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By Trafalgar’s Editorial Team
This Article is Clinically Reviewed By Samantha Wiendels M.A., B.A., R.P.



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This guide will help you learn about alcohol addiction and rehab treatment programs.
It will also help you understand alcoholism and the bi-directional relationship between alcohol use and mental health.

The best part?

You will consider alcohol rehabs in Ontario with confidence after reading this page.
Before deep-diving into the information about alcoholism and its effects on health and wealth (yes, it is a costly addiction like drugs and gambling), we want to say something: There is help, and you are NOT alone.

At Home Treatment Plan for
Alcohol Addiction

We offer 4 or 6-week intensive virtual program:

Online and At Your Own Pace
A Virtual Circle of Care Team Supporting Your Recovery
12 Individual Therapy Sessions
Specialized Group Therapy
3 Family Therapy
4 Partner Support Therapy
Accountability / Mentor Support
Discharge Planning
24-Month Continuation of Care
Lifelong Aftercare

A New Alternative to Residential Treatment.
And yes, it works.


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Why do we say this?

Some of us are also recovering from addiction at Trafalgar.
We are living proof that recovery from alcohol addiction is ACHIEVABLE with individualized, evidence-based treatment programs.

We understand the symptoms of alcohol addiction and withdrawal, the effect of alcohol on your body, and your mental health.

Most importantly, we know to treat alcohol addiction with holistic approaches that helps identify what is reinforcing the behaviour.

We are an interdisciplinary team of addiction professionals consisting of addiction counsellors and Master’s level therapists. Our education, professional development, and lived experience provide the foundation for treating alcohol use disorder.

We have created an evidence-based, individualized, holistic treatment approach that has proven to be effective among alcohol rehab centres in Ontario and all across Canada.

You may see the proof in our patients’ reviews. We provide the best alcohol addiction treatment in Canada.

“Trafalgar has done amazing things for myself. Give it your best and the results are tremendous. Everything about Trafalgar is the best of the best. I’ve been to a few others throughout my life. My experience here was exactly what I needed for my recovery. Trust the process and give it your best. You deserve it. Thank you to all staff and the wonderful friends I’ve made here.”

Alcohol is Everywhere

Let’s face it. Alcohol is everywhere.

It has a significant presence in our culture. It is attached to most social events, and it is always readily available. Celebration or dealing with problems is equal to “people with alcohol.”

“Did you receive a promotion or get engaged?” Drink alcohol! Cheers!
“Did you have a rough week at work?” Yes, again, drink alcohol!

It is understandable when you consider the effects of alcohol consumption on the brain. When you drink alcohol, levels of dopamine are elevated in your brain, resulting in a flood of pleasant feelings.

What do these pleasant feelings do to you?

In the short-term, they help you enjoy the moment more or forget your daily problems for a while.

In the long-term, it becomes difficult to separate celebration and having a few drinks from one another.

The problem? This pairing makes you consume more alcohol.

This finding is supported by research. Adult alcohol use was found to increase from 65-73%, which is a whopping 11% increase.
So what is the line that makes you or your loved one an alcohol addict? When is the right time to search for alcohol rehab programs?

Or when can you assume that there is alcohol abuse?

What is Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism?

The DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder identifies the following symptoms as indicative of problematic use:

  • craving
  • physical dependence
  • an increased tolerance for alcohol
  • loss of control

As such, alcoholism exists on a continuum where someone can experience mild, moderate, or severe symptoms.

11 criteria are used to help evaluate the extent of harm that is being caused by alcohol.

The 11 criteria include the following:

  • Alcohol is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended.
  • There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol use.
  • A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain alcohol, use alcohol, or recover from its effects.
  • Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use alcohol.
  • Recurrent alcohol use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.
  • Continued alcohol use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol.
  • Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use.
  • Recurrent alcohol use in situations where it is physically dangerous.
  • Alcohol use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by alcohol.
  • Tolerance.
  • Withdrawal.

