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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Comprehensive treatment options for alcohol addiction.

We are living in a complicated time with a prominent drinking culture. While alcohol had long been socially acceptable, it’s now almost socially expected. Although alcohol is associated with both physical and psychological addiction, it is widely available at places such as grocery stores, gas stations, movie theaters, at sports and concert venues and even to-go. Heavy drinking permeates popular culture, and binge drinking is celebrated as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Because frequent alcohol use has become so common, it can be difficult for some individuals to figure out if they have an alcohol addiction or they’re just not “drinking the right way.” Many people with an alcohol addiction spend years trying to drink like a normal person with no success as their life, career and relationships suffer setbacks and life-altering consequences.

About Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational or health consequences. Some refer to it as alcoholism, alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction.

A brain disorder, AUD can be mild, moderate or severe. Lasting changes in the brain caused by alcohol misuse perpetuate AUD and make individuals vulnerable to relapse. The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, evidence-based treatment with behavioral therapies, mutual-support groups, and/or medications can help people with AUD achieve and maintain recovery.

What Increases the Risk for Alcohol Use Disorder?

An individual’s risk for developing alcohol use disorder (AUD) depends in part on how much, how often and how quickly they consume alcohol.

  • Alcohol misuse. Binge drinking and heavy alcohol use over time increases the risk of AUD.
  • Drinking at an early age. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, people who start drinking before the age of 15 are at a higher risk for developing alcohol use disorder later in life. For example, adults ages 26 and older who began drinking before age 15 are 3.5 times more likely to report having AUD in the past year than those who waited until age 21 or later to begin drinking.
  • Genetics and family history of alcohol problems. Research has shown that genetics are responsible for about half of the risk for alcohol use disorder. However, the interplay between environmental factors and heredity plays a role.
  • Mental health conditions and a history of trauma. Many conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, often co-occur with AUD and are associated with an increased risk. People with a history of childhood traumaare also vulnerable to AUD.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder?

Health care professionals use criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), to assess whether a person has AUD and to determine the severity, if the disorder is present. Severity is based on the number of criteria a person meets based on their symptoms—mild (2–3 criteria), moderate (4–5 criteria), or severe (6 or more criteria).

A health care provider might ask the following questions to assess a person’s symptoms.

In the past year, have you:
  • Drank alcohol despite experiencing negative consequences.
  • Needed more alcohol to experience the same effects as in the past.
  • Had blackouts or flashbacks.
  • Feel sick, dizzy or shaky after drinking.
  • Can’t stop drinking when you want to.
  • Neglected your family or other responsibilities because of your use.
  • Had your loved ones express concern about your drinking.

Any of these symptoms may be cause for concern. The more symptoms, the more urgent the need for alcohol addiction treatment.

Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Since Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) develops over a long period of usage and affects the functioning of the brain, most individuals with alcohol addiction will need to step through a variety of treatments and care levels. Those with more severe usage need to start with a rehab program that usually starts with a medical detoxification to ensure the individuals safely detox. Life threatening withdrawal symptoms which can include seizures that disable or cause death.

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with or are concerned about having an alcohol use disorder (AUD), it’s best if you consult with your doctor or a reputable treatment center for alcohol addiction if you would like to quit drinking because going through an alcohol detox when you have AUD can have serious or even life-threatening complications including seizures.

If you’re not sure you have an alcohol problem, some of the warning signs include:

The Pine Rest Difference

Pine Rest provides alcohol addiction treatment services at every care level to support the recovery journey, allowing patients to “step-up” or “step-down” to match the level of intensity their recovery needs.

All alcohol addiction treatments at Pine Rest are evidence-based, which means that over time they have been tested and found to provide predictable outcomes and long-term recovery. In addition, all of our professional treatment staff is specially trained in addiction—that includes our many psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, therapists and recovery coaches.  

When you call us, we’ll help you determine the right level of care for you or your loved one!

We can get you started on the road to recovery. Call us at 866.852.4001. We’re available to take your call 24/7. 

Alcohol Addiction Treatment Locations

Pine Rest Campus 
Located at 300 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids Michigan, our campus provides the following treatments for alcohol use disorders:
  • Residential Detox
  • Short-term Residential
  • Psychiatric Urgent Care
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization
  • Partial Hospitalization (Day Program)
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Individual and Group Therapy
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Recovery Groups


The Alcohol Addiction Treatment Unit is located on the Pine Rest Campus, 300 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Rapid Route 10 comes through the Pine Rest Cutlerville campus. The stop is located just across from our Retreat Clinic (Building B). View the stop on our map.

Outpatient Clinics & Telehealth

Treatments for AUD are also available at many of our clinics and through telehealth throughout the state of Michigan. 

Kalamazoo Clinic

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Medication Assisted Treatment

Telehealth Services

  •  Psychiatric Urgent Care
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Medication Assisted Treatment

Northwest Clinic

  • Individual Therapy

North Shore Clinic

  • Individual Therapy

Holland Clinic

  • Individual Therapy

Financial Assistance

Do you require financial assistance? You may be eligible for a portion of the cost of the detoxification program to be covered by funding from Pine Rest’s Patient Assistance Fund. Please ask about eligibility when you call.

“All staff members showed not only compassion, but also a level of technical skills and expertise that would be difficult for other competing detox units to obtain. I have only the most heartfelt praise for the staff.”

-An A Residential Detox patient

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