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How Common is Alcohol Abuse?

An alcohol addiction is not always taken as seriously as an addiction to other substances. Maybe that is because alcohol use is so common and legal. Perhaps the fact that an addiction to alcohol has its own name, alcoholism, shows that it is seen differently from other addictions.

Yet, as your family may know, an addiction to alcohol is just as serious and harmful as other addictions. It can cause many problems in your life and lead you down a negative, unhealthy path.

If alcohol is affecting your life, it’s important to realize that an addiction is not simple to quit. Over time, it changes your brain and your behaviors. It takes time—and often professional support—to quit safely and effectively and to stay in recovery.

What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

When you stop using an addictive substance suddenly, especially after long-term or hard use, you can experience symptoms of withdrawal. This happens with alcohol just like it does with other addictive substances, especially when you try to quit “cold turkey.”

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Stopping alcohol intake “cold turkey” can be dangerous, both because it can cause harmful symptoms and because people don’t always realize the danger of alcohol withdrawal. People often underestimate the potential consequences of withdrawal from alcohol just as they do with addiction to alcohol.

Soon after you stop drinking, you might feel your hands shaking and you could sweat, get headaches and feel nauseous and even vomit. You might also experience anxiety and insomnia. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable, they are considered mild symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. That’s because alcohol withdrawal can become more serious and dangerous. It can even be fatal.

If you experience the more severe symptoms, you could have hallucinations, delusions and seizures. You might become confused, have a fever, sweat heavily, hyperventilate, feel your heart beating very quickly and have increased blood pressure.

The symptoms that can possibly lead to death are the irregular heartbeat, the seizures and dysfunction of the kidney or liver.

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Your Life

People who use healthy coping mechanisms to handle the difficulties of life tend to learn from their experiences and grow and mature on a personal level. But turning to alcohol to deal with problems is an unhealthy coping mechanism that’s often more focused on escaping the problem than on facing and working through it.

This method of using alcohol to cope can slow or pause your emotional development, getting in the way of finding healthier coping strategies and making it harder for you to handle difficulties in life.

This pattern ultimately doesn’t work, because life is full of difficult situations to handle. Also, an alcohol addiction only tends to cause more problems in your life that will be tough for you to handle without good coping mechanisms. For example, an alcohol addiction can contribute to financial troubles, health problems and unhealthy relationships.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol use disorder are problems in and of themselves. For example, you might drink more than you meant to and find you can’t cut down when you try. Maybe you spend a large portion of your time drinking and make it a main focus of your thoughts and your life, even putting it ahead of people, work and hobbies you once cared about. A major sign of alcohol use disorder is when you can’t or don’t want to quit despite the problems drinking is causing in your life.

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Treatment can provide support to overcome an alcohol addiction and stay in recovery. A detox program can make the alcohol withdrawal process faster, safer and more comfortable. Once you have the alcohol out of your system, you can transition to a rehab program that helps you work through your addiction and learn how to live differently.

This type of treatment gets into the causes of your addiction, the triggers you face and other factors that contribute to the problem. It also provides guidance and tools to help you manage your new life without going back to alcohol, while also knowing how to get back on track if you do experience a recurrence of symptoms.

In many cases, treatment for an alcohol addiction needs to include treatment for a co-occurring disorder. This is because you might use alcohol along with one or more other addictive substances, which would mean you’d have another type of substance use disorder on top of alcohol use disorder. Another possibility is that you have a mental health disorder on top of the alcohol use disorder, which is common.

At Transformations Treatment Center, we can provide an individualized treatment program to empower you to find long-term recovery from alcohol addiction, as well as to focus on any co-occurring disorders you may have.

If needed, we provide medically assisted detox treatment through our facility Summit Detox to help you safely overcome symptoms of withdrawal. We are able to monitor you and provide methods of managing symptoms to make the process safer and more effective.

For rehab treatment, we offer individualized programs with a holistic approach. Our offerings include an intensive outpatient program, outpatient programs and a partial hospitalization program. We offer different treatment tracks, programs and levels to customize your treatment to your needs.

We also offer an aftercare program to help you maintain sobriety once you’ve completed our treatment program. It can help you stay on track and have a lifeline if you do have the symptoms return.

If you need to travel to the area or would benefit from being away from home for more effective treatment, we offer safe and comfortable housing options near our treatment center.

Using treatment to overcome alcohol addiction can make the process safer and easier. At Transformations Treatment Center, you’ll gain support to guide you on the path to a new life. Call today to get started or learn more.

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