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Alcohol Additiction

What is Alcoholism/Alcohol Addiction?

Alcoholism is defined as “an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency”. Alcoholism is one of the more complicated forms of addiction to treat because:

  • Alcohol is legal
  • Alcohol is not heavily regulated (unlike many other addictive drugs)
  • Most social situations involve alcohol consumption

Therefore, the ubiquitous nature of alcohol coupled with the virtually obligatory nature of its presence and consumption in social situations makes it a particularly difficult addiction to recover from. But with the right treatment program and support from friends and family, there is hope.

When Alcohol Consumption Becomes Unhealthy

Under certain circumstances, the difference between heavy alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse can be difficult to determine. If you’re having trouble figuring out whether you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol abuse, ask yourself if you or someone you love:

  • Try to avoid family or close friends while drinking?
  • Drink more or drink excessively in the face of emotional stress?
  • Consumed so much alcohol that you suffered memory loss (a.k.a. been “blackout drunk”)?
  • Have consumed more alcohol than your peers in social drinking situations?
  • Feel uncomfortable when you don’t or can’t have access to alcohol?
  • Feel guilty about drinking?
  • Have ever felt an urgent need to drink?
  • Heard expressions of concern from loved ones about your (or your loved one’s) drinking habits?
  • Feel disappointed when drinking socially with friends and they want to end the evening before you feel ready to stop drinking?
  • Have done things while intoxicated that you (or your loved one) later regret once sober?
  • Received a DUI or a DWI?
  • Experiencing work, school or financial problems that can be connected to drinking?
  • Have experienced shakiness after a night of drinking that was alleviated by “the hair of the dog” or tranquilizers?
  • Have been drunk for several days at a time?
  • Have genetic relatives that have been diagnosed with alcoholism or any other addiction disorder?

Any of the above can be a warning sign that a person’s alcohol consumption is turning into an addiction disorder. The more “yes” answers you have, the more urgent it is that you seek help for yourself or your loved one as soon as possible.

Recovering from an Alcohol Addiction

Like many addictive substances, cessation of alcohol consumption can be dangerous. When an alcoholic stops drinking alcohol “cold turkey”, they will likely experience physiological withdrawal symptoms. Some of those may include:

  • Tremors (a.k.a. “the shakes”)
  • Inexplicable Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Night Terrors
  • Hypnic Jerks
  • Hyperactivity
  • Seizures
  • Cardiovascular disturbances
  • Death

It can be extremely dangerous for alcoholics to quit drinking without medical supervision. For this reason, the majority of alcohol rehab centers offer medically supervised detox services for those who have an alcohol abuse disorder and want to get started on the road to recovery. Whether you (or a loved one who needs help) chooses residential rehab or outpatient treatment, a supervised medical detox is the first step towards a healthy and successful recovery.