Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Recovery for Women in Tennessee
The influence of the brain’s reward pathway on our bodies and overall well-being is powerful. Consisting of a network of neurons near the center of the brain, this reward pathway releases large amounts of dopamine when something we do brings us pleasure. If drinking, smoking, or taking drugs stimulates this “pleasure” center, this stimulation is partly responsible for creating our addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, sex or gambling.
For women, alcohol addiction begins when the brain becomes used to having excess dopamine flowing through its reward center. When it no longer receives enough dopamine and other “feel-good” chemicals to experience that pleasurable, numb sensation provided by intoxication, the brain resorts to making her feel incredibly anxious and terribly sick until she drinks again.
Unique Challenges for Women with Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
We’ve all seen how people behave when they’ve had one too many drinks. From slurred speech to lowered inhibitions, people lose control over their true selves. The symptoms of alcohol abuse go beyond embarrassing behavior. Some of the long-term effects of alcohol addiction in women include:
- Heart, liver and brain damage
- High blood pressure
- Damage to the throat, stomach and gastro-intestinal system
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Risk of birth deformities
Women who struggle with alcohol addiction must seek addiction treatment to overcome their dependency on alcohol. Voyage (of the JourneyPure family) is an alcohol addiction treatment facility for women that places emphasis on mental health and trauma.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism in Women
Alcohol addiction is one of the most common forms of drug addiction not only in Tennessee, but throughout the United States. Alcoholism is a chronic disease where the body becomes dependent on alcohol to function, triggering a destructive spiral that can be deadly.
Recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism is critical to getting the help and treatment you deserve. Some warning signs include:
- Obsession with alcohol, feeling compelled to drink or continually planning where and when to drink
- Drinking alone or in secret
- Developing increased tolerance to alcohol
- Losing interest in once-loved hobbies or interests
- Hiding alcohol in the house, car or workplace
- Increased frequency in drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms such as cramping, shaking or nausea when unable to drink
If you or a loved are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s critical to consider enrolling in a alcohol rehab facility. Remember, most people who drink alcohol are able to stop – alcoholics cannot.
Alcoholism is a serious disease often accompanied by mental health issues, so professional medical attention is necessary to ensure lasting recovery. Voyage is recognized as the Southeast’s premier alcohol abuse treatment and recovery center for women.
Inpatient Alcohol Recovery Program
Entering Voyage’s alcohol treatment for women in TN is strongly recommended for women who have tried repeatedly to beat their alcoholism in outpatient detox programs or are suffering mental or physical issues that make it hard for them to stop drinking. As an inpatient, you are also removed from stressors that may contribute to your alcoholism. To help you focus fully on your physical and mental recovery, we also provide an organic whole foods menu so you can enjoy tasty, nutritional meals.
Outpatient Recovery Programs
Outpatient treatment is indicated for patients who have not been diagnosed with a serious comorbid disorder (schizophrenia, for example) and have an adequate support system to help supervise their progress.
Addiction psychiatrists prescribe appropriate medications for women participating in an outpatient program and expect them to attend group and/or individual counseling at least once a week. Medical and psychological disorders are also managed in addition to deficits regarding the patient’s social or life skills. Outpatient alcohol programs also have the patient visit a doctor for regular check-ups to ensure their recovery is progressing without complications.
To promote recovery from alcoholism, patients may be given prescription medications that inhibit cravings for alcohol. Antabuse is a popular drug that stops the liver from metabolizing alcohol while increasing levels of certain chemicals in the body which cause cramping, sweating, nausea and fatigue if the person takes a drink. By canceling the pleasurable sensations produced by alcohol, Antabuse can help prevent relapse.
Naltrexone is another medication prescribed to recovering alcoholics that reduces the severity and frequency of relapse associated with alcohol and opioid addictions.
Completion of Alcohol Rehab
Recovering from alcoholism is a lifelong process that requires patients who complete an alcohol detox program to continue with counseling, taking medications as prescribed, learning how to cope with stress in healthier ways and seeking professional help immediately upon recognizing the signs of a possible impending relapse.
Voyage’s leading Tennessee alcohol rehab for women employs a variety of therapies that teach patients how to make drastic changes to negative and destructive thinking patterns that have been developed.
We utilize an abstinence-based, multidisciplinary treatment program and incorporate the principles of Twelve Step Recovery and other research-proven methods to initiate the recovery process. Ongoing supportive care is available following initial treatment.
We are available 24/7 to discuss treatment options for you or your loved one. Contact us online or by calling (615) 907-5928 today.