Alcohol Addiction

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Alcohol Addiction

It was never part of your plan, drinking through the day. It was also never a problem. That’s what you told everyone, at least. It isn’t a problem when you’re just having fun. You don’t need alcohol, you just want to kick back… so what’s the big deal?

Drinking The Day Away

Day drinking is the catchphrase excuse being tossed about in conjunction with obvious alcoholism these days. A day in the life is simple: orange juice becomes beer, lunch becomes gin and tonic, of course dinner goes great with a case, and then it’s straight Seagram’s for the rest of the night. There is always a good enough reason to throw back a drink… the Yankees lost The World Series, cutting the grass really wore you out, your wife is mad because you got another overdraft charge at the bank.

Fun drinking, angry drinking, stressed drinking… there’s no shortage of emotion to lay claim to what is now your habit. After a while, lying to yourself may prove easier than lying to the people around you because they’re not drunk.

Risks And Repercussions

All the excuses may be the least of an alcoholic’s true problems in the long run, or even the short term. Risks, for instance, for a regular whiskey drinker include mouth cancer, the result of which can be partial to full jaw removal. Drunk driving, obvious as it may be, often ends in legal and financial trouble, injury, or fatality. Excessive alcohol abuse can lead an addict down a number of paths, none of which are safe or healthy, and though many accept this as a fact, it doesn’t change their inherent view of drinking, nor their desire to continue down one of those dark paths.

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Though both genetic influence and mental illness can play large parts in the making of an alcohol addict, it is choice that determines how deeply that addiction is satiated. Making the choice to drink heavily, or binge on alcohol can lend a hand to full-blown addiction. Similarly, responding to emotionally negative situations by drinking is a form of alcohol abuse that can feed off of itself, become cyclical, and result in addiction.

Know The Signs Of Alcohol Addiction

Warning signs of alcohol addiction can include:

  • Drinking alone and day drinking
  • Emotional drinking
  • Alcohol always the root cause of problems in life
  • Feelings of withdrawal when not drinking
  • Repeat drinking while driving, regardless of consequence
  • Sacrificing normal activities and responsibilities for drinking
  • Inappropriate drinking, such as: during family/religious events

These signs of addiction should be taken seriously and considered problematic as they commonly destroy relationships and deteriorate one’s life. And though these symptoms remain immediately dangerous, they, and all other facets of alcoholism can be dealt with. Alcohol addiction is a disease for which there are many modes of treatment that lead toward recovery.

Paths Toward Recovery

  • Inpatient Rehab: Residential treatment that involves detoxification, cognitive behavioral therapy, 24-hour medical care, and many more beneficial processes and conveniences to make the program and stay comfortable. Inpatient rehab is a good fit for addicts whose behaviors may need to be more closely monitored in order to stay on track with recovery.
  • Outpatient Rehab: At-home rehabilitation, normally meant for those who have less of a need for intense detoxification and are more likely to succeed while still attending school, going to work, etc. Patients have choices of several types of therapy, support groups, and can stay close to those in support of their recovery.
  • 12-step Programs: Commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, this is a type of treatment that follows a strict set of guidelines that help an addict accept their disease and face their problems. This program is completed while also attending support groups, therapies, and usually having a sponsor to help each addict maintain focus and continue to make appropriate decisions.
  • Medication: Some medications for alcohol addiction reduce withdrawal symptoms that occur while detoxifying. These help with potential anxiety that can cause an addict to fear withdrawal and use again. Other medications include those that help recovering addicts stay sober, making the intake of alcohol cause stomach sickness and reducing the pleasure that comes with drinking.

Recovery Is Key

Focusing on a better future for your life and getting help for your alcohol addiction is always the right choice. From deciding the best style of recovery to selecting a comforting treatment, can guide you in the right direction and help you take back your life. Contact us today and start living again.

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