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People across the world today consume alcohol and range from light, social drinkers to hardcore alcoholics. While alcohol can be addictive, many people today consume alcohol without any addiction while others prove to be more inclined to be affected by addiction.
Alcohol abusers typically consist of people who frequently or heavily consume alcohol without being dependent on it. However, with continued abuse, dependence may happen. Alcohol addiction, however, is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake and a negative emotional state when not using.
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Alcohol depresses your central nervous system. For some people, the first reaction is stimulation. At low quantities, alcohol’s effects can be those of a stimulant which include feelings of euphoria. But as you continue to drink, you become sedated.
Eventually, the alcohol affects your speech, muscle coordination, and crucial areas of your brain. Heavy binge-drinking can even cause a life-threatening coma or death. It’s especially dangerous when you’re taking certain medications that are also depressants.
About 15 million people in the U.S. have alcohol use disorder (AUD). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) outlines the criteria necessary to be diagnosed with AUD. Anyone who has any two of the 11 criteria during the same 12-month period may be diagnosed with AUD. The severity of the disorder — mild to severe — depends on the number of criteria met.
To find out whether you or a loved one might have AUD, ask the following questions.
In the past year have you:
Your drinking might already be a problem if you have any of the previous symptoms. The more criteria you meet, the more important it is for you to change. A medical professional can give you a formal assessment to determine if you have AUD. No matter how severe the problem is, people with AUD can benefit from alcohol treatment centers. Unfortunately, less than 10% of them ever receive any help.
Factors that can have an impact on how drinking alcohol affects your body and behavior are:
Some theories suggest that for some people drinking has a different and stronger effect that can lead to AUD.
Drinking too much alcohol over time can change the normal function of the areas of your brain associated with pleasure, judgment, and the ability to control your behavior. This results in craving alcohol to try to restore good feelings and reduce the negative ones.
You might have started drinking alcohol in your teens, but alcohol use disorder happens more often in the 20s and 30s. However, it can begin at any age. Risk factors include:
The most common, expensive, and deadly pattern of alcohol use in the U.S. is binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that causes your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to rise to 0.08 or higher. Typically, this happens when men drink 5 or more drinks in about 2 hours and for women it’s 4 drinks. Oddly enough, most people who binge drink do not have severe alcohol use disorder. But there are serious risks.
Many times when people think of the consequences of alcohol abuse, they think of the awful hangovers they might end up with the next day. However, there are more effects that are often overlooked. These may include:
Continued abuse of alcohol can affect all areas of a person’s life, from their relationships with friends and family to their careers and overall health and well being.
Treatment for alcohol addiction depends on the severity of your disorder and how long you’ve been abusing alcohol. Like most people, you will probably need the following.
In detox, you rid your body of toxins and your brain adjusts to functioning without alcohol. This can be a painful process. So much that people relapse during detox just to stop the withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to have medical supervision during this period.
At Rock Recovery, however, we use an abstinence-based approach to treatment without medication.
Whether you’ve been heavily drinking for a few weeks or a few years, you may experience mental and physical withdrawal symptoms when you cut back or quit drinking alcohol. The heavier you drink and the more frequently, the greater the potential for your withdrawal to produce severe and even deadly effects. These may include:
When you enter alcohol rehab in West Palm Beach, you will work with addiction specialists and therapists to develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs and issues. It might involve setting goals and looking into any underlying issues or conditions you have. People with AUD frequently have a co-occurring mental condition. This is called a dual diagnosis and both conditions need to be treated at the same time.
This is the heart of your treatment. Individual counseling and therapy groups help you better understand your issues with alcohol and provide you support for your recovery. Family or couples therapy may be a benefit in your situation. Some therapies involve exercise and recreational activities which distract you from thinking about your alcohol using life. These can all be important to your recovery process.
Did you recognize the symptoms of alcohol use disorder? Do you need help for yourself or someone close to you? Maybe you’re “just” a binge drinker. If so, you are on your way to an AUD and some rough times ahead.
Get some treatment or help someone else get help. At Rock Recovery Center, we have worked with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. Our professional recovery specialists are medically trained and licensed and their only job is to help you. Contact us now. We are prepared to help in your journey to sobriety or to help someone that you love.
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