Changing Tides is one of the best alcohol rehab centers in The Outerbanks. We offer customized substance abuse treatment to help people overcome addiction and regain full control over their lives. If you or someone you love has been battling alcohol abuse, we can help. 

Seeking addiction treatment takes courage and a huge amount of willpower. If you’re thinking about getting help, you’ve already taken the biggest step towards sobriety. Call Changing Tides today to speak to an addiction expert that specializes in alcohol addiction.  Read on to find out key information about alcohol abuse and learn about the available treatment options we offer.

Alcohol Addiction Help

Don’t go through the process of recovery alone. There are people who can help you with the struggle you’re facing. Get in touch with one today.

Alcohol Treatment in Kitty Hawk, NC

From Jockey’s Ridge and Avalon Pier to relaxing with a good book on our beach extension shopping local boutiques, there is plenty of fun to be had in Kitty Hawk while addressing your addiction. At Changing Tides, we are experts in guiding people along their recovery journey.

We look at various factors including availability and budget as well age or unique experiences that may make one more likely than another for specific types of treatment. For instance, an older individual who has been addicted longer term might need more oversight because he/she has had more time spent doing wrong rather than making up for it now with this new attempt at clean living.

Outpatient Programs for Alcohol Addiction

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) in Kitty Hawk is designed for individuals with strong support systems. An intensive outpatient program works around the addicted person’s personal schedule and makes it possible for them to continue working, going to school or taking part in extracurricular activities such as sports while still getting the treatment needed. This type of outpatient rehab treatment is one step down from a traditional PHP due to its flexibility. Clients can meet during the day or at night as their schedule allows.

An IOP usually involves around 12 hours a week of treatment that includes counseling services, family counseling, support groups and other outpatient treatments, but each program is tailored to address specific needs.

A typical day in Changing Tide’s IOP consists of meeting with support staff, therapists and peers. During addiction treatment, the clients learn the necessary skills to obtain or keep a job, find the meaning of life through personal discovery, learn how to socialize and connect with others going through similar recovery, address the causes of the addiction and learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships. This outpatient addiction treatment also includes help on repairing relationships that might have been destroyed or damaged during the addiction process.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)/ Day Treatment

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP)/ Day Treatment is recommended for those who need to address substance abuse and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression in a single treatment program. The PHP/Day Treatment offered by Changing Tides is generally a more structured treatment for addiction. It takes place for several hours a day three to five days per week, and it addresses addiction triggers while helping with behavioral health and mental health issues surrounding addiction.

A typical day in a PHP/Day Treatment consists of individual and group therapy, education, skill-building activities and frequent mental health and recovery evaluations that must be performed by a licensed mental health professional in a mental health facility. The exact length of time in a PHP/Day Treatment varies depending on the person, but the goal is to ensure the client has reached treatment goals.

Get Help for Alcohol Abuse Today

At our addiction treatment program in the greater Dare County area, you’ll learn new coping skills, gain a deeper understanding of what motivates and triggers you and find out what drives drug or alcohol addiction. Get in touch with Changing Tides today for professional treatment advice or to book your place in our alcohol rehab programs. In addition, we work with multiple insurance companies, so make sure to ask about how your insurance may cover your addiction treatment.

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Alcoholism and its Effects

While most people will not develop an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, those with a specific mix of genetic, environmental and behavioral factors can develop an addiction, which is a disease. This is where cravings to use alcohol and get drunk are placed in an irrationally high place on a person’s list of priorities. Even when they’re aware their life is being negatively impacted by alcohol use, they can’t stop doing it.

It’s important to understand that addiction doesn’t occur because the individual chooses it or lacks the self-control to prevent it. Some people are predisposed to substance abuse disorders through no fault of their own and have to work harder than others to avoid drug and alcohol abuse and stay sober. For these individuals, abstinence is usually the safest and most effective route to freedom from alcohol and drug use disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

The only thing more frustrating than trying to figure out when you or a loved one becomes an alcoholic is knowing that there are steps we can take before the addiction takes hold.  A lot of people in their early 20s drink excessively, but most grow out of this phase by middle age, which means it’s time for some serious self-reflection if these behaviors don’t change soon!

The most important distinction to make between addiction and enjoyment is this: If drinking doesn’t negatively impact your life in any way and you’re entirely in control of your intake, you’re probably not addicted. On the other hand, if your relationships, job, finances or ability to meet your goals is impeded and you find yourself drinking more than you intended, or drinking when you told yourself you wouldn’t, you might need help.

Let’s take a look at some of the physical, psychological and behavioral signs of alcohol addiction.

Physical Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

  • Weight gain or weight loss unrelated to diet
  • Poor personal hygiene and decreased self-care
  • Injuries or illnesses as a result of drinking, e.g., falls or liver failure
  • Breath that smells of alcohol
  • Bins full of empty alcohol bottles or a mess of empties in the home
  • Frequently seeming intoxicated, e.g., slurring, stumbling and lack of coordination
  • Drinking increasing amounts of alcohol to get the same effects
  • Spending an inordinate amount of time and money getting and using alcohol
  • Spending a large amount of time recovering from the effects of alcohol

Psychological Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

  • Delusions and irrational thinking, particularly during inebriation or withdrawal
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Attention, memory and cognitive problems
  • Aggression, anger and irritability
  • Being defensive and argumentative
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Mood swings

Behavioral Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

  • Problems at work or school
  • Decreased athletic performance
  • Change of social groups to incorporate drinking and partying more
  • Spending less time around friends
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Not following through with plans
  • Lying and deceiving others
  • Stealing
  • Getting into conflicts with people