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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program

Alcohol addiction can lead to years of struggle—both for the person struggling and for their loved ones. People who fight to control their alcohol addiction and get their lives on track often find difficulty when they face it on their own.

Blake Recovery Center, which provides addiction and substance use disorder treatment programs in New Jersey can help. Our alcohol addiction treatment program provides medical detoxification (detox), an inpatient residential addiction treatment program and intensive outpatient services to help you overcome your addiction.

Adriana’s Alcohol Addiction Recovery Story

As a busy wife, mother and business professional, Adriana slowly progressed from an occasional drink to more frequent use and severe alcohol addiction. She knew she wanted to change and reclaim her life. Soon after checking herself in for medical detox and rehab, she found a joy in recovery that she did not think was possible.

Reasons to Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction 

Getting sober is a difficult process. It requires not only facing the addiction but also addressing the underlying issues that led to substance use in the first place. These issues might include underlying mental health concerns such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

An effective alcohol addiction treatment program can address these issues and provide the tools necessary to make healthier choices and live free from the effects of addiction, providing patients with structure and support during recovery and after.

Untreated, alcohol addiction can harm relationships, cause the loss of livelihood and bring about a host of serious health concerns.

Health Concerns of Alcohol Addiction 

Health concerns of alcohol addiction include:

  • Liver damage
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Alcohol addiction treatment can help you reduce your risk of these illnesses and set you on the road to more fulfilling relationships with other people — and yourself.

Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal

When entering an alcohol addiction treatment program, the most important first step is facing the detox and withdrawal process. Alcohol detox allows the body to cleanse itself from toxins created by excessive drinking over time. During this time, it is common to experience withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Emotional unease

It’s important to keep in mind that these symptoms are only temporary and can be managed with proper medical care.

The detox process also allows you to begin addressing the issues that led to substance use in the first place, including underlying mental health concerns. An effective alcohol addiction treatment program should not only focus on abstinence from drinking but also on providing psychological counseling and therapy sessions designed to holistically address these issues so you can achieve long-term recovery.

Types of Alcohol Addiction Treatment

At Blake Recovery Center, we utilize strategies and recovery methods that include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, spiritual development and peer support groups.

A common component of alcohol addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are interconnected. It is an evidence-based therapy that encourages individuals to identify their core beliefs and assumptions about themselves, learn to recognize their negative thought patterns and replace them with healthier ones.

Dialectical behavioral therapyfocuses on helping patients learn to manage emotions, regulate behaviors and reduce distress. This approach also seeks to improve communication skills and interpersonal relationships to address the underlying issues that may be contributing to substance use and other maladaptive behaviors.

Therapeutic group sessions in our alcohol addiction treatment programs are led by trained facilitators who model healthy behavior and provide added support. These programs foster hope and inspire change in those struggling with addiction as they share stories of recovery with one another. Topics covered include family dynamics, recovery coping skills, grief and loss, having fun in recovery and relapse prevention. 

Alcohol Addiction Outpatient Program in New Jersey 

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a structured program that provides therapy for individuals who have completed an inpatient stay and are transitioning to outpatient services. Our IOP includes:

  • Group meetings three times a week
  • Different tracks for treating substance use and mental health issues simultaneously
  • A specialized focus on early recovery skills, relapse prevention, family education and social support
  • Supportive strategies for real-life situations

Recovery After Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Once detox has been completed successfully within an alcohol addiction treatment program, it is important to establish aftercare plans to ensure you stay on track with your sobriety goals. This could include outpatient group meetings, individual counseling sessions, peer support meetings and other programs where you have access to resources and support networks to remain positive during your journey towards recovery.

As part of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, our care plan and resources are with you every step of the journey—from inpatient detox to your return to the community and a productive life. After initial detox and treatment, our care team will closely coordinate the transitions to outpatient, medical care and peer support as you return to your community. Our team is there to help manage the stress and uncertainty that can follow a successful stay at an inpatient facility.

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