Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Minneapolis
What is Alcoholism?
In the United States as of 2018, more than 15 million adults (ages 18 and older) were diagnosed with some form of an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), according to the CDC. Currently less than eight percent of people with an AUD receive the treatment they need. Approximately 88,000 adults die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third most preventable cause of death in the United States.
Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is nothing short of a problem in the U.S. According to the CDC (in 2013), having one or fewer alcoholic drinks for women and two or fewer alcoholic drinks for men is considered moderate use. Drinking frequently and to the point of excess is an indication of alcohol addition.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
- A strong desire to drink
- An inability to control cravings
- An inability to stop drinking
- An increased tolerance for alcohol
- Lying about drinking
- Attempting to drink without others knowing
- An inability to get through everyday activities without drinking
Our Holistic Approach To Treating Alcohol Addiction
We believe that alcohol addiction is both psychological and physiological—in other words, it requires the treatment of both the mind and the body.
Treating the Body
With alcohol addiction, ongoing alcohol use radically changes brain chemistry, so much so that no amount of prescription drugs or willpower alone can fix it. In fact, willpower cannot lift depression or stop the cravings caused by your brain’s chemical imbalances. Anxiety, irritability, mental confusion, and irrational thinking are all caused by the physical disruption to the brain and central nervous system. Therefore, “talk” therapy cannot innately reverse a chemically changed brain, and psychiatric drugs often compound the problem. This is the critical piece other drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs fail to provide. This is the heart of alcohol rehab and addiction treatment at Health Recovery Center.
Healing must occur first on a neurological level—hence the need for biochemical repair.
What is Biochemical Repair?
An addict’s body is missing essential chemicals that are needed to properly function; ingesting a drug acts as an artificial, neurological replacement for those chemicals. We at Health Recovery Center work to find out what those are to facilitate biochemical repair—that is, to permanently bring the brain’s chemistry back to normal. Through lab work, health history, and family health history, we uncover what chemicals each patient’s body needs to get back on track; biochemical repair looks different for every one of our patients.
Treating the Mind
Although we emphasize treating addiction as a physical illness, our alcohol treatment center does not ignore the mind—the conscious mind is the root of the psychological stress that causes a chemical imbalance in the first place.
We offer group therapy sessions that are purposely very low stress in nature. We don’t believe in having clients tell their personal secrets to a group of strangers as a way to heal, which we typically see in most 12-step treatment programs. Instead, our physical recovery process, as well as weekly individual therapy, helps individuals learn more about themselves. They find they’re better able to make life choices for themselves and with newly found clarity and optimism, which also comes with a strong trust in their innate ability to be self-directed.
Orthomolecular Medicine is Key to Successful Alcohol Treatment Program
21st Century science has established alcohol addiction as having its cause in chemistry. Since 1935, alcohol addiction treatment has tried, but failed to cure this physical disease by dwelling on “defects of character,” and a need to make a “searching moral inventory.”
Current science, however, determines that alcoholism is rooted in a chemical difference in the brain. Having a disease of the brain, a bodily organ, is not a personality flaw; you wouldn’t shame a person for having a disease of, say, the stomach, so why is a disease of the brain any different?
With traditional 12-step programs, the recovery rates remain no better than those who stopped drinking on their own. A government study by The Rand Corporation showed a mere 10% of alcohol addiction programs were successful. Yet, after more than 50 years, over 95% of US addiction treatment programs still attempt to talk away this genetic and physical disease. They review the effects that result in an altered brain, and counsel clients to change their mindset and behavior, but do nothing to solve the physical cause of the addiction. Nobelist Dr. Linus Pauling warns, “The mind is a manifestation of the structure of the brain itself.”
Alongside ongoing biochemical repair and therapy, we hope to instill in our patients the idea that their disease and suffering is not a character flaw. Programs like AA force participants into a feeling of shame; we at Health Recovery Center believe that shame and stigma have no place in the healing process.
Contact our Alcohol Abuse Treatment Center Today
If you’re ready to regain control of your substance use habits, contact Health Recovery center today. Our innovative outpatient program focused on biochemical repair will put your life back in your hands. For more information on our alcohol abuse treatment program, contact us today.