Pittsburgh Alcohol Treatment Center
Evidence-Based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders
It’s a national tragedy: Hundreds of thousands of young adults throughout the U.S. struggle with alcohol use disorder. In a 2017 study, around 20% of children between 12 and 17 reported having a drink within the past month. From the demands of peer pressure to media that glorifies booze to rising levels of stress caused by our busy culture, young adults have many reasons to use alcohol for fun or comfort. Sadly, many of them start drinking too much, and then find themselves unable to stop.
Silvermist, located in the picturesque hills of western Pennsylvania, offers these young adults another chance. Our evidence-based and holistic treatment options provide a wide range of healing therapies. Patients work with clinicians to customize a treatment plan that fits their needs. Our inpatient program offers round-the-clock support to those in transition between a state of frequent substance use to a healthy and balanced way of living. Alcohol addiction can be difficult to recover from, but taking the time to build better habits now is necessary to prevent the many ill health effects that can result from heavy drinking.
Call Silvermist now at (724) 268-4858 or reach out online to learn more about our alcohol addiction program.
Do You Really Need Rehab for Alcohol Use?
Drinking is so common that people often forget how harmful it can be. For casual drinkers, it’s easy to say “no” to another drink. However, people with an alcohol use disorder need help and support to do the same. Like all other addictive drugs, alcohol leads to chemical changes in the brain. A full detox is necessary before the brain can start re-adjusting to life without alcohol, but the process is difficult (and potentially dangerous) to undergo alone. Detox is only the first step; in order to truly overcome addiction to alcohol, a longer term plan such as residential treatment is key.
Alcohol use disorders don’t develop out of nowhere. Those who develop an addiction usually do so because of underlying factors, be they situational stressors, mental illness, or physical or emotional pain. Sobriety alone won’t help get rid of the temptation to use—but an evidence-based treatment facility can.
Signs of Teen Alcohol Use Disorders
One glass of wine or bottle of beer is unlikely to have ill effects on a young adult, but frequent use can set them up for a lifetime of struggling with drinking. The earlier you can spot an alcohol addiction, the easier it is to treat. Look for these common signs in teens:
- Loss of interest in hobbies, extracurriculars, and other activities they once found fun
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Memory problems
- Loss of friends or change in social group
- Academic struggles
- Mood swings and defensiveness
If you suspect your teen is struggling with alcohol use, you can help them avoid possible negative consequences including a legal record or lasting trouble from harmful decisions made under the influence. Reach out to them if you think there is a problem and let them know you are there to help.
Dangers of Alcohol Detox
Though you may not suspect it, alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from. Medically assisted withdrawal helps patients stick with their decision to stop drinking, and the presence of trained professionals lowers the likelihood of serious complications arising. Because alcohol is a depressant, frequent users produce more serotonin and norepinephrine—both of which are hormones that stimulate the brain and body. Without the presence of alcohol to weigh them out, these increased hormone levels can cause symptoms including:
- Heart palpitations or tachycardia
- Confusion or disorientation
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
Facing alcohol withdrawal alone is difficult and risky, especially for anyone who may have access to non-supportive influence. Seeking a medical detox facility gives the patient much better chances to safely and successfully stop using.
Treatment Methods Recommended by Scientists
To achieve lasting change after an alcohol use disorder, patients must build new, healthier habits and coping mechanisms. Our programs at Silvermist are designed to help them do just that. We provide holistic support, offering:
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Therapy for a variety of mental health concerns
- Yoga and mindfulness training
- Trauma-specific healing
- Family therapy
- Biosound healing therapy
- Nutrition and meal planning
By going behind the simple question of whether a patient is using, we can gain a holistic view of their life. Seeing alcohol use within its full context is vital for lasting recovery.
Our Program’s Aims
At Silvermist, we want to:
- Identify reasons for alcohol use among patients
- Specifically address pain points and triggers
- Help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms
- Give young adults the tools they need to build a healthy future
That’s why we offer long-term support through our inpatient program. Recovery must last for much longer than 90 days. We help our patients with outpatient follow-up care, medication management plans, and resources for transitional living and self-help meetings in their area.
Recovery Is in Reach
Alcohol use can stress family dynamics, cause trouble in a user’s work or school life, and lead to health trouble. At Silvermist, we want to help you or a loved one get on the right track. Our beautiful campus and holistic program offerings are designed to facilitate patient healing. If you are ready for something different, we’re here for you.
Contact us online or call (724) 268-4858 to speak to Silvermist’s Pittsburgh admissions team.