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Alcohol Treatment Center in Santa Barbara, California

Inpatient Program for Alcohol Rehab, Detox and Withdrawal

Stillwater Behavior Health Alcohol Treatment Center in Santa Barbara, California offers residential inpatient programs for alcohol abuse, detox, and alcohol withdrawal treatment.

Alcohol Addiction is a medical condition, also known as alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol dependence. A person addicted to alcohol has an alcohol use disorder (AUD), which is characterized by the inability to stop or control drinking despite negative consequences.

The Risk of Alcohol Addiction

In 2022, over 29.5 million adults had an alcohol use disorder and approximately 22% of people ages twelve and up in the United States reported at least one episode of binge drinking in the past month.

Alcohol is incredibly addictive, and the risk of developing alcohol addiction depends on a number of factors including:

  • How much a person drinks
  • How often they drink
  • The age they started using alcohol
  • Genetics
  • Family history of alcohol abuse
  • Mental health conditions
  • Childhood trauma

When a person drinks alcohol, it stimulates the brain’s reward pathways so they feel happy, and the brain associates alcohol with pleasure. As the brain adapts, an individual develops a tolerance requiring more alcohol to achieve the same feelings as when they first started drinking.

Alcohol ranks as the third leading cause of preventable deaths, and over time, continued or excessive alcohol use will lead to a dependence and addiction.

Besides the negative physical and mental health consequences, common causes of death due to alcohol include drunk driving accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, and stroke.

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Signs of Alcohol Abuse

People struggling with addiction often try to hide their alcohol use from friends and loved ones.

Warning signs of alcohol abuse include:

  • Developing a tolerance
  • Drinking frequently or daily
  • Withdrawal or shakes
  • Anxiety, depression, irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Profuse sweating
  • Vomiting

If a person is misusing or drinking too much alcohol, it’s crucial to encourage them to seek help.

It’s not easy to define how much alcohol is too much. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can reduce their risk by choosing not to drink or only drinking in moderation. 

Moderation is considered two drinks or less per day for men, and one drink or less per day for women. However, for someone at risk for alcohol addiction, any level of consumption could be too much.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Drinking more alcohol than usual or longer than intended are typical symptoms of alcohol addiction, although there are a number of other signs.

Common Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder

  • Failed attempts to cut back or stop drinking
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Spending every day getting alcohol, drinking, and recovering
  • Alcohol use interferes with home, work, school, or family
  • Continued drinking despite issues with family and friends
  • Participating in high-risk activities while drinking (reckless driving, unprotected sex)
  • Drinking more to get the same effect because of a tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, such as shakiness, nausea, sweating, or seizures
  • Using alcohol to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, or emotional issues
  • Blacking out from alcohol
  • Lack of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Binge drinking
  • Legal troubles, like getting a DUI
  • Denying that alcohol is a problem

Because drinking patterns are different for each person, it isn’t always easy to spot when a person may be at risk for developing an addiction to alcohol.

Some people drink every day while others only binge drink at certain times depending on their mood and emotions.

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Causes of Alcoholism and Alcohol Addiction

It’s common for some people with mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, or PTSD to use alcohol as a way to numb the symptoms.

Others develop mental health issues after long-term or excessive drinking. Alcohol addiction combined with a mental illness is called a co-occurring disorder and requires dual diagnosis treatment for recovery to be successful.

Alcohol Addiction is considered a disease because it changes the structure and function of the brain and it needs to be treated like other diseases for recovery to be successful.

Because each person is unique, it can be difficult to identify if a person is addicted to alcohol without a proper medical assessment.

There are a number of factors that can cause alcohol addiction or alcoholism.

Leading Causes of Alcohol Addiction include:

  • Genetics
  • Family history of alcohol abuse
  • Environmental Factors
  • Mental Health Conditions like depression or PTSD

There is usually a combination of causes for alcohol addiction and a proper assessment will identify the reasons and the most appropriate forms of treatment therapy.

It may be easy to recognize a drinking problem in another person, but many people fail to see their own personal addiction to drinking.

Most people don’t seek help for alcohol abuse until they experience work, family, or legal problems. Others wait until they have health complications, or their life is completely falling apart.

It shouldn’t take hitting rock bottom to reach out for help and it’s never too late to start treatment on the path to recovery.

Alcohol rehab treatment has helped many people get their life back.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Stillwater Behavior Health

Stillwater Behavior Health Alcohol Treatment in Santa Barbara offers a holistic environment in a private, luxury residence for successful recovery and healing.

We know how difficult it can be to stop drinking because many of us are in recovery too.

Our alcohol rehab treatment program begins with a complete assessment and evaluation of each person’s physical and mental health when they enter our luxury treatment facility.

We create a personalized treatment plan that is specifically customized to the unique needs and goals for each client.


We are a Joint Commission accredited program.

3:1 Staff to Client Ratio

Clients have a dedicated team throughout their stay.

Holistic Approach

From yoga to mindfulness our holistic approach works.


We have a location in Montecito, CA.

Our Inpatient Detox Program Offers a Safe and Comfortable Environment for People to Recover from Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment is often Necessary for Alcohol Addiction Combined with Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, etc.
Our Luxury Alcohol Treatment Facility Provides a Beautiful Setting for Healing and Long-Term Sobriety and Recovery.

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Inpatient Alcohol Detox

Many of our clients begin treatment with our inhouse detox program.

Alcohol withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even dangerous when a person completely stops drinking. Alcohol detox is extremely important because many people continue drinking to avoid dealing with the symptoms of withdrawal.

The Stillwater alcohol detox program offers concierge-level monitoring by our medically supervised treatment team of detox specialists who provide the highest quality of 24/7 care for our clients.

The alcohol detox process can take a few days to a week or longer, depending on the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.


Each person’s safety and comfort is our top priority during the detox phase.

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Residential Alcohol Treatment Program

After alcohol detox has been completed, our clients transition to our inpatient residential alcohol rehab treatment program.

Alcohol treatment begins by identifying and addressing the negative consequences of a person’s addiction to alcohol.

Like any medical disease, we understand that alcohol abuse affects each person differently. Instead of using the same approach for every person under our care, each of our clients receives an individualized treatment plan that best meets their unique needs.

At Stillwater Treatment, we take pride in having a high staff-to-client ratio of 3:1, so each client has a dedicated team committed to their care.

Alcohol rehab can be overwhelming, so we accompany our clients one step at a time while healing, and remain with them every step of the way. This is an important part of the recovery process.

Alcohol Rehab Treatment Therapies

We offer individual and group therapies in a luxury environment that is ideal for recovery.

Our specially trained addiction therapists utilize evidence-based treatment modalities that have proven to be successful for alcohol rehab, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Although we use a non 12 step rehab approach, we know that holistic therapies and spirituality are also extremely effective for treating alcohol addiction.

Our integrated mind and body approach is excellent for a long-term, sustainable recovery.

Stillwater Treatment residents take part in experiential therapies like surfing and hiking for healing the mind and body.

In addition to addressing the mental and physical symptoms of alcohol addiction, we work with each client to put their life back together and restore the self-esteem and confidence that are necessary to live a happy life after they leave our treatment facility.

Our comprehensive holistic approach has helped our clients achieve sobriety when other recovery programs have failed.

Stillwater Behavior Health is licensed by the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), and we are Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script certified to ensure we offer the highest levels of care for our clients.

Our compassionate and caring staff is available to answer any questions you might have about overcoming alcohol dependence and addiction.

To learn more about our Alcohol Rehab Treatment Center in Santa Barbara, California, call us at (800) 840-7195.