It’s virtually impossible to escape alcohol. It’s advertised, marketed, and sold nearly everywhere. Not surprisingly, this constant barrage of alcohol advertising has been linked to underage drinking, teen binge drinking, and greater drinking among adults.
And yes, it’s been linked to rampant alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism, affects over 17 million American adults over the age of 18. One in every 10 children live with a parent who has a problem with alcohol addiction. These are sobering statistics. Fortunately, for those living in their grip, help is at hand.
Am I an Alcoholic?
Unlike “doing drugs,” drinking alcohol doesn’t carry an illicit stigma. It is not only legal to drink, it’s socially acceptable, even encouraged. Drinking is associated with positive things such as celebration, holidays, relaxation, and romance. But it leads to addiction–and can make the first steps to rehabilitation and recovery challenging for the afflicted and those that love him or her.
The first step is diagnosis. We invite you to take our test –and determine whether or not you’ve got an issue. If you do, read on, and consider contacting us to guide you through steering your life back to normal.
Signs of alcohol abuse include:
- Frequent arguments, fights with family and friends. Irritability, depression, mood swings.
- Using alcohol to relax, sleep, deal with problems.
- Frequent hangovers.
- Flushed skin, a husky voice, trembling hands, bloody stools, vomiting blood, chronic diarrhea.
- Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret.
- Blackouts and memory loss.
If you are concerned that you might have an alcohol addiction problem, we can help. Call us 24/7 toll free at 888-288-2062.
Treatments For Alcohol Addiction
Treatment for alcoholism really begins the moment that you accept the fact that you need it. Alcohol addiction is treatable, as long as you have the motivation to change your behavior–and the resilience to remain abstinent. No matter which type of sober recovery treatment you decide on, the goal is your abstinence. Alcohol rehab treatment has three stages:
- Stage One: Detox. Depending on your degree of addiction, medically supervised detoxification may be needed in order to withdraw from alcohol safely and comfortably. Which option is best for you depends on how much alcohol you’ve been drinking, how long you’ve had a problem with alcohol, and any other health issues that you may have.
NOTE: Anyone with a serious dependency on alcohol should never consider going “cold turkey” at home. It can cause hallucinations, convulsions, and heart seizure that may result in your death.
- Stage Two: Rehab. Attaining sobriety, and giving recovering addicts the skills needed to remain sober, often involves medication and counseling. This treatment step can be done inpatient or outpatient. Both are equally effective.
- Stage Three: Maintenance. The success of this step requires that the alcohol addict be self-motivated. This requires support, and often includes attending 12-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and finding a sponsor.
A Word About 12-Step Support Groups
12-step support groups for after-treatment can be very effective for your sober recovery. Because they are composed entirely of recovering addicts, you’ll find the honesty, courage, and support you need to continue in your rehabilitation. Also, these groups are free and universally available. Learn more about 12-step support groups here .
No matter how bleak things may seem, there is good news when you decide to seek treatment. If you are in otherwise good health, have solid social support, and are motivated toward your sobriety, then the likelihood for your successful sober recovery is good. A recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that extended abstinence really does predict long term recovery:
- For those who achieve a year of sobriety, less than half will relapse.
- If you can make it to 5 years of sobriety, your chance of relapse is less than 15 percent.
Reach Out Today
There is no shame in seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is not a punishment; it’s a healing solution, and it will get your life back on track. Call us for a completely confidential conversation with someone who can help. A new life awaits. Let’s take that first step together.