Alcohol abuse is a persistent and prevalent problem throughout the United States and alcoholism, which is referred to clinically as alcohol use disorder, is the nation’s most common form of chemical dependency. Alcohol’s status as a legal substance for individuals ages 21 and above and its deep integration into many rituals and practices in modern American culture contribute to ongoing problems with alcohol abuse and addiction. Alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorder inflict incalculable physical, psychological, social, and financial damage on individuals, families, and communities.
While many people are able to safely consume alcohol in moderation, many others are incapable of controlling the frequency and amount of their alcohol intake. When a person becomes dependent upon alcohol, his or her body will adapt to and begin to crave the presence of this dangerous substance. These cravings, along with the presence of other distressing and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms, can make it extremely difficult for a person to overcome alcohol use disorder without effective professional intervention.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we are familiar with the devastation that alcohol abuse can inflict on a person’s life, and we are well aware of the many obstacles that can prevent a person from ending his or her dependence upon alcohol. To best serve individuals who are struggling with alcohol use disorder, we have developed specialized programming that is designed to help them overcome the compulsion to drink and develop the skills and strategies that will support successful long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a person struggles with alcohol abuse or an alcohol use disorder, loved ones may be concerned, frustrated, or even at a loss about how to respond. If someone that you care about has been abusing or has become dependent upon alcohol, you may already be familiar with these emotions. What you may not realize, though, is that you can play an essential role in helping your loved one overcome this devastating condition. Please consider the following:
- First, get the facts. Learn to identify the signs, symptoms, and effects of alcohol abuse, and educate yourself about the disease of alcoholism. Learning about this disorder will give you a better understanding of what your loved one is experiencing, which will, in turn, empower you to provide the most meaningful and effective support.
- Research treatment options that have helped others who are struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, and identify specific programs that provide the type and level of care that appear to be best suited to meeting your loved one’s specific needs.
- Talk to your loved one. Express your concerns and voice your support. Share what you have learned, and discuss treatment. Most importantly, listen. Your objective should not be to deliver a lecture, but to participate in an open and honest conversation. Also, your loved one’s response will give you essential insights into what your next steps should be.
- Remember that your loved one is in pain. Alcohol use disorder robs a person of the ability to fully control his or her decisions and behaviors. If he or she is hostile to the idea of getting treatment, you may need to take a step back, regroup, and get information from experts on how to talk about treatment with a person who is resistant to getting help.
- When your loved one is ready to enter a treatment program, take care of logistics such as appointments, transportation, and childcare. Eliminate distractions so your loved one can focus on getting better.
- Do not neglect your own needs. To be the best source of support for your loved one, you need to ensure that your physical and mental health needs are also being met.
Before, during, and after your loved one is in treatment, plan to be a consistent source of love and support. Recovery from alcohol dependence is a long path, and treatment is just one step on that path. Plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
A person who engages in long-term alcohol abuse puts him- or herself at risk for considerable physical harm, including but not limited to anemia, malnutrition, injuries as a result of intoxication, heart problems, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, increased risk of developing certain cancers, impairments to the immune system, stroke, and death. The cognitive and psychological impact of alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorder can include depression, confusion, memory problems, impaired judgment, delayed mental processing, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. With his or her mind and body negatively affected by alcohol abuse, a person is likely to struggle to meet his or her academic, occupational, and personal responsibilities. As a result, he or she may experience family discord, ruined personal and professional relationships, academic failure, job loss, unemployment, financial distress, and legal problems. Effective professional treatment can prevent future damage from alcohol abuse, help the individual heal from past harm, and enable him or her to pursue a happier and healthier future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Conveniently located in the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a pioneering provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Designed specifically for men and women aged 18 and older and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, this hospital supplies exemplary acute care that incorporates the latest behavioral health practices. Given its serene environment that overlooks a tranquil cove engulfed in luscious landscaping, Crestwyn is where healing and recovery can truly be achieved.
In choosing Crestwyn as the place to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, patients, both young and old, can benefit from state-of-the-art amenities that include idyllic courtyards and a large gymnasium for recreation. Additionally, the dedicated professionals who administer care treat patients with a high regard for their individual healing and recovery journeys. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, activity therapists, and nurses work closely with patients to offer support and to determine which interventions will garner the most favorable treatment outcomes. These same staff members possess specialized training, including training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), so that they are equipped to care for any and all concerns that patients may require treatment for.
Upon admission to this high quality hospital, those who are in need of care to manage the symptoms of alcohol use disorder will receive fully customized treatment plans that can include the following methods of care as part of their comprehensive treatment experience at Crestwyn:
Detoxification: If an individual comes to Crestwyn suffering from alcohol use disorder and a chemical dependency problem, he or she will be able to receive top notch detoxification services at our hospital. These services allow patients to clear the toxic substances that they are addicted to from their systems so that they are able to focus on other aspects of their care The expertly trained members of our medical staff supervise this type of treatment and are steadfast in their dedication to preserving the health and safety of those entrusted into our care.
Medication management: For some, the symptoms of alcohol use disorder may necessitate pharmaceutical intervention in order to alleviate strife that cannot otherwise be alleviated when an individual’s coping skills are inadequate. When this is the case, and a patient comes to us for treatment, medication management services may be incorporated into the individual’s personalized treatment plan. Our exemplary psychiatrists are able to assess the need for psychotropic medication, can prescribe medication, and can meet with patients daily when necessary. Additionally, our compassionate team of nurse practitioners and nurses aid in the administration of any medications that are prescribed.
Individual therapy: So as to afford patients with the opportunity to openly process their feelings, experiences, and emotions in a safe, confidential environment, Crestwyn offers individual therapy sessions to those who choose to heal and recover at our hospital. During these sessions, which are held daily or on an as-needed basis, patients can discuss their progress with their assigned primary counselor as they learn to manage the symptoms of alcohol abuse and addiction.
Group therapy: When suffering from the unmanaged symptoms of alcohol use disorder, many individuals often feel as though they are alone in their struggles. For this reason, we, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, are pleased to provide group therapy opportunities at our hospital. Held daily and led by counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians, various community, psychoeducation, and 12-Step recovery groups are offered to all patients. These sessions allows patients to come together, share their experiences, provide and receive support, practice skills they are learning, and discuss the following topics in a setting that is safe and conducive to healing and recovery:
- Suicide prevention
- Healthy relationships
- Anger management
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Medication support
Family therapy: Conditions such as alcohol use disorder have the ability to impact the lives of those closest to the individuals who are grappling with such concerns. Given this fact, treatment at Crestwyn features family therapy sessions for those who come for care. Depending on the patient’s individual needs and the patient’s loved ones’ ability to get to our hospital, these sessions can be part of a person’s healing experience at Crestwyn. We purposefully offer these sessions so that healing can begin within our patients’ primary support networks and so that the friends and family members of those we treat can learn how to best support the person they care about.
Every facet of care at Crestwyn Behavioral Health is customized to meet the needs of those who come for treatment. Additionally, and because we want to fully prepare our patients for returning to their respective communities, we plan for their discharge from the moment they begin receiving services. Our staff works closely with patients, and their families when necessary, to determine the continuing care options that will enable the men, women, and adolescents we treat to achieve optimal healing and recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction.
If you or an important person in your life is in need of exceptional treatment to manage the symptoms of alcohol use disorder, improve the quality of life, and prevent further need for hospitalization, look no further than Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Here, people of all ages are able to develop the confidence and skills needed to live healthier, more productive, and more satisfying lives that are no longer compromised by mental health and substance use concerns.
Call us today and let our caring intake team help you or your loved one determine if Crestwyn is where a brighter tomorrow can happen.