Alcohol addiction is a chronic medical condition that requires assessment and treatment, as manifestations of it vary in different individuals. With Addiction involving alcohol, the ability to make healthy choices regarding alcohol is impaired. Alcohol begins to start controlling one’s life, making life more unmanageable. With addiction, the problematic alcohol use is a symptom of what is happening in the brain and the person is seeking escape, relief or reward. Unfortunately there is no off switch and there is an ever increasing desire for more. It is critical to understand what is happening in the brain as our brain is involved in everything we do, including our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behaviors as well as how we view ourselves and we get along with others.
You may have addiction involving alcohol if you:
At HUM, we provide outpatient assessment and treatment for Alcohol addiction. Our treatment is tailored to your needs and based on the knowledge that Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease and requires holistic recovery for health. Once a person is a patient at HUM, there is no end point to the services and individuals can access services indefinitely based on their needs. Continuing care/treatment includes a range of services to optimize health and wellbeing of individuals who have Addiction involving alcohol. Following the assessment, treatment options will vary but can include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, intensive outpatient program, alcohol counselling, medical detoxification/withdrawal management, and medication management. Social and peer support is important and participation in 12-step groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation and journaling are recommended as part of a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.
If you are concerned about your alcohol use, it is recommended to start with the comprehensive assessment. The assessment includes 3 appointments at our Calgary location and is designed to get to know you, determine the acuity of your issues and appropriate treatment recommendations that are individualized based on your needs. The 3 appointments include an initial nursing assessment, an assessment with a registered psychologist or social worker and thirdly with a medical doctor.