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Alcohol is the most commonly used substance for recreation around the world.

In moderation, it does not pose a major health risk for many people.

However, if consumed in excess and high frequency, alcohol can be detrimental in many ways.

In fact, it is one of the most dangerous substances to abuse.

Alcoholism is medically referred to as alcohol use disorder and affects millions of Americans.

Drinking to excess can cause unintended consequences that negatively affect not only the individual struggling with a drinking problem but his or her family and friends.

Alcohol abuse is a difficult problem, and it can be painful and frustrating for everyone involved.

However, it is important to know that you are not alone, and there is help available for you and your loved one.

Recovery is a process that requires patience, support, and perseverance.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, you will receive professional treatment from experienced professionals who care about their clients.

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What Is AUD?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a mental health condition resulting from frequent, heavy alcohol use.

It is characterized as a chronic compulsion to consume alcohol, often without regard to the amount consumed or frequency of use.

This is sometimes referred to as alcoholism.

Dependency almost always presents withdrawal symptoms that manifest when an individual stops using alcohol after prolonged use.

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to withdraw from; it can be lethal in some cases.

Medical supervision is highly recommended when attempting to withdraw from alcohol use disorder.

Medical detoxification is one of the first steps to treat alcohol use disorder.

This process will eliminate the toxins from alcohol throughout your body.

Detox is often supervised by medical healthcare professionals at rehabilitation centers or medical settings.

It can be highly difficult to cope with alcohol use disorder on one’s own.

Isolation often leads to more problems, including damaged relationships, job loss, financial struggles, and suicidal ideation and/or tendencies.

If you or someone you know has these feelings, it is important to seek help immediately.

Early intervention may help prevent alcohol from causing further damage.

Additionally, multiple methods of treatment are available for alcohol use disorder.

Some commonly used treatments include psychotherapy, counseling, and medication.

Common Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder or Alcoholism

Despite its near universal acceptance in social settings, alcohol use can be dangerous if not consumed responsibly. Often, people feel that the pleasure of using alcohol outweighs the risks. They can sometimes drink excessively and frequently.
Capacity for alcohol intake varies; therefore, there is no set amount of consumption that is an accurate indication of an alcohol use disorder diagnosis.

Below are common signs of alcohol use disorder or alcoholism:

  • Decline in work or school performance and neglecting other responsibilities because of alcohol use
  • Binge drinking or drinking more than intended
  • Drinking as a coping mechanism for another mental health condition, also known as self-medicating
  • Continuing to drink despite negative consequences
  • Blacking out or memory loss- lose control of actions under the influence of alcohol
  • Lying about how much alcohol is consumed

If you or someone you know displays any of these signs, it may be time to consider seeking help. Obtain a proper evaluation from a licensed healthcare professional. They can help you find the proper treatment and resources available for alcohol use disorder.

Mental and Physical Health Risks of Alcohol

A lifetime of consuming alcohol comes with great risk and will substantially increase the likelihood of developing serious mental and physical health conditions. Abstaining from alcohol or drinking in moderation can greatly reduce the risks associated with alcohol use.
Binge drinking especially presents an immediate risk of alcohol poisoning and death. In the United States, the standard of alcohol intoxication from binge drinking is indicated by a blood alcohol concentration minimum of 0.08% within two hours of consumption.
Many factors influence intoxication, including the number and strength of the alcoholic drink, body weight, sex, age, and tolerance. Research indicates that early alcohol abuse and binge drinking will result in further abuse as the individual reaches adulthood.

Common Alcohol-Related Mental and Physical Health Risks Include:

  • Developing alcohol use disorder
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cognitive deficiencies
  • Substance-induced mental health conditions
  • Suicidal ideation/tendencies
  • Brain damage
  • Impotency
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke

How Is Alcohol Use Disorder Treated?

A variety of methods have been used to successfully treat alcohol use disorder. Many mental health treatment centers or rehabilitation clinics offer treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs.
In more severe cases, admission into a mental health treatment center or rehabilitation clinic is the best step to obtain the proper treatment. The addiction is treated through various therapies, pharmaceutical interventions, and counseling from healthcare professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers.
Typically, only a licensed medical doctor such as a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. However, in some states, psychologists can prescribe medication.

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Alcohol use disorder is commonly treated at substance abuse treatment centers or rehab. Most substance abuse treatment centers provide both outpatient and inpatient services. If you are receiving outpatient services, you are not required to remain at the center at all times. Instead, you will attend treatment services at the substance abuse center a determined number of times per week.
If you are receiving inpatient services, you are required to remain at the center for the duration of treatment. Common services provided by substance abuse treatment centers typically include medical detoxification, individual and group therapy, specific psychotherapies and other life skills and coping training, and medication management.
It is important to have medical supervision when withdrawing from alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to delirium tremens, auditory and visual hallucinations, stroke, and death.

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