Dealing with Grief and Alcohol Abuse

Dealing with grief and alcohol abuseEveryone grieves differently, and most people try to cope in the best way they can. Grief can include death of a loved one, the loss of a prized possession or loss of health or ability. Some turn to alcohol or drug abuse to cope with difficult emotions. Specialized treatment is available to help you deal with your grief without the dangers and effects of addiction.

How Alcohol Abuse Makes Grief Worse

Losing a family member or spouse, losing a job or home or undergoing a divorce can lead to grief. Many people find themselves unable to come to terms with the loss and seek refuge in substance and alcohol abuse. When you are troubled by grief, you may consume drugs or alcohol to feel a sense of wellbeing or euphoria, and you may momentarily feel happy or revived. Once this temporary feeling passes, you may come back to the grim realities of life and grief. This may make using alcohol again seem appealing. However, this short-term illusion of relief does not reflect the long-term damage being done. It may be difficult to accept the reality of your situation, but a helpline will offer a helping hand and a supportive voice.

Targeted Grief Counseling and Alcohol Support

For those affected by alcoholism and grief due to loss, integrated treatment can help. Integrated treatment combines mental health support with specialized drug and alcohol treatment. Your integrated treatment program may include any or all of the following:

  • Detox
  • Specialty therapy
  • Family support
  • Counseling
  • Social support

Integrated rehab treatment works with both grief and alcohol abuse, and it is comprehensive and takes your lifestyle and culture into account. Integrated rehab is evidence based and effective. The death or a separation of a family member, loved one or a spouse can create enormous sadness, depression and grief. Perfectly rational and capable individuals may turn to alcohol or substance abuse as a way of relieving pain. However resorting to alcohol or substance abuse is no way to honor the memories of your loved ones. Honor your loved ones, your dreams and your future by getting help today.

Grief, Depression and Alcohol Abuse Help

If alcoholism, grief and depression have taken over your life, we can help. We can find the resources that will help you cope with loss and substance use in a comfortable and safe setting. No matter what level of alcohol or grief treatment you need, we can help. We can even help arrange travel to and from treatment or work with your insurance company to arrange coverage for treatment. Call now to find out how we can help you.