Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

If you feel that you or a loved one’s alcohol consumption is excessive and adverse repercussions have occurred as a result, our center is here to help you. Alcohol addiction is a treatable disease and we will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that allows you to reclaim your life without dependency on alcohol or other drugs.

While alcohol is legal in the U.S. and most parts of the world, it is still a mind-altering, psychoactive substance that has the ability to ruin lives and families. Although socially acceptable, alcohol misuse frequency results in risky behavior and negative consequences, such as driving while impaired or engaging in domestic violence. In the United States alone, it is estimated that the average person who drives while impaired has done so 80 times before their initial arrest.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

These unfortunate truths, along with an extensive list of relationship and work-related problems, can only be explained by alcohol’s addictive quality.

Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease of the mind and body caused by a chemical and psychological dependence on alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2012, more than 7% of American adults had an alcohol use disorder.

Symptoms of alcohol dependence include the following:

  • Tremors and shaking the morning after drinking
  • Alcohol-induced conditions and illnesses such as liver disease
  • Memory lapses caused by blackouts while drinking
  • The appearance of withdrawal symptoms when drinking stops
  • Increasing tolerance to alcohol that requires more consumption in order to
  • achieve the same effect
  • Failure to attend to critical responsibilities because of alcohol use
  • Inability to control how much one drinks
  • Making excuses to drink

Alcohol abuse is not necessarily alcoholism but nonetheless, is considered to be an alcohol use disorder. Some people who abuse alcohol are able to set and maintain limits on their drinking- but still, these individuals often engage in self-destructive behavior and are a danger to themselves and others.

This habit can destroy lives in the short-term and has been shown to produce life-threatening health consequences in the long-term.

Alcohol Addiction and Overdose

An overdose is possible for someone who reaches a very high blood alcohol concentration – this is called alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol poisoning is a serious and potentially fatal consequence of drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a brief period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can adversely affect your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, leading to coma and death.

A person experiencing alcohol poisoning requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, please call 911 immediately.

Alcohol poisoning signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Passing out (unconsciousness) and can’t be awakened

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is best treated using a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that includes psychotherapies, counseling, and group support. Treatment program formats include partial hospitalization and outpatient and are customized to the individual.

Alcoholism is not just a chemical dependency – it’s usually the product of an underlying mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. People with untreated emotional issues often turn to drugs and alcohol as a means to self-medicate – an action that never helps, only hurts.

We recognize how critical it is to treat addiction in combination with any mental health condition – focusing on addiction only ignores most of the factors that contribute to it – and leaves the patient alone to resolve the psychological issues they experience without the tools to do so.

We provide a comprehensive, holistic method of treatment, encompassing a wide array of different evidence-based practices. Our team of primary therapists are either licensed or master’s level clinicians and our programs are structured with various components of evidence-based treatment practices and holistic approaches that provide our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their recovery. Check out our list of comprehensive-holistic treatment here.

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