Alcohol Addiction Treatment
In today’s society, drinking alcohol is a cultural norm. We see it everywhere—at events, parties, in magazines, and on television screens. However, despite its pervasiveness, it is important to remember that alcohol is indeed a drug, and is in fact the most widely used addictive substance in America. The death rate associated with alcohol use actually exceeds that of the current opiate crisis. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, an estimated 17.6 million people currently meet the criteria for alcohol abuse or addiction. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of these individuals will ever receive treatment.
Given that alcohol is commonplace in our society, how do you know when alcohol has become a problem? The American Psychiatric Association uses a distinct set of criteria to determine if an individual is suffering from alcohol abuse or dependence (generally referred to as Alcohol Use Disorder or AUD), which can then be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. When social drinking transforms into a loss of control around alcohol, compulsive drinking, and a negative emotional state while not under the influence, it may be time to consider treatment.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment At Nexus
It’s important to recognize that alcohol addiction is in fact a chronic brain disease and is best treated under the supervision of medical and mental health professionals. At Nexus, treatment for alcohol addiction will be monitored by healthcare professionals and therapists who specialize in addiction medicine and recovery. We provide the tools and support necessary for our clients to achieve sobriety, as well as a safe and comfortable environment that allows each client to focus on their recovery.
The treatment process for each client at Nexus will be customized to meet his or her individual needs. However, our goal is always to address the underlying reasons for alcohol abuse and teach clients new life and coping skills that allow them to reintegrate back into their families and communities.
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
If you’re concerned about potential alcohol addiction for you or a loved one, consider these warning signs:
- Drinking or it’s after-effects frequently interferes with work, school, or home-life
- Experiencing frequent alcohol cravings—feeling the need or urge to drink to feel normal
- Compromising relationships with family and friends due to alcohol use
- Giving up extracurricular activities in order to drink
- Putting yourself or others at risk while intoxicated
- Trying to cut down or stop drinking, but can’t
- Having symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as tremors, shakiness, nausea, irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Frequently blacking out while drinking
- Building a tolerance to alcohol—needing to drink more to get the same effects
- Experiencing financial or legal problems due to drinking, such as DUIs or arrests
- Lying about or becoming defensive when asked about alcohol consumption
Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
In addition to the short-term health, financial, and familial problems that can occur due to alcohol addiction, alcoholism can have several long-terms effects, as well. These may include:
- Cancer—particularly liver, mouth, and throat
- Liver damage
- Heart disease
- Brain damage
- Memory loss
- Stomach ulcers
- Impotence and infertility
If you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol addiction, we’re here to help.
Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.
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