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What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism defined ( a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of withdrawal symptoms on reducing or ceasing intake, morbidity that may include cirrhosis of the liver, and decreased ability to function socially and vocationally.

Alcoholism today is a growing problem in our country and throughout the world. It affects people of all races, ages, religions, and social status. When someone is diagnosed as having alcoholism, it can be fatal. Nearly 14 million Americans suffer from the disease. In a poll recently done, over 53% of the people asked have said that some close family member suffers from the disease. The physical problems that happen to the person who has alcoholism can be catastrophic. Cancer of the liver, throat, and larynx can develop after years of drinking. Cirrhosis of the liver is very common for the alcoholic. This disease is characterized both mentally and physically.

Some may ask, “Why can’t they just stop? Show some will power.” The answer to the question is that the alcoholic, no matter how much will power, can not stop. They are consumed with a physical craving that can outweigh any amount of will power. Add on the mental obsession and they are in trouble without some help. We by no means will say that we have a cure for alcoholism. There has never been a cure. Some can stop on their own. We have found that most can not.

Signs of Alcoholism
1) Have you questioned whether or not you are drinking too much?
2) Are other people criticizing you for drinking too much?
3) Do you suffer from overwhelming guilt and shame from drinking?
4) Do you drink in the morning?
5) Have you lost your memory while drinking?
6) Are you missing work or school due to excessive drinking?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself. If you are answering yes to one or more of these, you may have a problem. This problem can be helped if you honestly want it.

Treatment for Alcoholism

Clearbrook Treatment Centers offers help for the suffering person due to alcoholism. If you need a NY Rehab, NJ Rehab, or Pennsylvania Rehab, we can help. You will be screened by our admissions staff for the proper treatment. We have a full medical detox, followed by a 28 day inpatient drug treatment program. Our families are also affected by our drinking. We have a family program at Clearbrook that can help to repair the family structure.

When you think that no one can help, that is where we would like to step in. Like we said before, alcoholism is not curable, but it can be treated. Please call us with any questions or to speak with an admissions specialist.

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