Shia LaBeouf Seeks Alcohol Treatment
July 2, 2014
GLEN OAKS, NY – The news that Shia LaBeouf is getting treated for alcohol addiction but not in rehab itself has brought awareness to the various ways to get sober, says a New York substance abuse treatment director.
Outpatient and inpatient treatment services are available for substance abuse.
“Traditionally, inpatient treatment is either detox, where you just go and physically have substances safely withdrawn when you’re physically dependent and need medical attention, or rehab, psychosocial intensive treatment in a controlled environment, away from stresses, away from access to substances of abuse where you learn to live life without substances,” says Bruce Goldman, LCSW, treatment director of substance abuse services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks.
“Then there’s outpatient treatment, which also has all different kinds of intensities and frequencies, but essentially, in outpatient treatment you reside at home and you go anywhere from once to five times a week to an outpatient clinic. You’re monitored in terms of substance use, whether it be urine or breath tests, and you get intensive therapy as well, group therapy, individual therapy, psychiatric treatment. Nowadays there are many medications that help with addictions that you may be appropriate for.”
Some of the signs that someone may have a substance abuse problem include:
· Change in behavior
· Preoccupation with using substances
· Erratic behavior
· Acting differently
· Failing to live up to responsibilities
· Inappropriate behavior
· Missing appointments
· Difficulties on the job
· Conflict with peers
· Appearing different
· Falls or accidents
“If people believe there’s a problem, they should really have a thorough assessment and a logical place to start would be an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility,” Mr. Goldman says. “If you need more intensive treatment or you need to go away, they would help you determine that.”
And it is critical to get someone assessed and moving toward treatment as quickly as possible.
“I think it’s just another one of many wake-up calls that the sooner people can identify a problem, whether you be a celebrity, a star, or an average Joe, the more likely you are in being successful in long-term recovery,” Mr. Goldman says.
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