ALCOHOL ABUSE ALCOHOL ADDICTION ALCOHOL USE DISORDER ALCOHOLISM
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Alcoholism is the fourth leading cause of preventable death globally, accounting for roughly 5% of all fatalities. Alcohol can rewire the brain and build physical dependency, resulting in severe withdrawal symptoms when the person stops drinking. Alcohol use disorder can have various medical, psychological, and social consequences, ranging from weight gain and liver disease to spousal violence, financial loss, unemployment, and congenital disabilities. In many cases, people with a drinking problem may also struggle with drug addiction.
Understanding how alcoholism affects the body and getting professional help at an alcohol rehab are vital to overcoming alcohol addiction.
WHAT IS ALCOHOL
Alcohol addiction, often known as alcoholism, is when a person continues to use alcohol regardless of the impact it has on their physical, mental, and overall well being. Alcohol addiction causes long-term abnormalities in brain function. These abnormalities mean that continued, long-term abuse and relapse are more likely.
Alcoholism has various harmful effects on a person’s mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe. Many factors, as well as individual characteristics, contribute to the likelihood of alcohol abuse and addiction.
The following are some of the most common risk factors for alcoholism:
• Heavy drinking and binge drinking
• Drinking in teenagehood
• A history of alcoholism in family members and primary caregivers
• Having a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and schizophrenia
• A traumatic childhood or traumatic life experiences
Although not everyone who abuses alcohol develops an addiction, the danger increases as the person continues to consume alcohol regularly. Alcoholism also exacerbates the symptoms of any existing mental illness. In order for the patient to cope with the symptoms of their mental illness, they may develop a drinking problem. This results in a vicious cycle of drinking to self-soothe and thereby needing to continue drinking to soothe exacerbated mental illness symptoms.
There are many warning signs of alcohol abuse, and they will have a negative long-term effect on many aspects of a person’s well-being. Alcohol abuse can attribute to a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being.
In the short term, several indicators of alcohol dependence include:
- Drinking more alcohol than previously consumed and spending more time and money on drinking habits
- Spending large amounts of time drinking and recovering from hangovers
- Slurred speech and poor coordination as a result of being drunk
- Increased injuries as a result of falls or dangerous behavior
- Poor hygiene
- Smelling strongly of alcohol
- Bloodshot eyes
- Significant weight gain, bloating
- Drug abuse
The following signs indicate long-term alcohol abuse:
- Various types of cancer
- Immune system dysfunction
- High blood pressure, stroke, and irregular heartbeat
- Fatty liver, hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis
When the chemicals in alcohol interfere with normal brain function, psychological indicators appear.
The following are some of the most prevalent psychological indications of alcoholism:
- Irritability and outbursts of anger
- Failure to complete tasks on time
- Memory, focus, and attention issues
- Sudden or worsening anxiety
- Possible hallucinations or delusional thinking, particularly during withdrawal stages
Alcohol addiction’s psychological effects can either disguise or worsen the symptoms of a co occurring disorder. When the person is still abusing alcohol, it is challenging to diagnose any existing mental disorders accurately. Treatment specialists will need to determine what mental illness is present, and the patient will undergo dual diagnosis treatment to address all mental health and addiction concerns.
The first step in recovering from alcohol addiction is medical detox. The safest way to detox from alcohol is under the guidance of a medical professional during alcohol addiction treatment. This is best done in an inpatient alcohol rehab setting. During inpatient alcohol rehab at Psyclarity Health, the patient will stop drinking and is monitored by our highly qualified medical staff to receive medication and support during the withdrawal period. A person might expect several unpleasant symptoms during alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
In the short term, several indicators of alcohol dependence include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Tremors or shakiness
- Mood swings
- Vomiting and nausea
Many of these effects appear within a few hours of quitting and remain for 2–8 days on average. However, symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia might linger for six months or more. Though it may seem depressing, patients recovering from alcoholism can, with time and patience, build a happy and satisfying life by entering into alcohol addiction treatment.
Due to the risk of relapse and the dangers of withdrawal, alcohol detox should always be done under the supervision of a medical professional.
Alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorders can be treated in a number of ways. For people who have more severe signs of addiction and dependency, inpatient/residential alcohol rehab therapy is usually recommended. Psyclarity Health offers professional alcohol, dual diagnosis, and substance abuse treatment at our alcohol rehab centers throughout America.
During addiction treatment, the patient will receive 24-hour care from a skilled team during inpatient treatment. To keep the client safe and prevent the risk of relapse, they will initially reside in the alcohol rehab treatment center and have restricted contact with people outside of it. Treatments that allow a person to remain at home, work, and continue other habits while receiving therapy are known as outpatient care.Instead of staying in the treatment facility, the individual will go to their appointment and then return home. Intensive outpatient care might entail many hours of treatment multiple times a week to provide additional support to those who require it.
Longer therapy intervals are often more beneficial than shorter treatment times. It is critical to continue the recovery process after rehab in order to avoid relapse. People who have completed an inpatient treatment program at Psyclarity Health should transition to outpatient treatment with a solid aftercare plan. Outside of professional assistance, support organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) can help people stay on track to achieve their recovery objectives. The risk of relapse can be reduced, and longer durations of recovery can be established with continued addiction therapy.
GET HELP FOR ALCOHOL
Help is available if you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism. Seeking alcoholism treatment is the first and most crucial step toward recovery. Psyclarity Health facilities offer a wide range of individualized treatment programs for alcohol addiction and co occurring disorders. Combining cutting-edge treatment modalities with our highly-skilled, compassionate staff complements, we can help you get your life back on track. To learn more about comprehensive alcohol abuse treatment and how you or a loved one can overcome an alcohol addiction at one of our certified addiction treatment facilities, contact us today.
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