Alcoholism and alcohol addiction contribute to nearly 100,000 deaths each year. According to The National Institutes on Alcohol, alcohol is the first leading preventable cause of death. Even more tragically, very few people who struggle with a substance use disorder ever get treatment.
The Recovery Team is a treatment facility that specializes in alcohol addiction treatment. We have been in business for over 2 decades with a proven track record of success in treating alcohol addiction. With alcohol being a leading cause of preventable death, it is more necessary than ever to provide effective, affordable treatment options.
People always say the first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. Identifying a problem is the first step. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism is extremely common with more than 25% of the adult population stating they binge drank in the past month. We are here to help.
Alcoholism is prevalent, but often overlooked or denied by those suffering from it. It is common for people to think that they are not an alcoholic simply because they are able to function while drinking. Some people go to work and maintain their responsibilities, and therefore believe they are not an alcoholic.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Alcoholism is when someone has a dependence on alcohol and an inability to stop drinking. People can be functioning in their daily lives, yet still be an alcoholic. If someone is unable to stop drinking despite negative consequences or a desire to stop, they are likely an alcoholic.
When people become dependent on alcohol, they begin to need more alcohol to experience the same effects. This is called tolerance. As their tolerance increases, they continue to drink more and more. This causes an endless cycle that compounds the problem.
The stronger the dependence on alcohol, the more difficult it can be to quit. A stronger dependence to alcohol also means that the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe. For those heavy drinkers who have been using for a long period of time, medical intervention is often necessary.
Signs of Alcoholism
Alcohol dependency forms over a short period of time when people consume alcohol regularly. This means that they need more alcohol to function normally and their body has a dependence. When alcohol use becomes alcoholism or alcohol dependence, professional help is usually needed.
Some common signs of alcoholism include waking up irritated, stressed, with the shakes, or hangovers. Trying to drink first thing in the morning to be able to handle normal responsibilities is also a red flag. People struggling with alcoholism also tend to neglect responsibilities or see a slip in performance at work or school.
Other more blatant signs include severe withdrawal symptoms, mood swings, and an inability to stop drinking alcohol despite best efforts. Alcoholism is nearly impossible to overcome on one’s own. It can be deadly to try and stop using alcohol cold turkey and professional treatment is always recommended.
Confronting the problem of alcohol addiction can be difficult, and confronting a loved one can be even more challenging. Sometimes, professional intervention is recommended. We can help guide you through the process of approaching someone who is struggling with alcohol addiction if necessary.
When it’s Time to Get Help
You may be starting to notice some of the symptoms of alcoholism or addiction in yourself or a loved one. But when do you confront them or seek help? It can be difficult to balance the line between loving support and enabling.
If you or a loved one has tried to quit but has been unable to stop, it is because they are dependent. Once someone becomes dependent, they continue to drink, which increases their tolerance. This leads to them drinking more to achieve the same effect.
The most common sign of alcohol addiction is morning shakes. Many people tend to drink in the morning just to function, and joke the symptoms off. This type of rationalization is also a sign that it may be time to seek help. These symptoms can be dangerous.
If you notice withdrawal symptoms or a need for alcohol to function normally, then it is time to confront the problem and seek help. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening and should be treated by medical professionals.
Health Effects of Alcoholism
Alcohol ravages the body with long term use. However, even short term use can cause a list of negative side-effects. The most common short term side effects include slurred speech, impaired ability to think or make decisions, physical impairment, and unconsciousness.
These short term effects also include alcohol poisoning and death. The long term effects of alcohol use are even more detrimental. They include liver disease, sexual dysfunction, malnutrition, brain damage, and more. This is coupled with the side effects on life such as loss of employment and relationships.
Long term risk factors are only exacerbated by consistent heavy drinking. Even those who drink less than others on a regular basis can still experience withdrawal and should take withdrawal seriously.
Alcohol use has severe short and long term effects that can be deadly. Extended use only increases these risks. Professional help is always recommended when trying to quit using alcohol.
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Without medical supervision, alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. People who are physically and mentally dependent on alcohol will suffer extreme withdrawal symptoms that are both uncomfortable and dangerous. Alcohol is one of the few drugs that has deadly withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms often include extreme discomfort, seizures, unconsciousness, fatigue, and depression. Other symptoms include hallucinations, delirium tremens, insomnia and mood swings. These symptoms are paired with compulsive cravings for more alcohol, only compounding the difficulty of overcoming the symptoms.
These symptoms, paired with the intense cravings are why people should seek a medical detox under the supervision of doctors and nurses to ensure their safety and comfort. Medical detoxes are able to alleviate most withdrawal symptoms with medications and other therapies.
Why Cold Turkey is so Difficult
Those with alcoholism are unable to stop on their own. Cravings for more alcohol paired with withdrawal symptoms can sometimes begin just hours after drinking. This alone frequently causes even the most willful to drink again.
As time goes on, withdrawal symptoms become more severe. On the second and third day of alcohol withdrawal, seizures and hallucinations are common, causing dangerous health concerns and discomfort. This is why it can often be impossible to quit on one’s own.
It is always recommended and safer to detox in a medical facility. Medical detox makes withdrawal manageable while ensuring safety. Alcohol treatment after detox helps build the groundwork for a lifetime of recovery.
Getting Help for Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a disease that is killing thousands every year. Alcohol treatment gives the best chances at recovery and a lifetime free from alcohol addiction. We aim to provide the highest quality of care and comfort to everyone we treat. Our alcohol treatment programs are the best in the country.
A treatment program combined with 12-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are proven to be successful. Quitting alcohol is the only way to prevent long term health effects and other negative side effects. Recovering from alcohol can be an extremely difficult process, but with a treatment plan and therapy it is possible for all.
Unfortunately, a small percentage of binge drinkers and alcoholics actually receive treatment each year according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. If more people were to seek treatment, lives could be saved.
Individualized treatment plans that begin with a detox program are extremely effective. Long term treatment following detox that includes multiple therapeutic modalities are also extremely beneficial. Those who take advantage of all the help they can get usually experience the most success.
We are The Recovery Team and we have been in business for over two decades. Our admissions counselors can help walk you or a loved one through the process of getting help. We offer a full continuum of care, which means we treat all cases of alcoholism and addiction from mild to severe. Call us today at (800) 817-1247
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