1729 Wildwood Dr., Virginia Beach

Clinic Hours:

9am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Clinic Number:

(757) 938-3654

Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Program

Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinic with several locations in Virginia. Learn about our range of treatment services for alcohol addiction.

Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

If drinking alcohol has had a detrimental impact on a person’s life on multiple occasions and they are unable to stop, they are likely suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Adults with AUD may experience psychological distress, loss of practical decision-making abilities, emotional turmoil, financial difficulties, physical impairment, and even death as a result of their condition.

Psychological Impacts of Alcohol Use Disorder:  Over time, heavy drinking causes alterations in neurotransmitter function and anatomical abnormalities in the brain. Long-term memory, equilibrium or balance, and emotional regulation are all harmed by drinking.

Emotional Instability:  Long-term alcoholism has a significant impact on how people absorb emotions and deal with diverse life events. Anxiety, worry, and rage are among the most typical symptoms of alcoholism. Without the use of alcohol, dealing with the stresses of everyday life becomes intolerable.

Financial Hardship:  Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder may have financial difficulties as a result of their failure to stay sober. Loss of employment, legal problems, and medical bills are all regular occurrences for people who suffer from AUD.

How Alcohol Affects the Body

  • Heart:Alcohol raises heart rate and dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the skin (creating a false sensation of warmth); nevertheless, this heat escapes through the skin, causing body temperature to swiftly drop after it has risen.
  • Digestive: Alcohol irritates the small intestine and colon, where it is broken down and absorbed, and it can slow down or hasten how quickly food passes through them, causing abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea.
  • Kidney:Dehydration from alcohol can harm the kidneys and the body’s capacity to balance electrolytes. Hormones that affect renal function are also disrupted.
  • Liver:The liver filters circulating blood and eliminates and destroys harmful chemicals, including alcohol. The liver can only handle so much alcohol before becoming overloaded and unable to operate correctly. The liver suffers more and more damage over time as a result of the increased alcohol load that it is continually attempting to filter. The liver will eventually become damaged to the point that it can no longer function.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Those suffering from alcohol withdrawal might experience a variety of symptoms, ranging from minor to severe. The severity of an individual’s symptoms is determined by how much alcohol they consume and how long they have been ingesting it. It’s vital to remember that alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in some cases, thus seeking medical advice is strongly recommended. To schedule a consultation with the physician, please contact our office. Anxiety, trembling hands, headache, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, and perspiration are some of the symptoms.

Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include more serious issues like hallucinations, seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), confusion, racing heart, high blood pressure, fever, and heavy sweating, so it’s critical to talk to your alcohol treatment professionals at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center about your specific situation so that the best course of treatment for you can be determined.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Naltrexone (Vivitrol)

Naltrexone (Vivitrol) is a pure opioid antagonist that binds to opioid receptors in the brain and has been demonstrated to lower alcohol cravings in those suffering from alcoholism. Additionally, naltrexone (Vivitrol) has been shown to reduce drinking days in people with AUD and to have considerable benefits for individuals who have trouble abstaining completely.

In 1995, the FDA approved oral naltrexone for the treatment of alcoholism. In 2006, the FDA approved extended-release IM naltrexone (Vivitrol), which was made available to people with AUD. Naltrexone (Vivitrol) has shown to be effective in the treatment and management of alcoholism, and it is generally well tolerated by those who take it.

Vivitrol is a prescription monthly injection (every twenty-eight days) that must be administered by one of your Inspiration Health Care professionals. It has been demonstrated to lower cravings in those who suffer from alcoholism. Street drugs, prescription pain medicines, cough, cold, or diarrhea medicines that include opioids, or opioid dependence treatments like buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), or methadone are all prohibited for seven to fourteen days prior to the start of therapy with Vivitrol for Alcohol Use Disorder.

When mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms from Alcohol occur, medically assisted treatment with Naltrexone is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms that induce illness and uncomfortable feelings, as well as to diminish cravings.

The injectable brand name version of naltrexone, Vivitrol/Naltrexone, can be administered to assist people to maintain abstinence and control heavy drinking days.  Other naltrexone formulations are available as oral tablets, but Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection once every 28 days.


Acamprosate is a delayed-release tablet that is used orally to help persons who have stopped drinking significant amounts of alcohol avoid drinking again. Acamprosate has been shown to help people’s brains return to normal after consuming substantial amounts of alcohol, assisting in their recovery and alcohol sobriety. As long as the drug is taken, Acamprosate will help a person avoid drinking alcohol.

Acamprosate has not been shown to have demonstrated results in helping people with alcohol use disorder who continue to drink alcohol.  To reap the full benefits of Acamprosate, complete abstinence is recommended. If a person drinks alcohol while taking acamprosate, he or she will not have an unpleasant reaction, but the medication will not provide the desired results.


Disulfiram is a pill that is administered orally to treat chronic alcoholism. If a person takes disulfiram and drinks even tiny amounts of alcohol, they will experience severe side effects. Headache, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, weakness, blurred vision, perspiration, and anxiety are some of the possible side effects. Disulfiram is not a treatment for alcoholism; it is intended to aggressively dissuade a person from using alcohol.

Our doctors that specialize in Alcohol Use Disorder can assist in managing discomfort by prescribing some of the following medications:

  • Loperamide (Imodium) to help with diarrhea
  • Clonidine to help decrease anxiety, impatience, and racing thoughts
  • Ondansetron (Zofran) to help with nausea and vomiting
  • Hydroxyzine (Atarax) helps relieve anxiety and insomnia
  • Tizanidine (Zanaflex) relieves muscle spasms
  • Trazadone improves mood and appetite while combating sleeplessness
  • Buspirone reduces anxiety, pounding heartbeat, and reduces irritation
  • Seroquel to assist with sleeplessness and anxiety
  • Remeron aids with sleeplessness, anxiety, and mood
  • Ibuprofen 800 to relieves pain and discomfort

Counseling and Care Coordination to Assist our Clients Suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder


Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder. Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery. 

Individual Counseling

With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe, and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of alcohol use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.

Group Counseling

Today, many people suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by AUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible. 

Care Coordination

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming Alcohol Use Disorders. 

Choosing to Stop is Difficult. Getting Help Should be Easy

We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.

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