Alcoholism is a chronic brain disease that usually requires professional care for long-term recovery. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol and continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking resulting in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships or ability to work.
The Ranch Mississippi alcohol rehab offers specialized treatment that gets to the root causes of alcoholism and teaches critical relapse-prevention skills. Learn more about our Mississippi alcohol rehab program.
Do You Need Alcohol Rehab?
Alcohol is the most commonly abused addictive substance in the nation according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The National Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that approximately 17 million U.S. adults suffer from an alcohol use disorder.
Symptoms of alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder include:
- Needing larger amounts of alcohol to get the same effect (i.e., developing a tolerance)
- Intense cravings for alcohol
- Physical dependence on alcohol: needing alcohol to feel “normal” and having withdrawal symptoms in its absence or after heavy drinking
- Feeling controlled by alcohol; an inability to regulate how much you drink
A pattern of drinking resulting in one of the following situations over a 12-month period may indicate a severe problem with alcohol:
- Continuing to use alcohol despite legal, financial or relationship problems resulting from or worsened by alcohol consumption
- Engaging in risky behavior while drinking (driving under the influence, operating machinery, physical fights, etc.)
- Experiencing legal or personal problems because of risky behavior while drinking (DUI, legal issues, divorce, etc.)
- Inability to successfully complete work, school, family or personal responsibilities
Other symptoms of alcohol issues include secretive behavior around drinking habits, feelings of regret or shame around drinking, and concern that you have a drinking problem (your own concern or concern from others). If any of these warning signs resonate with you, call us for a free, confidential assessment to determine if alcoholism rehab is the answer. 844-242-0036
Why Professional Alcohol Addiction Treatment Is Important
Addiction is not a matter of willpower; it is a disease of the brain usually fueled by genetics and complex underlying issues. Excessive abuse of alcohol leads to tolerance, physical dependence and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Expert alcohol addiction treatment can ensure a safe alcohol detox experience and provide critical relapse prevention skills needed to maintain sobriety.
Here are some of the reasons why alcohol rehab can be essential to successful recovery:
Medical Care for Alcohol Detox – Withdrawal from alcohol can range from unpleasant to life-threatening depending on the person. Withdrawal symptoms are largely due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state. Unlike withdrawals from certain other drugs, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. It can include seizures and delirium tremens (shaking, confusion and hallucinations), and may lead to excitotoxicity (damaged neurons and receptors in the brain that can lead to stroke, brain injury and other serious conditions).
Completing alcohol detox in a medical setting ensures that you’ll have 24/7 care so you are safe and as comfortable as possible. Your detox treatment team can administer research-backed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and immediately attend to any discomfort.
Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders – Alcoholism rarely occurs in a vacuum. Many people who abuse alcohol are doing so in an attempt to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed or undertreated mental health disorder like depression or anxiety.
Research indicates that over half of people treated for an alcohol use disorder also have a mental health issue. In alcohol rehab, you’ll work with trained psychiatrists to assess, diagnose and treat psychiatric issues that might be propelling you to drink.
Attention to Underlying Issues – In addition to mental health disorders, issues like past trauma and environmental factors can play a large role in addiction. Mental health professionals will help you explore these issues through individual, group, family and specialized therapies. You’ll learn how to identify and manage these challenges while developing emotional resiliency.
Relapse-Prevention Training – In order to maintain sobriety in everyday life, you’ll need to learn healthy coping skills to draw upon when faced with triggers to drink. Alcohol rehab will help you develop healthy self-talk and thought patterns. You’ll also get acquainted with rewarding, alcohol-free activities like sober support groups, yoga, exercise, expressive therapies and mindfulness.
The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol affects every organ in your body. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills. Heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke and liver disease. Cell membranes are highly permeable to alcohol, so once alcohol is in the bloodstream it can diffuse into nearly every biological tissue of the body. After excessive drinking, unconsciousness can occur and extreme levels of consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning and death (a concentration in the blood stream of 0.40% will kill half of those affected).
Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is a central nervous system depressant with a range of side effects. Short-term effects of alcohol consumption include intoxication and dehydration. Long-term effects of alcohol abuse include changes in the metabolism of the liver and brain and alcoholism (addiction to alcohol). Alcohol intoxication affects the brain, causing slurred speech, clumsiness and delayed reflexes. Alcohol stimulates insulin production, which speeds up glucose metabolism and can result in low blood sugar, causing irritability and (for diabetics) possible death. Severe alcohol poisoning can be fatal.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, we can help. Call us for a free, confidential consultation. We’re here 24 hours a day to answer all of your questions.
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