Alcoholism treatment addresses both the physical and psychological consequences of long-term alcohol abuse or addiction. While many people find it hard to accept that they need alcoholism treatment, an intervention may be needed when it’s clear that someone has become dependent on alcohol. Here are the key facts you need to know about identifying alcohol abuse and alcoholism, along with information about how alcoholism treatment works.
Firstly, it’s important to note that those who need alcoholism treatment often display a pattern of increasing alcohol abuse. Binge drinking, blackouts and regularly losing complete control of one’s actions and judgment, are all part of alcohol abuse, in spite of the socially acceptable nature of some of these behaviors. Often attractive to adolescents and young adults who are just beginning to drink, binge drinking with no regard for one’s well-being can be the start of a dangerous lifelong pattern of alcohol abuse. If you are struggling with alcohol, and need professional help, the staff at Essex Alcohol treatment Centers can guide you through each step of the recovery process. Call Drug Treatment Centers Essex today at (860) 207-8342 and get your life back on track.
Late onset alcoholism as defined as alcoholism that develops after the age of 60. Many in this age group are struggling with life changes like retirement, divorce, death of loved ones or declining health, and turn to alcohol to numb their feelings. For example, a recent study in American Family Physician suggests that least 17% of adults over the age of 60 are abusing alcohol.
One of the most common symptoms of alcoholism is an intense, constant craving for alcohol, which is enhanced by a growing tolerance to its effects. Alarmed by this craving, some try to give up alcohol, but most relapse without the aid of a treatment program. Withdrawal symptoms often include shaking, insomnia, anxiety, and sometimes even paranoid delusions.
Meanwhile, alcoholics also typically find it impossible to stop after the first alcoholic drink, so loved ones might notice that it’s not possible for this person to just have “a few beers.” As mentioned above, loss of control is also common, leaving the alcohol abuser feeling confused about actions they may not endorse when sober.
When an alcoholic is unable or unwilling to admit they have a serious problem, family members may plan an intervention. It can often be helpful to enlist the services of a professional interventionist who can offer advice on the wording, timing and location of the intervention, in addition to being present when the event takes place. The goal of an intervention is to communicate that the situation needs to change, and to encourage the alcoholic to accept the need for treatment, which will usually have been arranged for them.
The first step in treatment may be a medically supervised detox. Staff members monitor physical and mental health without, ensuring that the person maintains maximum comfort and dignity throughout the process. In addition, they may administer medications designed to reduce the most painful or potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms associated with a cessation of alcohol consumption. After detox, individual and group therapy aim to equip the alcoholic with the life skills to resist relapse.
In Connecticut, an estimated 83,000 individuals were identified as being dependent on alcohol or regularly abusing illicit drugs during the period of 2009-2013. Of these people, a significant proportion may end up experiencing a range of negative health consequences. For example, alcoholism is linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure and liver disease. Lesser known health problems caused by alcohol include reduced ability to fight disease, increased likelihood of throat and liver malignancies, and a higher risk of pancreatitis.
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