Alcohol addiction

Alcohol is the most commonly used and readily available substance. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.4 percent of adults reported that they have drank at some point in their lifetime, and 70.1 percent drank in the past year.

For many adults, alcohol is a means to socialize, celebrate or relax. But drinking too much can have consequences and impacts on your health and life.

The effects of alcohol can begin as quickly as ten minutes after your first sip, and increase as alcohol enters your bloodstream. The higher your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, the more impaired you will become.

Why is treatment important?

Receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder is important, especially when attempting to detox from alcohol. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of those with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) receive any type of treatment.

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Possible effects include

  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Slurred speech
  • Motor impairment
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Concetration problems
  • Coma
  • Breathing problems
  • Death

Drinking levels (according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

  • Moderate alcohol consumption – 1 drink per day for women; 2 drinks per day for men
  • Binge drinking – 4 drinks for women in 2 hours; 5 drinks for men in 2 hours
  • Heavy alcohol use – binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month

Alcohol use disorder (sometimes called alcoholism) refers to a pattern of alcohol consumption that involves

  • Problems controlling your drinking
  • Being preoccupied with alcohol
  • Continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems
  • Having to drink more to get the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking

According to the National Institutes of Health, 6.2 percent of American adults – more than 15 million individuals – suffer from an alcohol use disorder, and millions more engage in high-risk binge drinking behavior that can lead to a variety of short and long-term problems.

We offer a wide range of services for adults and teens struggling with alcohol use disorder.

  • Joshua Center Shoreline
    5 Research Parkway
    Old Saybrook, CT 06475

  • Journey House
    189 Storrs Road
    Mansfield Center, CT 06250-0260

  • Quinebaug Treatment Center
    11 Dog Hill Road
    Dayville, CT 06241

  • Stonehaven
    325 Main Street
    Portland, CT 06480

  • Rushford Academy
    459 Wallingford Rd.
    Durham, CT 06422

  • Sachem House
    151 Storrs Road
    Mansfield Center, CT 06250

  • Joshua Center Southeast
    1353 Gold Star Highway
    Groton, CT 06360

  • Joshua Center Enfield
    72 Shaker Road
    Suite 7
    Enfield, CT 06082

  • Rivereast Treatment Center
    428 Hartford Tpke
    Vernon, CT 06066

  • Cheshire
    680 South Main Street, Suite 204
    Cheshire, CT 06410

  • Joshua Center Thames Valley
    11A Stott Ave.
    Norwich, CT 06360

  • Care Plus
    1353 Gold Star Highway
    Groton, CT 06360

  • Middletown
    1250 Silver St.
    Middletown, CT 06457

  • Avon
    35 Tower Lane
    Avon, CT 06001

  • Joshua Center Northeast
    934 North Main Street
    Danielson, CT 06239

  • Glastonbury
    110 National Drive
    Glastonbury, CT 06033

  • Joshua Center Mansfield
    189 Storrs Road
    Mansfield Center, CT 06250-0260

Find a Location by Service

The BHN offers a full continuum of services at locations throughout the state and can help anyone struggling with alcohol use or other addictions – no matter where they are in the recovery process.

Medication Assisted Treatment Close to Home (MATCH™)

Using Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Overcome Opiate Dependence and Drug Addiction, our continuum of care includes outpatient buprenorphine (Suboxone®) treatment for patients experiencing opiate dependency.

Outpatient Treatment - (AdultsTeens)

Traditional outpatient therapy for teens, young adults and adults who need weekly support. Includes group therapy medication management, individual and family counseling.

Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Program (AdultsTeens)

Intensive day or evening treatment for teens, young  and adults who aren’t in need of an inpatient or residential treatment. Includes group therapy, medication management, individual and family counseling.

Professionals' Intensive Outpatient Program (Adults)

Intensive treatment specifically for professional adults seeking alcohol use treatment with their peers. Treatment includes group therapy, and medication management, individual and family counseling, with a goal of improving interpersonal relationships, work performance and overall functioning.

Intermediate Residential Program (Adults)

Long term (three to six month) residential program for adults  transitioning back into the community after completing intensive 24-hour care residential programs. Includes group therapy, medication management and individual counseling, in conjunction with work therapy, education programs and community volunteer opportunities.

Residential Rehabilitation Program (Adults)

Residential 24-hour care for adults with substance abuse issues who need a higher level of care than outpatient treatment. Offers flexible stay and gender-specific treatment in a private setting. Includes group therapy, medication management, individual and family counseling.

Detoxification (AdultsTeens)

Short-term, intensive, 24-hour care for adults or teens who need medically-monitored detoxification from drugs or alcohol before stepping down to a regular rehabilitation program, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization setting.