It’s not particularly easy to know when you’ve crossed the line from knocking a few drinks back after work with friends into problem drinking. If you’re drinking alcohol as a means to cope with problems in your life or to avoid feeling sad or low, this may mean you’re developing a problem with alcohol. You may feel guilty about the amount you drink and try to hide – even lie about – the amount you drink from your loved ones and friends. Maybe you need to drink to feel better or to forget the problems in your life and find that once you start drinking, you can’t stop. Perhaps your drinking has led you to routinely neglect responsibilities at home, work, or school because you’re drunk or hung over. If you have a problem drinking, you may see no way out. There is a light at the end of the tunnel – you can successfully quit drinking and learn to lead a life free from alcohol.
At Pacific Grove Hospital, we know that alcoholism is a debilitating, chronic disorder that affects your mind, body, and spirit. We understand the problems that drinking has caused in your life and are ready to medically detoxify your body and guide you through the 12-step recovery model for addiction that will allow you to live your life free from the clutches of alcohol. Our rehab clinic is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you come to terms with your alcoholism and begin your journey toward recovery.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Rehab
If someone you love has a problem with drinking, you’re probably been faced with a multitude of excruciating emotions – shame, fear, anger, and self-blame. Perhaps you haven’t been able to successfully cope with the overwhelming problem and have been ignoring it, pretending that nothing is wrong. Denial may have worked for a while, but in the long-run you know that you’re going to have to face this problem and help your loved one seek treatment for alcoholism. Here are some things to keep in mind as you guide your loved one into rehab:
- Practice self-care – locate support groups such as Al-Anon to learn how others cope with loving an alcoholic.
- Remember that you cannot force another person to stop drinking; they have to make the choice themselves.
- Your loved one will need professional help – an inpatient program is best – to successfully stop drinking.
- Recovery is a bumpy road that requires time and patience. There is no magic cure for alcoholism and recovery lasts a lifetime.
When you speak to your loved one about the idea of a rehab clinic, here are things not to do:
- Do not try to punish, threaten, bribe or preach to your loved one
- Don’t be a martyr
- Don’t take over the responsibilities that your loved one has neglected
- Don’t make excuses for your loved one or try to protect them from the realistic consequences of their drinking
- Don’t hide or dump bottles of booze or shelter your loved one from situations in which alcohol is present
- Do not attempt an argument when your loved one is intoxicated
- Don’t drink alongside the alcoholic
- Do not, whatever you do, feel responsible or guilty for his or her behaviors
Why Those in Riverside & Corona Should Seek Inpatient Treatment at Pacific Grove Hospital
If you’re struggling with alcoholism, you may have tried to stop drinking a number of times only to find that unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal led you right back to the bottle. As you’ve neglected your responsibilities at home, work, or school, you may find yourself facing the consequences: job loss, academic failure, and interpersonal relationship problems. You may drink until you black out, unable to remember what happened or what you did while drunk. Drinking may have led you to engage in risky behaviors such as driving while drunk or engaging in unsafe sexual practices. You may now be faced with the consequences of these behaviors: legal problems and increased risks for contracting STIs. Your health may start to suffer as alcohol slowly damages every organ system in your body. You know it’s time to quit but you don’t know how.
An inpatient rehab clinic that offers medically-monitored detox is one of the best ways for you to escape the problems of your daily life and focus upon getting sober. An inpatient program will help you safely and effectively detox from alcohol while fully engaging in the psychological aspects of drinking. You’ll learn to work the 12-steps of recovery as you slowly begin your journey to sobriety in a safe, monitored environment.
Our Rehab Clinic’s Philosophy
At Pacific Grove Hospital, our 68-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency clinic has helped countless men and women aged 18 and older learn the skills needed to lead a life free from alcohol. We ensure the safety and comfort of all of our clients as they undergo our medically-monitored detoxification program which allows clients to fully engage in the treatment process as they slowly rid their bodies of alcohol. We understand that timely intervention coupled with a comprehensive treatment plan that treats the whole person rather than simply the symptoms, alcoholism can be managed through a combination of medical detoxification and 12-step programs for recovery and relapse prevention.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you first come to our rehab clinic, located convenient to Riverside & Corona, CA, you’ll undergo a battery of assessments to allow us to gain a better understanding of your challenges. The medical evaluation will involve a health history and physical examination to determine your physical dependence upon alcohol and determine if there are any alcohol-induced health-related diagnoses that require treatment. Our psychiatric evaluation will determine if you are struggling with any co-occurring disorders so that we can begin to address these during your stay as well. We’ll sit down with you and your family to create a plan of care for your stay at our clinic that meets all of your needs.
Detox may be the first step in your recovery journey, during which we will safely and effectively rid your body of the alcohol and other drugs in your system. Our detox is medically-monitored to prevent complications and we use medications to make your withdrawal as comfortable as possible. During detox, you’ll be fully engaged in the entire treatment process to make certain you’re beginning to address the psychological reasons for addiction.
Medication may be used only during detox as a means to control withdrawal symptoms and slowly tapered down as you pass through withdrawal and begin to develop more adaptive ways of coping. Other people may require more long-term medication therapy to address any co-occurring, comorbid mental health disorders. Medication will be carefully monitored by your treatment team.
Individual therapy can be very helpful for people recovering from alcoholism as it allows you one-on-one time with a therapist to work through some of your concerns. Through individual therapy, you’ll be able to discuss co-occurring disorders, the impact alcohol abuse has had on your life, and methods of coping using the 12-step method for addiction recovery.
Group therapy has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of treatment; both inpatient and aftercare options are tremendously helpful. Through group, you’ll have the chance to bond with people who are struggling with addiction so that you can support each other during your recovery. You’ll have group therapy sessions and attend 12-step groups during your stay with us.
Family therapy helps all involved learn about addiction, recovery, and the do’s and don’ts of sobriety. As addiction is a family disease, including your loved ones in your recovery is important for lasting change and continued sobriety.
As we are a holistic clinic for healing, we offer experiential treatment options in addition to our standard therapeutic approaches. These may include:
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge from our rehab facility approaches, you’ll work closely with a discharge specialist who can help you find adequate, safe housing and gainful employment after you leave our doors should you need the assistance. You and your family will sit down before discharge and work with a discharge therapist to outline your options for continuing care. Some of our clients opt to join a residential treatment center which allows for a similar structure as our inpatient facility and allows you to continue your treatment on a longer-term basis. Other clients opt to join one of our step-down programs: our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both our PHP and IOP programs offer treatment during the day while you slowly reintegrate back into your home environment in the evenings and on weekends. Other clients feel they’ve made enough progress to return home with referrals and appointments with traditional outpatient therapists and community resources such as A.A. meetings.