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Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

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Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

Moonlight Mountain Recovery – Nampa

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Boca Recovery Center – Florida

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

888-608-4977

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-801-1534

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-797-7507

Timberline Knolls Treatment Center for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

Newport Academy – Teen Rehab Center

Bethlehem, CT

Multiple Levels of Care

866-604-7184

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

TruVida Recovery

Lake Forest, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-717-0038

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

AION Recovery

Lantana, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-222-8954

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

CNV Detox

Los Angeles, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-593-1597

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

Steps Recovery Center

Payson, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

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877-484-7367

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

Bedrock Recovery Center

Canton, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-401-1084

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

Columbus, OH

Multiple Levels of Care

866-439-6540

Recovering Champions

Falmouth, MA

Outpatient

855-980-4625

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Recovery Unplugged – Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Beachside Rehab

Fort Pierce, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-452-3049

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

Options Behavioral Health Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-530-2836

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Bayside Marin Treatment Center

San Rafael, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-886-6071

Wish Recovery

Northridge, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-933-2789

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

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877-463-0080

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

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844-285-2916

Atlantic Recovery Center

Davie, FL

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844-932-3093

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

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888-638-7182

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

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855-402-5289

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

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844-291-5968

The Detox Center

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-914-4757

Asheville Recovery Center

Asheville, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-542-1138

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

Annie’s House

Draper, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

866-922-0448

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Steps Recovery Center – St. George

St. George, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-919-0017

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Boca Recovery Center – New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-628-9076

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

Sunflower Wellness Retreat

Osawatomie, KS

Multiple Levels of Care

888-411-9183

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Southwest Wellness Group

Phoenix, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-518-1067

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

JourneyPure – Florida

Melbourne, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Spring Hill Recovery

Ashby, MA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-380-1395

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-257-1203

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

North Palm Beach Recovery Center

North Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-694-6458

Burkwood Treatment Center

Hudson, WI

Residential

844-251-2961

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-885-1218

Treating Alcoholism as a Chronic Disease

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Unlike bacterial infections or common colds, there are no biological signs of alcoholism that can be measured to determine if a person has been “cured.” But if a cure means achieving and maintaining sobriety, then a cure is possible.

Anyone can beat alcoholism with the proper support and treatment.

Although there is no guarantee against relapse, people can overcome alcohol addiction and manage long-term recovery. There are many people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and asthma that live normal, healthy lives by managing their disease. The same can be accomplished by those with an alcohol use disorder. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an alcohol use disorder, we can help you overcome it.

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Medications for Treating Alcoholism

There are several medications used to treat the physical effects of alcoholism, such as cravings and withdrawal.

Medications used to treat alcoholism include:

  • Acamprosate

    This drug, taken as a tablet three times a day, helps relieve cravings for alcohol. Acamprosate works by helping the addicted brain function normally without alcohol. It does not relieve withdrawal symptoms.

  • Naltrexone

    Similar to acamprosate, naltrexone helps relieve cravings for alcohol. It is a tablet typically taken once a day. Naltrexone is not recommended for people with liver problems.

  • Vivitrol

    Vivitrol is an extended release, injectable version of Naltrexone. In some studies, the longer-lasting drug has been shown to be more effective at fighting addiction.

  • Benzodiazepines

    Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Klonopin may be used to moderate withdrawal symptoms. These drugs can reduce anxiety and irritability during detox. Benzodiazepines work particularly well for those detoxing from alcohol because both substances act on the GABA receptors in the brain.

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

    SSRIs such as Prozac and Zoloft are non-habit-forming drugs that could help treat depression, a common problem for those recovering from heavy alcohol use.

  • Baclofen

    Those with severe alcohol addictions experience the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including tremors and seizures. Baclofen, an anticonvulsant medication, has shown some success in reducing muscle spasms and could even mitigate cravings.

Counseling for Alcoholism

In addition to medical treatments, most professionals agree alcoholism must be treated through counseling and a strong support structure. Therapy attempts to address the feelings and thoughts that led to chronic alcohol abuse in the first place. With the help of a counselor, individuals with an alcohol addiction can learn how to cope with cravings and other difficulties in life.

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In the beginning of recovery, counseling may take place daily. As time goes on, counseling sessions will likely be less frequent; continued visits can help those in recovery prevent relapse.

Alcohol Relapse Prevention Tips

Recovery is a process, and staying sober takes motivation, determination and self-control. To help stick to your recovery, check out the following tips for avoiding a relapse:

  • Keep going to therapy.

    Many alcoholics drink to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings. These are the same issues that therapy can help address. Now many people think therapy is unnecessary once they get out of rehab or make it a few months without alcohol. But problems can unexpectedly arise, and therapy can be a good buffer in those situations.

  • Know your feelings are normal.

    In the early stages of alcohol recovery, people are likely to feel sad or sick. It’s important to remember that these feelings are temporary.

  • Stay away from bars and drinking.

    Even though you may intend on not drinking, seeing other people consume alcohol can trigger massive cravings. Although it can be difficult to control cravings, you can prevent them by avoiding bars. It’s also important to have a backup plan for other events where alcohol may be present.

  • Learn to recognize and manage cravings.

    Triggers can be managed. This is especially true for psychological triggers, but it is also true for physical triggers as well. This can be done by utilizing healthy coping strategies, such as calling sponsors, attending 12-step meetings, exercise, meditation, engaging in spirituality, and having strong relapse prevention plans.

  • Develop a hobby.

    When newly recovering alcoholics get their life back on track, some have complaints about boredom. They don’t know what to do in a sober life. Finding sober hobbies, and people to share them with, can help people in recovery maintain their sobriety. Some hobbies may include: going to the movies, bowling, painting, and more.

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Getting Treatment for an Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcoholism is a disease and should be treated as such. Thankfully over the last 30 years, the number of treatment techniques and tools to address alcohol use disorders have multiplied. If you or someone you love is suffering from an alcohol use disorder, contact a dedicated treatment provider to learn about your rehabilitation options today.

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