Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism, alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence is the most severe form of problem drinking. An alcoholic may be physically dependent on alcohol where they can no longer control their drinking and experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop.

About Alcohol Addiction

The criteria for alcoholism have nothing to do with how much someone drinks, how long they have been drinking or the type of alcohol they drink. Someone is addicted to alcohol when they lose the ability to control their drinking. They feel an uncontrollable urge to drink, and they have incredible difficulty stopping themselves from drinking.

An alcoholic doesn’t have to drink on a daily basis, for some this is the case but not all. Some alcoholics can go days or weeks without drinking but once they drink they may be unable to control or stop drinking.

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of alcohol addiction.

Signs you should seek alcohol addiction treatment:

  • thoughts of alcohol consume a good portion of your day
  • you find yourself looking for new ways of procuring alcohol
  • you frequently worry you won’t have access to alcohol during your day
  • drinking is affecting your job, finances or relationships
  • you get upset when others question you about your drinking
  • you are willing to go to great lengths to get alcohol
  • you find yourself drinking more and more

Any combination of signs or symptoms that suggest a potential alcohol addiction should not be ignored. As already mentioned, even a minor alcohol misuse problem can quickly become an addiction if left untreated. The good news is that proper treatment is very effective at helping alcohol addicts completely recover. Success is achieved through a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological treatments that address every aspect of addiction.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Minor Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shakiness or trembling
  • Poor sleep and fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability leading to aggression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sweating

Severe Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Racing heart
  • Seizure
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Liver failure

The recommended treatment for alcohol addiction is a residential treatment program that treats the mind, body and spirit, comprising the five areas of physical, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual treatment.

The treatment process includes:

  • Detox
  • Psychological treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Therapy
  • 12 Step
  • Meditation
  • Education
  • Art Therapy

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