Alcohol rehab offers effective treatment options for patients struggling with an addiction to alcohol. People struggling with alcoholism may require alcohol rehab to help them break their physical and mental addiction.
For additional information on alcohol rehab treatments, call Clifton Drug Rehab at (973) 396-1240.
Here are some key elements about why alcohol rehab can be so effective for treating alcoholism.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease characterized by the inability to control drinking and a strong desire to drink more alcohol, despite any problems it may cause. People struggling with alcoholism may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking alcohol. When alcohol addiction reaches this point, treatment in an alcohol rehab facility may be required.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported in 2013 that 24.6% of American adults over 18 engaged in binge drinking in the previous month. 6.8% of respondents also reported engaging in heavy drinking over the same period of time.
However, it’s estimated that approximately 16.6 million American adults had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2013. Of those people, only 1.3 million received treatment at a specialized rehab center like Clifton Drug Rehab.
Alcohol abuse is characterized by drinking behaviors that have potentially negative consequences, such as binge drinking. People who abuse alcohol still have some control or ability to limit the amount they drink.
By comparison, a person with an alcohol addiction is considered to be dependent on alcohol. Someone with an alcohol addiction has developed a high tolerance to alcohol and will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. Symptoms of alcohol dependency may also include intense cravings to drink more alcohol and an inability to stop drinking, despite negative health implications.
Long-term alcohol abuse can result in developing a tolerance for alcohol. As tolerance levels increase, the risk of developing an addiction to alcohol, or alcoholism, also increases.
The more prominent signs and symptoms of alcoholism include:
Heavy drinking can have devastating effects on your health. Some health conditions linked to chronic alcoholism include:
Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast and colon
Most people associate withdrawal symptoms with illicit drug abuse. However, withdrawal from alcohol can be significantly more severe than detoxing from most street drugs.
It’s important that alcohol detox is conducted in a medically supervised environment. Severe withdrawal can be life threatening, so it’s not advised to go through withdrawal from alcohol alone or at home without adequate supervision. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
Alcohol detox is only the first step in a treatment program. Ongoing treatment and therapy is often required to address the psychological side of the addiction.
Alcohol addiction treatment may vary, depending on the level of physical dependency the patient has developed. Severe alcoholism with high physical dependency may require hospitalization and administration of drugs such as Antabuse disulfiram to alleviate withdrawal symptoms during detox.
Ongoing therapy and counseling may also be required to help the patient avoid triggers associated with drinking and to manage alcohol cravings. It’s important that a recovering alcoholic participates in an ongoing support program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous to reduce the risk of relapse.
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