Alcoholism Treatment at Shadow Mountain Recovery

Addiction to alcohol is a significant problem that many people fail to take seriously, and the reason behind this is due to how close at hand and convenient alcohol is to people. Sure, people could understand and potentially appreciate responsible drinking, but they don’t recognize that frequent drinking and excessive drinking (otherwise referred to as alcohol abuse) can eventually lead to alcohol addiction.

Each year, many of the top alcohol addiction treatment programs in the United States work with individuals who have failed to realize these dangers. These individuals believed that alcohol was harmless—or somewhat so—or had turned to the drink to deal with what was going on in their lives, stress, etc. In any case, the need for them to recover was real, and this may be true for you as well.

The question that you need to ask yourself now is: do you truly realize how dangerous alcohol is? Below, we will discuss alcohol and how you can recognize if you are addicted.

What Exactly Is Alcoholism?

In many cases, people will become familiar with the explanation of alcoholism prior to being able to properly identify it within themselves. So, what exactly is the definition of alcoholism?

The most basic definition of alcoholism is having a dependence on alcohol. It’s also referred to as an alcohol use disorder. It occurs when an individual drinks so much that he or she feels as though he or she needs to drink. Over time, the body will become dependent on the “drug” to function or merely feel normal. Eventually, the person will become an alcoholic, and alcohol is the most important factor in that person’s life.

Regardless of the negative consequences that will occur in their lives, alcoholics will keep drinking alcohol. Alcoholics will often lose their jobs, marriages, as well as other relationships. Many will even suffer serious health problems due to their alcohol use. Some may end up having legal issues as well. However, for alcoholics, drinking is the most important thing to them—no matter what else is going on in their lives. They will do anything—and deceive anyone—to get their hands on another bottle or glass of alcohol, and once they start drinking, they are unable to stop.

Alcoholism Facts and Statistics

Most people are well aware of the fact it can be hazardous to consume an excessive amount of alcohol. However, it can be eye-opening to become familiar with some alcoholism facts and statistics.

  • Over 86 percent of U.S. adults have drunk alcohol at least once.
  • Just over 55 percent of adults say they have drunk alcohol within the past month.
  • Over 70 percent of adults consumed alcohol within the last year.
  • Nearly 27 percent of adults have participated in binge drinking.
  • 7 percent of adults report they’ve engaged in heavy drinking in the past 30 days.
  • In 2015, over 15 million U.S. adults had an alcohol use disorder, which includes nearly 10 million men and over 5 million women.
  • In the same year, only 1.3 million adults obtained treatment for an alcohol use disorder.
  • During the same year, 623,000 teenagers between 12 and 17 years old suffered with alcoholism, but only 37,000 received alcohol addiction treatment.
  • Nearly 90,000 individuals die of alcohol-related causes annually—nearly 10,000 of them were alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, which 31 percent of all driving deaths.
  • As such, alcohol is the fourth leading cause of death (that is preventable) in the U.S.
  • Over 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent who has an alcohol problem.


As you can imagine, alcohol addiction is a major problem not being addressed properly. Alcohol is considered a substance that is relatively safe and socially acceptable. Generally, people don’t think twice before they take a drink of alcohol. As a result, it is no wonder that alcoholism continues to rise at such a shocking rate.

Are You an Alcoholic? 

Most individuals who are alcoholics are in denial, and they live their lives this way. To them, alcoholism happens to other people, not them. This way of thinking is what causes individuals to continue to be in alcohol addiction for many years.

So, by now, you may be asking yourself whether you are an alcoholic or not. Ultimately, you may get some insight into your behaviors by taking an alcoholism quiz. A quiz can educate you on your relationship to alcohol and help you understand what you should do.

Together, it may be helpful to answer some simple questions about your use of alcohol. Here are a few questions that you can answer, but make sure you answer them honestly.

