Millions of adults throughout the United States are impacted by alcohol abuse and addiction. Due to the fact that the consumption of alcohol is a widely accepted, and is somewhat an expected practice among adults over the age of 21 in the United States, it is not difficult to understand how this substance has become so prominent throughout society today. However, there are some individuals who find that they are unable to limit the amount of alcohol that they consume. Their need for this substance begins to overpower every area of their lives, leaving things that were once important to them to fall to the wayside. Soon, every aspect of their world has been negatively affected by the abuse of this substance and they feel powerless to put an end to their destructive cycle of alcohol use. But they do not have to feel powerless. Wellness Resource Center can help.
Knowing how difficult it can be to overcome an addiction to alcohol, the staff at Wellness Resource Center delivers comprehensive treatment and recovery services that address the specific and unique needs of each client as he or she fights the war against alcohol addiction. With warmth and dedication, the staff at Wellness helps clients achieve sobriety and redevelop the confidence and skills they need to maintain it for the long-term.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, you are likely experiencing many different emotions as you come to terms with the adverse effects that this substance is having on his or her life. You may also be feeling fearful as to what the future holds for your loved one if he or she does not put an end to this dangerous behavior. As a concerned loved one, there are some things that you can do to assist your loved one during this troubling time:
- Learn all that you can about alcohol addiction and dependence.
- Be honest with your loved one about your concerns, expressing your fears in an empathic, nonjudgmental manner.
- Be prepared for your loved one to become defensive or deny his or her behaviors. Remain patient and calm, ready to provide examples of specific behaviors that have caused you concern.
- Research various treatment options and present them to your loved one.
- Once your loved one has agreed to receive treatment, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process.
- Recognize that the road to recovery is a long one. Do not give up on your loved one. Remain an unconditional source of support and encouragement.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
When individuals are plagued by the compulsion to abuse alcohol, they will inevitably experience a number of negative consequences. The ability to adhere to day-to-day responsibilities often becomes tainted when they are abusing alcohol, leading them to no longer perform at the expected level occupationally, complete tasks around the house, or maintain social relationships. As a result, individuals may lose their jobs, instigate family discord, and lose friendships that were once highly important to them. Additionally, those who abuse alcohol are at risk for suffering from a number of detrimental health consequences as well, including liver, heart, kidney, and brain damage. Furthermore, the longer that people continue to consume alcohol, the more likely they are to increase the amount that they are consuming at any given time, placing them at risk for experiencing alcohol poisoning, which can be life-threatening. Fortunately, by engaging in appropriate treatment, these negative outcomes can be successfully prevented and individuals can resume living healthy and sober lives.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
The staff at Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the adult men and women who are entrusted into our care as they recover from an addiction to alcohol. We believe in an abstinent-based approach to treatment and have found that those who suffer from dual diagnosis psychiatric concerns and substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of alcohol, respond best to treatment interventions that are offered in a holistic and simultaneous manner.
At Wellness Resource Center, we believe that everyone who comes to us for treatment is unique, bringing with them their own history, values, and worldview. For this reason, we offer clients highly individualized treatment that is customized to meet their physical, psychological, family, spiritual, and social needs. All clients take part in an array of assessments so that our staff is able to mutually develop appropriate short- and long-term plans of treatment and recovery as individuals take the first step towards overcoming their addiction to alcohol.
The first step of the treatment process at Wellness Resource Center begins at Phase I, which includes full-time treatment with housing. This phase of treatment is also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and provides clients with a day-long schedule of treatment activities that meet five days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This program is staff-supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and promotes activities of daily living, while also integrating intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to overcome their addiction to alcohol. The following may be included into a client’s overall programming during his or her stay at Wellness Resource Center:
Medication management: When clients are suffering from symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to alcohol addiction, the use of psychotropic medications may be implemented into their treatment plan in order for them to experience true relief from their distress. The use of medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to manage and monitor any medication needs. Additionally, a client’s primary therapist, the program nurse, and the attending behavioral health technicians are all also available to help monitor medication throughout a client’s time spent in programming.
Individual therapy: Clients have the opportunity to meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy sessions once each week, but additional sessions may be added when needed or deemed clinically appropriate. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to meet privately with their therapist and discuss their progress in treatment, while also addressing any concerns that may have arisen. The relationships between clients and their therapists are built on trust and are central to helping clients successfully heal.
Group therapy: Group therapy is at the core of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, and clients engage in group therapy sessions 5 days per week, with between 3 and 4 different groups meeting each day. While individual assessment and treatment are highly valued, we have found that exploring the commonality among clients is a vital avenue for helping them gain insight and make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Clients can expect to participate in process groups, gender-specific groups, age-specific groups, psychoeducational groups, and experiential groups. The different topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coping skills
- Body image
- Relapse prevention
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members on an as-needed basis throughout their time spent in treatment. These sessions are led by either the client’s primary therapist or by the clinical director. When families cannot be physically present, telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication will be used in order to keep them involved and informed of their loved one’s progress, and to help them find resources for dealing with their own emotional struggles.
Experiential therapy: In order to promote a holistic approach to treatment for alcohol addiction, experiential therapies are available to clients while they engage in treatment at Wellness. The specific amount of time that a client will spend engaging in experiential therapy will vary, as all treatment is customized to meet each client’s unique needs. The types of experiential therapies that clients may participate in can include the following:
- Adventure activities
- Teamwork activities
- Social activities
- Communication-based activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: Keeping in mind that an addiction to alcohol does not only affect the individual, but that it will inevitably impact his or her family as well, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer our Family Program at no additional cost to clients. Offered every other month, the Family Program offers psychoeducation for family members and allows them to participate in process groups where they can come to understand how their communication may be a barrier to their loved one’s recovery from an addiction to alcohol.
Once clients have completed treatment in Phase I of programming at Wellness Resource Center, they may step-down to treatment in Phase II. This extended care option is a form of part-time treatment through our intensive outpatient program (IOP) where clients can continue to reside in our client housing, attend part-time treatment, and receive case management while looking for employment. Phase III is recommended for some clients following the completion of Phase II, which offers clients a transitional style of living with semi-structured support.
Wellness Resource Center truly stands out in our seamless extended care continuum that does not limit clients with a maximum length of stay. In order to ensure that clients receive consistent, continuous care from their time of admission until they leave and beyond, staffing remains consistent throughout the continuum of care.