Nearly thirty percent of the US population is affected by alcohol and drug dependence. Over half of the population has reported drinking alcohol on a regular basis. Because at least half of these people become dependent on alcohol in order to function on a daily basis, outside treatment is often needed to break free and achieve sobriety.
While alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence share similar characteristics, a major difference is that an abuser can stop but a dependent cannot. They physically need the alcohol. A recreational drinker doesn’t feel a specific urge to imbibe, and can stop when they want. An abusive drinker still isn’t quite to the point of needing that drink, but the levels of want increase with every one they consume. If they continue to abuse alcohol, then it can lead to alcohol dependence.
Common Behaviors of Alcohol Abuse:
- High risk drinking
- Drinking despite problems it causes
- Consuming large amounts of alcohol
- Drinking that affects responsibilities or health
Common Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency:
- An unavoidable craving to consume
- Once drinking begins, stopping isn’t possible (until blackout is reached)
- Higher tolerance to alcohol (it takes more to get buzzed and beyond)
- Trying to quit, but experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms so unable to follow through because the physical dependency is too much to handle (it’s not uncommon for alcoholics to attempt rehab multiple times before it works)
Enduring physical withdrawal from alcohol dependency is painful, and can be deadly if done without the assistance of someone qualified in the detoxification process.
Patients undergoing detox will experience some or all of the following:
- Anxiety, irritability
- Depression (mood swings)
- Loss of appetite, gastrointestinal problems
- Clamminess, sweating (constantly too hot or too cold)
- In worst case scenarios, delirium tremors (DTs) may also occur. These can be fatal and require medical supervision. Symptoms include:
- Extreme confusion/delirium
- Rapid heart rate
Alcohol Dependence Doesn’t Have to Be a Death Sentence
Scientific studies have proven treatment options are available that can increase a patient’s chances of success in overcoming alcohol dependency. You can expect a psychological assessment in order to help identify the root cause of your drinking problem. From there, treatment plans can be created and implemented which are personalized for you as an individual. Rehabilitation programs recommend both individual and group therapy sessions to maximize effectiveness. Twelve step programs (both religious and non-religious based) offer a very effective means of treatment for overcoming a dependence on alcohol. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness are gaining popularity for getting to the core of what led to the drinking issues, followed up with Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), which helps a person learn how to change their behaviors, once identified, to prevent a relapse into alcohol abuse.
Give the caring staff at Treatment Now a call. We’ll help you heal and return to real-life without returning to the old habits that drove your dependency.
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