Although the consumption of alcohol is an accepted behavior in our society for individuals who are over the age of 21, such consumption has the potential to rapidly turn into an addiction. Once this addiction has developed, it can be increasingly difficult to overcome. The negative ramifications that continuously arise as a direct result of one’s alcohol abuse can be devastating on both the user’s life, as well as on the lives of those around him or her. Despite this fact, however, the addiction maintains a stronghold over the individual, preventing him or her from ceasing use, regardless of whether or not he or she wants to. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature that surrounds the presence of an alcohol abuse problem, Cross Creek Hospital has developed specialized programming that is tailored to meet the unique needs of patients who are faced with the challenges that accompany this detrimental habit. By receiving the care offered at Cross Creek, individuals may begin their path to recovery and start living a happy, healthy alcohol free life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Knowing that a family member or loved one has a problem with abusing alcohol can elicit a multitude of different emotions. You are likely experiencing feelings of anger and frustration, along with feelings of sadness, worry, and concern about what your loved one’s future holds if he or she does not overcome this damaging pattern of behavior. You may be wondering what, if anything, you can do to help your loved one put an end to his or her drinking. You may have even tried discussing his or her need for treatment in the past, but were met with denial, defensiveness, and resistance. Unfortunately, these are not uncommon reactions to receive from people who are struggling with an addiction to alcohol. It is imperative that you do not allow such negative reactions to deter you from continuing to coax your loved one into getting the treatment he or she so desperately needs. The following are some tips to keep in mind when faced with the challenge of having a loved one who is being controlled by an addiction to alcohol:
- Educate yourself on the disease of addiction and how it impacts an individual’s behaviors.
- Learn about the negative effects that can result from prolonged alcohol abuse and prepare yourself to present your findings with your loved one in a helpful, nonjudgmental manner, conveying concern rather than frustration.
- Be open and honest with your loved one about your concerns. If he or she shrugs them off, continue to make your concerns known so that your loved one is consistently reminded of the damage that he or she is inflicting onto his or her physical and mental health.
- Refrain from lecturing, threatening, or bribing your loved one.
- Do not make excuses for your loved one’s behaviors to other people in your life.
- Research viable treatment options that may best meet your loved one’s needs and review those options with him or her, offering to accompany him or her to any assessments or evaluations that may be scheduled.
- Once treatment has ensued, be an active part of your loved one’s recovery process. This will not only continuously remind your loved one of how much you care about him or her, but it will aid in making the therapeutic process a successful one.
- Recognize that the road to recovery can be a long and bumpy one, frequently filled with setbacks. But do not give up on your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
The chronic use and abuse of alcohol has the potential to render individuals susceptible to any number of negative consequences. Such consequences can occur in the user’s home life, work life, school life, and social life. The constant state of intoxication that is typically definitive of an alcohol addiction may leave individuals incapable of functioning appropriately on a daily basis. As a result, academic or occupational failure can ensue, relationships can become significantly disturbed, and social isolation can become the norm. An individual’s self-esteem may begin to decline, while feelings of anxiety and depression will likely increase. Furthermore, the physical effects that prolonged alcohol abuse can have on a person are vast. For these reasons, it is imperative that treatment is sought and implemented as early as possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of an addiction to alcohol with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize, achieve sobriety from chronic alcohol use, and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and personal growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing from an addiction to alcohol. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who is engaged in services to address an alcohol abuse problem at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: In instances where an individual is suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to a dependency on alcohol, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to fully alleviate his or her distressing symptoms. A patient’s need for medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are nurses on staff who assist in monitoring each patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions may be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment team, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, work on enhancing the tools needed for maintaining recover, to track treatment goals and assist patients in identifying community supports to ensure continuity of care upon discharge.
Family therapy: Family involvement is extremely important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with alcohol dependency, this can be a time for them to learn about the disease of addiction, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can best be of support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in while participating in treatment for alcohol abuse can include:
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on stabilizing their recovery
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups explore the wide range of self-destructive behaviors that sometimes accompany substance abuse, such as self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships, while also exploring the varied recovery paths and supports available to individuals seeking to maintain recovery.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, completing homework assignments, keeping a diary, and other writing tasks.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing healthy interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge, prevent the occurrence of a relapse into alcohol abuse, and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for patients struggling with chemical dependency concerns using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery and sobriety after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help you or a loved one win the battle against an addiction to alcohol so that a much deserved bright future is realized and within reach.