WHAT IS IT?
Alcoholism is an extremely common form of addiction. In fact, the number of people seeking treatment for alcohol addiction has tripled over the past decade. Since alcohol is legal in the US and widely available in retail stores, restaurants, and bars, society generally views it with more acceptance than other substances. Because of this, family and friends often overlook the warning signs of addiction in those they love, and easy access makes it easier for people to hide addiction and alcohol dependency.
Many people attempt to stop drinking on their own without success. Quitting on your own can be very difficult, if not, impossible. Also, for those who are physically dependent—it can be dangerous. An alcohol treatment center can help you safely detox from alcohol and break the cycle of addiction.
WHY TREATMENT IS IMPORTANT
Signs of Alcoholism
Alcohol addiction can take many forms. One person’s addiction may be very visible—he or she might lose their job, marriage, and home. Another person might be “high functioning” and able to maintain a job, family, and home with no visible problems. But heavy or frequent drinking will catch up with a person, and eventually wear on their liver and general health.
In general, if your pattern of drinking makes it difficult or impossible to function normally, you likely have a problem. It can range from mild to severe, but even a mild problem with alcohol can quickly escalate. Therefore, treatment becomes essential to stop and change your life. Alcohol addiction involves uncontrollable cravings and compulsive to drink, despite the harm it causes to yourself or others.
Signs of alcoholism can include:
- Feeling a strong urge or craving to drink
- Drinking alone
- Having trouble limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
- Wanting to cut down but not being able to, or unsuccessful attempts to cut back or quit
- Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering from alcohol use
- Giving up or reducing social activities or hobbies because of drinking
- Engaging in risky behavior, such as drinking and driving, or swimming while under the influence
- Continuing to drink even when it causes physical, social, or interpersonal problems
Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
Addiction and dependence are related but not the same. A person can be addicted to alcohol but not physically dependent. Someone who needs to drink to feel comfortable in social situations, for example, or who compulsively drinks despite frequently waking up with hangovers may be addicted. Dependence, on the other hand, causes physical symptoms like agitation, nausea, or vomiting, shaking, or even delirium.
A person with a serious alcohol problem may deny drinking, hide alcohol, make excuses, or get angry when confronted about drinking. When someone who is physically dependent on alcohol stops drinking, even for a short period, they can experience withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Agitation, aggression, or self-destructive behavior
- Anxiety, guilt, or general discontent
- Nausea and vomiting
- Delirium or fear
Physical dependence is serious, and withdrawal symptoms can be potentially dangerous. For this reason, a medically supervised detox and alcohol withdrawal treatment is critical when you are ready to quit drinking.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Admitting that you have an issue with alcohol is the first step toward recovery. If you’ve tried to quit on your own unsuccessfully, you’re not alone, and help is just a phone call away. People who seek help at an alcohol rehab center are statistically much more likely to quit successfully than if they tried to quit on their own without support.
BriteLife Recovery offers a full range of alcohol abuse programs including detoxification, residential programs, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient programs, , sober living, and more.
Our compassionate recovery teams include trained addiction medical specialists, therapists, counselors, and others who create personalized treatment plans based on each client’s personal history, current substance use, and psychological and spiritual needs.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, please reach out to our support team at 866-470-2187. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help and information about BriteLife Recovery alcohol rehab programs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.