Those who abuse alcohol rarely begin their use of it with the intention of becoming addicted. When a person regularly drinks, that individual’s body develops a tolerance to the amount of alcohol that is consumed. Once tolerance for larger amounts of alcohol forms, the risk for alcohol poisoning increases exponentially. Alcohol poisoning is the result of drinking alcohol to a degree that a person’s body has a physical reaction to the amount of alcohol that has been consumed. Chronic abuse of alcohol, whether it occurs in episodes of binge-drinking or done on an ongoing basis, can lead to other medical concerns that can include vital organ damage that could be irreversible. In addition to the costs to a person’s health, the abuse of alcohol can result in a number of devastating effects in other areas of an individual’s life as well. What is important to know, however, is that these effects of alcohol abuse do not have to be a person’s fate. Seeking treatment for an alcohol abuse problem can prevent these consequences and help individuals battling an addiction to alcohol regain control over their lives without the powerful grips of such a chemical dependency concern.
At Life Healing Center, we recognize the trials and tribulations that lie in front of individuals who are battling an addiction to alcohol, and we understand how intimidating rehab can seem. For over 20 years, we have provided a safe, serene, and supportive environment for those who need help, encouragement, and guidance in overcoming their chemical dependency concerns, including concerns relating to an addiction to alcohol. With specialized programming that is also catered to meet the needs of individuals who may be warring against additional struggles, such as healing from a traumatic past or struggling a psychiatric condition, Life Healing Center is proud to be a rehab center wherein each individual is fully supported as he or she taps into the natural process of healing that we believe is inherent in everyone. Let the skilled, caring, and empathic staff at Life Healing Center help you start your life anew.
The Connection between Alcohol Abuse and Trauma
The consumption of any substance when used for recreational purposes can cause an individual to experience a wide range of internal changes that can diminish inhibitions, alter physical sensations, and place any emotional turmoil on the back burner. These changes are what can make the abuse of substances, such as alcohol, appealing for individuals who have endured a trauma.
Having a past that includes a trauma can render a number of harmful effects if such emotions and other resulting consequences are not dealt with appropriately. In many cases, substance abuse can become the chosen method for helping these individuals go about their days without feeling as though the experiences of their pasts are haunting their every thought. Alcohol abuse, more specifically, is often a common outcome for individuals grappling with this type of emotional upheaval. When consumed, alcohol can provide an escape and allow these people to feel as though they have put their pain on pause. The danger involved in this type of choice, however, is that an addiction can quickly form if the intensity of the emotional turmoil leads to an increase in the amount of alcohol consumed. Furthermore, if a person consumes more alcohol and develops a tolerance for it, there is yet another driving force in keeping this addiction alive.
With treatment, however, an individual can learn the skills needed to recover and sustain sobriety, while also having the opportunity to process the residual feelings that resulted from surviving a trauma. Coping skills, improved communication skills, and confidence in knowing that one’s life does not have to be dictated by addiction or one’s past are all things that can be gained by seeking care for an addiction to alcohol and trauma.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Close friends and family members who bear witness to a loved one trapped in the insidious pattern of alcohol abuse frequently experience a variety of emotions. Fear, sadness, apprehension, and even anger are common feelings felt by individuals who wish to help someone they care for who is grappling with an alcohol abuse problem. And while it may seem as though efforts to help this person have proven fruitless, there are some things that can be done to help a loved one get the treatment he or she needs to become sober:
- Talk with your loved one about his or her alcohol abuse problem, conveying your concerns in an empathic manner.
- Refrain from getting rid of alcohol in your loved one’s home or making attempts to prevent your loved one from drinking. While these actions can delay a person addicted to alcohol from drinking, this will likely anger your loved one and will not fully prevent him or her from drinking.
- Research rehab centers that care for more than just addiction. All-encompassing treatment that includes care for a myriad of concerns will be more effective than rehab that just cares for addiction alone.
- Offer to assist your loved one in engaging in a treatment program and agree to accompany him or her to any schedule assessments.
- Try to play an active part in your loved one’s treatment.
Finally, it is important to remember that an addiction to alcohol is difficult to overcome. There may be setbacks, though via your encouragement and support, your loved one can recover and achieve a healthy, sober life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to alcohol, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with alcohol or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for alcoholism, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like alcohol, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Elemental Integration
- Mood disorders
- Substance use
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Conflict resolution
- Healing shame
- Trauma resolution
- Living in balance
- Preparing for discharge
- Healthy lifestyles
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Emotion regulation
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group art therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group equine therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Somatic experiencing
- Massage therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
- Shamanic drumming
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Art therapists
- Breathwork practitioners
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- EMDR practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Native American Shamans
- Reiki practitioners
- Recreational therapists
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.