Alcohol is a primary, chronic, progressive, and often fatal health problem for all of society, not just for the professional community. It has specific symptoms that can be fueled by unmanageable stress, work demands or poor relationships. If left untreated, alcohol use disorder can and will worsen. Like many other disorders, the symptoms of addiction can be temporarily stopped, but without significant lifestyle changes and continued recovery maintenance, relapse can occur.
At Positive Sobriety Institute, one of the leading alcohol rehab and treatment centers in Chicago, we treat chemical dependency as a brain disease. Science has found that addiction can be traced to neural pathways in the brain predating a diagnosis. A genetic predisposition alone is not enough to predict addiction. Typically, psychological and social influences drive the individual to use addicting substances and the combination of genetic predisposition and these influences trigger the disease.
Characteristics of Alcohol Use Disorder
Characteristics of alcohol use disorder and addiction include lack of control over drinking, constant preoccupation with alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking—most notably denial. Symptoms of alcohol use disorder may include:
- Deteriorating personal hygiene
- Personality and behavior changes
- Emotional outbursts, arguments or violence
- Embarrassing social behavior
- Observable decline in physical or emotional health
- Shakiness, tremors of hands, agitation
- Slurred speech
- Unsteady balance
- Disorganized schedule
- Withdrawal from professional obligations, associations, committees
The most critical component in identifying addiction is to examine the changes in the person. Many addicts may work to maintain their personal, family, and professional standards, and may continue to function successfully for a long time in spite of their active addictions. Eventually, however, alcohol use disorder will cause a person to reach a point of personal deterioration that is impossible to ignore.
At our state of the art alcohol rehab in Chicago, Positive Sobriety Institute’s team of addiction experts has been helping professionals overcome their addiction for decades. We understand the sensitive nature and complications of an addiction and a career that hangs in the balance. Positive Sobriety Institute offers life-changing solutions for men and women in comfortable facilities in a compassionate and supportive environment, for those seeking alcohol treatment in Chicago.
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Individuals that suffer from both an addiction to alcohol, as well as a mental health disorder, are diagnosed as having a co-occurring disorder. Some medical professionals also refer to this as a dual diagnosis.
Research has shown that people who have a mental health disorder are more likely to experience a substance abuse issue. This is likely because they turn to alcohol as a way to relieve the negative symptoms of their mental health issue, hoping to make daily life more manageable. We’ve found this to be the case among professionals who possess intense, highly stressful roles at work or within their communities. From doctors, corporate executives, lawyers, and nurses, the more demanding the job the higher risk for this type of addiction disorder. Soothing mental distress becomes the main goal and can lead to a serious addiction to alcohol.
It can be difficult to diagnose a co-occurring disorder, as the symptoms of each are complex and vary. When entering treatment for one disorder, patients often do not receive the treatment they need for their additional disorder. Lack of proper treatment can occur for a number of reasons. For example, staff at a treatment facility may not be properly trained to identify the existence of co-occurring disorders and thus do not provide adequate care. Additionally, symptoms of alcoholism and a co-occurring mental health disorder may have similar symptoms, making it difficult to identify one of the disorders.
Some of the most common mental health disorders that occur with alcoholism include:
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Fear Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It is critical that each patient that enters our care receives the help they need to overcome their alcoholism. This means treating an existing mental health disorder when present as well. Positive Sobriety Institute is one of the best alcohol rehabs in Illinois, and we are fully equipped to treat not only alcohol addictions, but any co-occurring mental health disorders as well. Patients facing a co-occurring disorder diagnosis require a unique, specialized treatment that our mental health professionals and addiction experts are able to deliver.
Our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Process
The process for alcohol addiction treatment at Positive Sobriety Institute is comprehensive, tested, and highly effective. Containing three primary components, we are committed to providing the best standard of care to all that enter our center.
In order to properly identify mental illness symptoms and diagnoses, the medical professionals at Positive Sobriety Institute first conduct in-depth psychiatric evaluations on patients that enter our facility. Our evaluation covers areas including previous psychiatric assessments, medical, social, psychiatric, and developmental history, and more. We will gather information regarding your history and severity of alcohol abuse in order to garner any information that is crucial to treatment and recovery.
Our evaluation is effective in telling us whether an individual will need to be treated for compulsions or delusions, and also is effective in revealing the ways in which distress within an individual is manifested.
We encourage each recovery patient to participate in alcohol addiction counseling as part of his or her recovery. This is because counseling has been shown to increase an individual’s motivation to break their addiction, helps build the necessary coping and problem-solving skills for remaining sober, and offers family members the opportunity to learn about their loved one’s addiction and how they can serve as an effective source of support.
At Positive Sobriety Institute, our counseling team, comprised of licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, and social workers, are trained to administer highly effective behavioral and cognitive therapies. Our tried and proven methods help recovery patients stop their addictive behaviors by instilling positive thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
As Illinois’ top alcohol rehab, Positive Sobriety Institute offers one of a kind genetic testing with Millennium Pharmacogenetic Testing, one of the country’s leading health solutions companies. We use this innovative testing to identify the ways in which a patient’s genetic profile might have an impact on his or her response to particular medications. For patients suffering from an alcohol addiction, this is especially valuable, as they may have varying responses to opioid antagonist drugs.
Planning for the Future
We are here to help you take back your life and overcome your dependence on alcohol. Whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab in Chicago, our life-changing solutions have helped many men and women from all walks of life live the successful and productive lives they deserve, and we are here to help you do the same.