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Treatment for Alcoholism

Alcoholism is the most prevalent addiction in the US today.  While our nation focuses on the opioid and fentanyl epidemics, alcohol abuse continues to rise.  Nearly 14.5 million people over the age of 12 have alcohol use disorder.  That breaks down to 9 million men and 5 million women. 

The high rate of alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be reduced by providing effective, affordable treatment.  At Cycles of Change Recovery, we offer a comprehensive program that helps people overcome AUD through a comprehensive, individualized treatment approach.

What is the First Step in Recovery from Alcohol Abuse?

The first step in recovery from AUD is to recognize that there is a problem.  When that occurs, the next step is to seek treatment right away.  

Studies show that many people are in denial about the extent of their alcohol use.  Some believe they can quit anytime.  Others think they’re only hurting themselves.  In either case, this is known as denial, and it prevents people from getting the help they desperately need.  

When denial is replaced by reality, a person may wonder what comes next. Of course, the next step is professional addiction treatment at Cycles of Change Recovery.  Our program is the right choice for the highest level of treatment available today.  

Why is Inpatient Treatment the Best Option?

Many people are unable to overcome alcohol abuse on their own.  They may have tried, but always relapsed.  This happens because they are still in the environment that contributed to their alcohol use.  

In our inpatient program, clients are secure in a comforting, drug-free atmosphere.  They are removed from outside influences that contribute to relapse.  While in treatment, clients interact with skilled, compassionate staff who provide encouragement and support.  

Inpatient programs also provide services that aren’t available in outpatient programs.  For instance, clients receive 24/7 care and support.  Clients can also receive medication-assisted treatment if needed.  

What to Expect During Treatment for Alcoholism 

The daily routine in inpatient programs includes classes, counseling, and activities that foster physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.  Clients stay busy and don’t have time to dwell on wanting a drink.  But, they also get some free time to relax or interact with others in the treatment program.

Like any other addiction, AUD is composed of physical dependence complicated by emotional or mental issues.  Successful recovery relies on addressing each of these factors simultaneously.  During alcoholism treatment, clients can expect a varied curriculum each day.  

These are some of the treatment options available at Cycles of Change Recovery in Palmdale, CA.


Detox is different for each person.  The drug involved and the duration of the addiction are factors that determine how the process goes. Detox helps the body eliminate all toxins deposited by alcohol or drugs.  

We offer medically supervised detox to ensure the client’s comfort and safety.  If needed, medication may be provided to help manage difficult withdrawal symptoms.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

To maintain sobriety for the long term, a person must replace negative thought patterns about themselves and the world.  During cognitive-behavioral therapy, clients learn effective behavioral skills that will impact all areas of their lives.   

Group and Individual Counseling

Counseling sessions are a way for clients to explore the underlying reasons for their substance use.  One-on-one counseling and group counseling are supervised by licensed, compassionate professionals.  They are trained to help a person modify their negative thinking and emotions.  Clients are guided through exercises and talk sessions to help them learn to apply positive thoughts and behaviors to situations.

Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapy is a method that attempts to heal the whole person.  It may involve a series of therapy sessions that include relaxation techniques, exercise, nutrition, meditation, and more.  The purpose of this method is to help clients achieve optimal wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Family Therapy

Family therapy helps clients and their family members learn to work together more effectively.  It involves recognizing negative behavioral patterns within the family unit.  This aspect of treatment is vital to a person’s success in maintaining sobriety.  

First Responder Wellness Programs

At Cycles of Change Recovery, we recognize the sacrifices made by our nation’s first responders.  They put their lives in danger daily to protect our communities.   The trauma and stress of their occupation can lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use.  Our mission is to provide addiction treatment customized for their unique needs.

Our program also includes components such as:

Alcoholism, or AUD, is a prevalent issue today.  During the virus pandemic, alcohol use increased dramatically.  About one-third of the population meets the criteria for AUD.  Therefore, millions of people suffer life-threatening side effects produced by the substance.  

Physiological and Psychological Side Effects of Alcoholism

Prolonged alcohol use damages a person’s physical and mental health.  Some of the effects can be irreversible.

Physiological Side Effects

  • Heart damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor circulation
  • Reduced immunities
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Malnutrition
  • Diabetes complications
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Thinning bones
  • Stomach problems
  • Lung infections
  • Muscle cramps
  • Cancer
  • Central nervous system damage

The connection between poor health and alcoholism is undeniable.  Professional treatment is the best way to overcome alcoholism and reduce the threat of chronic health problems.

Psychological Side Effects

  • Diminished cognitive functioning
  • Mental confusion
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Suicidal ideations

As with the physical effects, some of the psychological effects can be permanent.

These lists of side effects aren’t intended to instill fear in anyone.  However, the side effects are dangerous.  Our intention is to raise awareness of the dangers of alcoholism.  As a result, more people may feel compelled to seek treatment right away.

When a person enters our treatment program, we focus on addressing all aspects of their alcoholism.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum of methods that target physical and mental issues.  In this way, our clients will enjoy long-lasting recovery.

Alcoholism Recovery is Possible at Cycles of Change, Palmdale, CA

Overcoming alcoholism is possible for anyone with the right treatment.  At Cycles of Change, our clients learn to take control of their lives.  Through a combination of classes, activities, and counseling sessions, clients progress at their own pace. 

Healing is a gradual process that goes through different cycles.  Each accomplishment inspires the person to achieve more. They begin a journey of healing that should be taken one step at a time.  Sometimes the path is bumpy and uncertain, but we’re right there to guide them in the right direction.

After completing our treatment program, clients are stronger, more confident, and filled with optimism about their new, alcohol-free future.  They are armed with the skills and courage to tackle daily challenges without turning to alcohol as a coping tool.  

We realize leaving the security of rehab can be scary at first.  But, with our extended care services, clients have ongoing support and guidance.  This program keeps them focused and motivated to remain on the right track.

Learn more about our treatment programs in Palmdale, CA.  We are a fully-licensed, accredited facility with a skilled and compassionate staff.  Contact us at our toll-free number to begin your recovery journey.



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