WHAT IS ALCOHOL ADDICTION?
Alcohol addiction is the compulsive, obsessive, continued use of alcohol despite the negative consequences on the drinker’s relationships, work, and physical health. People suffering with alcohol addiction drink excessively and over time their bodies require greater amounts of alcohol to get the desired effect. Eventually individuals bodies become dependent upon alcohol and their lives unravel.
Those in withdrawl from alcohol may experience: high blood pressure and pulse rate, headaches, tremmors, insomnia, vommitting, hallucinations anxiety, restlessness, among others. Alcoholics may drink to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Some alcoholic’s disease progresses to a point where a medically supervised detox is required when the alcoholic stops drinking because they are at risk for seizures, blood pressure induced stroke, heart attack or death by other complications of ceasing alcohol consumption.
THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ADDICTION?
Alcohol addiction can cause people to pass out or black out whereby they can’t account for blocks of time ranging from hours to days. Excessive drinking can increase an individuals chance of engaging in risky behavior such as drinking and driving or leaving children unattended.
Eventually alcoholics organize their lives, work, finances, time, to make sure they can drink. As their lives fall apart, alcohol becomes the alcoholic’s primary relationship.
Long-term alcohol addiction can destroy the body placing individuals at higher risk for a variety of cancers, liver diseases and damage to vital organs. Extreme use can permanently impact brain functioning, impair speech, cause dementia and diminish motor control.
Alcohol addiction often contributes to mental health problems. Alcoholics frequently experience increased anxiety, depression, hopelessness, alcohol induced psychosis, panic disorders and trauma associated with their addiction.
HOW I CAN HELP
I can help the alcoholic through all phases of recovery once the alcoholic is willing and committed to sobriety. In severe cases treatment begins with referrals to addiction medicine specialist for a medically supervised detox. In therapy the foundation for long term abstinence and sobriety is built. The focus is on making changes to how one lives their life, addresses problems, and builds healthy relationships with themselves and others.
It may seem like recovery from alcohol addiction is impossible but it is not. Once abstinent many alcoholics enjoy the rewards of long term sobriety and their lives are meaningful and richer than they ever could have imagined.
Please contact me to begin the journey of recovery from alcohol addiction.