Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in New England

Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. This is a chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol.

Symptoms include a strong need or urge to use alcohol; someone suffering from alcohol use disorder may have problems controlling their drinking, continue to use alcohol even if causes problems, or have withdrawal symptoms when they rapidly decrease drinking or stop drinking.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder uses medication combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat alcohol use disorder and sustain recovery. Below are some things medication can help with:

  • Regain a stable state of mind, free from alcohol-induced highs and lows
  • Provide freedom from thinking about alcohol nonstop
  • Reduce problems with cravings
  • Focus on lifestyle changes that can help lead back to healthy living

Used properly, medication does not create a new addiction. Taking medication for alcohol use disorders is like taking medication to treat any other medical condition.

Currently, we use two types of medication treatment for alcohol use disorder, which include the oral use of naltrexone or the subcutaneous, shot form. Each patient reacts differently to this medication and has different possible side effects. However, no medication will eliminate withdrawal symptoms, so it is important to keep this in mind.

Naltrexone

This drug is used in medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder. It can help by decreasing or completely blocking the enjoyable effects of alcohol and decreasing the number of relapses. Some of the possible side effects of this drug are listed below:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Injection site reaction, such as hardening, itching, or swelling
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Decreased appetite
  • The yellowness of the skin or eyes*
  • Allergic pneumonia with difficulty breathing, coughing, or wheezing*
  • Suicidal thoughts*

*If you experience these, it is important to contact your doctor immediately so they may help you fix these issues.

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It is important to speak with your doctor about your goals in treatment and to work together throughout your treatment. Every plan is custom to each patient. In your first few appointments, it is important to discuss:

  • Treatment goals
  • Safe withdrawal management
  • Medication form and dosage
  • All medications you currently take daily, as they might interact with your treatment plan
  • Future office visits and treatment schedule
  • How to avoid situations that might tempt you to use alcohol
  • A counseling plan and available support groups

Counseling can be a huge help when combined with a medication-assisted treatment plan. It consists of talking with a mental health provider in either a one-on-one or group setting. Counseling can encourage, motivation to stick with treatment, and coping skills to avoid a relapse.

Support from family and friends is vital to one’s ability to recover and stay sober. Some treatments also encourage family and friends of the person with the addiction to be in counseling to help with the situation because having a loved one suffer from addiction can be hard. Counseling is useful for family and friends to learn about:

  • Addiction
  • How to help
  • How to handle conflicts and other issues

Many seem to find a support group, like AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, an essential part of coping with the disease, preventing or dealing with relapses, and staying sober. AA is just one example of many options and is a self-help group for people recovering from alcohol use disorder. It offers a sober peer group and is built around 12 steps as an effective model for achieving abstinence.

Lifestyle and Home Changes

As part of recovery, one will need to focus on changing some routines and begin considering possibly a whole lifestyle change. Some strategies that may help are listed below:

  • Consider the social situation. Make it clear to family and friends that you are not drinking alcohol, and ensure you develop a support system of family and friends that support your lifestyle change. You may need to distance yourself from some friends who may not understand the importance of your changes
  • Develop healthy habits. Some examples include good sleep, regular physical activity, managing stress more effectively, and eating well; all of these can make recovery from alcohol use disorder easier for you
  • Do things that don’t involve alcohol. You may find that many of the activities you used to participate in before involved alcohol. Replace these things with hobbies or activities that are not centered around drinking.

Our Collective Vision

TRUST

We are able to utilize clients information to build a stronger relationship with them, which also helps for better overall healthcare. Learning to trust is an extremely moving and meaningful experience to share with another human being.

COMMITMENT

We go above and beyond working alongside our patients while they go through the recovery process step by step. Clients are experts in their own personal life experiences and goals, let their stories be heard and listen to their needs.

CONNECTION

The connections we make with each and every client are made with our hearts. You are able to connect to the people around you, who become part of your journey.

HONESTY

We take the time to listen to the clients thoughts, concerns, and values. Being able to be truthful about drug use, and past treatment experiences.

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The mission of Recovery Connection Centers of America is to provide the highest quality medical and behavioral health treatment to those afflicted by substance use disorder within the various communities in which we treat. We will assist our clients suffering from this terrible affliction through the latest advances in medication for addiction treatment (MAT) as a complementary, innovative practice to be utilized alongside proven therapeutic modalities.

In order to achieve this goal, we have designed our offices to provide eligible patients comprehensive pharmacologic and behavioral interventions. We assist each client to abstain from illicit substances, improve their mental health and physical wellbeing and reintegrate themselves as productive members in our communities.

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