They will continue to consume alcohol even when it is causing serious problems at home, at work, in their relationships, or financially.
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Rise of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction has been an issue for many years. However, it is constantly rising. People are also becoming more and more aware of alcohol addictions, which is why rehab facilities are more in demand now than ever.
With the addition of many charities and support groups such as alcoholics anonymous, people are a lot more aware of alcohol addictions and, thankfully, there is now more help out there than ever for those who are suffering from this type of addiction.
Are All Addictions Diseases?
Addictions do not occur due to moral weakness, unwillingness to stop, or a lack of willpower. Addictions of any kind are actually chronic illnesses that are accompanied by a number of significant changes in the brain.
People often start to drink or take drugs because they believe they can control their use. Over time, more and more alcohol and drugs are needed to achieve the same level of high they received when they first started. Progressive changes in the brain occur the more you consume the substance and this drives the compulsion.
When this happens, the person can longer choose not to consume the substance, even if it means losing everything they once cared about. The addiction basically takes over their life.
Is Alcohol Addiction a Disease?
Alcoholism is seen as being a chronic disease. It can be difficult to determine when substance abuse becomes alcoholism. It is usually when the person loses control over their use of alcohol.
Alcohol addiction is usually classed as a disease when:
- You try to stop drinking but can’t
- You have a physical dependency on alcohol
- You experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop drinking
- You continue drinking despite the negative effects on your life
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition that is characterised by an impaired ability to be able to control or stop consuming alcohol despite the adverse effects that it has on your life.
This disorder is considered to be a brain disorder and it can come in various forms from mild to severe. Heavy drinking for a long period of time can cause changes in the brain that make you at a higher risk of relapse.
No matter how severe the problem may seem, however, it has been proven that rehab can help. The various behavioural therapies, support groups, and medications provided in rehab can help people with AUD achieve and maintain their recovery.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
The symptoms of alcohol addiction include the following:
- Drinking alcohol alone or secretly drinking
- Not being able to control the amount you drink
- Needing more alcohol to feel the effects
- Having relationship problems, work problems, or problems with the law as a result of drinking
- Blacking out and not being able to remember things
- Gulping drinks very quickly to feel good
- Having rituals and being irritated if someone comments on the rituals such as drinking before meals, or
- immediately after work
- Storing alcohol in strange places
- Losing interest in hobbies
- Irritability when drinking times are approaching
- Constant urges to drink
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
There are many alcohol treatment options and therapies available to people recovering from addictions. These include the following:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – This is a specialised talking therapy that is focused on identifying and correcting the negative thoughts that encourage you to keep drinking alcohol.
- Prescribed Medications – Medications are prescribed to help with the withdrawal symptoms that come when easing off alcohol.
- Dual-Diagnosis Treatment – If your addiction is accompanied by mental health problems such as depression, a dual diagnosis treatment will help your counsellor tackle both problems at once.
- Support Groups – These are peer-led therapy groups where attendees share their experiences with each other.
- Family Therapy – This is where family members meet to support you with your recovery. They may also seek support for themselves as helping someone through addiction can be difficult.
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- Behavioural therapies
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- Assisted medications
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