Recreational use of alcohol and drugs often starts as a coping mechanism to deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Chemical addictions are a common problem that keeps many men and women from living the healthy, fulfilling life they want and deserve. While substance dependency is a debilitating condition, it is a symptom of a more significant and complex problem in most cases. People struggling with drugs and alcohol can often trace the abuse back to something inside that is not functioning correctly due to trauma, mental illness or another developmental injury. By getting to the root of the addiction, people are better equipped to turn away from the substance dependency and begin the recovery journey that leads to a higher quality of life.
Recreational use of alcohol and drugs often starts as a coping mechanism to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Over time, they may become a means of medicating other symptoms of a mental illness such as depression, anxiety or PTSD. The more they are used and eventually abused, the more likely they are to become a more prominent part of the problem rather than the solution you may have originally perceived. At this point, you may not be able to stop using the substance even if you wanted to do so.
Getting Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Harmony Place Monterey addresses drug and alcohol addiction from a variety of directions, using focused psychotherapy modalities to uncover underlying issues that led to the addiction and can prevent a successful recovery. We provide intense outpatient therapy designed to fit within your life while providing all the support and education necessary to move you to a life of long-term sobriety. Our treatment programs encompass the following addiction issues:
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcohol addiction or dependency is a complex issue that often presents with other mental or behavioral conditions, known as a co-occurring disorder. Common conditions associated with alcohol addiction include:
- Traumatic events or experiences
- Anxiety or depression
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Eating disorders
While you are in our program, you will be connected to a team of experienced experts that will address every aspect of your addiction and underlying issues that might have led to the problem for the greatest odds of a successful recovery.
Alcohol Abuse & Drug Addiction
The line between alcohol addiction and abuse is a fine one, and many people seek treatment before they reach the full addiction stage. At Harmony Place Monterey, we address the following problems associated with alcohol abuse:
- Binge drinking (Defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women within approximately two hours, binge drinking involves drinking to get drunk and often blacking out.)
- Loss of control (When you intend to control your drinking and then fail to do so, alcohol use can lead to problems with friends and family, work pressure and legal problems such as DUI.)
- Alcohol abuse (Abuse is characterized by problematic alcohol use that has led to impairment and other issues.)
Drug addiction may entail abuse of prescription, over-the-counter or street substances. Treatment for this type of dependency will vary based on the substance used. Like alcohol addiction, drug abuse is typically a symptom of a deep-seeded underlying issue that must be addressed from a therapy standpoint to ensure a successful, long-lasting recovery. We deal with all types of drug addictions at Harmony Place Monterey, including the following substances:
- Prescription and street opioids, including heroin
- Cocaine and crack cocaine
Breaking free from dependency on drugs or alcohol begins with the decision to stop using the substance. However, that is easier said than done, which is why a professional treatment program is usually necessary to keep you on a safe and healthy recovery track. During the early stages of recovery, it is essential to have the support of an experienced team that will help you address the relapse triggers and maintain sobriety. This includes dealing with underlying issues so that the problems don’t resurface and increase relapse potential.
Many people in treatment for addictions and mental health disorders find that surrounding themselves with others in a similar situation helps to make the process somewhat easier and more comfortable. While our programs at Harmony Place Monterey are outpatient, the transitional living support we provide allows clients to ease into their daily lives that allows you to pursue work, school and other obligations without jeopardizing your newfound sobriety.
No matter which program you choose at Harmony Place Monterey, you will find the structure and guidance necessary to help you overcome your drug or alcohol addiction. Through individual therapy and group counseling sessions, our expert team will get to the root of the behaviors to provide you with treatment that meets your immediate and long-term needs. To learn more about our alcohol and drug abuse therapies, contact us today at (831) 747-1727.