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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol addiction is a major problem faced by millions of people in the United States and many other countries. Although society accepts the sale and social use of alcohol, people predisposed to alcohol addiction can find themselves faced with a disease difficult to overcome. Alcohol is often used as self-medication for chronic pain, or as a response to a mental health disorder such as depression, to which alcoholism is often linked.

 

Like any other addiction, alcohol dependence is partially a result of genetic factors and partially a result of environmental issues. Alcoholism rates are much higher in adult children whose parents suffered from alcohol abuse.

 

Cold turkey cessation of alcohol is a poor choice in every circumstance. A stay at an alcohol treatment center is not a suggestion; it’s a necessity. As the treatment of alcohol addiction is complex, a personalized alcoholism treatment program is the best way to get back on track.

 

Alcohol Use and Abuse: Understanding the Difference

Infrequent use of alcohol and use in moderation do not have severe consequences on the body. However, prolonged use and abuse of alcohol gradually allow a physical dependence to set in which ultimately leads to addiction.

 

The constant seeking for alcohol, ignoring the negative consequences on their life, finances, and health, mark the difference between an infrequent user and an alcohol dependent person. Alcoholics find it hard to lessen or quit drinking because of the harsh physical symptoms of withdrawal and psychological addiction.

 

What Causes Addiction?

No one can pinpoint the exact cause of addiction; it is commonly attributed to a large number of factors. Susceptibility to alcohol dependence is influenced by depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD, although in many cases alcoholism is present in individuals without a co-occurring mental health disorder. Alcoholism can also be attributed to a myriad of other factors including genetic predisposition, social pressures and peer pressure, and mixing with other drugs.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction to Should Watch Out For

Like any other substance, alcohol has its own characteristics when taken in large quantities.

Physical symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Hangovers
  • Bleary or red eyes
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Damage to heart, brain, kidneys, and liver
  • High blood pressure

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Hiding alcohol use
  • Frequent hangovers
  • Driving while drunk
  • Decreased decision-making while drunk
  • Defensiveness about drinking
  • Blackouts

Getting Sober and Living a Healthy Life

Among the complications of prolonged alcohol consumption are kidney problems, diabetes, suppressed immune functions, and increased risk of acquiring cancer.

 

With a customized program based on an addict’s background, both a co-occurring disorder and alcohol addiction can be treated. Ranch Creek Recovery’s alcohol treatment centers offer either an inpatient alcohol rehab or outpatient alcohol rehab.

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