Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 3, 2019
Alcoholism is a disorder of the mind categorized by the inability to control alcohol consumption, preoccupation with drinking, and continuing to use alcohol despite negative consequences. Persons suffering from alcoholism may also develop a tolerance for alcohol over time, causing them to need higher amounts and use more frequently to achieve the same effects. In addition, people with alcohol abuse disorders also experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when drinking is 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 within a two hour time frame and a female consuming four or more drinks in the same amount of time. 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.
Also referred to ethyl alcohol (ethanol), alcohol is a an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor which acts as a central nervous system depressant. Although alcohol is technically a depressant, many people consume the drug for its stimulating 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
Alcoholism is powerful enough to cause negative effects in multiple aspects of your life. The long-term use effects associated with alcoholism symptoms includes:
Binge drinking and alcohol abuse can cause the following long-term effects and more: irreversible damage to the brain or liver, 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 potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms.
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 proper medical assistance through a qualified detox facility. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms includes:
Treatment options for alcoholism are available! Generally medication, psychotherapy, behavior modification, nutritional therapy, support groups and family therapy are necessary for long-term success in 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 clinically supervised detox regimen designed to meet the individual needs of each client. At Harbor Village, we offer a full continuum of evidence-based treatment beginning with sub-acute detox.
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. While any type of binge drinking is considered alcohol abuse, however there are certain boundaries one should stay within to avoid abusing alcohol. The categories for drinking are as follows:
If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from alcoholism, look for the following symptoms of alcohol abuse and alcoholism:
We understand recovery from alcoholism can be a very difficult process; we are dedicated to providing our patients with a safe and recovery focused environment that promotes meaningful life transformation. During alcohol abuse treatment at Harbor Village, each of our clients receive an individualized treatment plan which has been created by our team of medical professionals and addiction specialists to ensure their unique needs are accommodated. During treatment for alcoholism symptoms and underlying addiction at Harbor Village, clients will be provided with the following treatment methods and services: