Alcohol addiction does not only affect the alcoholic; it takes a toll on all of their loved ones. Children can suffer emotional trauma that will last throughout their entire lives. Other family members can harbor resentments and anger towards the alcoholic. Things are said and done when drinking alcohol that cannot be taken back or undone. This can cause permanent harm to individuals. Driving while intoxicated can cause severe physical harm to yourself or others, even death.
The Increase of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction (alcoholism) increases in the United States every year. More women are addicted to alcohol today than ever before. Alcohol abuse is one step away from alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is not only a social problem. Many times people abuse alcohol because of depression, stress, anxiety, or to cope with other emotional problems.
Many high school and college students start drinking from peer pressure and to enhance their party experience. Binge drinking is common with this age group. They try to see how much and how fast they can drink to get drunk. College student drinkers choose to drink as a way of “fitting in” with the crowd. Many individuals who start out with binge drinking in college end up as adult alcoholics.
Some Information from NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
Alcohol overdose or alcohol poisoning happens when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life support functions such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control begin to shut down.
Symptoms of alcohol overdose include:
- Difficulty remaining conscious
- Trouble breathing
- Slow heart rate
- Clammy skin
- Dulled responses
- Extremely low body temperature
Never assume that an unconscious person will be alright to just sleep it off. The blood alcohol concentration can continue to rise even while the individual is unconscious. This can cause strokes, heart attacks, and even death.
Developing the Addiction
You do not have to be a binge drinker or even start as a binge drinker to develop alcohol addiction. You can be a person who drinks a few drinks every day, but once you have come to depend on the alcohol physically as well as mentally, you have developed alcohol addiction. Society has many successful business men and women who are addicted to alcohol. They are called “functioning alcoholics.” So far, they can carry on with their normal day to day activities without the alcohol interfering, but this won’t last forever. They will soon experience physical and mental, side effects from the alcohol. Once this happens, there is no choice left but to seek help from an alcohol addiction treatment center.
Residential alcohol and drug treatment centers have better success rates than outpatient treatment centers. It mostly depends on the person, the length of the addiction, and what their preferences are. In a residential center, the client is taken away from the temptations of alcohol. They stay at the rehabilitation center while having treatment and counseling. Many prefer this type of facility because they have not yet been detoxed and gotten rid of the cravings for the alcohol. Sometimes outpatient clients have a problem resisting the temptation to drink if they are allowed to return home every day when first starting treatment.
There are many different types of alcohol addiction treatment programs from which to choose. A counselor will help you design a program based on your individual preferences. For many, a faith-based program is the best choice for treatment. With a faith-based program, the client attends Bible studies and can rely on prayer and pastoral counseling to help them through treatment. For many individuals, turning to a higher power can be very comforting in times of trouble, problems, and struggles.
If you are not a spiritual person, you can choose a secular treatment program or perhaps a holistic program. Holistic programs do not use any medications in your detoxification or treatment. Holistic treatment takes a natural approach to treatment. You are treated with herbal and natural medicines instead of prescriptions. You receive vitamin supplements and nutritious meals to aid with your recovery. Many clients receive acupuncture, meditation, yoga, and exercise as a method of treatment. This helps you recover mentally and physically.
At Best Choice Rehabilitation, we have compassionate and caring staff members to attend to any needs you have while in our residential treatment center. You will reside in a safe and comfortable environment while receiving counseling and therapy for your alcohol addiction.