Alcohol Detox
and Addiction Treatment
in Irvine

Clincally Reviewed by: Matthew Beck

Alcohol addiction affects people across all demographic categories: age, race, gender, ethnicity, education, income level, and marital status. It’s not an exaggeration to say that alcohol abuse is a worldwide epidemic.

More than 140,000 Americans die from excessive alcohol use yearly. And 60% of Americans increased their alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Worldwide, up to 3 million people die every year as a result of alcohol abuse.

The habitual misuse of alcohol is nothing to ignore or underestimate. Alcohol can negatively impact a person’s physical and mental health. Drinking alcohol daily or binge drinking can severely impact a person’s life.

The physical and psychological effects of alcohol addiction can be devastating. Addiction to a substance can wreak havoc on every aspect of a person’s life. In the worst cases, when addiction is left untreated, it can cause death. Learn more about Turning Tides’ alcohol rehab in Irvine, CA.

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is the official term doctors, and mental health professionals use to diagnose alcohol addiction. It covers a range of conditions known as alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, and alcoholism.

Alcohol Use Disorder is both a physical and a mental health disorder. The primary symptom of AUD is an impaired ability to stop or control the use of alcohol. People with alcohol addiction will not be able to quit drinking independently, regardless of the negative consequences.

It means that a person’s drinking causes severe problems in their life, yet they continue to drink. The person may also need increasing amounts of alcohol to feel drunk and experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking suddenly.

Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol Consumption

The first step in knowing whether someone is misusing alcohol is clearly understanding what healthy alcohol consumption looks like.

The dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that adults refrain from drinking. However, if they do drink, it is recommended that they drink in moderation.

These criteria offer a very straightforward way of evaluating drinking behavior. If a man or woman is consuming alcohol outside the dietary guidelines regularly, there might be a problem.

There are many other physical, behavioral, and mental-emotional symptoms of alcohol addiction. Strong physical cravings for alcohol are just one of many warning signs of an alcohol use disorder.

There’s a full range of symptoms of alcoholism to be on the lookout for. These symptoms are clearly articulated in the alcohol use disorder (AUD) section of the DSM-5.

DSM-5 Criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder

When a mental health professional wants to find out if a person has an alcohol use disorder, they use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). This manual gives professionals guidelines for making an official diagnosis of alcohol addiction.

The DSM-5 lists 11 possible symptoms of alcohol use disorder. To be diagnosed with AUD, an individual must have experienced at least two of these 11 symptoms within the previous year. The more symptoms they have experienced, the more serious the addiction is.  

These 11 symptoms are categorized into four groups, which describe specific aspects of addictive behavior and signs of alcohol addiction:

  1. Impaired control over substance use.
  2. Social impairment.
  3. Risky use.
  4. Pharmacological.

The Dangers of Alcohol Addiction

One of the gravest risks of alcohol abuse is death. Around 10% of deaths among those aged 15 to 49 are attributable to alcohol. Alcohol abuse is responsible for over half of all chronic substance misuse deaths.

Here are some of the short-term and long-term risks associated with alcohol use:

Short-Term Effects & Dangers of Alcohol Use

The short-term effects and dangers of alcohol abuse include: 

Long-Term Effects & Dangers of Alcohol Use

Adverse effects associated with long-term abuse of alcohol include:

Alcohol Detox and Addiction Treatment at Turning Tides Treatment Center

The physical and psychological effects of alcohol addiction can be devastating. Addiction to a substance can wreak havoc on every aspect of a person’s life. In the worst cases, when addiction is left untreated, it can cause death. At Turning Tides Treatment Center, we recognize the critical importance of making comprehensive treatment options widely accessible to those in need. Our dedication extends beyond just providing support; it’s about creating a pathway to recovery that respects the individuality of each person’s journey.

Our detox center incorporates medical detox as a foundational step in our detox programs, offering a safe and monitored environment for clients to begin their journey away from alcohol dependence. Coupled with medication-assisted treatment (MAT), we address the physical aspects of addiction, ensuring that clients have the necessary medical support to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This holistic approach is not just about treating symptoms but about nurturing a comprehensive healing process that considers physical health, mental well-being, and emotional balance.

