohol, you should not try to detox at home. This is a process best done under the supervision of doctors and nurses. Exactly what your detox will be like depends on various factors:
- Your health
- How much alcohol you were using
- How long you’ve been addicted to alcohol
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome includes alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Loss of appetite
If the addiction is severe, you could experience hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens (DT). DT is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can result in death from high body temperature or seizures.
Again, detoxing from alcohol can be extremely dangerous. Even if you begin with mild symptoms, withdrawal can escalate quickly. The medical professionals at Washburn House are ready to guide you through it, so you’re not facing it alone.
Your Washburn House treatment options include:
Clinically Managed Inpatient Drug Rehab
This program offers individual and group therapy in a highly structured residential setting. It allows you to place your whole focus on your recovery, without distraction.
Day Treatment (PHP)
You will receive many of the same benefits of inpatient treatment, such as therapy and medication management, but you won’t live at our Worcester treatment facility. This program may be a good fit if your addiction is less severe or if you have already completed an inpatient program.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
This program combines group and individual therapy with an extra focus on relapse prevention. It’s a lower level of care where you’ll learn all the skills you’ll need to be successful in your community while you live at home or in our extended care facility in Worcester.
You won’t have to make the decision about your treatment track alone. Upon admission or after detox, you will have an assigned therapist and case worker to advise you on next steps and help you build a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Does Washburn House Offer the 12-Step Program?
Yes, we do! We understand that participation in 12-step programs is a vital part of a successful treatment and aftercare plan. We offer Alcoholics Anonymous in-house and will help you locate a 12-step group near your home as well. These programs are crucial to helping you achieve sobriety and maintaining it well into the future.
How Long Does Recovery from an Alcohol Addiction Take?
How long it takes to detox from alcohol depends on the severity of your addiction. Generally, if an addiction is severe enough to cause withdrawal, symptoms are their worst on the second day and wear off by the fourth or fifth day.
You are not ready to resume regular life after detoxing. The risk of relapse is large. You should seek treatment that includes therapy. Washburn House provides several inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment of different lengths.
Even after you’ve completed treatment, you should think of alcohol addiction recovery as a journey. You may always struggle with triggers to drink again. Long-term support, like a 12-step group and/or a sponsor, can help.
Does Washburn House Accept My Insurance?
Washburn House accepts most commercial insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance, we also accept direct payments. Your recovery is our primary concern, so if you aren’t sure how you will pay for treatment, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help!
What Happens When I Leave Washburn House?
We believe recovery from alcohol addiction should be ongoing. Whichever program you complete at our Worcester treatment facility, you will have an aftercare plan in place that may consist of social and peer supports, therapy, 12-Step groups, and other resources. This plan will give you reassurance that you can access help whenever you need it.
We’re ready anytime you are to help you break free of the chains of your alcohol addiction. Call us at 800-717-3019.