Recovering from a dependency on alcohol is a lifelong process, but it starts with the right rehab program. Whether it be residential or outpatient treatment, Landmark Recovery of Knoxville combines proven methods such as behavioral therapy, in individual and group counseling, with the educational approach to addiction allowing our patients to understand the steps necessary for maintaining sobriety. But, to us, sobriety is just the beginning. Our desire for our patients is total physical and mental wellness.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) – also known as alcohol addiction, alcohol dependence, or alcohol abuse – 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) and can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the number of symptoms an individual meets when questioned by a healthcare professional. Aside from well-known contributing factors such as drinking at an early age, family history, and genetics, or a history of mental health conditions and trauma, people who simply drink too much over a long period of time can also develop an alcohol addiction. 2
The nature of addiction means there are or will be, moments of denial. Perhaps the individual knows they drink too much, but they “wouldn’t call it an addiction.” While denial is common, the reality is that when an individual’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 heavy drinking in a reasonably short amount of time. The NIAAA defines heavy drinking as consuming more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks in a week for men; for women, it is consuming more than three on any day or more than seven 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 Knoxville’s alcohol addiction recovery center offers a medically supervised detox program to help you successfully cleanse your system of alcohol and begin the process of identifying the underlying sources and triggers of your addiction.
A trademark of our treatment approach is behavioral therapy, or “talk therapy.” Behavioral therapy, combined with motivational therapies and medical treatment, has been proven to increase an individual’s likelihood of recovering from alcohol addiction. 4 A few examples of behavioral treatments include brief interventions, reinforcement, building motivation, teaching skills for coping, and preventing relapse, and mindfulness. Treatment may also include group support meetings, medication management, health and wellness education, and a variety of exercise and recreational activities.
Additionally, Landmark Recovery will continue to offer support 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, and we will offer guidance as you transition to a self-directed rehab plan. 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.
Recovery from alcohol addiction is not a quick or easy process, but Landmark Recovery of Knoxville is ready to walk beside you and positioned close to your community to allow your family and supportive relationships to be part of your recovery. Contact us at (865) 448-5174 to speak with a recovery specialist to begin living beyond your addiction.
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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