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Alcoholism Treatment Centers

Alcoholism occurs when a person consumes alcohol regularly and at such a rate that the body becomes dependent on alcohol to function. There are millions of Americans who are currently fighting alcoholism, and it is the most common form of substance abuse. This is partly due to its availability and acceptable status as part of social interactions. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a problem when moderation is part of the equation, but when consumption of alcohol spins out of control and starts to take over a person’s life, treatment is often necessary. Alcohol treatment centers are key to regaining control over one’s life when alcoholism is present. Though many problems produced by alcoholism are physical, others affect a person’s ability to function at work or at home.

Some symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Drinking in secret
  • Drinking alone
  • The inability to limit how much alcohol is being consumed
  • Needing alcohol to function throughout the day
  • Dropping hobbies or activities to drink instead, or to recover from a hangover
  • Blacking out
  • Having rituals surrounding drinking, and when disrupted, being intensely agitated and irritated
  • Stashing alcohol throughout the house and/or office
  • Relationship problems caused by drinking
  • Problems with the law because of drinking
  • Failing to perform at work because of drinking
  • Nausea or shaking when not drinking
  • Requiring increasing amounts of alcohol to feel drunk

If a loved one is exhibiting these signs, or if you recognize these signs in yourself, an inpatient addiction treatment center could be the right choice. To learn more about treatment options and find an alcohol treatment facility near you, call our toll-free hotline at 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? .

Did you know that according to researchers from the University of California in San Diego, the lifetime risk of alcohol-use disorders is more than 20 percent?

There are many causes of alcoholism, yet certain risk factors make some people more vulnerable to addiction than others. Dependence can take years or decades to develop in some; in others, it can take mere months. Alcohol disrupts the balance of brain chemicals that control impulses, and it stimulates the nervous system. Alcohol causes dopamine levels to rise, which makes it more gratifying for the drinker to continue drinking. Without treatment in an alcohol treatment center, a heavy drinker often will continue to require alcohol to avoid feeling bad. Some risk factors linked to an increased risk of alcoholism are:

  • Genes
  • How early in life the first drink was taken
  • Smoking
  • Accessibility
  • The way one manages stress
  • Peer drinking
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • How a person’s body metabolizes alcohol
  • Exposure to media and advertising

Did you know that according to the National Institute of Health, 15 percent of people in the United States are problem drinkers, with 5 to 10 percent of male drinkers and 3 to 5 percent of female drinkers exhibiting signs that could lead to their being diagnosed as alcohol dependent?

Withdrawal symptoms can derail an addict’s recovery if the addict is not managed effectively in an alcoholism treatment center. These symptoms can be very unpleasant and can manifest themselves within five to 10 hours after an alcoholic’s last drink, lasting 48 to 72 hours.

Common symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Jumpiness
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares

Some less common symptoms of withdrawal are:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pallor
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

According to the World Health Organization, there are 140 million alcoholics in the world.

When alcohol withdrawal is severe, it can even cause hallucinations, confusion and seizures in an alcoholic person. Luxury programs in alcoholism treatment centers manage withdrawal as well as providing behavioral therapies, group counseling sessions, private time with an advisor, physical activities (like yoga and tai chi) and mental stability exercises (like meditation). These programs promote health and help develop the mind-body healing process needed in recovery from alcoholism. Finding the right alcohol treatment center is as easy as calling us on our hotline.

Changing one’s habits and lifestyle after receiving treatment can be essential for avoiding relapse. Those released from an alcoholic treatment center are strongly encouraged to make it clear to friends and family that the addict cannot drink any alcoholic beverage under any circumstances. Those recovering from addiction should also limit contact with any friends or coworkers who were drinking partners. Developing healthy habits like regular and sufficient sleep, exercise and healthy eating can help the addict become healthier and avoid returning to alcoholism. Finally, the recovering addict should avoid any activities that involve alcohol. This doesn’t necessarily mean skipping the family holiday dinner, but it’s important to avoid bars, nightclubs and other places where alcohol is plentiful, available and part of the experience. All these strategies-along with a stay at an alcohol treatment center-can help you once again follow a sober life.