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Alcoholism

Alcohol is a drug and can be addictive with continued use. Alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for all age groups and is often combined with other drugs.

Alcohol use disorders involve the inability to manage drinking habits. These types of disorders can be either mild, moderate, and severe. Each category has various symptoms and can cause harmful side effects. If left untreated, any type of alcohol use can spiral out of control.

Individuals struggling with alcoholism often feel as though they cannot function normally without alcohol. This can lead to a wide range of issues that impact professional goals, personal relationships, and overall health. Over time, these serious side effects can be progressive, and if left untreated, fatal.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Sometimes the warning signs of alcohol misuse or abuse are very noticeable. Other times, they can take longer to surface. When alcohol addiction is discovered in its early stages, the chance for successful recovery increases significantly.

Common signs of alcoholism include:

  • Being unable to control alcohol consumption once you start
  • Continuing to drink despite the desire to quit
  • Unable to maintain commitment to sobriety
  • Thinking about how to “drink successfully” despite evidence that you cannot
  • Putting alcohol above personal responsibilities and relationships
  • Feeling the need to keep drinking more for the same effect
  • Spending a substantial amount of money on alcohol
  • Behaving differently after drinking

If you feel as though your alcohol consumption is taking a toll on your life, it’s important to find quality treatment that can help you overcome alcoholism.

Drinking Patterns May Vary

The classic alcoholic tends to fit a model where an individual’s intake of alcohol progresses from social amounts to intermediate stages of drinking in high amounts and finally to advanced alcoholism. In this state, some people may drink continuously for days and weeks on end and with no regard whatsoever for time of day.

At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, we also treat alcoholics of the binge drinking sort. These alcoholics can often abstain from drinking for substantial periods of time, yet when commencing to drink, it tends to be very intense and in great quantities.

Whether you are of the classic variety, the binge drinking variety, or some other permutation, the tie that binds all alcoholics is the fact that once you ingest an amount of alcohol, you cannot always guarantee how much you will drink or for how long. Coupled with the overpowering inability to stop drinking altogether, this combination can be baffling.

Alcohol Affects Every Organ in the Body

The most commonly known related disease is cirrhosis of the liver, but there are many adverse medical effects of alcohol use. These include:

  • Heart problems
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Liver cancer
  • Malnutrition
  • High blood pressure
  • Cognition problems
  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Uncontrolled anger
Integrated Treatment is Key to Treating Alcoholism

Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that offers all of the therapeutic resources necessary to help the individual heal physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. There is no one cause of addiction, though living with a mental health disorder may increase the likelihood of developing an alcohol use disorder — and vice versa. Everyone is different. In some cases, a mental health disorder predates alcohol abuse. In other cases, mental health symptoms are not apparent until after addiction has taken hold — sometimes, these conditions are exacerbated or worsened by drinking.

Treatment at Origins Begins with Assessment

At Origins, each of our patients takes part in thorough health assessments to ensure that alcoholism and any co-occurring disorders are diagnosed and treated. We help our patients address medical complications resulting from drinking, as well as co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression. Our team works alongside the family system to develop individual treatment plans that meet the unique needs of every patient. Through rigorous assessment, each individual is given a plan for healing that guides the way to sustained recovery.

Origins’ Expects Include Physicians, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists

Our expertly trained professionals treat alcohol use disorders through multi-disciplinary, medically intensive programming. Together, our treatment teams attend not only to the physical and mental needs of our clients but the psychological and spiritual needs as

well. This highly specialized, integrated treatment model has been shown to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life for those struggling with alcoholism.

There is No Cure for Alcoholism, but People Can and Do Recover

While there is no cure for any mental health disorder, including alcoholism, many go on to lead incredible lives filled with hope and courage. Numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions have been proven to be effective in treating those who are living with alcohol use disorders. The key is receiving personalized treatment that is intensive and integrated. When long-term support and with therapeutic and spiritual interventions are applied, people with alcoholism can recover.