Most of the time it appears that a person being treated for alcoholism will arrive at rehab with another, co-existing issue. This problem could have caused frustration leading to an addiction problem. The consumer might have been self-medicating.
An existing issue could be a sign that a tendency towards addictive behavior is the problem. Newport Beach counselors have seen every potential combination of co-occurring disorders, so they will not be surprised or stumped by anything the next client shares during intake.
Co-occurring Disorders and Newport Beach Therapies
One reason some statistics indicate that most rehab treatments fail for the majority of clients is that they do not address the disorder behind alcoholism. Abusing alcohol is the outward sign of an inner problem. The issue might be impulse control, a sense of entitlement, conflict at home, or marital strife.
A consumer could be suffering from clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or anger control issues. Though alcohol consumption affects appetite, so does an eating disorder. Self-harm is another common problem, while abusing multiple substances is an increasingly dangerous and typical scenario among children with ADHD and other learning disabilities.
If you suspect that your relative is not simply hooked on alcohol but is also covering up a deeper issue, send him in the right direction. Point out the Newport Beach rehab programs that will uncover and treat both issues at once. When a background difficulty is sorted out using medical and/or non-medical therapies, resisting the desire to abuse alcohol is much easier.
They think they are all grown up, but 12- to 18-year old girls and boys are still children. Even if they have been living almost independently owing to the negligence of their parents or guardians, these kids still need to be treated as youth. They are going through difficulties which are specific to their age group such as hormonal changes and social issues they encounter at school.
Adolescence is a time of self-discovery, and what teenagers find does not always please them. In fact, ask most young girls and boys what they think of their bodies and they will compare themselves to other boys and girls at school; other groups with their supposedly perfect hair, teeth, muscles, skin, and bodies.
Add to this the media pressure to be beautiful, wear the right clothes, etc., and getting through middle or high school can be nightmarish. If a teenager is also homosexual, he has his work cut out just trying to feel like he fits in somewhere. Bullying, both subtle and physical, contributes to the despair and suicidal ideation which are all too common among youth.
With these battles facing them, it is no wonder many teens try alcohol before they are legally permitted. Once they try it, getting hooked is a matter of opportunity. Having experimented because life, apparently, sucks, they are not going to stop so long as the supply keeps coming.
How, then, do Newport Beach families help their children during this most difficult stage of their lives?
They check them into rehab in this part of Orange County, a rehab facility where they learn a few essential truths. One of these is that no one is perfect, as evinced by the number of other residents being treated for alcoholism, eating disorders, and drug addiction at their facility. They are worthy, and this will be reinforced during therapy and peer support sessions.
Adolescence is a phase, an intense and painful one, but each of these teenagers will get through it and discover what he or she wants to do with a healthy life. There are more lessons to be learned, but one of the most essential is that alcohol will kill them one way or the other if they do not stop abusing it.
Adults are supposed to know better, and they do, but this does not stop them from becoming addicted to alcohol. It might look like anything is better than what a person is going through right now. Getting drunk might hurt in the morning, but not as much as the night terrors, the self-doubt, or the pain.
Eventually, the balance changes and addiction hurts more than the initial problem did, but stopping seems impossible. It is hard, certainly, but not impossible. Clients are looking for the right set of motivations and tools to start the process of recovery from alcoholism.
These tools differ between centers and clients. Whereas equine therapy is popular with victims of trauma, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is commonly effective with individuals whose self-esteem is low. Depression responds well to exercise and, potentially, medication. Anger management is helpful with individuals who struggle to control their rage.
Deciding How Much, for How Long
Severe problems with alcoholism and co-existing conditions respond best to residential treatment. More intense than outpatient therapy, it is also more secure. Clients have 24/7 supervision, making it very hard to fall off the wagon. Outpatient treatment can look like a dance: two steps forward, one step back. During residential therapy, there are no gaps to interfere with forward movement.
That does not mean non-residential addiction services in California are useless. They help adults to maintain some part of their normal lives if they have been able to continue working and parenting. It is a miracle when alcoholics somehow function in spite of their addiction, but something always gives way. Their relationships with colleagues or children, a spouse or parents, tend to suffer.
Alcoholics who spend several hours each week taking part in therapy and courses to end addiction and prevent relapse are saying they do not just want to live: they want to lead meaningful lives. They are making a decision for the good of their families, not just their own well being.
Finishing these programs might take months, but this commitment is worthwhile. Partial hospitalization is similar. If you cannot ignore the cost of rehab, look into the possibility of claiming it against insurance.