As noted in Alcohol in America: Taking Action to Prevent Abuse by S. Olsen and D.R. Gerstein, drinking and its misuse are complex because they often happen in the company of others and carry contexts that are intricate to personal and social histories. For many, alcohol is synonymous with celebrating, fine dining, and social connection. However, alcohol use treatment becomes a vital need when alcohol impedes your life and relationships.
At Sober Life, we know how difficult it can be to reach out for support, especially when you have responsibilities and obligations you are trying to maintain. You should not have to neglect your well-being to juggle all the other parts of your life. Therefore, we believe in providing flexible alcohol use treatment to help you uncover the roots of your addiction and build tools for a healthier you.
The Challenges of Alcohol Use
You never intended for your alcohol use to get out of hand. Your alcohol use may have started from curiosity, for fun, to feel better, or to fit in. However, as a chronic brain disease, alcohol misuse can have a significant impact on how your brain functions. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) points out that alcohol interferes with your brain’s communication pathways, like balance, memory, speech, and judgment.
When you continue to consume alcohol for a long time, it even changes the way your brain looks and works. Repeated overconsumption turns into alcohol use disorder (AUD) and impedes your ability to stop or control your use despite its impact on your life. Whether your AUD is mild, moderate, or severe, it harms your relationships, work, school, and health. Some of the challenges you may encounter with AUD include:
- Poor job performance
- Conflict with family and friends
- Inability to manage responsibilities
- Neglecting the needs and safety of your loved ones
One of the challenges of alcohol misuse is understanding how you got to this place in your life. The roots of alcohol misuse are often interconnected with unaddressed mental health concerns. For example, difficulties with anxiety may lead you to seek alcohol to calm your nerves. However, your misuse can create a destructive cycle in which the absence of alcohol causes more distress and anxiety.
At Sober Life, we know addiction affects everyone, but recovery is also for everyone. You deserve the opportunity to have affordable, quality treatment that addresses your specific needs and experiences. Therefore, seeking alcohol use treatment at Sober Life can give you access to support that acknowledges your specific challenges with addiction.
Find Alcohol Use Treatment at Sober Life
If you have just finished detox or inpatient treatment, it can feel daunting to figure out your next step. You may wonder how you are going to maintain your sobriety on your own. However, at Sober Life, you are not alone in finding your path to long-term recovery. Here at Sober Life, we offer different levels of outpatient care to give you the tools to foster a healthier you.
Every part of you and your experiences are interconnected to how you cope with the stressors of life. Through a holistic approach to care, you can learn how to address the roots of your alcohol misuse. Moreover, as a service-oriented and Joint Commission-accredited rehab and mental health services center, we are committed to providing support for your specific needs. With evidence-based care, you can work with our master-level clinicians to build the alcohol use treatment plan that fits your life and needs.
Discovering Your Path to Recovery
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. However, finding a path to long-term recovery with alcohol use treatment also does not have to isolate you from the rest of your life. At Sober Life, we believe recovery should give you tools to help you thrive in the real world. With flexible and personalized alcohol use treatment, you can maintain your social connections, work, or school while getting the support you need to heal.
When you have access to low-structure and service-oriented services, you can discover the path to recovery that makes the most sense for you and your life. Moreover, holistic care gives us the space to treat you as a whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Holistic care not only addresses your challenges with alcohol but its interconnected relationship to your mental health as well. Through our addiction recovery and mental health approach, you can engage in resiliency-focused care to build coping strategies for your well-being.
Addiction Recovery Approach
At Sober Life, we offer flexible and customizable alcohol use treatment plans because your treatment should fit your needs and life. Whether you are stepping down from inpatient care and need guidance on how to start your recovery journey, or you just need a little extra support as you manage your busy life, there is a path to recovery for you.
Some of our holistic and individualized services for alcohol use treatment include:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Virtual IOP (VIOP)
- Veteran IOP
- Adolescent IOP
- Evidence-based therapies
- Holistic activities
Through a wide variety of treatments and modalities, we can work together to build a plan for your long-term healing.
Mental Health Recovery Approach
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, mental health is your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Your mental health reflects how you think, feel, and act in your daily life, like stress management, relationships, and making healthy or unhealthy choices. Mental health is vital to how you navigate through the world. Despite its importance, people often avoid addressing mental health challenges.
The challenges of mental health often co-occur with substance use disorders (SUDs) like AUD. As the NIAAA points out, AUD commonly co-occurs with mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and stress-related disorders. Some of the factors that contribute to the high co-occurs of AUD and mental health disorders include:
- Pre-existing mental health disorders
- Self-medicating to cope with mental health symptoms
- Long-term overconsumption and adolescent drinking
- Changes to brain function
- Increases negative feelings
- Difficulty processing thoughts and feelings
- Poor judgment and impulse control
- Changes to brain function
- Unhealthy stress management skills
- Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma
Sober Life is committed to supporting whole-person healing by addressing co-occurring substance and mental health issues. Through our HealthyU program, we offer a variety of therapeutic modalities to target and treat your specific needs:
- Individual therapy
- Hybrid IOP
- Veteran IOP
- Evidence-based therapies
- Holistic approach
- Alumni community
Together, we can help you discover joy and fulfillment in your life without addiction.
Benefits of Alcohol Use Treatment in a Healing Setting
Through holistic care, we believe in fostering an environment that gives you the opportunity to form connections and community as you recover. As the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) notes, your surroundings have a significant influence on your well-being, from healing spaces to healing relationships. Thus, access to support that is compassionate and encouraging reminds you that you are not alone. When you know you are not alone, there is more space to believe in your capacity to grow and recover.
At Sober Life, we have built a recovery community where connection and healing are infused into our way of life. Our commitment to a healing community is imbued in one of the oldest districts in Downtown San Diego. The Little Italy district is a beautiful place where we have fostered a casual and supportive environment in a vibrant community. Our Sober Life vibe is all about giving you a lifelong community where living in long-term recovery is not an idea but a reality.
Addressing the Importance of Alcohol Use Treatment
When alcohol has been such an intricate part of your existence, imagining a life where drinking is not at the forefront of every moment of your life is challenging. However, long-term recovery is about more than staying sober. Holistic, long-term recovery is about understanding the roots of your alcohol use to support a healthier and more meaningful life.
Not taking steps toward recovery with alcohol use treatment can be devastating for you and your loved ones. As the CDC states, 140,000 lives are shortened every year by alcohol misuse. You deserve to be more than a number in a long list of lost potential. Reaching out for support with alcohol use treatment is an opportunity for you to advocate for your right to a healthy and purposeful life.