Comprehensive Treatment Services

Our recovery center prides itself on its wide array of substance abuse treatment services, designed to meet the complex needs of individuals facing alcohol addiction. Recognizing that addiction often coexists with mental health disorders, we emphasize the importance of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) within our treatment programs. These evidence-based treatments are pivotal in addressing the root causes of addiction, offering strategies for managing co-occurring disorders, and providing our clients with the skills needed for long-term recovery. Through these therapies, individuals learn to navigate their thoughts and emotions healthily and constructively, laying the groundwork for a successful recovery journey.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Innovative Programs for Every Need

Our commitment to individualized care is reflected in our diverse program offerings. From intensive outpatient programs that allow for recovery while maintaining daily commitments to residential treatment for those requiring more intensive support, Turning Tides ensures that every individual can find a program that fits their specific recovery needs. Our outpatient and inpatient programs offer flexibility and ongoing support, critical for those in the later stages of recovery who are transitioning back into their daily lives. Each program level is designed with the utmost care, ensuring that clients receive the appropriate level of care for their stage in the recovery process, all within a supportive and healing environment.

Support Beyond Treatment

Understanding that recovery extends beyond the confines of direct treatment, Turning Tides offers robust aftercare support to help individuals navigate the challenges of addiction recovery in their daily lives. This continuous support system is vital for reinforcing the lessons learned during treatment and for providing a safety net as individuals work to build their new life. 

Aftercare programs include ongoing therapy sessions, support groups, and resources designed to help individuals maintain their sobriety, manage stressors, and continue to grow personally and professionally post-treatment.

A Healing Environment

The serene backdrop of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa serves as more than just a location for Turning Tides; it’s an integral part of our healing philosophy. We believe that the environment plays a crucial role in recovery, offering peace, beauty, and a sense of calm that can enhance the healing process. The natural beauty of Southern California and Orange County provides an ideal setting for reflection, growth, and rejuvenation, allowing individuals to focus wholly on their recovery journey in a tranquil and inspiring setting.

Addressing Dependency and Drug Abuse

Turning Tides recognizes the complex nature of addiction, extending our expertise to address not only alcohol but also opioid and drug abuse. Our comprehensive treatment plans are tailored to tackle the multifaceted challenges of substance dependency, offering a range of treatment options that address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. By focusing on personalized care, we strive to provide effective solutions for all types of substance use disorders, ensuring that every individual has access to the tools and support necessary for overcoming addiction.

Ensuring Affordable Care

We firmly believe that financial barriers should not prevent anyone from accessing the help they need. That’s why Turning Tides provides extensive information and assistance regarding health insurance coverage and payment options for our treatment services. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure that individuals can receive the care they need in a financially feasible manner, making the journey towards recovery accessible to all who seek it. Get in touch with us to learn more. 

Emphasizing Localized Care

Specializing in serving Irvine and the broader Orange County community, Turning Tides focuses on providing localized care that understands and addresses the specific needs of our community. This localized approach ensures that our addiction treatment centers are not just facilities for recovery but integral parts of the community that contribute to its health and wellness.

Begin Your Healing Journey

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol addiction and are looking for a comprehensive inpatient program or detoxification program, Turning Tides Treatment Center is here to help. We invite you to begin your healing journey with us, in a supportive environment that prioritizes your recovery and away from alcohol dependency.

Our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs are designed to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings, providing a more comfortable transition toward sobriety. These initial steps are crucial in preparing individuals for the therapeutic work that lies ahead, ensuring that they receive the holistic care necessary for a successful recovery.

Get in touch with us today to take the first step in your journey to recovery.

Clinically Reviewed by:

Clinical Supervisor

Matthew is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical supervisor in Orange County, California. Matthew has an extensive history working with the substance abuse and mental health population and is committed to client care with an ethical approach to treatment. Matthew utilizes a solution-focused, cognitive behavioral approach to therapy. He emphasizes the importance of creating a recovery environment which supports deep and meaningful sober connection, a system of accountability, daily structure and healthy routine, and an aftercare plan which will support continued sobriety post-treatment. 

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