Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Knoxville
Effective Treatment for Alcohol Abuse & Addiction
Alcoholism is a serious disease that, without proper professional treatment, can quickly spiral out of control. For those struggling with alcohol abuse or families navigating a loved one’s alcoholism, recovery can seem impossible. We’re here to assure you that there is hope.
Our inviting, state-of-the-art facility is staffed by a family of addiction specialists who understand what you are going through because many of us have been in your shoes. We know the challenges you face and the pain you have endured, and we are here to help.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a medical condition involving the compulsive consumption of alcohol despite negative consequences. Also referred to as alcohol use disorder or alcohol abuse, alcoholism is a devastating disease that causes harm to the individual and his or her family and loved ones. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as of 2019, 14.5 million people in the United States met the clinical requirement for alcohol use disorder.
Alcoholism is typically characterized by a physical dependence on alcohol, accumulated over a short or long period in which a person builds tolerance and, subsequently, needs to drink more to achieve the same effects. Often, a person struggling with alcohol use disorder will experience withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop drinking.
Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Intense cravings
- Fast heart rate
In severe cases, alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. If you believe you or someone you love has developed a dependency on or addiction to alcohol, you should not attempt to quit drinking entirely without professional assistance. Our team can recommend a detox facility where you or your loved one will receive 24-hour supervision and care before beginning our Knoxville alcoholism treatment program.
Our Alcohol Treatment Programs
At Tennessee Wellness Center, we understand what you are going through because we have been there before. Several of our founding staff members have struggled with addiction themselves. We know the many ways in which alcoholism affects your relationships, impacts your career, and controls your life. We also know that alcoholism is a complex disease, and most people who suffer from it need professional help in regaining control and achieving long-term sobriety.
We offer a variety of treatments and therapies for individuals battling alcoholism, as well as support for their families. We believe in working with your loved ones to help you build a united front against the disease that has taken over your life.
At our Knoxville alcohol treatment center, we provide the following programs:
- Intensive Outpatient Program: The intensive outpatient program (IOP) allows you to continue living at home while traveling to our facility several times a week to attend therapy sessions and group meetings. During treatment, you receive critical support to help you in your recovery while also maintaining important relationships and continuing to work, care for your children, and manage other healthy and productive daily activities.
- Partial Hospitalization Program: Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a somewhat more intensive program for those who need greater support. With PHP, you still sleep in your own home but visit our facility daily to attend various therapies, counseling sessions, group meetings, etc. Typically, once you have successfully moved through this program, the next step is continuing treatment through the intensive outpatient program or aftercare.
We believe that recovery is a process, not a destination. Because of this, we provide ongoing support and aftercare services, both of which are critical to preventing or managing relapse and achieving long-term sobriety.
Get in Touch with Tennessee Wellness Center Today to Learn More
Whether you are worried about a loved one’s drinking or have noticed concerning habits in your own relationship to alcohol, simply visiting this website is a big first step. If you would like to learn more about our alcohol abuse and addiction treatments in Knoxville, we invite you to reach out to us at any time. We are happy to assist both individuals who are struggling to control their drinking and family members who are looking for answers, information, and guidance on behalf of a loved one.
At Tennessee Wellness Center, we are more than just a treatment facility. We are a family of professionals motivated by and dedicated to your recovery.
What Are the Signs of Alcohol Abuse?
In the United States, we live in a very alcohol-driven culture. This can make it difficult to recognize when your drinking may be affecting your health or has gotten out of control.
If you are concerned about your drinking habits, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your social life revolve almost entirely around drinking?
- Do you often continue drinking once you get home from a social event?
- Do you find yourself unable to stop drinking once you have started?
- Is drinking your primary method of destressing or unwinding after a long day?
- Are you experiencing cravings, including craving the act of being drunk?
- Do you find that you need to drink more now to get drunk?
- Have you told yourself you would limit your drinking but have been unable to do so?
- Have you noticed or been told by others that your personality changes when you drink?
- Does alcohol control your schedule, finances, or life in any way?
- Do you drink to the point of blacking out one or more times a month?
- Do you feel irritable when you haven’t had a drink?
- Will you drink any type of alcohol available, even if it’s not one you prefer?
- Have your friends, family members, or loved ones expressed concern about your drinking?
- Is alcohol frequently at the forefront of your mind?
- Do others in your family suffer from alcoholism or have a history of excessive drinking?
If you have ever thought about cutting back or stopping drinking but have found yourself unable to do so, you may have developed a dependence on alcohol or an alcohol use disorder. Recognizing this is a challenging but critical first step in your recovery.
How Long Does Alcohol Treatment Last?
Every person's journey to recovery is different, therefore the duration of your treatment will vary depending on the specific program and the progress you make. Our programs can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on your individual needs.
It is also important to know that there is no permanent "cure" for alcohol addiction. Achieving long-term sobriety is an ongoing process that requires patience, commitment, forgiveness, and hard work. While you may struggle, know that you are never alone. Once you receive treatment at our facility, you become a permanent part of our family and will continue to be supported long after your program concludes.
Can I Still Work While Receiving Treatment?
In some cases, yes, you may continue to work while receiving treatment, though this will be based on the severity of your addiction and the level of care you require. Our admissions professionals will evaluate your situation and, if appropriate, create a flexible treatment plan that accommodates your work schedule.
While jobs and careers are important, your health should be put first when seeking treatment. Many employers offer family and medical leave options for these types of situations.
How Do I Get Help for a Loved One With Alcoholism?
Watching a spouse, child, parent, friend, coworker struggle with alcohol use disorder can be difficult. You may be wondering what you can do to change their situation, or if they even want your help. The first step in recovering from alcohol addiction is admitting there is a problem. While it may be uncomfortable, the most helpful thing you can do is to be persistent and keep trying to start a conversation with them about their wellbeing. While you cannot force someone to seek treatment, letting them know that you are there may be the push they need to get help.
If you know an alcoholic who needs help:
- Learn about alcohol use disorder to get a better understanding of what they are going through.
- Tell them you are concerned about their wellbeing and that you are available to help in any way you can.
- Think about what you are going to say ahead of time. Try writing down your feelings if it helps you better organize what you want to say.
- Approach them from a place of compassion and avoid having a judgmental tone.
- Be prepared for the possibility that they may react negatively. Remember, they may not realize or acknowledge that they have a problem.
- Offer support and urge them to seek treatment. If they vow to cut back on drinking on their own, ask for a firm commitment and follow up with their progress.
- In situations where someone refuses to acknowledge an obvious alcohol problem, consider staging an intervention with professional help.
Is Alcohol Treatment Covered By Insurance?
In many cases, yes. Tennessee Wellness Center accepts plans from most major insurance providers in order to help keep recovery affordable. We encourage you to reach out to our admissions professionals to confirm if your plan is accepted.
We are proud to work with a wide range of insurance providers, including:
- BlueCross BlueShield