Alcohol Dependency Rehab & Treatment
At Lumion, our mission is to offer hope and lasting relief to those who are suffering from alcoholism and addiction of all types.
Neurobiologically, alcohol is a “dirty” drug, with many different neurotransmitter systems and other bodily functions affected by its use. Beyond alcohol-related liver disease, abuse of alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast.
Most people begin drinking alcohol at social functions, and while relatively young. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are limits to the amount of alcohol one can consume without the risk of becoming alcohol dependent.
For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. For those who move beyond these limits, the risk of over-consumption can be high:
- 56% of Americans drink alcohol
- More than 18% of adults engage in “binge drinking” each year
- Some 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes yearly (about 62,000 men and 26,000 women)
- Nearly 18% of adults suffer from alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence
- Almost 80% of teens have tried alcohol, with nearly 50% having indulged in binge drinking
Overcoming alcoholism can be especially difficult, due to the challenges presented by the facts that:
- Alcohol is Legal – which makes its use easy to rationalize, and it carries less stigma
- Alcohol is Relatively Cheap – and thought to be “safer” than “real drugs”
- Alcohol is Readily Available – at your local liquor or grocery store
With alcohol abuse, you may not be physically dependent, but you still have a serious problem requiring expert mental health care and treatment.
When Alcohol Becomes a Problem
We have made great strides in the treatment of chemical addiction, using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medications, our TMS affiliate experts work with, existential therapy, spiritual therapy, individual therapy, family/relational therapy.
For the alcoholic, drinking may cause problems at home, work, or school. It may cause you to put yourself in dangerous situations, or lead to legal or social problems. Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a disease that causes:
- Craving – a strong need to drink
- Loss of control – not being able to stop drinking once you’ve started
- Physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms
- Tolerance – the need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effect
The mental health professionals and chemical dependency specialists at Lumion are intimately familiar with the symptoms of alcoholism, as well as the potential for harm that drinking can cause. Treatment involves a spiritual change – with a combination of 12-step program or other spiritual process, anti-craving medications (if necessary), individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and other psychological assistance.
Located in Beverly Hills, California, the doctors and staff at Lumion Center are experts in behavioral therapy and medication management, offering a supportive therapeutic environment and personalized treatment plan for alcohol dependency and alcoholism that addresses your unique symptoms, as well as any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to your condition.
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