Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and addiction are chronic diseases of the brain and body that can be fatal. Alcohol can be habit-forming to the brain and body, as the body can develop a dependence on the presence of alcohol to function correctly with long-term use.
Addiction and dependency may not be the same for people who abuse or misuse alcohol. A person who abuses alcohol does not have to drink every day. Many adults in the United States from ages 18 to 34 years old report abusing alcohol at least four times a month. “Abuse” can be either how often you drink or how much you consume when you drink; both forms of abuse can form an addiction, including brain chemical dependencies and risky behaviors.
If drinking has created many problems in an individual’s life, there are options for drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including medical detox, counseling, group therapy, and 12 steps anonymous meetings. Treatment centers that provide this comprehensive approach are available all over the country.
Alcohol abuse and its effects can look just like being intoxicated or indicate a more serious disease of addiction. The symptoms of a person abusing alcohol can be thus:
Binge drinking and heavy drinking can be weighed by the amount you drink in a given amount of time. For men, five drinks within two hours and four drinks per two hours for women is considered heavy consumption that can have detrimental effects. There are numerous problems associated with heavy drinking, indicating a serious addiction, dependence, and abuse. Such issues can be:
AUD, or Alcohol Use Disorder, is a chronic disease of addiction defined by the compulsive use of alcohol, not being able to control how much one drinks, and having negative states while not drinking. Some signs of chronic alcohol abuse, or alcoholism, can be:
Drinking alcohol releases endorphins in the brain. These can also slowly rewire your brain to become more dependent on drinking to feel the same way. There is no single way to predict who may become more dependent. Genetic and environmental factors both play a role in one’s tendency toward addiction. Mental health can also contribute to a drinking problem. Many people who are addicted may also have bipolar disorder, anxiety, or depression.
Our Alcohol abuse treatment center offers detoxification, mental health counseling, group therapy, 12 step meetings, and psychosocial education. Professionals can treat alcoholism with medication; simultaneously, engaging in therapy can significantly help prevent relapse and achieve sobriety.
Detox is a process where medically supervised interventions make it safe for the addicted person to flush alcohol entirely out of the body. Adjusting to a lack of alcohol in the body has many steps and stages. Many people may choose to stay as an inpatient at one of the centers to recover effectively. It is imperative to go through medical detox when there has been alcohol abuse to minimize the uncomfortable and potentially deadly effects of withdrawal.