Published On: Thu, Nov 16th, 2017

When Drinking Becomes Problematic

Spotting a drinking habit can be tough sometimes, especially when many people might feel pressure to consume alcohol when at social events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, happy hours, and so on. Alcoholism isn’t something that should bring shame and embarrassment. Anyone who is suffering from a dependence on alcohol shouldn’t think that they are alone. Currently, there is an estimated 18 million Americans who are struggling with alcohol addiction. Since it is so easily available and legal, alcohol is ranked as the most abused intoxicant in the United States.

Drinking becomes problematic when it can no longer be controlled. Someone who is suffering from alcohol dependence will see a decline in their work or school performance, a decline in their interest to attend or participate in hobbies and activities that they once enjoyed, and might also begin to struggle with relationships with their loved one, family members, and friends. They might also exhibit physical signs in their appearance such as smelling like alcohol, red or bloodshot eyes, coordination limitations, or slurred speech.

If you suspect that yourself or someone that you know is suffering from alcohol dependence you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible.

Alcoholism is a serious disease and if untreated can cause serious harm to the body. Alcoholics have a higher chance of developing mouth cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholic hepatitis, depression, and can cause fetal alcohol syndrome in pregnant women. Because of the severity of the previously related health complications, it is a great advantage to get help for a possible alcohol addiction as fast as possible.

Alcohol treatment centers have the tools and resources necessary to help those struggling with alcoholism achieve sobriety. Medical professionals at alcohol rehab centers thoroughly examine a patient’s medical background to identify possible co-occurring instances where some patients might be suffering from an alcohol addiction alone or from co-occurring mental health illness such as depression or anxiety. If it’s the case that someone is suffering from both a mental illness and alcohol addiction, medical professionals at alcohol treatment centers can recommend dual diagnosis treatment so both issues can be addressed and treated equally.

After a patient’s medical history is addressed, they will undergo a detoxification process, which will rid the body of alcohol, along with other substances that might have been being abused simultaneously. There are alcohol rehab centers that offer holistic treatment options to assist patients safely detox from alcohol. Amino acid therapy helps supply the body with healthy proteins that can help create serotonin which is a natural anti-depressant. Acupuncture therapy has been used to treat addiction since the 1970’s. Patients who have received this type of treatment for drug addiction state that it has helped reduce cravings, and greatly improved their moods.

Once treatment is complete, alcohol rehab centers usually supply patients with relapse preventative services. Just because a patient is no longer residing in a treatment center, does not mean that they are finished with their struggle with addiction. It’s not like visiting a hospital to get a cast removed, addiction is something that must be considered every day, even years down the line.

By offering the support of trained professionals after treatment is completed, patients have the additional tools that they need to continue on with their new and healthier lives. If you feel that you or someone you know might have a drinking problem, please make the call to get help as soon as possible. Addiction is something that shouldn’t be faced alone, and with the tools available it isn’t something that should be either.

 

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