Alcohol, which is formally known as ethyl alcohol, is made by fermenting yeast, sugars, and starches. Found in beer, wine, and liquor, alcohol a common component of celebrations and social gatherings, and it induces pleasurable feelings and relaxation when ingested. While many people are able to manage their alcohol intake, many others struggle to limit their drinking and may even develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD). AUDs can have devastating effects on a person’s life, but thankfully, these effects can be overcome with prompt and effective care at a comprehensive treatment center.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with alcohol use disorders for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, caring staff members are committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from substance abuse and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with alcoholism can be an exhausting and frustrating process. It may always feel as though you are going one step forward, two steps back. While AUD is a progressive and persistent disease, there are steps you can take to help encourage your loved one forward on the journey to sobriety, such as:
- Learn all you can about alcohol and AUD. Consulting with reputable websites and treatment professionals is a good way to develop your knowledge.
- Research alcohol addiction treatment centers. Learning about available care options can help you make a short list of a few alcohol addiction rehabs that may be a good fit for your loved one should he or she decide to seek treatment.
- Talk with your loved one. Make your loved one aware that you know about his or her struggle and want what is best for him or her. Share your concerns openly and nonjudgmentally, and take time to listen to your loved one’s responses. Above all, make sure the conversation does not turn into an argument.
- Be prepared once your loved one agrees to enter rehab. You can help the process along by setting up appointments with treatment center staff and supporting your loved one by offering to attend the appointments with him or her. During his or her time in treatment, remain an active source of support.
- Perhaps most importantly, do not neglect your own physical and emotional health. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. In addition, make sure to seek out the support of your family and friends, and keep up with your hobbies. Many people have also benefited from joining support groups for people whose loved ones have AUD.
Why Consider Rehab at Wilmington Treatment Center
AUD, if left untreated, can cause immense devastation and even death. Difficulties at work and home may lead to job loss, relational strain, separation, divorce, loss of child custody, and possibly even complete social isolation. Financial difficulties may result from job loss and the expense of an alcohol habit. Alcohol abuse can also wreak havoc on a person’s body, causing liver damage, memory impairment, and cognitive difficulties. Death, either from alcohol poisoning or from an injury sustained while intoxicated, is always a possibility. Fortunately, with prompt, effective care, it is possible to minimize or avoid many of these negative consequences.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that our center can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our alcohol addiction rehab, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve your each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as alcohol, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient alcohol detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation schedule.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our treatment center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to alcohol can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experienced had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to alcohol often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following are examples of group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of an alcohol addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of alcohol or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a recreational therapy track that allows patients to participate activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to alcohol has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday at our center, this plan allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to alcohol. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat-Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient alcohol rehab, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about to leave an addiction to alcohol in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you, and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs to be met.