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.
The Recovery Team is a treatment facility that specializes in alcohol addiction treatment.
For two decades, we’ve maintained 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 to anyone struggling with mental health issues and drug addiction.
Our rehab centers and rehab program help people see a future of sobriety that they only ever imagined.
Through superior health care and programs for co-occurring disorders, we make recovery a reality for thousands each year who seek a satisfying, higher quality of life free from the pain of dependency.
In 12-step programs, it is often repeated the first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. We believe that recovery is possible for anyone when you know the problem you are dealing with. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism consume 25 percent of the adult population who say they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
We are here to help—by helping you identify alcoholism, learning your treatment options, and inviting you to contact our rehab center to get the treatment you deserve for a better and more fulfilling experience of life.
What is Alcoholism and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?
Alcoholism is prevalent, but often overlooked or denied by those suffering from it. People to think that they are not addicted simply because they are able to function at work, school, or home while drinking. Some people go to work and maintain their responsibilities, and they convince themselves they are not struggling with addiction.
Alcoholism is when someone has a dependence on alcohol and an inability to stop drinking—even if they still maintain their jobs and relationships for a time. People can function in their daily lives, yet remain someone with an alcohol use disorder.
If someone is unable to stop drinking despite negative consequences or a desire to stop, they are likely suffering from alcohol use disorder’s many variations.
hen people become dependent on alcohol, they begin to need more alcohol to experience the same effects. This is called alcohol tolerance. As their tolerance increases, they continue to drink more and more. This causes an endless cycle that compounds the problem with cycles of drinking, guilt, and harsh consequences that never let up.
The stronger the dependence on alcohol, the more difficult it can be to quit. A stronger dependence on alcohol also means that the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe. For heavy drinkers who have been using for a long period of time, medical intervention is often necessary through a professional, medical detox program at an alcohol rehab facility.
Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol dependency forms over a short period of time when people consume alcohol regularly. This means that they need more alcohol to function normally, they may have a psychological dependence, and their body has a chemical reliance on its feel-good effects. When alcohol use becomes alcohol dependence, professional help is needed.
Some common signs of alcoholism include:
- Having temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
- Showing irritability and aggression
- Making excuses for drinking frequently
- Making drinking a priority over obligations
- Isolating and becoming distant in relationships
- Drinking by yourself or in secret
Trying to drink first thing in the morning to be able to handle normal activities is also a red flag. People struggling with alcoholism also tend to neglect responsibilities or see a slip in performance at work or school. Here are more symptoms:
- severe withdrawal symptoms,
- mood swings,
- 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. Contact us to learn more about what to do for yourself, your friend, or family.
Health Effects of Alcoholism
Alcohol ravages the body with long-term use. But, 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 effects include alcohol poisoning and death.
The long-term effects of alcohol use are also intensely detrimental to the well-being of an otherwise healthy individual:
- liver disease
- sexual dysfunction
- brain damage
- “Wet brain”
The long list of medical consequences 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 powerful withdrawal symptoms that are painful and dangerous (without proper treatment). Alcohol is one of the few drugs that has deadly withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of withdrawal often include:
- extreme discomfort
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.
Paired with the intense cravings, the pain, suffering, and danger of withdrawal people should seek a medical detox under the supervision of doctors and nurses. Medical detoxes are able to alleviate most withdrawal symptoms with alcohol detox medications and pain-relieving therapies.
When to Get Help for AUD
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, they are dependent. Once someone becomes dependent, they continue to drink, which increases their tolerance. Tolerance leads them to drink more for the same effect and also increases the likelihood of medical, emotional, and relational consequences of drinking.
One of the most common signs 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. Such 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 at an alcohol rehab facility chosen for its ability to offer comprehensive, custom care for your condition.
Can You Quit Alcohol on Your Own?
Those with alcoholism are often unable to stop on their own—and it’s not advised to try. Cravings for more alcohol paired with withdrawal symptoms can sometimes begin just hours after drinking—and they can last for months in extreme cases. Alone, this frequently forces the strongest to drink again.
Withdrawal symptoms become more severe as time passes. After two days 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 through medical monitoring, medications, and managed therapy. Then, alcohol treatment after detox helps build the groundwork for a lifetime of recovery.
Alcohol Rehab Programs for Alcoholism and AUD
Alcohol use disorder is a disease killing thousands every year. Alcohol treatment gives the best chances at recovery and a lifetime free from alcohol addiction. The Recovery Team provides the highest quality of care and comfort to everyone we treat. According to Newsweek, our alcohol treatment programs are some of the best in the country.
A treatment program combined with support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous is 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 difficult, but—with a custom treatment plan and belief in the process—it’s possible for you.
Individualized treatment plans that begin with a detox program are the most effective according to scientific evidence. Long-term treatment following detox that includes multiple therapies also proves its benefit in the medical literature. Those who take advantage of all the help they can get usually experience the most success.
Heal Alcoholism with Alcohol Rehab at The Recovery Team
We are The Recovery Team and have been treating addiction for over two decades. We offer a full continuum of care, which means we treat all cases of alcoholism and addiction from mild to severe.
Our admissions counselors can help walk you or a loved one through the process of getting help. Call us to discuss your ideal recovery journey.
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