We’ve all been there – having one drink at night with dinner turns to three or four. When going to the bar on a weekend becomes going to the bar on a weekday. Or just drinking a nice cold one after a hard day at work suddenly becomes drinking a six pack. You’re not sure when you became an alcoholic, but over time, it becomes apparent that you’re going to need help.
Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. According to WebMD, it’s estimated that approximately 18 million adults in the United States abuse alcohol. That’s one in 12 adults. As a result, nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a direct result of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism can also play a major role in homicides, domestic issues, job absenteeism, and other types of crimes.
How does this happen? And why did it happen to me? Let’s find out.
The Effects of Alcohol
We all know that drinking alcohol can change our mood. By drinking large amounts of alcohol, your brain will function improperly and can lead to a loss of balance, coordination, speech, and vision. The more you drink, the more likely you put your health in risk – alcohol poisoning can be fatal if not taking care of.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease. The more you drink, the more alcohol you need in order to obtain that buzz. In fact, some alcoholics can be extremely drunk yet still have enough control to appear as if they coping with life. Fighting the constant cravings without proper treatment can be a losing battle.
Some of the physical ailments you can experience include:
- High blood pressure
- Brain and heart damage
- Liver damage
- Enlarged blood vessels
- Chronic gastritis
- Recurrent pancreatitis
What Causes Alcoholism?
Several factors can be the cause of alcohol abuse. It can be genetic – your grandfather was an alcoholic, your aunt was one, and so on. It can be social problem. It may be a physical issue or a psychological problem. There is no smoking gun when it comes to the reason why one person becomes an alcoholic and another doesn’t – it just happens.
But the one thing that all alcoholics have in common is denial. Is easier to ignore the truth than it is to fight the disease. This is why it’s hard for an alcoholic to battle this disease on his/her own – the draw of the drug is just too hard to resist.
Clearbrook Can Help
At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we offer a 28-day inpatient alcohol rehab program that will help you identify the root of your disease. We’ll give you the tools you need in order to get clean and learn how to live a sober life again. Once your treatment is over, we will prepare a specialized aftercare program for you to follow to continue with your treatment.
If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism, get back on the road to recovery. Contact Clearbrook Treatment Centers today. Now taking patients from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.