What Is Integrated Alcohol Treatment?

Alcohol and drugs, such as psychoactive substances, have been engraved in societies since the earliest human civilizations. However, problematic use of these drugs has only been recorded during the 17th century which kickstarted a new field of research: addiction treatment and therapies. 

With the earliest studies published in the mid-18th century, this field is certainly not new – but it has been revolutionized by the latest discoveries. In fact, if for decades the focus of substance abuse treatment was on a detox, today treatment centers have adopted a holistic approach. In fact, addiction can influence all aspects of a person, from their relationships to their cognitive abilities, mental wellbeing, physical health, and lifestyle. Integrated alcohol treatments are those therapy programs that aim to support the overall personality of an individual, healing any co-occurring mental health issues and underlying conditions.

What Is Integrated Alcohol Treatment?

Integrated care is a comprehensive type of treatment that aims to address the substance abuse symptoms, alongside co-occurring or underlying mental health disorders. This discipline has been studied for over a decade, and today it represents a convenient and effective strategy to lower care costs, reduce timeframes, and deliver better outcomes.  

The first step to integrated treatment is dual diagnosis. This approach aims to treat mental health issues and substance abuse simultaneously. This is because often an addiction can stem from emotional or mental health disorders, and it can be made worse by them. In fact, of the 17.5 million people struggling with substance abuse in the US, over 4 million are dealing with dual diagnoses – which makes it almost one in four patients!

In the detoxing, rehabilitation, and healing phases, dealing with a mental health disorder that has not been addressed increases the chances of poorer outcomes, worsening symptoms of co-occurring illnesses (such as HIV and hepatitis), and relapses. 

What Can Integrated Alcohol Treatment Help With?

As we have seen, integrated alcohol treatments combine intensive therapies to treat alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. The diagnosis, which is a complex process needed to pinpoint underlying and often hidden emotional and mental health issues, takes place through monitoring during the detox phase all the way through aftercare and continued support. 

However, it is thanks to this attentive diagnosis and comprehensive treatment that you can:

  • Enjoy an easier recovery process and avoid common pitfalls
  • Rebuild relationships and establish healthy boundaries with your loved ones
  • Resolve existing family issues and codependency patterns
  • Develop personal and emotional tools that can help you through the stages of recovery
  • Implement methods for lasting recovery

What Does an Integrated Alcohol Treatment Plan Look Like?

No two addictions are exactly the same – so the plans created to treat them cannot be the same either. Depending on the combination disorders you are struggling with, you will undergo a treatment plan that is designed for your unique needs. 

Only some of the therapy options we offer include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • EMDR Trauma Therapy
  • Somatic Experience (SE)
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)

Another influential aspect is the level of care you will need to overcome your addiction. Whether you only require early intervention services and outpatient or intensive outpatient services or you need intensive inpatient services and medically-assisted detox programs, we can help you find the most efficient way out of your addiction. 

You can find out more about the different types of therapy we offer at the Peaks Recovery Centers here

Benefits of Integrated Alcohol Treatment

There are many benefits to choosing integrated treatments, including:

  • A comprehensive dual diagnosis that takes place over months of monitoring and assessing
  • The support and help of professionals to stop the substance abuse
  • Recognition of triggers 
  • Gaining personal and emotional tools to avoid pitfalls
  • A tailored relapse prevention plan
  • Understanding the connection between substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Learning how to cope with mental health disorders
  • Professional support to address mental health disorders

Types of Mental Illnesses That Can Be Treated at an Integrated Treatment Center

At the Peaks Recovery Centers, we know that Dual Diagnosis can manifest itself in many ways and due to various combinations of mental health disorders and substance abuse. In our centers, we specialize in treating the following co-occurring disorders:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder (BPD) 
  • Trauma/PTSD

Does Insurance Pay for Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance policies now have to include coverage for mental health disorder treatments, which include alcohol and substance abuse. However, the length and type of treatment might be limited by your insurer, so it is always worth checking the details of your insurance plan. 

Integrated Alcohol Treatments at the Peaks Recovery Centers 

At the Peaks Recovery Centers, we believe that addiction does not leave any aspect of a person’s life unaffected. At the same time, alcohol use disorders are chronic diseases that can stem from a variety of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors. 

Because of this, a program to detox the body is not always enough. When other mental health issues or medical conditions are co-occurring, an integrated alcohol treatment program is vital to look after the body and mind, promoting faster healing and long-term results. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorders, at the Peaks Recovery Centers we are able to craft a tailored program for your specific needs. Get in touch today to learn more about our alcohol addiction treatment options.