Alcoholism and Alcohol Rehab in Fort Collins, Colorado
Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is a disease.
Let's say it again: Alcoholism is a disease. It isn't a way of life, or a good time. It isn't a joke, or a badge of honor, and it certainly isn't something to be treated lightly. Because unlike many forms of substance abuse, there is no law against alcohol use, or abuse. Since the use of alcohol is normalized in American culture, it follows that the abuse of alcohol too often goes unchecked and unnoticed until it's too late.
Alcoholism remains one of the most deadly preventable diseases in the United States. You think you just drink to have a good time? Assume it's no problem just because you're not on heroin? Think again - alcohol withdrawal is exponentially more deadly than withdrawal from opiates. Alcohol is no less dangerous than any other addictive substance - it's arguably even more so. If you don't feel like yourself anymore without a few drinks, it may be time to give us a call and determine if you have a problem that needs (potentially life-saving!) treatment.
How Do I Know if I Need Alcohol Rehab? Where's the Line?
Alcohol addiction is one of the most difficult to detect, because it blends in so well to social situations. You can drink while you're around people, and nobody finds it strange. If you starting shooting drugs into your vein at a party, you might get some very concerned looks, but downing a bottle of vodka barely raises an eyebrow. That doesn't feel like addiction, it feels like your version of normal. That's what addiction does - it changes your perception of normal from being sober to being under the influence.
This is what makes alcohol addiction so difficult to detect. It doesn't feel like a problem when you're doing it. From the addicted person's perspective, drinking is what brings them back to "normal." It feels GOOD to drink - or so you think.
It's quite a leap to go from thinking like this to deciding you need rehab. The first step of admitting the problem is especially difficult for alcoholics, because alcohol use is normalized and legal, unlike the use of hard drugs. Why, you think, would you incur the alcohol rehab cost when it doesn't even feel like you have a problem?
The answer is that you may have a problem, whether it feels like you do or not. It fact, the feeling that you don't' have a problem and are totally fine when you drink could actually be the biggest part of your problem. For the record, there are studies about "binge" drinking - the general term for heavier, potentially habit-forming levels of drinking. The threshold varies by study, but the most common definition of "binge drinking" is consuming 5 drinks or more (for men, it's 4 or more for women) during the same drinking occasion, or within a two-hour period.
Of course, binge drinking isn't the same thing as addiction. A binge is a one-time thing, and while dangerous, one instance does not create a habit. Addiction is sneaky. It doesn't pop in with a "GET HELP" sign in neon letters. It hides itself deep inside and chips away at your life slowly from the inside out. Most of the time, you're the last one to realize you have a problem. This is why interventions are so common - often the denial is so strong it takes a collection of the closest people to you all together to break through.
If you're unsure of what to do, don't worry. You can call and consult with us if you think you or someone close to you has a problem.
What Makes You Susceptible to Alcohol Addiction in Fort Collins?
You can't beat addiction if you don't understand what it is and how it works. In reality, addiction is just a disease. And like any other disease, it comes with risk factors that make you more susceptible to it. Family history, past history, and stress can all contribute to making you more likely to fall prey to alcoholism
Of course, that doesn't mean you're immune if you don't exhibit these risk factors. Some of the most well-balanced, stress-free people in the world can fall victim to alcoholism under the right circumstances.
Often times people fall into alcoholism just because they're part of a social group that frequently consumes alcohol, and so they simply associate heavy drinking with having fun with friends. It doesn't have to be a cascade series of problems for addiction to arise. Again, it's something that happens under-the-radar, and often without warning signs, so it requires extra vigilance and awareness.
AspenRidge North's Alcohol Recovery Services
Every rehab facility has a slightly different approach, a different philosophy, a different way of approaching the same problem. If you're looking for the ideal place to help you recover and regain control of your life, gathering information is the best place to start. Some alcohol rehab facilities are likely to be a great fit for you, and some maybe aren't.
We don't want you to choose AspenRidge North without having all the facts. This recovery is your journey, and you deserve to have all the information you can before choosing where to take the first steps toward the rest of your life.
At the heart of AspenRidge North's program is expert-level individual therapy. In individual therapy, you'll really identify the elements of your addiction, and develop strategies for dealing with it that are unique to you. You can see some of the core elements of our treatment by checking out our addiction rehab program page, or our intensive outpatient program page.
Individual therapy is the most important aspect of drug rehab, as it get to the root causes of your addiction and is completely customized to your unique situation. Addiction is different from person to person, so of course treatment should be as well. AspenRidge works by that mantra every day.
Group support is available in many forms. You'll get access to the informal support that comes from people who understand your suffering firsthand. When you're struggling, it helps to know you're not alone, and group support puts you around people who understand your suffering better than anyone.
Fort Collins, Colorado's Alcohol Rehab and Support Options
Alcohol rehab in Fort Collins is the most proven method for overcoming alcoholism, and the Fort Collins area has a number of options for it, including AspenRidge North. For some (like in the case of the well-known Betty Ford Clinic), you'll live at the rehab center full-time for the length of your treatment. Many others (like AspenRidge North) offer both inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) services. With IOP, you can still live at home but go to rehab for several hours a day, multiple days a week. You can click here to learn more about AspenRidge North's intensive outpatient program.
If you're interested in other options, like support groups that can help you start your recovery, stay sober after recovery, or even offer you additional support during recovery, here are some options we encourage you to try:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the biggest alcoholism support group in the world, and it is the origin of the 12-step program used in part by AspenRidge North. That famed 12-step approach is a spiritually-based recovery method that typically involves prayer and appeal to a higher power. AA can be a great supplement to a traditional rehab program, especially outpatient programs with treatment only a few times a week. Check here for to find AA meetings and branches in the Fort Collins Area.
SMART is a similar, but distinctly different program compared to AA. SMART involves only 4 steps, not 12, and it focuses on self-empowerment and reliance. That makes it a great alternative for those who aren't interested in AA's spiritually-based approach. For some people, an appeal to self-improvement and empowerment is simply more compelling than an appeal to spirituality. There aren't quite as many meeting for SMART Recovery than AA, but you can still find weekly meetings in and around Fort Collins.
We, as well as many support groups like the AA-associated Al-Anon/Alateen of Colorado, will always work with your family and loved ones to better understand what you're going through in your addiction. With this understanding, they will be even greater support for you, and will be better able to cope with the ways in which a loved one's addiction affects them. Family is one of the most important support groups you will have during your recovery, and a family that is willing to engage with you during the journey of recovery makes it that much easier.
Why Choose AspenRidge North?
AspenRidge North is Colorado's premier alcoholic rehabilitation center, and we say that because we care. We work to personalize treatment for every single patient we treat. A "one-size-fits-all" mentality to treatment is one of the biggest causes of rehab failure. One size doesn't fit all. You're an individual, with individual problems. Your path to addiction isn't like anyone else's, and your path out of it won't be, either.
Our skilled and compassionate team of addiction treatment experts are here to treat you like an individual - not a statistic. Our approach to rehab starts with us understanding you - not preaching at you or force-feeding you treatment you don't need or want. We want to get to know you, your problems, the challenges you face in your life, and why you started drinking in the first place. From there, we'll work out an evidence-based treatment plan that will work for you, based on your experiences and our knowledge of empirical evidence.
So after reading all this, if you're ready to take that first step towards the rest of your life, be it for yourself or the one you love, it's the perfect time to contact us. The process won't always be easy, but it's going to get better. And we're here to help.