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What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, alcohol addiction, or alcohol abuse are all synonymous for a chronic brain disease characterized by the following symptoms: inability to control alcohol consumption, being preoccupied by alcohol, and continuing to use alcohol despite the negative consequences associated with drinking. Persons suffering from alcoholism also develop a tolerance for alcohol over time, causing them to need higher amounts and more frequency of use to achieve the same effects; in addition they also experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when use of alcohol has been reduced or completely stopped. It is possible to have a drinking problem which has not yet progressed into alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is characterized by drinking too much on some occasions which cause repeated problems in your life, despite not being fully dependent on alcohol. Binge drinking is characterized by a male consuming five or more drinks in a row and a female consuming four or more drinks in a row. Binge drinking is more common among teens and young adults and can ultimately lead to an onset of alcoholism. Both problem drinking and binge drinking can result in serious health problems and social problems which are often associated with alcohol abuse. No matter if you’re an alcoholic, problem drinker, or binge drinker, the more you drink, the greater the risks.

 

What Is Alcohol?

Also referred to ethyl alcohol (ethanol), alcohol is a an intoxicating ingredient found in beer wine and liquor which is a central nervous system depressant. Although alcohol is technically a depressant, many people consume the drug for its stimulant effects. However, when alcohol is consumed in excessive amounts the depressant effects outweighs the stimulant effects. Despite what some may think or believe, alcohol is in fact a drug.

 

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is powerful enough to cause negative effects in multiple aspects of your life. The long-term use effects associated with alcoholism symptoms induces:

  • Serious health issues: brain, heart, liver, pancreas, immune system
  • Slurred speech
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  • Impaired judgement
  • Anemia (loos of red blood cells)
  • Memory lapses
  • Blackouts (person cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence)
  • Impaired coordination

 

Binge drinking and alcohol abuse can cause the following long-term effects and more: irreversible damage to the brain, ulcers, malnutrition, cancer of the mouth and throat, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart-related conditions, increased problems at work, home and school. Alcohol is a powerful drug and causes it’s users to experience a very uncomfortable withdrawal.

 

Alcohol Withdrawal

Withdrawal from alcohol has the potential to be life-threatening. It has been suggested that alcohol is one of the worst drugs to withdrawal from due to the painful withdrawal symptoms associated with it.  Alcohol withdrawal occurs once an individual who has a pattern of heavy drinking makes an attempt to reduce their alcohol consumption significantly. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can onset as early as two hours after your last drink, and can last for weeks. The severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe, and can sometimes be fatal. Due to the unpredictable severity of your alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it is important to seek alcohol treatment centers for withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms includes:

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  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fluctuating heart rate
  • Extreme confusion
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
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Alcohol Treatment Centers for Severe Alcoholism

There are treatment options available for alcoholism. Generally medication, psychotherapy, behavior modification, nutritional therapy, support groups and family therapy are necessary for a successful recovery. Currently there are a small variety of drugs which are being used to effectively treat alcoholism, those medications include naltrexone, acamprosate and topiramate, a anti-consultant drug. Treatment for alcohol abuse should include a regimen for alcohol withdrawal, such as a medical detox. There are a multitude of alcohol abuse treatment options, as well as multiple options for treatment for alcoholism. We offer full a multitude of treatment options for alcoholism and alcohol abuse at Harbor Village.

 

Recognizing The Need for Alcohol Treatment Centers 

With drinking being a socially accepted activity, it can often be difficult identifying a drinking problem. There’s a difference in social drinking,  problem drinking, and alcoholism, any type of binge drinking is considered alcohol abuse, however there are certain boundaries one should stay in to avoid abusing alcohol. The categories for drinking are as follows:

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  • Consumes alcohol at a slow place
  • Does not consume alcohol with the intentions to get drunk
  • Aware of their limitation and when it’s time to stop drinking
  • Eats before consuming alcohol or in the midst of consuming alcohol
  • Only consumes alcohol within a social context
  • Does not drive while intoxicated or under dangerous circumstances
  • Abides by the laws associated with alcohol use

Problem Drinker

  • Consumes alcohol with the intentions to get drunk
  • Attempts to solve problems by consuming alcohol
  • Experiences abrupt changes in personality and behavior due to alcohol use
  • Consumes alcohol under inappropriate circumstance; i.e. drinking and driving, drinking while caring for small children
  • Alcohol use causes issues with health, work, school, and/or relationships

Alcoholic

  • Preoccupied by alcohol; constantly thinking about where, when, and how to satisfy cravings for alcohol
  • Keeps stashes of alcohol to immediately satisfy cravings
  • Denies drinking problem
  • Drinks alone in isolation
  • Drinks in order to alleviate stress
  • Experiences blackouts; cannot recall what was done while under the influence
  • Experiences symptoms of withdrawal when alcohol use has been reduced or completely stopped
  • Experiences serious problems with the law, work, family, and friends

 

Are You Concerned That You or A Loved One May Be Suffering From Alcoholism?

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If you’re lead to believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from alcoholism, look for the following are associated with alcoholism symptoms and alcohol abuse:

  • Slurred, agitated speech
  • Frequently under the influence of alcohol or constantly smelling of alcohol on the breathe and clothing
  • Keeping hidden stashes of alcohol to satisfy alcohol cravings
  • Showing up to work and/or school intoxicated
  • Using alcohol to alleviate anxiety, stress, and/or sleeping difficulties
  • Attempting to disguise  alcohol use
  • Denial of drinking problem
  • Drinking under dangerous circumstances (i.e. drinking and driving, drinking while handling children, etc.)
  • Made unsuccessful attempts to reduce or stop drinking all together
  • Tolerance for alcohol (the need to consume alcohol in higher amounts or more frequently to achieve the same effects)

 

 

Get Alcohol Treatment for Your Drinking Problem Today!

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We understand recovery from alcoholism can be a very difficult process; in response we are dedicated to providing our patients with a safe and distraction free environment that helps ease the difficulty of recovery. During alcohol abuse treatment at Harbor Village each of our clients are  provided with an individualized treatment plan which has been created by our team of medical professionals and addiction specialists to ensure their unique needs are being accommodated. During treatment for alcoholism symptoms and underlying addiction at Harbor Village, clients will be provided with the following treatment methods and services:

  • Medical Detox
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive Individualized Treatment Plans
  • 24/7 Medical Supervision and Support
  • Drug Counseling
  • Relapse Prevention Education
  • Conventional Medication for Treating Certain Symptoms
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
  • Innovative Addiction and Recovery Services

 

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