Some people can drink alcohol regularly and remain social drinkers without any problems developing. Others may have periods in their lives when they drink heavily, such as during their college years, yet when they decide to stop drinking they are able to do so without much trouble. However, many others who attempt to cut down or stop drinking on their own find they are unable to do so despite their strongest efforts. Often this unsuccessful struggle to quit persists despite the negative consequences they are experiencing, such as the inability to fulfill major role obligations, neglecting responsibilities, social rejection, the loss of important relationships, and decreased productivity at school or work.
Perhaps you’ve experienced some of these difficulties or have noticed additional problems, such as frequent arguments with family members about your alcohol use and inability to quit. Or you’ve been having associated feelings of guilt, shame, or remorse. These hardships and others may have caused you to feel as if you are isolated and alone. However, you don’t have to feel this way any longer. At Cascade, our caring staff members are here to help.
Why Seek Treatment for Alcohol Abuse at Cascade
Use of alcohol is legal and condoned within limits in our society. We are exposed to it at formal and informal gatherings and events throughout our lives and it is part of our culture to use alcohol to celebrate, providing it with a positive veneer. Alcohol use is even accepted as a coping strategy to help us relax after a hard day or harrowing experience. These realities make it easy to drink alcohol, and despite increasing frequency and amounts consumed, they enable us to overlook the fact that we may have developed a problem until it is too late to stop an addiction from developing.
At this point, trying to stop or cut down usually results in negative effects, and so it is not unusual for people to want to stop drinking, but feel unable to due to the withdrawal symptoms they expect to occur. While initially the effects of alcohol abuse may not seem concerning, over time as the disorder worsens, the severity of the consequences also increase. Some common negative effects you may have experienced include:
- Memory problems
- Impaired decision making and poor judgment
- Decreased inhibition, resulting in risk taking behaviors
- Irritability and low frustration tolerance
- Job loss
- Financial problems
- Decreased motivation to complete even important tasks
- Accidental injuries
- Thoughts of suicide
Despite these negative consequences, we realize how difficult it still can be to arrive at the decision to pursue help for your alcohol problems. If you are like many others, you may be concerned about the stigma such treatment may carry, how others will react if they learn of your need for treatment, or that you will be negatively judged and assumed to have something inherently wrong with you if you can’t follow through when you decide to quit drinking. We know how these and other fears can stand in the way of a person pursuing what they know is the right option for them.
Our staff will always respect the courage and strength required to commit to taking care of yourself by obtaining treatment for your addiction. We are dedicated to providing you with the support you need and the help you deserve in your battle to overcome your addiction to alcohol. Cascade’s staff are experienced and specially trained to treat addiction disorders, including alcohol addiction. They use a number of treatment approaches that have been shown to be effective and are scientifically supported.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
Treatment options for alcohol use disorders, once limited to support groups, have increased significantly over the years. Currently there is widespread availability of programs that focus on helping people become sober and allow them to re-establish a normal and happy lifestyle. Effective treatment programs provide ways to address the multitude of issues related to the symptoms of the disorder, as well as its effects and any existing co-occurring conditions.
The most effective treatment programs acknowledge that each individual with alcohol abuse problems has differing needs and co-occurring conditions or symptoms. Additionally, these top rated programs appreciate that each person is a unique individual who has unique strengths and resources that can be utilized in their battle against their addiction. At Cascade you will always be respected for who you are, valued for the special characteristics within you, and treated based on a holistic approach that recognizes you are more than just the sum of your symptoms.
Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
Cascade is dedicated to providing complete care for those fighting an alcohol use disorder. We use a variety of treatment strategies as we recognize that each individual has differing needs, issues, and problems. We also incorporate the strengths each person has within them into their treatment plan. Some of the specific components of our treatment program include:
Medical Detoxification – We provide acute medical detox and medical monitoring for those who are still addicted to alcohol. Medications may be used to treat any negative symptoms you experience during the detox process. It is our goal to make this stage of treatment as comfortable as possible as you work to rid your body of the toxic effects of the alcohol as well as the substance itself. Once you have completed detox, your treatment team will meet with you to decide whether placing you on a Vivitrol protocol will help you remain sober by reducing your cravings for the substance.
12-Step Programs – Although considered a support group as opposed to a treatment type, this is the primary framework which surrounds each other treatment modality.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) – MET recognizes that those with addictions are often ambivalent about pursuing treatment despite the negative effects they’ve experienced. The technique focuses on resolving these feelings and helping them engage in the therapy process by eliciting internal motivation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This technique helps you identify maladaptive thoughts about your alcohol use which may have been helping to sustain your addiction and disrupt your life in general. Then you are taught how to replace these thoughts with more positive, rational ones.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT balances validation of your experiences. It helps you learn to accept past events which can’t be altered that continue to negatively affect you, so you can move past them. You will also learn emotional regulation skills while increasing your tolerance for strong emotions you may not have the option of controlling.
Individual Therapy – Used for issues that you are not prepared to bring up in a group setting or for difficulties or experiences which need more in depth processing conducted in a one-on-one session.
Group Therapy – At Cascade, we have both psycho-educational groups, which provide education on topics of common interest to participants and teach new skills, and process groups, which allow you to discuss your addiction related issues with peers who have firsthand knowledge of what you are going through.
Family Therapy – We work with the patient and any family members who may be involved in the treatment process to help them more fully understand their loved one’s problem, treatment protocol, and life after discharge. Specific family issues are processed as needed to ensure a mutually supportive environment exists after the individual leaves our program.
We also offer experiential options to allow you to approach your recovery in a variety of ways. These may include:
- Spiritual consultation
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise programs
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
We know that approaching discharge often triggers increased cravings or anxiety related to assuming complete responsibility for your sobriety. Prior to discharge we work with you on relapse prevention strategies to help you successfully return to the world where your addiction developed. We help you learn how to deal with triggers, attain new coping strategies for stress, and help you develop a plan for handling situations that are associated in your mind with your abuse behavior. Cascade is dedicated to ensuring quality of care to make the next steps on your journey to a healthy life as stress free as possible. To that end we have developed a structured outpatient program for you to transition to after you leave our inpatient program. Our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for those who are ready to re-assume the responsibilities of their life yet still need more intensive services than traditional outpatient therapy. The program includes individual and group therapy, 12 step meetings, and education.
At Cascade, we believe in supporting you while you’re participating in any of our programs as well as after you’ve completed them. Once you come to Cascade you will always be a member of our family. This is attested to by our extensive alumni group that supports you after discharge, serve as AA sponsors, and in general help you get back on your feet once you are back in your community. At Cascade we are dedicated to helping you heal and to providing you with the skills and frame of mind that will allow you to create the life you choose to live one step at a time.
Getting Help From Us
Our inpatient treatment center for alcoholism and related disorders (like depression and trauma) is located in Tukwila which allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Our treatment center is staffed 24 hours a day by admissions counselors who are standing by to answer your questions. Call us today.