Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition indicated by regular or heavy alcohol use and the inability to stop for an extended period despite harmful consequences. Also referred to as alcohol addiction, alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcoholism, this condition is considered a brain disorder that ranges in severity depending on how often and how much a person drinks.
At Malibu Detox, we offer effective, evidence-based treatments and therapies for those struggling with alcohol addiction. Our highly knowledgeable and experienced team of treatment specialists understands the intricacies of alcohol addiction and is here to help you get and stay sober. If you or a loved one need alcohol rehab, we encourage you to call (424) 234-2027 to learn more about our alcohol use disorder treatment programs.
With the prevalence of alcohol use in our society today, it can be challenging to identify alcohol addiction. Some common symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
An alcohol problem can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic class. While not every person who drinks will have an alcohol use disorder, excessive drinking over a prolonged period makes it more likely that the condition will develop. Many other factors can contribute to alcoholism, such as genetics, exposure to childhood trauma, drinking at a young age, stressful circumstances, and underlying mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Alcohol addiction can impair your emotional stability, career, finances, and your ability to create and maintain healthy relationships. However, with the right rehab program and treatment options, long-term recovery is possible.
There are numerous ways to effectively treat alcoholism. At Malibu Detox, you will work closely with our treatment specialists to craft an individualized alcohol addiction treatment plan with the best therapies for you based on your specific needs, lifestyle, and recovery goals. We offer several safe, evidence-based therapies such as:
Our team of highly experienced therapists and physicians offer integrated treatment plans for patients struggling with alcohol use disorder in conjunction with mental health conditions. Between our individualized alcohol addiction treatment programs and co-occurring disorder treatment, our rehab centers can effectively treat both conditions simultaneously.
The first step in alcohol rehabilitation is the detoxification process. Alcohol detox is one of the most dangerous steps to getting sober if not done properly. Our alcohol rehab centers offer supervised medical detox programs, where patients receive round-the-clock medical care and support to help ease cravings and symptoms that arise during withdrawal. After the initial detoxification phase, typically lasting around 72 hours, many alcohol rehab centers, like ours, offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for an extended period. MAT uses FDA-approved addiction medicine to help reduce alcohol cravings and relieve uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol withdrawal is presumed to occur from different alterations in brain activity induced by frequent and heavy alcohol use. Though the neurochemical elements of alcohol withdrawal syndrome are fairly complex, its associated symptoms mirror a compensation for earlier convulsions in inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitter activity—the equilibrium between the two being altered, to start with, as a consequence of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. If you eliminate or greatly reduce alcohol intake, it disrupts your brain activity, rendering a hyper-aroused state which results in various withdrawal symptoms that can occur within hours after you last consumed alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms vary from one person to the next depending on the severity of the alcohol abuse, the length of use, and how dependent your body has become. These symptoms can include:
The most severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms are delirium tremens (DT). These symptoms occur suddenly with extreme severity and include confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and high fever. If you abruptly stop drinking alcohol outside of an alcohol rehab center and begin to experience any of the symptoms above, seek medical attention immediately. If you experience DT, our alcohol rehab can help de-escalate the symptoms before they become life-threatening. We offer alcohol addiction treatment and substance abuse treatment for those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.
While people avoid addiction treatment for various reasons, some don’t seek help because they don’t know what to expect from the different treatment options. If an addiction treatment program is going to be effective, the person in treatment needs to be encouraged to complete the program. Understanding what drug or alcohol rehab entails can prepare you for the treatment process so you are ready for each step and encouraged to complete the program and achieve lasting recovery.
While in the consideration stages of your recovery journey, it’s important to understand the available treatment options. When enrolling in a treatment program for substance abuse, there are often two main paths: inpatient or outpatient treatment. Depending on the severity of your substance use disorder, relapse history, medical conditions, and other factors, a treatment specialist at our rehab center will help you determine which program model is best for you.
Residential treatment is generally the starting point after medical detox for those with a severe addiction, co-occurring disorders, medical issues, or lack of prior treatment. This level of care is the most intensive treatment option offered at Malibu Detox and requires clients to live at our rehab center, where they receive 24/7 care and support during the recovery process. Residential or inpatient alcohol abuse treatment typically lasts between 1 to 3 months but can vary depending on your addiction recovery needs.
Residential treatment at Malibu Detox is tucked away in the Malibu hillsides above the beautiful Pacific Ocean, offering a restorative setting for addiction recovery. During residential treatment at our treatment facility, residents have access to numerous therapies, resources, and tools such as talk therapy, support groups, therapeutic activities, nutritional education, case management, and other offerings.
Outpatient treatment programs are less intensive than inpatient programs and are best for those that do not have any withdrawal symptoms and have completed residential treatment. While in outpatient rehab, you will attend alcohol or drug rehab during the day and return home or to a sober living in the evenings. You’ll meet a few times per week to participate in behavioral therapies and other treatment modalities for an hour or so at a time.
There are different forms of outpatient treatment, the most structured being partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). These programs have a strict schedule of sessions and meetings you will be required to attend. General outpatient programs offer flexibility in the days and times you attend treatment groups and individual sessions. While in outpatient treatment, clients are generally encouraged by their treatment provider to participate in support groups such as alcoholics anonymous in conjunction with group therapies offered at the treatment center.
Whether you choose to receive alcohol treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis, we are committed to helping you overcome your alcohol addiction at our rehab facility. Our state-of-the-art treatment facilities, highly accredited and experienced staff, and dedication to the full continuum of care allows our clients to get through this challenging time in their life. We encourage you to contact our alcohol treatment center for more information about our treatment programs for addiction and mental disorders.
Malibu Detox’s innovative treatment approaches can serve as a catalyst for meaningful transformations, ultimately helping individuals achieve sustainable, long-term health and recovery. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction and/or an associated mental health condition, we are here to help. Our alcohol rehab offers tailored, comprehensive treatment modalities facilitated by licensed medical professionals.
When you’re stuck in the cycle of addiction, you can experience hopelessness, isolation, and frustration. Reaching out for help and finding the right program for you is a major first step in your recovery journey. Whether you need detox, medication-assisted treatment, residential treatment, dual diagnosis treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, sober living, aftercare services, treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders, or relapse prevention services we can help. All substance abuse and mental health programs at our treatment centers in Southern California include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, support groups, and mental health services.
Contact our Malibu, California, drug and alcohol rehab and detox center today at (424) 234-2027 to discuss your personalized addiction treatment plan. We accept most major and private insurance plans and will work with you to navigate your coverage to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. Our admissions staff looks forward to speaking with you.
Our individualized, evidence-based addiction treatment programs provide highly specialized solutions utilizing the latest technology to promote life-long recovery.