Alcohol Addiction

Michael Chertoff Homeland Security

According to the CDC, alcohol abuse is one of the fastest growing problems in the United States killing nearly 88,000 people per year and accounting for almost 31 percent of overall driving fatalities in 2013. It is the “third leading preventable cause of death” in the United States and contributes to “over 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions”.*

Casa Palmera, located in Del Mar, is a residential center for alcohol treatment renowned for its innovative chemical and substance abuse therapies. We fully address all the intricate problems that inhibit your ability to fully enjoy life through a combination of cognitive behavioral groups, individual psychotherapy and holistic adjunctive treatment techniques.

Alcohol addiction recovery at Casa Palmera’s behavioral health facility is individualized for each patient. We begin your stay with a thorough evaluation by our team of qualified professionals to include physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, social workers, licensed masters level therapists, licensed psychologists and a host of others. Our clinical team works collaboratively with our patients to develop and implement a treatment plan that meets the individual patient’s needs.

The patient’s condition will be assessed through a comprehensive analysis that is used to develop your specific alcohol treatment program goals. The individual goals will address 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 plays 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 sometimes feel unbearable.
  • The social prevalence of drinking tends to increase the likelihood of alcoholism. Peer influence 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.

At Casa Palmera, we understand that alcoholism is a sensitive and complicated disease. We can help you to get free from the grips of alcohol. Call us today and let us help.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol use and health.