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Getting Treatment For Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcohol abuse can be a very debilitating condition. It not only affects the drinker, but the families and friends of the alcohol abuser as well.  Many people who suffer from alcohol abuse may not realize that they have the condition, while others may be aware but struggle with breaking free from the hold of addiction. Breaking free from the stronghold of alcohol is possible. There are various treatments designed to fit into various schedules and for various levels of alcohol abuse, so that any individual who needs it can seek help!

What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a nervous system depressant.  When first drinking, an individual feels pleasant effects such as:

  • exhilaration
  • freedom from inhibition
  • friendliness
  • happiness
  • relaxation

However, this is due to the fact that alcohol is depressing brain functioning. After a while, this alcohol consumption leads to:

  • decreased response time
  • dizziness
  • impaired speech
  • impacted decision-making

Consuming excessive alcohol could result in:

  • blackouts
  • vomiting
  • passing out
  • alcohol poisoning

If drinking continues over the long term, there are many additional effects on an individual’s body. These effects are primarily in the brain, liver, and heart. These conditions are all possibilities of long-term alcohol consumption:

  • cirrhosis of the liver
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • pancreatitis
  • ulcers
  • halitosis
  • cell death in the brain (which can lead to other complications as well)

Alcohol Abuse

An individual can develop a tolerance to alcohol, meaning they need increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to achieve the same feeling as when they originally started drinking. Alcohol abuse occurs when an individual drinks a certain amount of drinks on one occasion or a defined amount of times within a week. More specifically, for both women and those over 65, no more than 6 drinks a week should be consumed or less than three per an occasion, while men should consume no more than 14 per week or 4 per occasion.

Symptoms of alcohol abuse include:

  • difficulty when trying to stop drinking (either during the week or within one occasion)
  • drinking in the morning to start the day
  • others commenting on drinking habits
  • hidden drinking
  • blackouts
  • guilt
  • issues with work and relationships that have been attributed to drinking
  • annoyance with others who mention your drinking

Alcohol abuse is the gateway to alcohol addiction or alcoholism, and can even lead to harder drugs.  Once addicted to alcohol, there is a dependence to the alcohol on both the psychological and physical levels.  An individual feels that they cannot function without alcohol, and their brain will no longer produce or respond to certain signals without the presence of alcohol.


People suffering from alcohol abuse are encouraged to seek treatment! It is always better to catch alcohol abuse early and prevent it from becoming alcohol addiction! Here at Northeast Addictions Treatment Center (NEATC), we offer a wide variety of treatments that will help in eliminating alcohol abuse!

Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Treatment

We offer both Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Treatment.  We also often recommend that the individual live in a supervised sober residence, and we have some residences that we continually refer to individuals.  The partial hospitalization option offers the highest level of treatment. Also known as day treatment, this program aims to offer psycho-pharm treatment, support, education, skill-building classes, evaluation, and individual and group therapy throughout the day. At night, you will return home or to your structured living residence and are able to utilize the skills learned during the day and contact supports, if needed.  Those in the partial hospitalization treatment program often have symptoms that severely affect their work or daily life habits and may exhibit some resistance to treatment.

The intensive outpatient program is geared towards individuals who will be more accepting of the need for treatment. This program runs for a few hours each day between 3 to 5 days, around your schedule.  Though this also focuses on therapy, support, and education, it is less intensive than the partial hospitalization program. A big focus in the intensive outpatient therapy program is individual therapy as well as group therapy. This program is helpful for those who have to continue working, raising a family, have mandatory obligations, or still need more intensive treatment but are steadily improving.

Outpatient Treatment & Aftercare

After the partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient treatment, you would follow up with outpatient treatment and then aftercare.  Outpatient treatment is also a viable option for those who are very motivated (nonresistant) to treating the alcohol abuse, less likely to relapse, and possess either a good support system/ environment or don’t have to worry about others that enable their alcohol consumption. Individuals in outpatient programs are typically very stable, their symptoms are manageable, and they are functioning well in their outside environment.  Typically, outpatient treatment meets weekly and therefore best meets the needs of someone requiring less structure in their treatment. At this stage, treatment still includes both group and individual therapy.

Various Modalities

Here at NEATC, we believe in individualized treatments and do not specifically subscribe to any one course or modality of therapy.  Rather, we evaluate you as an individual and see what works best for you.  We offer a wide variety of therapeutic orientations such as Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Expressive Therapy, which is one of the most innovative treatments offered here at the center! Aside from those, we offer over 20 other therapies so that every individual has options that work best for them.  As always, each individual requires their own evaluation to help to determine what treatment type and therapeutic orientation is best for them.

Here at Northeast Addictions Treatment Center, we offer top of the line treatment. Each and every individual who walks through the door can be confident that he or she will receive specialized treatment that is designed to effectively treat and manage their alcohol abuse. We specialize in co-occurring disorders / dual diagnosis, and we typically do not believe in treating one addiction with something else that can potentially be addictive. Our aim is to help an individual free themselves from any substances that are harmful and provide the best range of care for individuals and their families with compassion, integrity and transparency.  We look forward to helping you!

Additional References: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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