In 2016, alcohol-induced deaths were over 200 in Chicago. There were an additional 18,000 emergency department alcohol-related visits.  That’s 2 per hour every day that year. 

Alcohol abuse impacts the day-to-day function of many people in the Chicago area. So much so that the Chicago Department of Public Health has addressed it in Healthy Chicago 2.0 goals on alcohol addiction.

If you think you might need support or more support, contact Brightside Recovery. Our intensive outpatient program allows you to live your life while accessing comprehensive addiction treatment. 

What Are the Signs of an Alcohol Addiction?

While the impact alcohol has is different for everyone, there are some classic signs of addiction that may indicate the need for treatment of an alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder or (AUD) is characterized as a “chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.” In other words, an alcohol use disorder causes cravings, a loss of control, and a negative emotional state.

According to MedlinePlus, if you have experienced any of the following in the last year, it may be time to seek help for an AUD:

  • Ended up drinking more or for a longer time than you had planned to?
  • Wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  • Spent a lot of your time drinking or recovering from drinking?
  • Felt a strong need to drink?
  • Found that drinking – or being sick from drinking – often interfered with your family life, job, or school?
  • Keep drinking even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  • Given up or cut back on activities that you enjoyed just so you could drink?
  • Gotten into dangerous situations while drinking or after drinking? Some examples are driving drunk and having unsafe sex.
  • Kept drinking even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious? Or when it was adding to another health problem?
  • Had to drink more and more to feel the effects of the alcohol?
  • Had withdrawal symptoms when the alcohol was wearing off? They include trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, and sweating. In severe cases, you could have a fever, seizures, or hallucinations.

If you feel you meet the criteria for an AUD, contact Brightside Recovery today so we can support you on the path to recovery in the least restrictive environment. 

What Is Outpatient Alcohol Treatment in Chicago?

Outpatient alcohol treatment in Chicago is an intensive process of individual, group, and even family therapy over the course of several weeks meant to address the individual mental and emotional needs of clients struggling with an alcohol use disorder. 

Typically, outpatient care consists of multiple weekly meetings for clients to access mental and sometimes even physical health care related to a substance use disorder.  Through this process, clients can be supported through detoxification and withdrawal and then through an addiction treatment program meant to support an individual through the development of self-management and positive coping mechanisms. 

How Can Brightside Recovery’s Outpatient Alcohol Treatment in Chicago Help You Get Sober?

If you are considering outpatient alcohol treatment in Chicago, Brightside Recovery should be your top choice. Through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) we support clients with all kinds of substance abuse disorders. 

Our program focuses on “I CAN” statements and moving our clients through a recovery continuum. Our unique and intensive programs are offered in-person and virtually. Additionally, once our clients have graduated, we offer extensive alumni opportunities for continued care.

At Brightside Recovery, our goal is to support you through every step of the recovery process. Contact us today to see how our accessible programs can work for you.