Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcohol dependency can become an all-consuming factor of an individual. Families, employment, and basic living environment are all strained by alcoholism. When the body has developed a dependency to alcohol it isn’t recommended to stop “cold turkey.” Withdrawal effects can be life threatening. In a case this severe, proper medical detoxification is needed to effectively treat the withdrawal. This should be followed by an appropriate alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors like genetics, sex, race, or socioeconomics that may predispose someone to alcohol addiction. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioral factors can all contribute to having the disease.
It’s important to note that alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry.
Alcohol addiction can show itself in a variety of ways. The severity of the disease, how often someone drinks, and the alcohol they consume varies from person to person. Some people might drink all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while.
Regardless of how often a person drinks, someone typically has an alcohol addiction if they heavily rely on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended period of time.
Koinonia will develop a personalized plan of care for the client’s alcohol dependence. Behavioral therapies such as:
- Developing the skills needed to stop drinking
- Helping to build a strong social support system
- Working to set reachable goals
- Coping with or avoiding the triggers that might cause relapse
- Utilizing family counseling
In society, casual drinking is a perfectly acceptable behavior. Individuals can use alcohol to relax and be at ease. There is nothing wrong with this when it is taken in moderation. When an individual imbibes in a drink or two to relax there should not be much concern. However, in some situations drinking can increase. Increased consumption is the first sign that there may be an addiction forming. Addiction can begin subtly a few extra drinks here or there. When cravings increase so does the amount of alcohol it takes to receive its desired effects. You may need to ask yourself the question: am I an alcoholic?
Further exposure to alcohol addiction may result in employment difficulties. Individuals can have a hard time functioning at work without the aid of drinking. When dependency begins the effects of alcohol are needed just to feel normal. A developed addiction can result in loss of employment and even worse. Alcohol abuse can affect families and living situations. That’s why it may become necessary to check into an alcohol rehab center. It is never too early to seek treatment. When alcoholism sets in, a caring and intensive program can be a life saving measure.
Alcoholism can be determined by the individuals unending desire to do nothing more than to drink. It affects the lifestyle of the individual. Job, family, friends, and living all take a back seat to the consumption of alcohol. This dependence has very adverse effects on the body’s internal organs. Alcoholism can result in liver disease, heart problems, types of cancer and internal brain damage. The worst result is impaired judgment. This lack of judgment is the result of thousands of deaths in traffic related accidents. Choosing the right rehab for treatment is ultimately a decision between life and death.