Do you take full advantage of free drinks on long flights? Do you usually end up drinking more than a whole bottle of wine at dinner? Are you always looking forward to that 5th cocktail at happy hour? Do you pre-drink at home before an event? Do you do stupid things when you drink (regard alcohol as “liquid courage”), have secret spots to hide your stash, drink in events/places that don´t typically feature alcohol (the gym, public transportation, a park), conceal your drinking habits, and often blackout or throw up?
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that close to twenty million adults (7.2% of those in America) “qualify” as alcoholics. In 2012, only 8% of these individuals received any treatment for their alcohol addictions. Estimates also state that roughly 100,000 individuals with drinking problems die every year from alcohol-related causes, making it the third leading cause of preventable death.
Other statistics related to alcoholism:
- Almost 7% of deaths around the world are attributed to alcohol consumption
- It costs the United States over 200 billion dollars each year to attend to alcohol-related consequences
- It contributes to over 200 disease and injury-related conditions
- It is estimated that between ten and thirteen percent of children live with a parent who is an alcoholic
Alcohol Abuse is the practice of binging or drinking too much but does not necessarily mean an addiction. Nowadays, the clinical term is an ‘Alcohol Use Disorder.’ Alcoholism is used to describe a situation where someone has become psychologically and physically dependent on drinking. It is also called Alcohol Dependency, dependence, or problem drinking. Regardless of the clinical wording, if you cannot curb or stop drinking, you have a massive problem with this addiction.
Alcohol Abuse Warning
The American Medical Association, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration all consider alcohol addiction as a progressive disorder or disease. This is an often discussed and debated concept; it is often regarded as self-inflicted. However, it fits all the criteria of the disease model of being chronic, frequently relapsing, has discernible symptoms, and requires specific treatments. Alcoholism develops high tolerances to drinking, where one will have to pursue drinks with a higher percentage of alcohol to get drunk over time. Dependency also means withdrawal when a heavy drinker doesn’t have the correct levels of alcohol in their body. The withdrawal symptoms can vary and will range from minor things to severe and life-threatening complications. Some “light” withdrawal symptoms are migraines, nausea, anxiety, shakes, insomnia, profuse sweat, and fatigue. On the other hand, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hallucinations, disorientation, and Delirium Tremens are more severe symptoms.
Alcoholism impacts family members, partners, friends, and even colleagues. The social problems provoked by alcoholism include financial issues, unemployment, and legal issues derived from public intoxication and drunk driving.
Cirrhosis of the liver, Type II diabetes, and increased chance of heart disease and death are some of the long-term and most severe physical effects of the drug. Alcohol worsens existing depressive tendencies, leading to more suicide attempts and other self-sabotaging behavior. It has lead to sexual dysfunction in a relevant percentage of people.
Rehab for Alcohol
Alcohol treatment, including therapy at La Jolla Recovery alcohol rehab, will help you or your loved one quit drinking through comprehensive and science-based approaches. For instance, inpatient alcohol rehab provides you with a controlled and supportive environment. It gives you time to clean and detox your system, which reduces discomfort and increases outcomes in sobriety. Once alcohol is no longer circulating in your bloodstream, our team will develop a specific program tailored to your needs. A wide array of repressed emotions kept underground by alcohol consumption will emerge, which might be challenging to deal with initially. That is where the therapy comes in, not ignoring the positive community you will be surrounded by. A licensed facilitator will help you learn how to handle sobriety and analyze the triggers of your alcoholism. Alcoholism many times is compounded with substance abuse such as heroin or meth, among others. We are more than glad to go over your substance use to make sure they are attended to well during detox and rehab. La Jolla Recovery clinicians have more than a decade of experience successfully treating those suffering from alcoholism. We also participate in mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety in case of suffering from dual diagnosis. Live in Texas, New York, Arizona, Florida, or out of state and wondering if rehab away from home is a better option? Let us coordinate the travel, so you have fewer worries and more focus on an out-of-state rehab.