Ok, we all drink alcohol from time to time without thinking much about it.
But how much is too much alcohol? According to The Mayo Clinic (2018), you should drink moderately.
Drinking moderately means one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Those who drink more start to become an alcoholic.

There are a few forms of alcohol abuse.

One of them is binge drinking.

If a man drinks five or more standard drinks in two hours, this is considered binge drinking.
And a binge drinking for a woman is more than four standard drinks in two hours.

The other form of alcohol abuse is heavy drinking. It is not as concentrated as binge drinking but spread out over a period of time.

And those with alcohol addiction cannot drink moderately or stop drinking. People with struggling alcohol consumption should consider abuse treatment.

But how exactly could you spot the signs of alcohol addiction?

Alcohol Addiction Symptoms

We have all been there. Admitting you have a problem, are struggling, or need help is not an easy task.

It requires a lot of strength and courage and we all have had to overcome our inner critic during this process. Recognizing that your drinking is problematic is a very difficult and long process.

It is like drug addiction. There are a lot of feelings associated with substance abuse. Shame, stigma, guilt are some of those.

However, your or your loved one’s journey to a successful recovery starts with a simple question:
Is This The Life I Dreamed of?

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WE KNOW…
Admitting you have a struggle with alcohol is not easy!
We are here to help you with our alcohol treatment options and support groups,

Consider 5 warning signs that drinking is problematic:

1) Unable To Stop Drinking:

Let’s start with the most obvious indicator. It is easy to identify: You or your loved one cannot stop drinking. Many social drinkers can stop drinking after one or two. Many people with problematic alcohol use claim they can stop whenever they want. However, this is never the case.

If you often say, “this one time doesn’t count” or if you are regularly looking forward to your next drink, then it speaks to an underlying issue.

2) Physical Discomfort

In plain English, this means you don’t feel well when you don’t drink. This is indicative of physical dependence and alcohol withdrawal. In layman’s terms you might note you have a ‘hangover’ and notice headaches, shakiness, fatigue, irritability and depression.

Excessive drinking makes your body alter its functioning to cope with the disposal of the alcohol you put into the system.

3) Deprivation Causing Stress or Anxiety

If you constantly try to find a way to drink liquor, you are probably addicted.

If you notice frequent cravings for alcohol and this causes you stress and anxiety, there is a high possibility that you need treatment.

4) Organizing Life Around Alcohol

SSwitching a meetup location to a bar is not a big issue from time to time; however, neglecting your daily responsibilities to head out to the bar all the time might be a problem.

Organizing your priorities around drinking and making alcohol consumption a focal point in your life might be a sign of problematic use.

5) Hiding Your Drinking From Others

A stronger indicator of alcohol addiction is drinking while attempting to convince others that you aren’t. It suggests you recognize there is a problem developing and wish to hide it. If you look forward to drinking alone so you don’t have to face any judgment from others or feel shame, it may indicate that you have alcohol use disorder.

Overcoming alcoholism starts with understanding and admitting it. Recovery and sobriety will eventually follow.

Whenever you decide to search for “alcohol rehab near me”, Trafalgar Addiction Rehab is ready to help.

Before considering any alcohol addiction treatment in Ontario or Canada, you should keep learning about the long-term effects of alcohol on your or your loved one’s body.

How Alcohol Affects The Body?

Treating an addiction to Alcohol is important because it affects your or your loved one’s health seriously. Considering treatment in Alcohol rehabs in Toronto, Ontario and all across Canada is essential.

It is important to understand that Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system and effects all the organs and functions within the body.

Without an individualized and evidence-based alcohol rehab program, the consequences might be severe in the long run.

Alcohol Abuse affects these organs:

  • Brain: After years of heavy drinking, the brain’s function and structure can change. Emotional problems and mental health disorders like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders* may arise.
  • Liver: Excess drinking can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, and fibrosis.
  • Stomach: Alcohol creates digestive problems, including vomiting, internal bleeding, diarrhea, ulcers and nausea or stomach CANCER.
  • Kidneys: If you or your loved one drink heavily, it can cause high blood pressure, which can cause kidney disease.
  • Heart: Long-term drinking is the leading cause of heart diseases. These include arrhythmias, stroke, high blood pressure, and cardiomyopathy.
  • Pancreas: Addiction to alcohol may cause pancreatitis, which is a DEADLY disease. This deadly disease doesn’t always show symptoms, meaning people may die before realizing they need treatment.

