Alcohol Addiction Treatment
at Ripple Ranch
If you know someone who is battling or has battled alcohol use disorder, you know it’s a struggle for both the person needing treatment and their loved ones who care so much about them.
“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.” — Alice Miller
Paths in life may often cross, but the rhythm and pace at which you walk is strictly your own. Put simply, everyone is unique. This rings true for every person battling an addiction to alcohol, which means they deserve treatment that addresses their individual needs.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’re dealing with an alcohol use disorder, do not lose hope. You are not defined by your addiction. You can rise above and overcome.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
Ripple Ranch Recovery Center cares about your story and is dedicated to giving you the unique, individualized care you deserve.
This is a treatment center that is unlike any other, because at Ripple Ranch, the primary focus is on the clients’ individualized needs and life in lasting recovery. Ripple Ranch Recovery understands alcohol use disorder treatment has a reputation for treating all people the same due to 12-step only methods being the most common approach in Texas. Ripple Ranch gives clients options to choose from to make their recovery journey the best experience possible.
Seeking Treatment at Ripple Ranch
Ripple Ranch Recovery uses an evidence-based treatment program, treatments that have been refined over the years through rigorous science and study, and are proven to produce positive results. Ripple Ranch Recovery provides a holistic approach to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery. The Ripple Ranch approach is different for every client since every client has their own unique story. Programs typically last 30-90 days.
Clients will also be able to meet with specially trained trauma therapists at least once per week as needed for trauma work and progress evaluation. Since safety and comfort are two important factors on your road to recovery, the Ripple Ranch detox center has 24-hour medical support, along with qualified doctors to monitor the detox process.
Around 40% of people experiencing a substance use disorder are also experiencing a co-occuring disorder like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. For many, this will be their first opportunity to speak with a professional who can help them address their co-occurring disorder. Ripple Ranch’s co-occurring disorder center will provide experienced psychiatrists who can help in identifying mental health disorders. This, in turn, can make relapse less likely and can help in finding the cause of the alcohol use disorder.
With only 15 beds in an 8,000-square-foot facility, we’re able to give strong attention to each client. The Ripple Ranch campus, located in Spring Branch, Texas, also includes:
- Swimming pool
- Workout room
- A peaceful, scenic trail around the campus
- Communal kitchen with an on-site chef
- Tai chi
- Meditation classes
Additionally, we understand one of the root causes of addiction is the environment one lives in. This is why we are dedicated to helping our clients resolve family communication and support issues, as well as healing relationships with loved ones and friends.
Alcohol Use Disorder: What Is It?
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, ”For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This means that their drinking causes distress and harm. AUD can range from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. Severe AUD is sometimes called alcoholism or alcohol dependence.”
- Alcohol cravings
- Irritability and anxiety
- Unable to stop drinking once you’ve started
Alcohol use disorder is common. You should not feel alone. Many people who seek treatment are able to overcome their addiction and lead normal lives. One of the first steps is noticing whether or not you’re dealing with an AUD.
Do you ever drink longer than you intended? Do you feel a strong urge to drink? Have you tried to stop drinking but couldn’t? Has alcohol affected your personal and professional life? These are all signs that may point to alcohol use disorder, but you can find alcohol addiction treatment with Ripple Ranch Recovery.
Excessive Drinking in Texas
While binge drinking (a pattern of excessive alcohol use) doesn’t necessarily equate to an alcohol use disorder, it can turn into one. It can also be dangerous. The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines binge drinking as drinking to the point where your blood alcohol concentration is 0.08%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 1 out of 6 adults binge drinks around four times a month. It’s common among those ages 18-34. Not only can binge drinking lead to alcohol use disorder, but it can also eventually result in other serious conditions.
How Does Excessive Alcohol Use Affect Your Health?
Excessive alcohol use can have long-lasting health impacts. The CDC says moderate drinking for men equates to two drinks per day and one drink per day for women.
The short-term effects of excessive drinking can include alcohol poisoning, risky behavior, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, violence, and poor judgment. Long-term health risks may include cancer, heart problems, high blood pressure, mental health disorders, alcohol use disorder, and liver diseases.
You should not drink at all if you’re under the legal drinking age, in recovery, taking certain medications, pregnant, or operating a motor vehicle.
Many believe moderate alcohol consumption of drinks such as red wine can have positive benefits on things like cholesterol. While there are conflicting studies on that subject, the word to remember is: moderation.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
As you begin your journey of an alcohol-free life, you may experience what is known as withdrawal.
Withdrawal occurs when someone who regularly drinks too much alcohol suddenly stops. Withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe, which is why medical supervision is highly recommended.
Withdrawal symptoms may begin eight hours after the last drink or days after. However, symptoms usually peak between 24 and 72 hours.
Symptoms may include:
- Increased heart rate
More severe symptoms can include fever, seizures, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there), and confusion.
Sometimes, a detox is necessary for certain drinking patterns. The type of detox needed is determined by a medical assessment.
What Is Detox?
If you’re ready to seek treatment for alcohol use disorder, you may have questions about the detox process.
The Ripple Ranch Recovery detox center has 24-hour medical support and qualified doctors to monitor the process.
FindTreatment.gov says, “Medically supervised withdrawal (often called detoxification or detox) uses medication to help people withdraw from alcohol or drugs after using large amounts.”
It’s important to maintain medical supervision throughout this process. In a professional environment, this can make things easier and more comfortable for the client.
This is normally the first stop on your road to recovery.
The Importance of Diagnosing a Co-Occuring Disorder
A co-occuring disorder diagnosis occurs when an individual is found to have both an alcohol use disorder and a mental health disorder. Many clients who have sought treatment had no idea they were also dealing with a mental health issue.
Studies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine show “about half of people who have a mental disorder will also have a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa. The interactions of the two conditions can worsen both.”
Additionally, that same study says common risk factors, such as genetics, stress, and trauma, can influence both substance use and mental health disorders. It also says substance use disorders can contribute to mental health disorders and vice versa.
Alcohol addiction treatment can include behavioral therapy and medicine. Ripple Ranch Recovery provides on-site psychiatrists to assist those who need them. Not only can this help find the cause of the alcohol use disorder, but it also can help in maintaining lasting recovery.
Ripple Ranch ensures mental health disorders are diagnosed and properly treated while clients are in our care if the disorders weren’t discovered before clients entered treatment.
Is It Time to Seek Treatment?
You must understand that you can overcome your alcohol use disorder. Perhaps you’re just sick and tired of battling your addiction, or maybe a family member or friend intervened.
If alcohol has taken control of your life, if you feel trapped because of your disorder, if your relationships have been affected, if you simply cannot get alcohol off your mind, alcohol addiction treatment can help you take your life back.
Remember, there is no shame in reaching out for help. When you’re ready, so is Ripple Ranch. By taking that first step, you will have completed one of the most difficult tasks.