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Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Used for Substance Abuse?

There’s an understandable reluctance to seek treatment for addiction. Perhaps you see it as an admission of defeat or that having a problem you can’t control feels embarrassing to acknowledge.

In reality, rehab for alcoholism is empowering and it’s the opposite of losing control. In fact, conceding that you need help in overcoming an addiction is the first step in regaining control of your life and charting a new, sober path forward.

Alcohol rehab in Thousand Oaks, CA is the place to start that journey.

Signs I Need to Go to an Alcohol Rehab in Thousand Oaks, CA

How do you know when is the right time to go?

When does your drinking go from recreational to problematic?

While there is no clear line in the sand, there are plenty of signs to look for that would clue you in to a need for professional help:

Health problems related to drinking

Heavy drinking over a prolonged period can lead to significant health issues, most notably liver damage but it doesn’t end there. Alcohol affects your entire body, the brain, heart and pancreas as well as being linked to various types of cancer.

Your main priority is alcohol

If you’re spending a disproportionate amount of time getting or drinking alcohol, to the point that it’s all-consuming, that’s a clear sign it’s taken over your life.

Alcohol is creating problems with friends and family

If alcohol has indeed become your core interest, there’s a likelihood it has put a strain on your relations with your family and friends. Whether that arises in the form of arguments about your drinking and how you think you have it in control or just tension from dealing with things like hangovers. The more you prioritize the drink, the deeper the rift becomes. 

Work, school and/or home responsibilities are suffering

As you fall further into alcoholism, the consequences seep further into your life and affect your professional life and responsibilities. If your ability to make a living or get through class is suffering, it may be time to ask for help.

You’ve tried to quit before with no success

This is a big one, if you were able to recognize before that you had a problem with your alcohol consumption but couldn’t get it under control on your own, that’s a surefire indication you need outside help to overcome it.

Other indicators to look out for are:

  • Skipping activities of all types so you can drink
  • Having strong cravings for alcohol
  • Finding yourself in dangerous situations like drunk driving
  • Needing to drink more to get the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal when you stop drinking 

What Happens When You Go to an Alcohol Rehab?

The first thing that happens is detox.

Addiction may be classified as a disorder and to treat the mental side, you must first break the physical dependency and detox is the process of ridding your body of alcohol to do just that.

Once you’ve gotten through withdrawal, it’s time to tackle the underlying cause of your addiction in rehab. Depending on the severity of your addiction that’s either done in residential inpatient care or outpatient care.

The difference is that with inpatient care, you live at the facility which eliminates all distractions and allows you to focus squarely on defeating your alcohol use disorder. Outpatient care is meant for less serious addiction and involves coming into rehab for scheduled sessions while you live at home.

How All American Detox Can Help You With Your Alcohol Addiction

At All American Detox in Woodland Hills, California our personalized, evidence-based programs are administered in our luxurious Southern California treatment center.

We can help you find freedom from alcoholism by being an all-in-one solution that takes you from detox through to aftercare planning services that ensure you’re able to safely transition into your newly achieved sober life.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about what we offer.

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