Drinking alcohol is a common and often enjoyable social activity, and research suggests that moderate amounts of alcohol consumption can even be good for one’s health. However, sometimes people are not able to limit their consumption of alcohol, and it may begin to consume them instead. If left untreated, alcohol abuse can harm virtually every area of a person’s life, from one’s relationships to one’s career to one’s own body. Fortunately, treatment is available for those who wish to free themselves from the grips of alcohol addiction.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand how pervasive and powerful alcohol addiction can be, so we have developed comprehensive, individualized programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As difficult as it is to struggle with alcohol abuse, it can be equally difficult to watch a loved one struggle with it. You, as a concerned friend or family member, likely feel a host of emotions, from anger to fear to sadness, and you may not be sure how to react. Though loving someone who is struggling with alcohol abuse can sometimes feel overwhelming, these are some steps you can take to help your loved one get treatment:
- Support yourself. The strength of your own support network will partly determine your ability to care for and walk alongside your loved one. Invest in your own relationships and consider joining groups like Al-Anon that provide support for the loved ones of those who struggle with substance abuse.
- Read about alcohol abuse and talk to others who are knowledgeable. Learn the signs and symptoms of an alcohol overdose so you will know if your loved one needs medical attention.
- Help with logistics. Set up appointments for your loved one and offer to attend appointments with him or her.
- Openly talk with your loved one. Tell your loved one you know about his or her struggle with alcohol abuse. Try to listen openly and non-judgmentally to what he or she has to say.
- Research treatment options that are designed to care for those battling alcohol addiction.
Above all, try your best to support your loved one. You are his or her strongest ally, and research on recovery and mental health has found that social support is a powerful asset for recovery and a buffer against stress.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
Sometimes people are not able to drink in moderation. Their drinking may spiral out of control and start to have detrimental effects on their school, work, and relationships. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it reduces the activity of the central nervous system, and excessive drinking can cause extensive damage to the mind and body. People who drink to excess can experience memory deficits, organ failure, and cardiovascular problems. Excessive drinking can also be fatal, whether in the form of an alcohol overdose, traffic death, or other accidental death. Alcohol abuse can also severely disrupt other areas of one’s life, putting strain on relationships, causing poor performance in school or work, and leading to job loss, expulsion from school, divorce, loss of child custody, and a host of other negative consequences. The power alcohol can have over a person’s life may sometimes feel too great to overcome. Fortunately, however, there are treatment options that can help a person successfully avoid the aforementioned adversities.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our inpatient program is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. Our residential treatment programs are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Men and women can participate in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of these tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We take a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dietitians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive support system. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: When an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with mental illness alongside a substance use disorder may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and our nursing staff assists with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five groups per day for adolescents. Group topics for adults may include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Relaxation Groups
- Topics Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Gambling Group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
Groups that are offered to adolescents include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Recovery Skills Group
- Skills Training Groups
- Relaxation Group
- Spirituality Group
- Community Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Exercise Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Topics Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Recreational therapy
- Ropes course
- Arts and crafts
- Cultural activities
- Social training
- Pastoral care
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to the above treatment methods, we work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans, sometimes including our partial care day treatment services and intensive outpatient services. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.