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Alcohol use disorder (AUD), if left untreated, can be deadly. If you or a loved one have problems with alcohol dependence, it is essential to seek safe and effective treatment. Casa Recovery provides proven treatment options that address alcohol dependence and AUD with a primary emphasis on bettering the mental health of all clients.

What Does Physical Dependence on Alcohol Look Like?

The body and brain become accustomed to the effects of alcohol, and when consumption has been reduced or has stopped, they experience withdrawal. While alcohol reduces anxiety and creates a positive mood and physical sensations in the short term, the opposite happens when experiencing withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms include:
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Motor seizures
  • Hallucinations in severe cases
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Severe Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Achiness
The discomfort and pain, along with psychological distress, can increase the chances of relapse when a client is trying to stop drinking without proper treatment. In addition to physical changes that can lead to an inability to stop alcohol consumption without major discomfort, alcohol dependence alters a person’s ability to make decisions and changes their personality.

What Are the Emotional and Behavioral Consequences of Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol is known to help “loosen up” a person and decrease inhibitions. This is because alcohol impairs the brain’s ability to control impulses. This means that more dangerous and ill-advised ideas make it through the filter system of your brain. The influence of alcohol also drastically increases aggressive responses in high-conflict situations.  Not only does alcohol contribute to poor decision-making, but long-term use contributes to significant changes in the brain. This can lead to emotional and behavioral changes, such as: 
  • Changes in base personality traits that contribute to alcoholism
  • Family, work, school, and relationship neglect and abuse
  • Emotional distancing from loved ones
  • Increase in arguments and decrease in positive communication between loved ones
  • Shame, regret, and depressive behavior after alcohol use that contribute to relapse
  • Diminished ability to experience and show emotion
  • Distractibility, stubbornness, and reduced motivation
  • Lack of interest in things that used to be a hobby or passion
Alcohol is toxic to the brain and can cause long-term effects that affect emotions, behavior, motor control, and the ability to focus on and organize tasks. While these effects are alarming, there is still hope to control alcohol use disorder and begin reversing its effects on the brain and body.

What Is the Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Use Disorder?

When a person’s drinking causes distress or harm in health, relationships, home, work, school, or with the law, it qualifies as alcohol abuse. Some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse include the physical symptoms of alcohol dependence and the emotional and behavioral consequences listed above. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) contains all of the previous qualifiers with an added level of intensity. Those who have an AUD have no control over their alcohol consumption and will prioritize the next drink over all else. The tolerance levels of heavy drinkers at this level are extreme, so more and more alcohol is needed to experience the same effects. All the while, the toxic effects of alcohol are doubling down on the brain and body. No matter the stage, it’s never too late to get help and recover from alcohol use disorder. Drinking qualifies as alcohol use disorder if you are:
  • Drinking more or longer than you intend to
  • Unable to cut down or stop despite the desire to
  • Sick or hungover constantly
  • Spending large amounts of time drinking
  • Unable to think about anything else but drinking and have intense cravings
  • Unable to come through with your social, familial, or work responsibilities
  • Ignoring social or familial issues to continue drinking
  • Stopping or reducing time spent on hobbies
  • Experiencing more negative encounters with law enforcement
  • Experiencing more near-death or near-injury situations
  • Continuing to drink despite clear emotional and physical consequences
  • Showing increased tolerance for alcohol, and therefore drinking more per day
  • Experiencing withdrawal when the effects of alcohol wear off
If you find yourself wanting to stop, and you can’t seem to, alcohol dependence is to blame. Alcohol dependence and alcohol use disorder can be life-threatening conditions, so it’s essential to reach out for professional help to make sure you can detox from alcohol safely and effectively.

Let Casa Recovery Help

Treatment at Casa Recovery is tailored to each client who walks through our doors. Casa Recovery can create a treatment program that works best for you with dual diagnosis treatment options to fit each person and their presenting conditions. Our holistic options will help you to bring quality of life changes home with you after treatment. Incorporating holistic treatments help clients heal their bodies and minds while learning valuable coping mechanisms and strategies for maintaining a strong and lasting recovery after leaving our treatment programs. Holistic options include:
  • Breathwork
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Physical Fitness
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Massage Therapy
Other treatment modalities are utilized to meet your individual clinical needs including:
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Individual Case Management 
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Psychiatry & Nursing 
  • Relapse Prevention 
  • Symptom Management 
From Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and anger management to relapse prevention and behavior modification therapy, we offer over 15 modalities to address any underlying or co-occurring mental health concerns and support you on your healing journey. Our professional psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, certified addiction counselors, case managers and trained nurses and physicians are on-site and available to help. Here at Casa Recovery, we also know that community is an essential part of the recovery journey. In addition to one-on-one therapy, we also encourage clients to participate in group therapy to help them learn from others, practice essential skills with their peers, and develop a meaningful support network that will be part of their recovery even after completing a treatment program. At Casa Recovery, we want to equip you for a healthy and happy life. Our dual diagnosis treatment programs were crafted to help those who struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) address their mental health needs at the same time. We are ready and willing to help you, and there’s no better time than right now. For a consultation, call or text Casa Recovery at (888) 928-2272
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