The criteria we use to inform a diagnosis are easy to understand, many of them are applicable for any addiction. There are many criteria, and it’s important to have a free professional assessment from Hacienda Paradiso, but signs that might indicate addiction include the addict’s attitude towards alcohol, physical and mental symptoms, and the impact it has on their behavior and relationships.
An addict might find that they frequently suffer cravings for alcohol, and that when alcohol is not available their mood changes, perhaps becoming irritable or depressed. This is because the brain will reduce dopamine production when alcohol is not present.
Their alcohol consumption can also indicate a problem. An addict might feel that alcohol is necessary for enjoyment, viewing it as an essential part of unrelated events, such as watching sports, a meal out or just relaxing. When drinking, they might be unable to control themselves, drinking more than intended and feeling unable to stop.
They might also experience physical symptoms. The changes caused by addiction can have unexpected side effects because the chemical changes in the brain often regulate different parts of the body. They may experience withdrawal symptoms after drinking as the body expels toxins from the system through sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea.
An addict, or people close to them, will also be likely to notice changes in behavior. Addicts will frequently attempt to hide their addiction. The addiction will also frequently have a negative impact on other parts of their life as they prioritize alcohol over their family and work or education.
However, alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorder can manifest in many ways. It is important, if there is any concern, to discuss these during your free consultation with our therapists who can offer a proper assessment and diagnosis. This can also include a physical examination and blood tests since alcohol addiction can have detectable physical effects.
What is alcohol addiction treatment?
Recovery from alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. The aim of treatment is not just to detox a patient, but to prepare them to live in a world where alcohol use is common, and often an integral part of the culture.
Treatment at Hacienda Paradiso has three broad stages, although these overlap: detox, rehabilitation and recovery. How these look will vary enormously, depending on factors like the severity and length of the addiction and physical factors like size and gender.
Our addiction treatments
Detox @ Purify™
Bipolar Disorders & Depression
Childhood trauma, stress, grief, structural brain changes, hormonal imbalances and other neurological indicators have a proven link to Bipolar Disorder & Depression. Treatment at Hacienda Paradiso is highly effective and helps sufferers gain valuable insight and increased control over mood swings and other symptoms. It is essential to seek treatment as early as possible.
At Hacienda Paradiso, you will meet our Consultant Psychiatrist on admission. They will help you describe the symptoms you have experienced, and together with the exceptional therapeutic team, will create a treatment plan with you. If you have been using alcohol or substances, we will help you to safely detox in comfort, while we assess your care plan and recovery.
Our addiction treatments
Detox @ Purify™
Detox, the first stage of becoming free from drug and alcohol dependency, is both physically and psychologically uncomfortable. Purify™ by Hacienda Paradiso was created to ease this discomfort. Restoring the body and mind in safe and comfortable surroundings, under medical supervision. The detox process will be complete within seven to ten days, with many clients beginning a successful programme of recovery after the detox process is complete.
Drug addiction is a very complex, multi-faceted disorder. Major indications of drug addiction include cravings, withdrawal and unsuccessful previous attempts to stop or reduce use. The drug addiction experts at Hacienda Paradiso treat all forms of addiction including cocaine, cannabis and prescription medication. Hacienda Paradiso takes a pragmatic and highly individualized approach to drug addiction by treating the underlying factors and any co-existing mental health issues. The team at Hacienda Paradiso has been recognized internationally for their success and dedication to long term successful recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Anxiety is an emotion that is okay to feel. Experiencing it occasionally is common and normal. However, anxiety disorders are much different to feeling the occasional bout of anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be paralyzing to those who experience them. They can leave a person feeling unable to cope with life.
Residential treatment at Hacienda Paradiso Clinic allows you to live, learn, and understand your anxiety disorder. Often clients experience significant and rapid reduction in anxiety and in many cases complete remission from a debilitating condition.
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