Alcohol abuse is defined as a harmful pattern of drinking that continues despite the development of negative consequences that occur as a direct result. While not everyone who consumes alcohol will develop a drinking problem, there are a number of individuals that are more susceptible to alcohol addiction. Those who abuse alcohol often do not realize the harm they are doing to their bodies and the destruction they are causing in their lives. They will often continue to drink regardless of the results and may consistently put themselves in risky situations, including drinking enough to cause problems such as alcohol poisoning.
At Starlite Recovery Center, we understand the devastating impact that addiction can have on a person’s life and in the lives of those close to him or her. We offer a number of comprehensive, individualized treatment programs for men and women, who have been affected by the disease of addiction. Here at Starlite we view chemical dependency as a primary disease that is both progressive and potentially fatal. We also understand that the disease of addiction affects the entire person, mind, body, and spirit, which is why our holistic treatment addresses the whole person. It is our overall goal to provide treatment that promotes an abstinent lifestyle that is both productive and long-lasting.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Realizing that a loved one is struggling with alcoholism can be upsetting, but it can also be an important step in helping to solve a difficult situation. Here are some suggestions that may help you deal with the problem at hand:
- Do not try to talk to your loved one when he or she has been drinking
- Confront your loved one in a calm, non-judgmental manner
- Offer to help your loved one research treatment programs that would work for his or her specific treatment needs
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any assessments or initial appointments
- Assure your loved one that you will be there to support him or her throughout the entire recovery process
- Continue to be an active part of the treatment process
Why Consider Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center
The disease of addiction is dangerous and can even be deadly. It affects every aspect of the addict’s life – personal and professional, as well as their emotional wellbeing and physical health. Each type of substance, including alcohol, comes with its own risks, but the overall conclusion is, if left untreated, addiction kills.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prolonged substance use, including the abuse of alcohol, can cause a significant amount of health problems, such as organ damage, hormonal imbalances, prenatal concerns, or fertility issues. Long-term neurological impairment that is often associated with substance abuse can cause the onset of depression, anxiety, aggression, mood swings, paranoia, and memory problems.
It should also be noted that those who abuse substances like alcohol are at an increased risk for injuries, accidents, domestic violence, and death.
Starlite provides a variety of evidence-based treatment protocols that are proven to be effective. This includes individual and group therapy, facilitated by a staff of trained, caring professionals. And because addiction to alcohol is a disease that affects every member of a client’s family, we also provide family counseling to help in the recovery process.
Medically-supervised detox: Upon admission, clients enter Starlite’s detox program, which is both safe and effective in removing the harmful substances which have contributed to addiction. Under our highly trained medical staff’s supervision, clients complete the process of withdrawal from alcohol with minimal discomfort and risk. Our program uses only the most effective detox protocols while providing 24/7 nursing staff, daily physician visits, and on-call physician coverage in order to preserve our clients’ safety. Clients are welcome to attend programming during the day so as to jumpstart the healing and recovery process.
Residential program: After successfully completing detox, clients are able to move to the residential treatment program to continue their treatment for alcohol addiction. Situated on 55 peaceful acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, clients work closely with counselors and technicians and receive ongoing support as they work towards achieving life-long recovery from an addiction to alcohol.
Types of Treatment Offered at Starlite Recovery Center
For more than 50 years, Starlite’s dedicated professionals, who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise, have provided substance abuse treatment in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Although our treatment programs typically run between 30 and 45 days, clients can extend their stays, when necessary.
The three main residential treatment programs offered at Starlite Recovery Center include:
The Neoteric Program (Young Adult Male Program) is a highly experiential program for young adult males, ages 18-28. This 45-day program consists of activities specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of this specific population, and prepares them to re-enter the world as healthier, happier, and better-adjusted young men.
The Adult Program is for men and women over 18 years of age. This 30-day program has been specifically designed to help those struggling to overcome issues with alcohol and other drugs.
The Journey Christian Program is offered for clients who desire a faith-based approach to the recovery process as they overcome their addiction to alcohol. This non-denominational track provides addiction treatment services from a Christian point-of-view.
Upon admission, all clients at Starlite Recovery Center are assigned a primary case manager and a small group for participation in the group process. Additionally, clients meet with an interdisciplinary treatment team of physicians, counselors, and nurses who will effectively manage their individualized care. The focus on individualized, compassionate care is the core of everything we do at Starlite. Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center provides each client with education on the disease of addiction, including addiction to alcohol, helps identify barriers to success, and establishes a foundation for lifelong recovery.
At Starlite, treatment for substance abuse may include many of the following components:
Detoxification: All clients who are admitted to Starlite Recovery Center for alcohol addiction are placed in our detoxification unit for an observation period of at least 24 hours to ensure that they are physically safe and stable before engaging in the therapeutic process. Clients in detox are under constant supervision and are seen by our medical director on a daily basis.
Medication management: Once the detox process is complete, clients may meet with our medical director on an as-needed basis for any medication needs. While there is no FDA-approved medication to treat substance abuse, medication may be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder. All medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Individual therapy: All Starlite clients meet with their primary counselor at least once a week for individual counseling and personalized treatment planning. Individual sessions offer a number of benefits, including helping an individual better understand their addiction to alcohol.
Group therapy: All clients engage in a number of group sessions each week with their assigned process group. Group sessions are held for at least an hour and a half each day and focus on issues that have been identified by either the clients themselves or by their counselor. Life skills groups consist of lecture or discussion sessions that focus on topics such as identifying personal triggers, developing coping skills, using sober support systems, and preventing relapse. Educational groups are designed to provide understanding in areas that affect clients’ daily lives.
Family therapy: Starlite understands the importance of family participation in the process of recovery from an addiction to alcohol. Family sessions are held every week on Friday and Saturday. In addition to these weekly family therapy sessions, Starlite also provides a two-day intensive family program, which includes a combination of education, family process groups, and skill building.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy, such as recreational groups and activities, is provided on a daily basis in order to enhance the emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing of our clients. Experiential therapy helps to ensure that the whole person is being treated. Some of the specific activities our clients may participate in include:
- Life skills groups
- Specific theme groups
- Participation in a Twelve Step group
- Twelve Step, or “Big Book” Study
- Ropes course with rock wall and zip line
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Onsite certified personal trainer
- Fully equipped workout facility, outdoor pool, miniature golf, wilderness outings, and nature trails
- Onsite yoga classes and meditation space
- Therapeutic massage
Starlite Recovery Center also offers specialized tracks that allow our clients to customize their recovery experience:
- Post-bariatric track, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery
- LGBTQIA track, which meets three times a week
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Throughout their time at Starlite, all clients work closely with their case managers and alumni coordinator to create a continuing care plan and identify needed support services.
From the day clients enter treatment until long after they have competed our residential program, they remain valued members of the Starlite family. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to those who choose to heal with us.