Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcohol is one of the most popular drugs with high use worldwide. Unfortunately, widespread social acceptance of alcohol consumption poses serious difficulties in raising awareness of the risks involved; most people consider moderate alcohol consumption associated with parties, events, going out with friends, completely harmless.
For this reason, many individuals gradually – and progressively – increase the frequency and amount of alcohol they drink and, without realizing it, they develop alcohol dependence. This problem affects everyone who comes in contact with the person living with alcohol use disorder. It can be a source of misunderstandings and resentments, leading to financial insecurity, rejection from friends and employers.
Alcohol dependence is not a sign of weakness but is a serious chronic condition that requires specialized treatment and a complex recovery program. Our Guide to Rehab therapists approach the recovery process by going through progressive stages with clear objectives and tasks. Alcohol rehabilitation is more than just solving the negative consequences, it also helps patients reach a lifestyle that promotes physical, psychological, and social health.
Alcohol abuse is a serious chronic condition, not a vice
Uncontrolled alcohol consumption can have serious health and social life repercussions. The person living with alcohol use disorder is affected by a progressive addiction, both physical and mental, dealing regularly with a strong urge to drink, despite the physical harm caused by the consumption of large amounts of alcohol.
Like other addictions, alcohol use disorderis treatable.
Symptoms of unhealthy alcohol use
Symptoms of alcohol dependence can include:
- the urge to consume alcohol;
- loss of control – the inability to limit drinking on special occasions;
- mental dependence – symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as dizziness, nausea, anxiety, tremors, and profuse sweating;
- high tolerance – the need to increase the amount of alcohol to feel its effects;
- drinking alone or in secret;
- amnesia during alcohol consumption;
- loss of interest in once enjoyable hobbies;
- irritability/nervousness when approaching the usual time of alcohol consumption;
- alcohol storage in unusual places;
- excessive alcohol consumption, to create a better emotional state.
Side effects of alcohol misuse
Alcoholism affects the central nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in activity, anxiety, inhibitions, and tension. Even a glass or two of wine or beer can change motor skills, behaviour and the ability to think clearly.
Alcohol can impair concentration and judgment while excessive alcohol consumption can lead to severe intoxication. Some of the effects of alcoholism include abdominal pain, confusion, violence, hostility, inability to eliminate or reduce the amount of alcohol consumption, nausea, vomiting, numbness and tingling, unkempt appearance, hiding alcohol, or shaking when waking up in the morning.
In terms of health, excessive alcohol consumption can have dramatic effects on blood circulation, the heart, pancreas, liver, or stomach.
When the blood alcohol level exceeds a certain limit, it can cause brain damage – the respiratory system is slowed down to a critical point where oxygen no longer reaches the brain, causing coma or death.
Quitting alcohol suddenly, without medical assistance, can cause confusion, anxiety, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, psychosis, high temperature, fast heart rate, agitation or nervousness, seizures and tremors.
When consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, it is recommended to consult a specialist regarding detox because in some situations the symptoms of withdrawal without medical support can cause death.
Treatment for alcohol addiction
Rehabilitation is needed by people with chronic alcohol dependence. Alcohol detoxification is a complex, multi-component treatment programme, designed to meet the needs of each patient, while taking into consideration the effects and consequences of alcohol abuse.
A therapist’s role is to identify the patient’s resourcefulness, addiction awareness, motivation for change, confidence in their potential to change and the importance of their own recovery. All these issues are discussed with the therapy team in order to develop a personalized treatment. Setting goals, therapeutic approach, interventions, frequency of sessions, duration, will be recommended and constantly adjusted depending on each patient.
Effective treatment ensures monitoring of adherence to the personalised programme and addressing the need for any changes or adjustments to the treatment plan. With the help of Guide to Rehab’s approved specialists, each patient will gain the necessary knowledge about addiction and develop the skills they need to reach stable and lasting abstinence.