Addiction to alcohol as is the case for addiction to any other substance is determined not by how much is consumed or how often the consumption occurs. What determines all addiction is the continued use of alcohol or other substances in spite of serious consequences caused by the consumption. Continued drinking after receiving an arrest for an alcohol related charge,continued use after being told of physical problems caused by drinking, continued use after being confronted by loved ones, or continued use after having problems at work caused by excessive drinking are all examples of addiction to alcohol. Not being able to remember things said or done when drinking, isolating or solitary drinking, hiding the drinking or the alcohol, frequent lying about where one has been or who you were with are all further examples of problem drinking or addiction.
IPS,LLC offers a free initial consultation with the doctor and counselor to determine an appropriate course of treatment. That consultation will include a review of previous attempts to get into recovery. We will review all of your options for treatment and make recommendations based on your current situation. Most of our options include the use of medications to relieve any withdrawal symptoms and subsequent cravings that occur when you quit drinking. Medications we recommend are normally taken orally however with the NEURO-D program some medications are given through an IV. The NEURO -D program is used only after it is determined that oral medications alone are not sufficient to get the alcohol use stopped.
In addition to the medication regimen we will assess the patient's need for counseling. Prior attempts will be discussed and a full substance abuse evaluation will be completed. We always recommend participation in outside 12 step support group meetings and we offer an in-house support group tailored specifically to our patients needs. If we recommend other counseling we have a variety of options available depending on the patient's particular financial situation and travel considerations. The NEURO-D program includes a full year of weekly follow-ups with the counselor and doctor, both of whom are in recovery and will share their unique perspectives from both a professional and personal experience.