  • When you wake up in the morning, do you ever reach for alcohol?
  • Do you enjoy consuming alcohol as frequently as possible?
  • As a result of your alcohol use, have you ever experienced issues at your place of employment?
  • As a result of your alcohol use, are you having problems with any of your relationships?
  • Do you frequently crave alcohol?
  • When you are unable to consume alcohol, do you often go through withdrawal?
  • Are you unable to have a good time unless you are consuming alcohol?
  • Do you often binge drink?
  • Do you keep your alcohol drinking a secret from those you love?
  • Do you lie about how much you drink?
  • Do you believe it is necessary to drink alcohol to function or feel normal?
  • Do you drink/use alcohol to help yourself feel better or as a way to distress?

If your answer was yes to more than one of these questions, then the chances are you are an alcoholic. This may actually come as a shock, as many individuals are surprised to find out that they actually have alcoholism. More than likely, your intention was never to become addicted to the substance—most people never mean to. However, like many other situations, alcoholism tends to sneak up on you.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Each individual will go through withdrawal differently, so a person’s symptoms will vary as well. While one person may experience withdrawal symptoms a few hours after their last drink, another individual may not have symptoms until a few days after consuming alcohol for the last time. Once you stop drinking, though, the risk of Delirium Tremens (DTs for short) are dangerous, and immediate medical attention is crucial if these symptoms appear.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced include low-grade fever, increase in blood pressure, hot or cold sweats, feelings of disorientation/confusion, hallucinations, seizures, irregular heartbeats or racing heart rate, or severe tremors. Some other symptoms that may be experienced include headaches, nausea with/without vomiting, anxiety, and insomnia.

How a Quality Alcohol Rehab Program Can Help

Entering an alcohol rehab program can change your life for the better, and help you get your life back on track. There are typically many steps in an alcohol rehab program, and we will discuss the basics below. 

  • Detox: If you or a loved one is physically dependent on alcohol, the first step to receiving treatment is detoxing their body of this toxin. This will eliminate the physical need for alcohol, but the mental dependency still needs to be addressed.
  • Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies: This is where you or a loved one will learn healthy ways of coping with stress and their depression and/or anxiety. You can also understand their mental health diagnosis more clearly and identify harmful thoughts that can cause addiction. Behavioral therapies are so important because they can decrease the chance of you or your loved one having a major substance abuse problem later in life.
  • Holistic Treatment: A holistic approach to addiction treatment basically means the mind, body, and spirit are all being treated. In practice, holistic care seeks to restore a patient to a state of complete health rather than merely treating his or her symptoms; therefore, a patient’s treatment regimen might include a much broader variety of treatments—like massage and chiropractic therapies, acupuncture and acupressure, yoga, and meditation, among others—in addition to more traditional methods of care.

Types of Alcohol Addiction Treatment to Consider

When it comes to alcohol addiction treatment, there are multiple types at your fingertips. As an alcoholic, it is important to keep in mind that one treatment method may work for one person, but it may not be the best option for you.

  • Inpatient Alcohol Rehab – Our Inpatient Alcohol Rehab is provided in a non-hospital setting and is meant for our clients to learn how to adapt and grow healthy habits within a community setting. This is a long term program and can last anywhere from 30 days to 9 months.
  • Outpatient Alcohol Rehab – This method works best for individuals with alcohol addictions that are considered less severe, or for individuals who have already completed an inpatient addiction treatment program.
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment – An IOP is the least intensive of the programs that we offer. In addition to the flexibility that our clients may need, it is also the cheapest option for those that cannot afford to participate in some more time-consuming options.

Our clients are also able to get help without interrupting their personal lives. Some clients have personal and professional obligations that prevent them from attending more intensive and time-consuming treatment programs.



If you or a loved one is dealing with an alcohol addiction, keep in mind it is not recommended stopping drinking without professional supervision and assistance—no matter how long it is you have been addicted to alcohol. If you do this, it could result in critical health consequences due to the withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended to stop in a controlled, medical environment, which will ensure you can obtain the care and attention that you need and deserve during such a critical time of your life.

Here, at Shadow Mountain Recovery, we understand alcoholism and everything that goes along with, and we know how important it is for you to recover from the addiction. We also know the importance of recovering the proper and safe way.

You don’t have to let your alcohol addiction continue to control your life. If you are an alcoholic or suspect you are, contact us to get started with the admissions process or to simply learn more about the alcohol treatment options we have available.