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Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is a severe and chronic illness characterized by an individual’s compulsive and uncontrollable consumption of alcohol. While many people can enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation without serious consequences, regularly consuming large quantities of alcohol can lead to addiction, which can have detrimental effects on various aspects of a person’s life.

Alcoholism can take control of an individual’s life, overshadowing all other commitments and responsibilities and leaving them feeling powerless and unable to stop. Although this feeling can be overwhelming, overcoming alcohol addiction is possible with the help of our clinical team here at Cornerstone.

Cornerstone’s experienced addiction practitioners are dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment with compassion and care to those seeking help. Recognizing that alcohol addiction affects each person differently, we tailor our treatment programs to meet your specific needs and help you achieve your goals.

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Free Alcohol Abuse Assessments

Cornerstone offers free alcohol addiction assessments to help patients suffering from alcohol addiction overcome their fears and uncertainties about the recovery process. These assessments provide several benefits:

  1. A safe space to discuss concerns and fears, addressing them upfront and dispelling uncertainty about the process.
  2. Realistic expectations about the depth of work needed and the hope for recovery.
  3. An immediate baseline of a person’s condition in order to create a personalized alcohol addiction treatment program tailored to their needs.
  4. A free service that reduces financial barriers to entry.

In addition to the initial assessment, Cornerstone provides a secondary assessment with a psychiatrist. This assessment takes into account an individual’s health history and medical or psychiatric needs, informing the customized treatment program. Patients with severe or long-term alcohol abuse may need to undergo a withdrawal period and detox procedure administered by our medical staff.

These assessments not only provide patients with the information they need to start their recovery journey but also allow us to jumpstart the process of planning an effective alcohol treatment program.

Highly Skilled Alcohol Treatment Practitioners, Counselors, and Specialists

Cornerstone stands out from other alcohol addiction treatment centers in Orange County due to our skilled staff who work with you throughout your alcohol recovery. Our practitioners are well-versed in a wide array of clinical treatments for alcohol addiction and have the experience and expertise to determine when and how to use them. Alcohol rehab requires a non-judgmental space and continuous support throughout the process.

We collaborate with patients to discuss challenges and motivations for recovery and then formulate a personalized treatment plan. We understand the importance of building trust between the patient and practitioner and believe in complete transparency. This means placing the patient at the center of the treatment plan, empowering them to make decisions about their path forward. By addressing the unique underlying causes of each individual’s alcohol addiction, we help our patients achieve long-term recovery.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Cornerstone of Southern California

While every patient’s specific treatment plan is personalized to meet his or her needs, it can include an intensive program at our treatment center in Southern California. However, it’s important to note that we’ve been working with people to quit drinking long enough to know that it’s important to be flexible and customize a patient’s experience. Therefore we don’t impose any rigid limits to the duration of recovery spent in our treatment centers – that all depends on your needs, conditions, and commitments. 

Cornerstone’s treatment for alcoholism blends 3 different elements: empirical evidence, our vast experience, and the custom needs of each person’s circumstance. Central to this is utilizing the 12-step addiction treatment model; based on the abstinence that the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) organization helped pioneer. This treatment approach focuses on the motivation for recovery combined with a set of guiding values and beliefs. The goal is to challenge addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes. The 12-step model is underpinned by spiritual influences that instill both humility and self-worth leading to lasting recovery.

Cornerstone’s alcohol addiction treatment program consists of:

  • An assessment; is used to understand the needs of the patient and formulate a plan around those needs.
  • If necessary a 7-day to 10-day medically assisted alcohol detox (evaluation, stabilization, and education).
  • If needed, following detox, anti-craving medications.
  • 1 on 1 psychiatric or traditional therapy treatment.
  • Group therapy programs. 
  • Couples and family therapy.
  • Supportive services (legal, insurance, etc).

Outpatient Treatment and Therapy for Alcohol Addiction

For some patients, an outpatient treatment program is preferred. This will largely depend on the severity of alcoholism and the style of support you feel is necessary and attainable. Regardless of the setting, Cornerstone delivers a customized, quality treatment for alcohol addiction.

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By allowing for outpatient therapy programs we can further our goal of working with alcoholics to help plan and drive their recovery. We understand quitting alcohol requires different levels of intensity and quantity so our outpatient care is designed to get results while adapting to patients’ needs. 

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Call us and speak to one of our caring addiction counselors.
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What are the Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction?

Alcoholism can affect people in many different ways, depending on their personality and environment, and the volume and regularity of alcohol use.

However, there are some typical indicators that you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism, these include: 

  • Being dishonest about how much, how often, and when you are drinking.
  • Discovering a tolerance to alcohol has developed, requiring greater quantities of alcohol to feel as ‘drunk’ as you would like.
  • Consuming large quantities of alcohol unaccompanied.
  • Drinking alcohol until you are unconscious.
  • Neglecting social commitments, including important occasions, prioritizing drinking alcohol instead.
  • Needing or choosing to drink as soon as you wake up.
  • Feeling unable to concentrate due to strong compulsions to drink alcohol, causing irritability or impatience.
  • Drinking alcohol to cope with underlying or co-existing mental health conditions like depression, stress, or anxiety.
  • Persistently drinking alcohol even though it is causing significant damage and strain on relationships with family and friends, performance at work or school, and health and well-being.

What Causes Alcohol Addiction to Develop?

As with many addictions, this is a difficult question to answer due to the number of contributing causes for alcoholism. Aside from the underlying emotional and psychological issues an alcoholic may have, alcoholism develops when a person loses their ability to control their impulse to drink.

The natural psychological process of positive reinforcement is doing something repeatedly because it makes you feel good. This is not in and of itself a problem. However, this becomes unhealthy when feeling good through consuming alcohol is done despite serious, negative consequences. That pattern of behavior is what separates alcoholics from people who just drink occasionally.

Research studies have shown that there are also factors that may make a person more susceptible to developing a drinking problem, such as:

  • Having relatives, particularly immediate family struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction.
  • Living with an alcoholic.
  • Suffering from other mental health conditions (dual diagnosis).
  • Experiencing trauma or immensely stressful life events.

How do I Know if I Have an Addiction to Alcohol?

A popular method of identifying alcohol abuse in treatment settings is called the CAGE test; which involves asking four questions:

  1. Have you wondered whether you should Cut down on your alcohol intake?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed by someone questioning your drinking, preventing you from drinking, or making judgments about your drinking habits?
  3. Do you ever feel Guilty or ashamed about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had an Eye-opener? An eye-opener here refers to having or wanting a drink as soon as you open your eyes in the morning.

If you can relate to these questions, it might indicate that you are suffering from an addiction and would benefit from engaging with an addiction treatment facility.

Reach out to Cornerstone, we are here to help.

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