Alcoholism is a chronic disease. It is mostly characterized as causing problems to yourself and those around you yet you continue to use it. Being unable to control the amount of alcohol you consume is a factor as well. Eventually factors include having to increase the amount to get the same intoxicated effect and having withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking, or rapidly slow down your drinking.
There are many factors which contribute to why the drinking becomes a problem. Some factors include genetics, social environment, how you were raised and perhaps your mental and emotional health. Some are at a higher risk of developing their addiction due to mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety, and trying to self-medicate with the use of alcohol.
Drinking alcohol is a common social practice and that makes it difficult to determine whether or not you might have a problem. The bottom line is how alcohol effects you and those around you.
Some of these examples may help indicate if you have a drinking problem:
- If you regularly drink more than you intend to
- If you are missing work due to drinking
- If your drinking has led to problems with family or friends
- If you regularly “black out” and don’t remember what you did while you were drinking
- If you lie about your drinking
- If you drink to help cope with stress or anxiety
- If you are having trouble stopping your drinking
- If you start to experience withdrawal symptoms when not drinking such as the “shakes”
There are many health problems that go along with an addiction to alcohol that can often be life threatening.
Excessive drinkers may have:
- Liver Disease
- Heart Failure
- Digestive Problems
- Certain Cancers
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ( if pregnant)
- Physical Injury
- Violent Behavior
If you or a loved one are considering treatment for alcohol addiction, call our admissions department to consider your options. Our facility is a non 12 step program with a holistic approach. We strongly believe that a personalized approach to your treatment plan is the most effective way to overcome your addiction and help treat any mental health disorders. If our residential or outpatient programs are not right for you, we are happy to assist you in finding treatment through another facility that might better fit your needs.