If your drinking is having a negative affect on your health, family, and/or work life and you still can't stop, it's time to consider getting help
Although about 1/3 of American adults are considered "excessive" drinkers, only 10% of them have Alcohol Use Disorder (alcoholism). However, excessive drinking can have both short & long term health risks and lead to alcohol dependence or alcoholism.
*According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
At Northpoint Seattle, we believe that once someone's drinking has destructive effects on their relationship, social life, work, and/or finances, then they are drinking too much. Regardless of if they're binge drinking on weekends or drinking everyday, they have a problem that can worsen and do irreparable damage.
Experiencing the symptoms below, indicates that your drinking may already be a cause for concern. The more symptoms experienced, the higher the likelihood of alochol dependance
After prolonged heavy/excessive drinking, people begin to build a tolerance to alcohol. This means that they need to consume more alcohol to feel the same effects they once used to when they drank less. In other words, they no longer feel anything from drinking normal amounts.
Refers to the symptoms/side effects that occur when a heavy drinker suddenly stops or reduces their alcohol intake.These can be both physical and emotional symptoms. Avoiding painful withdrawal symptoms is often the reason why people suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder
You drink for longer periods of time than intended, or you consume larger amounts than intended
You’ve tried to stop drinking but you can’t go more than a couple days without drinking again
You continue drinking although you’re aware that it’s causing you physical, psychological, financial, and / or relationship.
You’ve lost interest in or motivation to do activities that you once liked doing. You’ve been neglecting important responsibilities
You prioritize activities where drinking is involved over others
If you're concerned, don't ignore the signs, our professional clinicians can conduct a formal assessment of your symptoms and create a plan to get your help.Contact Us for help
When someone experiences a mental health illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously
How common is it? About 7.9 million people in the U.S. suffer from a co-occurring disorder
People who have a mental health condition may use alcohol as a way to self-medicate and deal with the symptoms of their condition. However, research shows that this actually worsens the symptoms of the mental health condition
The best treatment for a co-occurring disorder is integratede treatment. This is when a person receives care for both their diagnosed mental illness and substance abuse at the same time.
At Northpoint Seattle, medications are sometimes used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat mental health conditions and to help to decrease alcohol cravings.
Our recovery plans are completely individualized, so the cost of treatment is different for everyone.
However, we work with most insurance providers in the country to help minimize how much you'll have to spend. Some providers may even cover 100% of the treatment costs.
Individuals below the age of 25 you may be covered under their parents' insurance plan. If you have your own insurance provider, we can check to see how much coverage they offer.Verify Your Insurance
Outpatient teratment is a less disruptive and more confidential form of treatment than inpatient care. It gives individuals the opportunity to get help for their drinking problems without inteferring with daily responsibilities like work, school and family obligations.
Whether you're personally strugglign with an alcohol problem or you're a family member or close friend of someone who is, support groups have proven to be very beneficial in the recovery process.
Support groups come in many different formats, so you can choose the one that best suits you. Many are small groups of people who meet in a rehab facility, community center, or church. They can be age, sex or religion specific. They are generally free to join and keep their membership anonymous.
A support group for alcoholics.
Members meet and connect with others who are facing similar challenges.
AA bases its teachings on the 12 Steps of recovery
People attend weekly meetings, each about an hour long.
Their intention is to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety
Al Anon was created to provide support and help to families and friends of alcoholics
Members can attend Al Anon meetings as frequently as they wish
These meetings can be paired with family counseling or a family program at the rehab center