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What is Alcohol Abuse?
Untreated alcoholism is responsible for an alarming number of deaths in the United States each year, from driving-related accidents to liver disease and other long-term complications like mental health issues, nervous system damage, and several different forms of cancer that can all be traced back to alcohol abuse.
Those who do seek help through rehab and alcohol abuse treatment are highly likely to see a positive result from it.
A National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study in 2018 revealed that approximately 14.4 million adults have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).
However, it’s difficult to say exactly how many adults in the United States suffer from alcohol addiction because it frequently goes undiagnosed or is hidden.
Of the individuals who admitted to struggling with AUD, a very small amount (only 7.9%) received treatment for it.
Don’t let alcohol control the rest of your life, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms, and let us help you get back on the right track.
Symptoms, Signs, and Side Effects of Alcohol Abuse
There are many different ways to identify when an individual is suffering from an alcohol abuse addiction. Here are some of the most common:
- You’ve tried to stop drinking on your own, but couldn’t do it for more than a few days
- You have trouble limiting the amounts of alcohol you consume once you start
- You’ve experienced feelings of guilt or embarrassment after drinking
- Loved ones have suggested that you may have a problem and you felt annoyed when they did
- You’ve frequently consumed alcohol first thing in the morning to recover from drinking too much the night before
- You’ve struggled to execute tasks at home or work while drinking
- You’ve had to hide your consumption
- You experience periods of “blackout” or memory lapse after over-consuming
- You feel defeated or depressed
- Your alcohol consumption is causing trouble in your relationships – whether physical or emotional
- Your hands shake
Keep in mind there may be additional symptoms.
If you or one of your friends or family members are battling alcoholism and alcohol dependence, it’s time to find an alcohol abuse treatment center. Our substance abuse treatment program is holistic and customizable so that each option is as unique as you are.
Resurgence Behavioral Health creates programs based on individual needs because we know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for alcohol abuse treatment.
Common Causes of Alcohol Use Disorder
There are many different reasons that an individual may develop an alcohol abuse disorder, and part of your treatment will include identifying them. Common causes may be an overwhelming amount of social pressure, a way to relax when other methods have failed, and an unhealthy coping mechanism. Many individuals turn to substance abuse to deal with mental health issues like depression and anxiety or problems in their personal relationships.
Alcohol is highly addictive, second only to tobacco addiction in the United States. Individuals whose family history shows patterns of systematic alcohol abuse are typically at a higher risk. This is usually because they have a genetic predisposition to alcoholism, the reliance on alcohol has become normalized to them over time, or they began drinking at a very young age.
Children who have even one parent that struggles with alcohol use disorder are 3-4 times more likely to become an alcoholic themselves. Genetics plays a very large part in the development of substance abuse disorders. No matter the reason it began, it’s important to know that it can end, and more importantly, end well. Individuals with pre-existing mental health issues may want to seek help for both these and the addiction. This is called dual diagnosis, and we are available to help with that, as well.
Your diagnosis will typically begin with a series of questions used to determine the severity of your alcohol abuse. You’ll also discuss your family history, general mental and physical health, potential triggers, side effects, and treatment options before you begin. The road to recovery may seem daunting at the start, but anyone who has made it to the finish line will tell you that it is more than worth the effort.
Alcohol Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
Seeking help is a worthwhile and rewarding pursuit. Alcohol rehab treatment often allows patients to regain control over their lives, repair damaged relationships, and avoid potentially disastrous health issues. There will be steps that will be challenging, as is the case with everything worthwhile in life, but it’s important not to get discouraged.
We are here to help every step of the way.
For many alcoholics, one of the most difficult steps in alcohol abuse recovery is the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Very quickly after you quit drinking, your body will enter into detox mode to help clear the alcohol out of your bloodstream. Your organs begin to work harder to regulate your body and prevent alcohol poisoning. From there, you may experience other withdrawal symptoms, depending on the severity of your addiction. These may include:
- Increased anxiety
- Shaky or trembling hands
- Excessive sweating
- Head and body aches
- Nausea and/or vomiting
More serious symptoms are much less common (around 5% of individuals going through alcohol withdrawal will experience them) and include:
- High blood pressure
Mild symptoms are much more likely to appear, but this will depend on a number of individual factors, like how often you drank and how long you have been addicted. Whatever symptoms you experience, we are available to help you through them. From emotional support and therapy to safe, monitored detoxes and on-site medical professionals to provide medications to relieve pain, we’ve got all of the important bases covered.
There’s no need to feel scared or alone on this journey, there will always be someone right by your side
Depending on a variety of different individual factors, we can recommend the treatment that best suits your needs, addiction, and recovery. Our admissions coordinators will ask a few questions in order to provide you with the most detailed information possible. They’ll help you determine the best way to regain control of your life, overcome withdrawal symptoms, and give you everything you need to get started. They can even call your insurance company to perform a free insurance verification for the rehab treatment, and direct you accordingly.
We can be reached at our 24 hour a day 7 days a week on our addiction hotline or by filling out one of our insurance verification forms.
Depending on the treatment option that you choose, you’ll have access to support groups, group or family therapy, an alcohol detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment options. Each plan is optimized to encourage individual success, physical and mental health, and long-lasting recovery.Our treatments are designed to not only treat the surface symptoms but to address the underlying issues, as well.
This approach encourages our patients to address emotional and physical issues, painful memories, and other problems without relying on substances.
Alcohol abuse is treatable, and healing starts just around the corner. Call and speak to one of our admissions coordinators for more information, guidance, and details.