Alcoholism is a treatable disease that affects around 3 million people in the United States each year. The first step towards recovery from alcoholism is to identify the problem and get professional help. Our treatment programs use a variety of therapies to help free people from the grips of alcohol addiction. With the help of the Haven Detox and its staff, it is possible to overcome alcoholism.
We have treated thousands of patients and helped people overcome alcohol comfortably and effectively. Our state of the art facility is equipped to treat alcohol withdrawal and alcoholism. We offer detox and residential programs at the Haven Detox, as well as outpatient programs at the Recovery Team. If you would like more information on the admissions process, or to speak with one of our counselors, please call us at 561-328-8627
Alcoholism is an extremely common disease. It is identifiable by a person’s inability to control their own drinking. Alcoholism is clinically defined as an alcohol use disorder, or AUD. An AUD is characterized by compulsive cravings for alcohol and a loss of control over the use of alcohol, despite negative consequences.
People who suffer from alcoholism or drinking problems are often in denial, despite their symptoms. Many alcoholics are able to maintain their lives and responsibilities while drinking, therefore believing that they are not alcoholics. It can be helpful to identify some of the common signs of alcoholism. These include:
- Compulsive thinking about alcohol or cravings to drink
- An inability to stop drinking despite a desire to do so
- An increased tolerance to alcohol, or the need to drink more for the same effect
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after short periods of abstinence.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, more than 14 million Americans had an AUD in 2019.
Signs of Alcoholism
Alcohol dependency forms quickly for people who drink regularly and excessively. Once people become dependent, it can be extremely difficult to stop on one’s own. When they try to stop drinking, they experience extreme withdrawal symptoms such as morning shakes, irritability, and even seizures.
Some signs of alcohol dependence include irritability, frequent hangovers, and changes in behavior that favor alcohol use. People who drink as soon as they wake up in order to function are also likely to be suffering from alcoholism. Many people who are alcoholics also struggle to meet their responsibilities or perform poorly as their alcoholism progresses.
It can be difficult to confront a loved one, or even yourself about alcohol addiction. However, asking for help is the first and best step you can take to overcome alcohol addiction.
Causes of Alcoholism
The causes of alcoholism depend on a number of factors such as genetics, age, and living environment. There have been studies that attempt to identify the causal factors of alcoholism. Unfortunately, they have only identified risk factors, rather than specific causes. What is identifiable, is that continued alcohol use causes dependence to alcohol.
When someone drinks regularly, they begin to form a tolerance to alcohol. This means that they must drink more alcohol to reach the same effect. Over time and through continued drinking, chemical dependence forms. Chemical dependence is when the body becomes accustomed to the regular intake of alcohol and needs more of it to continue to function normally.
Once a dependence is formed, it is difficult to stop drinking. This causes people to continue drinking, which only makes the bond to alcohol more difficult to break. There are many factors that play a role in alcoholism such as past traumas, depression, and genetic makeup. However, anyone can become addicted to alcohol through continued use.
Signs Professional Help is Needed
Many people binge drink alcohol but are able to stop, or even control their drinking. However, those with a chemical dependence will be unable to stop without severe withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, then professional help is recommended. It can be dangerous, even deadly for some people to try and go through withdrawal without medical supervision and care.
Another tell tale sign that it’s time for professional help or treatment is a failure to meet responsibilities. Falling behind at work, or school, or withdrawal from friends and family are all signs that alcohol has taken control.
If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol and need help, the Haven Detox can help. Our experienced staff are here to guide you to recovery from alcoholism and put you on a path of success.
Alcohol Withdrawal and Health Concerns
Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. Unlike most drugs, people who are dependent on alcohol can suffer such extreme withdrawal symptoms that can put their lives at risk. Withdrawal symptoms are not only dangerous, but they are uncomfortable.
Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include loss of consciousness, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. More serious symptoms include delirium tremens, insomnia, and hallucinations. Additionally, most people in withdrawal experience compulsive cravings for more alcohol. This often leads to relapse for people who try to stop on their own.
Alcohol also ravages the body and causes health complications. Short terms health effects can include alcohol poisoning, impairment, and unconsciousness. Long term effects of alcohol are much more costly, including brain damage, liver disease, and more.
The only safe and effective way to overcome alcohol addiction is to accept professional help. Inpatient detox programs offer the stability and care to overcome withdrawal symptoms comfortably.
Although every case of alcoholism is different, most cases call for a medical detox. For people with a strong chemical dependence, it can be very dangerous to stop without medical supervision and care. Serious complications and side-effects are common with alcohol withdrawal.
Our inpatient medical detox provides the medical care and supervision needed to effectively treat alcoholism. We ensure the comfort of our patients through medications and therapies. Our goal is to relieve withdrawal symptoms and overcome alcoholism in the safest environment available.
After a detox protocol is completed, patients will be ready to enter a lower level of care that can effectively meet their needs. It is at this time that therapies are the most effective. In our residential program, we use a combination of treatment approaches including CBT, DBT, and other evidence based models.
The Haven Detox has been in business for over 5 years. We have treated thousands of patients and are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive and effective alcohol detoxes available. Our doctors, nurses, and therapists have extensive knowledge and experience that allows us to offer individualized treatment plans.
If you or a family member is struggling with alcoholism, we are here to help. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to walk you through the process of getting into a program. We offer detox and residential treatment programs that last anywhere from 5 days to 30 days. For those seeking longer term treatment, our outpatient program, the Recovery Team, offers longer care up to 90 days.
We understand that getting help can be a difficult process. We are able to treat people quickly and effectively, with a same day admission process if needed. For more information, or to start the journey to recovery today, call us at 561-328-8627