At Casa Palmera, we understand that alcoholism is a complicated and tricky disease.
Our residential alcohol abuse treatment center, located near San Diego, is renowned for its innovative chemical/substance abuse therapies. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral groups, Individual psychotherapy and holistic adjunctive treatment techniques, we fully address all the intricate problems that inhibit your ability to fully enjoy life.
Treatment at Casa Palmera behavioral health facility is individualized for each patient. We begin your stay with a thorough evaluation by our team of health professionals. This team includes a master’s level or higher, licensed chemical dependency counselor, who will conduct a comprehensive analysis to develop your specific treatment goals.
Some alcohol treatment goals include: managing your cravings, avoiding circumstances in which one might be tempted to drink, identifying and dealing with various triggers, and helping to cope and heal from any past trauma or abuse. All of our programs are designed to assist you in the recovery process and to help you learn the tools to avoid relapse.
Alcoholism Is a Disease
Alcoholism can be caused by factors unique to each individual:
- Genetics play a role in determining who is more susceptible to this disease. An individual whose parents or biological relatives are alcoholics has a much higher risk of developing the disease.
- Research has shown that for people under high levels of stress, alcohol can be used as a way of coping with their problems. Someone who is shy, depressed, or anxious may drink in order to hide behind the confidence they perceive alcohol gives them. People also turn to alcohol to numb the pain and fear that can, at time, feel unbearable.
- The social prevalence of drinking tends to increase the likelihood of alcoholism. Influence of peers, and the general societal norms associated with alcohol encourage far too many people to drink excessively. Each person’s individual family and the availability of alcohol in the home is also an important factor to consider.
- Society itself impacts susceptibility to alcoholism. For a culture that frowns upon drunkenness, rates for alcoholism are lower. In a society with little or no boundaries regarding excessive drinking, alcoholism rates will be much higher.
- Those suffering from trauma or sexual abuse are also prone to using alcohol to self-medicate, which in turn, can develop into alcoholism.