*These cases are called co-occurring disorders and should be treated accordingly. Our treatment approach is holistic and evidence-based, so we treat not only alcohol dependence but also the mental health issues fuelling the addiction itself. In this way, you may achieve long-term recovery with our comprehensive aftercare programs.

When to Go to Rehab For Alcohol?

Deciding to quit drinking alcohol is an essential step in the process of reclaiming your life.

Alcohol use and abuse exists on a continuum.

This continuum helps us to understand how much distress the use is causing and when professional support would be helpful.

The points on this continuum include non-use, experimental use, recreation or social use, regular use, and dependent use.

When people find themselves on the latter portion of this continuum, they often need professional support for withdrawal and recovery. The process of stopping use requires more than willpower to stop drinking.

Quitting alcohol cold turkey might not be easy nor safe to do independently.

People who stop using alcohol typically have strong cravings, which can be as severe as the need for food or water.
They require PROFESSIONAL HELP. Several rehab programs treat drug addiction and addiction to alcohol.

Many people who are struggling with alcohol abuse would benefit from attending a rehab program like Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres.

WHY?

Withdrawal from alcohol can be an intensely distressing and complicated process.

Home-Based Treatment Plan for
Alcohol Addiction

We offer 4 or 6-week intensive virtual program:

Online and At Your Own Pace
A Virtual Circle of Care Team Supporting Your Recovery
12 Individual Therapy Sessions
Specialized Group Therapy
3 Family Therapy
4 Partner Support Therapy
Accountability / Mentor Support
Discharge Planning
24-Month Continuation of Care
Lifelong Aftercare

A New Alternative to Residential Treatment.
And yes, it works.


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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

The removal of the effects of a substance can lead to painful, unpleasant, and distressing symptoms.

The first two stages of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Increase in blood pressure & body temperature
  • Increased sweating and mood disturbances

This last stage is the most severe one, and it lasts on average six days. 30% of people experience cardiac arrest, hallucinations and Delirium Tremens.

Delirium Tremens symptoms include:

  • Continuous nightmares
  • Major confusion and disturbance
  • Disorientation
  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
  • Tactile hallucinations
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Heavy sweating
  • Other signs of autonomic hyperactivity

Delirium Tremens often occurs in those who drank excessively for more than ten years and stopped suddenly.
Some people can experience Delirium Tremens for 24 hours, while others may experience them for up to five days.

You need professional support to deal with these symptoms. It is called medical detox.

Alcohol Medical Detox

Medical detox generally lasts around three-to-seven days.

During alcohol medical detox, you are supervised and supported by medical professionals on a 24-hour basis.
Once a doctor states that you no longer require medical supervision, you are admitted to our facility.

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How To Cope with Alcohol Addiction and Mental Health Issues Together?

We know that many people who struggle with addiction are also coping with mental health issues.

It is called concurrent disorders.

Our individualized, comprehensive and evidence-based treatment programs are structured to deal with concurrent disorders.

At Trafalgar, we always say: “We do not treat the addiction; we treat the whole person.”

As such, it is crucial that the underlying issues that fuel the addiction are addressed and resolved in order to achieve recovery. If these issues are ignored, recovery will likely not be possible.

To avoid relapse, you should receive a comprehensive and holistic treatment approach.
But what are your options for a customized therapeutic alcohol addiction treatment?

Telehealth (Virtual Treatment) for Alcohol Addiction

A great option for receiving a comprehensive alcohol rehab program is enrolling in the Virtual Addiction Treatment Program. Our Online Alcohol Rehab option provides 4-week and 6-week long, structured treatment program that you can access in the comfort at your home, on your own terms.

