Alcohol dependence or alcoholism is defined as the inability to control drinking due to an emotional and physical dependence on alcohol. Common symptoms of alcoholism include continued use of alcohol despite legal and health issues. It’s not uncommon for those with alcohol use disorder to begin drinking in the morning and continuing all the way through until bedtime.
Those with alcohol dependence often feel a sense of guilt about their drinking, especially when there is family involved. Most often, there is a desire to stop drinking or cut back, but without the proper professional help the drinking typically continues.
The first step in determining if you or a loved one needs alcohol addiction rehab is to determine if you’re addicted. Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse include:
- Blackouts or short-term memory loss
- Irritability or intense mood swings
- Rationalizing your drinking
- Finding or making excuses to drink
- Neglecting other responsibilities in order to drink
- Isolating from friends and family members
- Drinking alone
- Frequent hang-overs
- Changes in physical appearance
- Changes in friends
- Changes in social activities
Many people have their first drink before they enter high school. Exposure to drinking at such an early age can have an effect on brain development and physical development. Binge drinking in particular is often popular with young adults and teens.
This type of drinking involves having five or more drinks on one occasion in the last month for men. For females binge drinking is classified as four or more drinks on one occasion in the last month. Binge drinking on five or more days in the past moth would qualify someone as a heavy drinker. Teenagers and young adults have the highest rate of binge drinking of any demographic.
Consequences of Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse can lead to a multitude of issues. Personal health, social health, and emotional wellbeing can all suffer due to alcoholism. Prolonged drinking can have a serious toll on your health and potentially cause life threatening complications. Legal consequences such as DWI and arrests have been the source of life changing consequences for some alcoholics. The emotional unrest from alcoholism takes a serious toll on one’s inner peace and sense of well-being. Families tend to suffer in particular when living with an alcoholic. The all-consuming power of addiction often destroys lives without prejudice.
Detoxing from Alcohol
Alcoholism is a highly treatable disease. However, extra precaution should be taken when stopping. An abrupt cessation of alcohol can cause seizures that could be life threatening. Without proper medical care and medications, a detox from alcohol could have deadly complications. Beyond a safe accredited detox, a quality alcohol dependence rehab will give the best chances for long-term success.
Our Comprehensive Addiction Treatment
Royal Life Centers offers a full-service treatment option including detox, treatment, and aftercare. We are fully licensed and accredited, using evidence-based treatment models to achieve results. We use customized treatment plans, designed specifically for your own unique needs. No two plans are ever the same. Our personalized approach to treatment ensures that you get the help you need. If you or someone you know is ready to get help for their alcohol dependence please call us today.
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