Offering premier alcohol detox and rehab treatment, your local Landmark Recovery of Denver aims to see you break free from your alcohol dependence. Our highly credentialed staff is passionate about your recovery, and we think you will be hard-pressed to find anyone more dedicated to helping you live a life of sobriety, hope, and wellness.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is also known as alcohol addiction, alcohol dependence, or alcohol abuse. It is defined as a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.1
Alcohol use disorder is not a matter of choice. Instead, it is classified as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). An AUD case can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the number of symptoms an individual meets when questioned by a healthcare professional.
Factors like drinking at an early age, family history and genetics, or a history of mental health conditions and trauma can lead to AUD. However, people who simply drink too much over a long period of time also can develop an alcohol addiction.2
The Centennial State saw a 57% increase in alcohol-related deaths from 2005 to 2017 – 20% higher than the national growth rate for the same time period.1 The city of Denver also was found to have higher rates of alcohol abuse than cities about its size such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Austin.2 According to Denver Public Health, 1 in 4 Denver residents binge drinks, meaning a person consumes alcohol to the point their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 or above.3 car crashes and falls are often a result of binge drinking, which was reflected in Denver’s emergency room visits in 2018. That year, 36% of emergency room visits were due to alcohol abuse, and so were 38% of fatal motor vehicle accidents.4
The nature of addiction means there will be moments of denial. Perhaps the person knows they drink too much, but they “wouldn’t call it an addiction.” Denial is common, but the reality is that when a person’s health, mental health, emotional wellbeing, or personal and professional work relationships are affected by alcohol abuse, it might be time to take a closer look.
Alcohol abuse shows itself as binge drinking (or drinking heavily) in a reasonably short amount of time. The NIAAA defines heavy drinking as consuming more than 4 drinks a day or more than 14 drinks a week for men; for women, it is consuming more than 3 a day or more than 7 in a week.3
If you or someone you know is struggling with a dependency on alcohol, you know that the thought of scaling back alcohol consumption or quitting altogether, is easier said than done. Landmark Recovery of Denver’s alcohol addiction recovery center offers detox treatment, residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.
Regardless of the program, the cornerstone of our addiction treatment is behavioral therapy, which has been proven to increase a patient’s likelihood of recovering from alcohol addiction.4 Treatment may also include group support meetings, medication management, health and wellness education, and a variety of exercise and recreational activities.
You will continue to receive support from Landmark Recovery even when you leave our facility. We understand the importance of long-term follow-up care through outpatient services as a critical factor of your success. A few ways we do this include providing you with a comprehensive discharge plan, a dedicated recovery coach, and access to a wide array of aftercare services and alumni programming.
If you’re living in Denver, the state of Colorado, or the surrounding areas, please contact one of our addiction specialists today at (720) 702-9994 to learn more about the medical detox and alcohol rehab treatment programs available at our Aurora facility.
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1) Mayo Clinic (2018). Alcohol Use Disorder.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20369243
2) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2020). Alcohol Use Disorder.https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders
3) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2021). Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol & Your Health.https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/Is-your-drinking-pattern-risky/Drinking-Levels.aspx
4) American Addiction Centers. (2021) What to Expect at an Alcohol Rehab Program.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcohol-rehab/what-to-expect