What is Alcohol Abuse?
What is alcoholism? Alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcohol or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. In 1956, the American Medical Association deemed alcoholism an illness, defining it as “a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychological, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations.” Alcoholism is a progressive disease that causes a tremendous amount of problems in the abuser’s life. Below are a list of some of the signs and symptoms of alcoholism. If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more of these symptoms, then it may be time to enter an alcohol treatment program.
- Drinking more than you intended to– No one ever plans to become an alcoholic, but because drinking alcohol is so highly accepted in society, many turn from drinking a few beers to full blown alcoholism. Many times it begins with trying a beer for the first time in high school or college, and eventually graduating to a bottle of whiskey, or more. Sometimes alcoholics tell themselves that they are just going to a few with the boys, but end up not drinking entirely too much and never going home.
- “Blacking Out”- Loss of memory of things that happened while drinking. Having no recollection of your behaviors from the night before and how you wound up in the place you are in.
- Neglecting Life’s Responsibilities– During active alcoholism, one has little to no interest in much other than their drinking. Things that were once important to you, are no longer your priority. Showing up to work late, if at all, is now a common theme. Failing college courses and not going to class. Missing family events and/or parties that you were once so interested in.
- Financial Problems – As a person progresses further into their disease of alcoholism, they begin to have issues with finances and money. For an alcoholic, their booze come before everything; before family, friends, work, bills, basic life necessities. Often times, alcoholics will spend the majority of their money on alcohol or issues related to alcohol, such as fines for a recent DUI. Furthermore, they sometimes forget to pay their bills or they simply choose not to.
- Legal Problems– Alcoholics can run into a slew of legal consequences because their judgment is compromised when under the influence. Driving under the influence is usually the most common pitfall for alcoholics. They do not see a problem with this, although it puts themselves and other drivers at risk. Many times, alcoholics act very irrational and outlandish when under the influence. When they behave this way in a public setting and put the safety of others in jeopardy they can be charged with drunk and disorderly charges. Furthermore, many studies show a direct correlation with alcoholism and domestic violence.
- Increased Tolerance to Alcohol– Heavy drinkers and alcoholics normally have to consume larger amounts of alcohol then they previously did, in order to achieve the desired effect. What may have worked at one point to reach intoxication, such as two glasses of wine, no longer is enough. The increase in alcohol tolerance varies from one individual to the next, depending on several factors, such as age, weight, gender and history of abuse.
- Withdrawal Symptoms– After a period of consuming large amounts alcohol, your body can become dependent on the substance. When and if an alcoholic abruptly stops drinking for any number of reasons, withdrawal can set in. A variety of symptoms can arise, from mild to severe. Some mild symptoms include anxiety, sweating, irritability, nausea, vomiting and insomnia. More severe symptoms, that can be potentially life threatening include, convulsions, seizures, tremors and hallucinations. Trying to detox “cold turkey” is not recommended. You should seek the help of a medical professional and/or Addictions Specialist in order to have the best possible outcome.
- Trying to Quit on Your Own– Often times alcoholics will try to stop on their own or change their drinking habits. Telling themselves that they will only drink on Friday nights or changing from scotch to beer. Resolutions are usually made, but often not met.
Alcohol Treatment at Clearbrook
If you, a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, or anyone else would like to stop drinking and find they can’t do it on their own, then it’s time to get seek out the help of an alcohol treatment center. Once you call our Admissions Specialists at Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person in need of alcohol treatment. The information our staff will gather from you will be compiled and relayed to both our Medical Staff and Clinical Team. This allows for our doctors, nurses, counselors and administrators to craft early treatment plans for our patients and start effectively helping and guiding them from the moment they arrive at Clearbrook. During the course of alcohol treatment, our clinical team will also be working closely with you and your family to craft a customized aftercare plan best suited to your needs. Before you leave treatment, you will be given all of the necessary tools for continued and lasting sobriety. Our goal mission is to effectively treat the alcoholic and/or addict and help them to achieve two goals: abstinence from all mood/mind altering substances and a new way of living, free from the mental obsession to abuse alcohol and drugs.
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