This program is offered through a secure, virtual telehealth platform and is great for individuals who has a busy schedule.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Sometimes life gets in the way.

You may not find time or resources to attend residential treatment. Or you are unwilling to stay at an inpatient treatment centre. If this is the case for you or a loved one, Our Intensive Outpatient clinic is located in midtown Toronto, Ontario. Our 4-week and 6-week Intensive Outpatient Program allows you to receive treatment similar to what you would receive in our residential treatment facility.

The best part?

It allows you to continue working and go home at night.

Residential Alcohol Rehab

When you decide to look for private alcohol treatment centers in Ontario, there are many options.

Inpatient alcohol rehab is one of them. Some people can manage their alcohol intake, but many people need a long-term rehab program to prevent relapse.

What is a long-term rehab program?

A long-term alcohol rehab program is 30 days or more, depending on the person.

At Trafalgar, we offer 30, 45, 60, 90-day (or more, if necessary) residential addiction treatment programs. in our Residential Facility (located just outside Guelph, Ontario).

We aim to provide you with alcoholism treatment at the highest standards, leading to a sustainable recovery.

Whether you decide to have inpatient or online rehab, do you know what to expect from it?

What To Expect From An Alcohol Treatment Facility?

When you want rehabilitation, you want a long-lasting recovery.
Trafalgar is one of the best rehab facilities for many reasons.

1) Three Individual Therapy Session Per Week

Yes, 3 sessions PER WEEK. When you compare rehab alcohol centers, always ask how many therapy sessions you will get per week.
We provide 3 x 50-minute individualized therapy sessions each week with our highly qualified therapists.

2) Concurrent Disorders

At Trafalgar, we treat you as a whole person, not just your alcoholism. This helps you achieve long-lasting recovery. With mental health focus, our programs are HST-exempt.

3) Partner Therapy Support & Family Addiction Therapy

Partner Therapy Support is scheduled face-to-face, individual sessions to help the person’s loved one (partner, parent, sibling, etc.) cope with their addiction and the emotional impact it may have had on their lives. It is provided at no extra cost to the partner each week during the treatment.

We also believe that addiction is a family disease.
That is why we offer Family Addiction Therapy to family members at no extra cost.

4) Alcohol Rehab Aftercare

When you or your loved one discharges from our alcohol treatment programs, we continue to help you in your quest for long-lasting recovery with our aftercare programs.

Alcohol Addiction Aftercare

The recovery journey won’t be victorious if comprehensive aftercare does not follow your addiction therapy.

Aftercare is essential when transitioning out of treatment into ordinary life.

In addition to providing traditional aftercare group meetings, we offer a highly effective, empirically and clinically based system. It is called ContinUCare, and it is exclusive to Trafalgar.

We also offer Continuation of Care program. It provides you with expert counselling support, starting on the day of the discharge from our care. It eases the transition from treatment into your ordinary life.

Aftercare

Aftercare participation is a chance to interact with other clients who also struggle with addiction, practice social skills and identify relapse triggers. Our Aftercare Groups enable you to have an opportunity to check in and receive constructive feedback from fellow addicts on how you are progressing.

ContinUCare

ContinUCare enables the client and their Trafalgar care team to monitor progress on the journey to recovery and potentially identify and address areas of concern before they escalate into serious problems. It is like having your care team constantly watching out for you and there to provide help if needed.

Continuation of Care

Clients will schedule a call with the Continuation of Care Counsellor after discharge. Addiction counselling calls will continue biweekly for a period of four months. After 4 months, these calls will continue monthly for 20 months. Clients can arrange calls to suit their schedules within regular business hours. These counselling calls will provide an excellent way of tracking progress and discussing any issues that may arise.

Meet Our Renowned Experts

You will receive Alcohol Addiction Treatment from the very best.
We have a team of accredited professionals who have many years of clinical and research experience.

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Dr. Christine Courbasson

Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Advisor

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Nathaniel Israel, MA, RP

Clinical Director, Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program

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Kinga Burjan, MA, RP

Clinical Director, Virtual Integrated Programming

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