Left untreated, alcoholism can be a one-way ticket to destruction. Marriages can be ruined. Children can be left emotionally scarred. An alcoholic frequently dies early. If you or your loved one is ready to take a different path towards a healthy, happier life, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
Alcoholism treatment is necessary.
In most cases, alcoholism treatment is the only way to successfully conquer problem drinking; the very nature of alcoholism prevents the alcoholic from beating the disease on his or her own. Sure, some alcoholics might stop for a day, a week or even months to prove they’re “in control” but those sober periods usually don’t last without proper help.
If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol abuse or alcoholism, contact us today to speak with one of our caring and experienced Treatment Consultants. We can answer any questions regarding the information on this site, and work with you to develop individualized plans for treatment provided by American Addiction Centers.
What is alcoholism?
Alcoholism is defined as both a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, and in short, the sufferer simply cannot stop drinking. This addiction can reveal itself in a variety of ways, from missing work due to hangovers, to non-stop arguments with the spouse at home.
Signs of alcoholism:
- Craving: A strong desire or need to drink.
- Loss of control: An alcoholic is not a “social drinker,” and won’t stop at one drink. Even on nights that the alcoholic says they won’t drink much — perhaps he or she is the designated driver — they still end up getting drunk.
- Physical dependence: Alcoholics, when they stop drinking, frequently experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety. These symptoms usually go away if the alcoholic consumes more alcohol or takes another sedative drug such as a Valium. Alcohol detoxification is usually required at this point.
- Tolerance: Alcoholics can frequently drink their friends “under the table.” But this ability to “handle their booze” comes from the fact that they drink so frequently — requiring higher and higher amounts of alcohol to get drunk. Frequent drinking is incredibly harmful to the body. High tolerance is nothing to brag about and is a common symptom of a drinking problem.
Give us a call at 877-417-6237 if you have questions or concerns about the signs of alcoholism.
…But don’t doctors say a glass of wine is good for you?
The health benefits of an occasional glass of wine are, in many ways, over-hyped. While moderate alcohol consumption has been found to promote heart health, studies have also shown the opposite, and that both moderate and excessive drinking can, for example, increase the risk of breast cancer in women.
If moderate drinking is a mixed bag health-wise, heavy drinking (the kind associated with alcoholism) is unquestionably dangerous.
Alcohol can be a killer substance.
Because alcohol is such a big part of our culture, from football games to weddings, people tend to overlook how deadly it can be. But alcohol abuse kills countless Americans every year.
According to 2008 data from the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol is the third-leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation. These include tragic drunk driving accidents that kill not only alcoholics, but also innocent families and children. Over time, other health consequences from alcoholism can occur, such as:
- Early onset of heart disease
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Decreased bone density and blood cell production
- Depressive episodes, severe anxiety, even thoughts of suicide
Don’t suffer alone, and and don’t let your addiction problem lead to drastic measures such as liver or kidney transplants. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237 for the help you need and deserve.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find alcoholism treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury alcohol treatment.