Alcoholism is a physical addiction to alcohol that’s characterized by the inability to control your drinking even though it’s causing legal, financial, health, and relationship problems. Alcoholism changes the structure and function of the brain, and alcoholism treatment is essential for safely breaking the physical addiction through medical detox and treating the psychological aspects of addiction through various treatment therapies.
Alcoholism treatment is available through residential rehab centers and outpatient programs at Drug Treatment Centers Concord NC.
Inpatient alcoholism treatment involves an extended stay at our residential facility and is best for those who are ambivalent toward sobriety or who have a co-occurring mental illness or secondary addiction.
Outpatient alcoholism treatment allows the patient to continue living at home and meeting obligations in the community while receiving treatment. Outpatient programs can be very successful, as long as the patient is personally committed to recovery and has a support system in place at home.
For more information about alcoholism treatment programs and services, call Concord Drug Treatment Centers NC at (704) 490-4263.
Although the terms “addiction” and “abuse” are often used interchangeably, alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction aren’t the same thing. Alcohol abuse is characterized in part by binge drinking, which is consuming enough alcohol in the space of two hours to raise your blood alcohol content to .08 percent. Blacking out is another indicator of abuse and is characterized by memory lapses of events that occurred while under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol abuse can lead to physical dependence, which is characterized by changes in the structure and function of the brain so that the body can’t function “properly” without alcohol, and that’s what causes the withdrawal symptoms associated with discontinuing alcohol use.
Signs are indicators of alcohol addiction that others may notice, such as behavioral changes. Symptoms are indicators of alcohol addiction that someone who is addicted will feel, such as cravings. Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
Long-term alcohol addiction and abuse cause a number of devastating physical and mental health problems. Alcohol abuse and addiction are responsible for 88,000 deaths every year, not including additional 10,000 traffic fatalities involving alcohol. The long-term health effects associated with alcohol abuse and addiction include:
If you have a loved one with an alcohol addiction who is in denial or ambivalent toward recovery, an alcohol intervention can help. A professional interventionist can provide you with education about alcoholism and set up a meeting with your loved one and other concerned individuals, who will tell the person with the addiction how it has affected them. The loved one will be encouraged to seek treatment. Alcohol interventions staged by professional interventionists have about a 90 percent success rate.
After the physical addiction to alcohol is broken through medical detoxification, various treatment therapies will address the complex psychological aspects of addiction, which often include co-occurring mental illnesses and secondary addictions as well as underlying issues like stress or abuse.
Once treatment has been successfully completed, a relapse prevention plan is individualized and set in place to help prevent a relapse of the addiction. The typical aftercare program includes ongoing therapy, participation in community recovery groups, and other programs based on the individual’s needs.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the negative effects of substance abuse and dependence, call the treatment professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Concord NC at (704) 490-4263.
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