Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from alcohol misuse, you should be aware of a few signs and symptoms. Alcohol problems can manifest in different ways, some similar to other forms of substance abuse, and they may need intervention and a specific treatment plan. At The Key Addiction Treatment Center, located in Santa Cruz, California, we can support your specific needs and create a recovery plan that fits your lifestyle.

An Increase in Tolerance

When alcohol problems develop, a person’s tolerance increases to feel and get the same sensation from what once was a few drinks.

Craving Alcohol When It’s Not Around

Actively seek ways to get alcohol and might even start hiding alcohol in different places, so they always have access to it.

Putting Alcohol Above Personal Responsibilities

Are you forgoing events, forgetting to pick up the kids, or have to use one too many PTO days? Alcohol has become more important than anything else.

Feeling the Need to Drink More

Alcoholics find it difficult to stop drinking, even when inappropriate. Increased tolerance to alcohol means the need to drink more in order to feel normal.

Wasting Money on Alcohol Instead of What’s Needed

Alcohol isn’t cheap. Alcohol problems tend to come with built-in financial concerns — not only will the addict risk their finances, but they will also hurt those surrounding them.

Behavior Difficulties Without Alcohol

Alcohol use might affect the ability to deal with strong emotions and they may be depressed or anxious when they haven’t had a drink. Mood changes are rampant.

Recognize these signs and symptoms?

Call us for a complimentary consultation with an addiction specialist.

Treatments We Offer for Alcoholism

At The Key Addiction Treatment Center, evidence-based treatment for alcoholism is individualized to suit each person. With an ongoing
treatment process designed to create healthy habits through support groups, evidence based therapy, and relapse prevention, The Key can help!

  • Detox: A process that helps the body safely eliminate toxins built up from prolonged substance use. This crucial first step prepares the body and mind for further treatment, including therapy and counseling.

  • IOP Program: Regular attendance in the intensive outpatient program includes  evidence-based therapy with The Key’s addiction specialists.

  • Group therapy: In a small support group, discussions about managing stress, avoiding triggers, healthy habits and other issues are led by a licensed therapist.

  • Family Psychoeducation Class: Family relationships are essential for smart recovery, creating another support group for post-recovery success.

  • Holistic: Understanding the addiction, family history and any underlying medical conditions – creating a whole-person approach.

  • Mindfulness: Self-care and awareness of what makes you spend time drinking daily, including meditation, positive self-talk and other strategies.

  • Case Management: Weekly case management includes 1:1 meetings with a CADC counselor, focusing on specific life strategies to support sobriety.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This therapy is about accepting cravings and related thoughts and making commitments to avoid alcohol use.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This combines accepting the cravings and triggers and changing the behavior that leads to alcohol use.

  • Acupuncture: helps alleviate symptoms of detox and withdrawal, reduces cravings, and to promotes a sense of wellbeing.