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What is an Intervention for Alcoholism?
An intervention for alcoholism is a planned group meeting, with a trained interventionist, between someone struggling with alcohol and people concerned about their well-being. An intervention usually involves loved ones having already arranged a treatment center for the addict to enter immediately after the intervention. It is designed to help the person realize there is a problem and choose to get help.
Sometimes family members share their consequences if the person fighting addiction does not decide to go to rehab. An interventionist will help organize the intervention, prepare the members for the content, and convince someone to receive treatment. An intervention might be needed when your drinking has caused trouble with school, work, or loved ones.
You may have had negative legal consequences due to events while you were drinking. The intervention itself can be emotional and uplifting. If the person does not agree to receive treatment, establishing boundaries and ending enabling behavior is the next step. Surrounding the person struggling with alcohol with love and support to help convince them to help themselves is the intervention’s overall goal.
Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder is a combination of behaviors indicating someone has problems controlling their alcohol use. Alcohol can produce feelings of relaxation and happiness when first ingested. These feelings might soothe anxiety or artificially combat loneliness.
As you drink more alcohol, you may start to feel drowsy; your heart rate slows, limbs may feel heavy, and delayed mental processing occurs. For someone who has issues controlling their drinking, alcohol becomes more important in your life. Some signs of an alcohol problem are drinking alone, being dishonest about your drinking, and passing out or blacking out.
Sometimes a person abusing alcohol can be irritable with other people who get in their way of drinking. They may continue to drink even while being aware of negative consequences, such as losing a job, relationship problems due to alcohol use, etc. Sometimes they are irritable until they begin drinking. Consistent use of alcohol can create a physical dependency on alcohol, leading to feelings of alcohol withdrawal when you stop alcohol for a while.
These feelings can be uncomfortable. If you have to stop drinking, you may end up drinking again to avoid withdrawal feelings. Drinking too much alcohol without developing a physical dependency can be referred to as alcohol abuse, while physical and mental dependence on alcohol is considered alcohol addiction. At times it can be difficult to distinguish the difference between addiction and abuse.
Effects and Abuse of Alcohol and Alcoholism
Chronic use of alcohol can be damaging to social, mental, and financial health. Its use can continue for many years without being identified as an issue. With alcohol being legal and available, sometimes the only signs and symptoms of addiction are behaviors, not necessarily how much alcohol others observe you drink.
Alcohol is a depressant. It has different effects depending on the amount ingested. Small amounts can make you feel relaxed and more social, while large quantities affect balance, vision, coordination, and the ability to make rational decisions. Additional intake can slow breathing and cause decreased brain function, which can further lead to death.
Alcohol affects many organ systems and is a well-known risk factor for developing various cancers, permanent hearing loss, cardiac insufficiency, and stroke. It contributes to high blood pressure, gastrointestinal bleeding, blood disorders, and liver problems. The earlier help is sought for alcohol abuse, the greater the chance is of repairing your heart, ears, and mental health.
Alcohol use is estimated to be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 29 people die in the United States every day because of an alcohol-impaired driver.
Only about 8% of people with alcoholism receive treatment each year. Alcoholism is one of the most common addictions that exist. For many people, finding a qualified treatment center with experienced staff is the first step towards recovery.
Treating alcohol abuse and addiction may involve being admitted to a rehab center. Sometimes, you may enter a medical facility for medical support and supervision during the detox period due to the risk of dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Others may be able to detox at an inpatient rehab facility with less intensive medical support.
If you choose an inpatient facility, your treatment may involve individual and group counseling, peer support meetings, and time with others in addiction treatment. At times a person abusing alcohol may have become so isolated that re-learning socialization behaviors is an important treatment step.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
Are you ready for alcohol rehab? Resurgence Behavioral Health is prepared to answer questions and guide you during this unfamiliar time. We help families start on the recovery journey and give you the tools for long term success.
Choosing to accept help is the first step to increased joy in your life. Call us today to schedule your consultation.