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Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol characterized by continuing to drink even though its negative consequences are affecting your life. This can include relationship, legal, and financial troubles.
Drug Treatment Centers Hauppauge offers comprehensive, individualized treatment for alcohol addiction that begins with medical detox before treatment commences and ends with an aftercare program to help promote long-term abstinence and recovery. Professional treatment is essential for safe detox to prevent dangerous or fatal medical conditions. Alcoholism treatment can take place at our inpatient facility or through our outpatient treatment program.
While the terms “addiction” and “abuse” are often used interchangeably, there are some differences. You can abuse alcohol without becoming addicted to it, although abuse is a major risk factor for developing an addiction.
Those who abuse alcohol still have some control over their drinking and can go for long periods without using the substance. Those who are experiencing addiction have lost control over their use and will experience withdrawal symptoms when the substance is withheld from the body.
While men and college-aged adults are more likely to abuse this drug, alcohol abuse crosses all socioeconomic, race, gender and age groups.
Nearly 21 percent of adults in Hauppauge and Suffolk County report regularly binge drinking, which is a major sign of alcohol abuse. Another indicator of abuse is blacking out after drinking, which results in a loss of memory concerning events that happened while under the influence.
Signs are objective indicators of addiction that others might notice. Symptoms are subjective indicators that someone who is addicted will feel. Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
Sometimes, alcoholism occurs after the age of 65. This is known as late onset alcoholism. Common causes of late onset alcoholism include a loss of self-esteem, boredom, mental illness, and catastrophic losses, such as the death of a spouse.
Those who heavily abuse alcohol or have an alcohol addiction are at a much higher risk for developing breast, colon, and other cancers as well as heart and liver disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Depression and anxiety can also be caused or worsened by substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers account for nearly 10,000 deaths around the country each year.
An intervention can be staged to help encourage a loved one to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction. Participants in these meetings include the person with the addiction and concerned friends and family who explain how the addiction has affected them.
A professional interventionist can help educate you about alcoholism, organize the intervention, and facilitate it to keep things productive and positive. About 90 percent of professionally-led interventions lead to the loved one agreeing to seek treatment.
Treatment for an alcohol addiction starts with medical detox. Medications are administered to help relieve the intensity of cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Because withdrawal can produce symptoms like hallucinations, tremors, seizures, and potentially fatal delirium tremens (DTs,) supervised medical detox is essential for safely removing all of the abused substance from the body.
Therapy follows the detox process and includes group, family, and individual therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an essential component of treatment and helps patients replace harmful patterns of thought and behavior with healthy ways of thinking and behaving. It also helps patients learn skills and strategies for coping with cravings, stress, and triggers.
An individualized aftercare program is put in place after treatment to help prevent relapse and includes ongoing therapy, participation in recovery support groups, and regular meetings with a case manager who assesses for new and emerging needs.