Treating America’s Most Common Addiction
Although prescription opioids, heroin and marijuana have dominated the national conversation over the past few years, alcoholism remains the most common and pervasive substance abuse problem in the United States. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that in 2014, nearly 25 percent of American adults engaged in binge drinking in the past month. They also estimate that nearly 700,000 Americans between the ages of 12-17 suffer from an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Nearly 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related circumstances each year. This makes alcohol the fourth highest cause of preventable death in the United States.
How Do I know if I have An Alcohol Problem?
Although each alcoholic’s drinking experience is unique, some of the more common signs of alcoholism include, but are not limited to:
- Constant Preoccupation with Drinking
- Drinking at Inappropriate Times during the Day
- Decline in Lifestyle Due to Drinking
- Legal Troubles from Drinking
- Lying about Drinking Habits
- Physical and Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms (Joint and Muscle Pain, Headaches, Tremors, Intestinal Distress, Restlessness and Irritability, Sleep Disorder, Etc.)
Once it is established that you or a loved one is vulnerable to alcohol abuse, it’s imperative that you seek treatment immediately, including detox and alcoholic rehab. Prolonged and unaddressed alcoholism can lead to a variety of long-term physical and emotional health issues, including:
- Liver Disease (Cirrhosis, Hepatitis, Jaundice, Etc.)
- Cardiomyopathy (Heart Disease)
- Gastro-Intestinal Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Migraine and Headache
- Tremors and Shaking
- Hallucinations and DTs
Many of these issues will have to be addressed through ongoing medical care even after treatment is completed.
What Does Effective Alcoholic Rehab Include?
Just as each patient’s journey to alcoholism is unique, so is the means by which they seek and receive treatment. No treatment programs are identical; however, there are some universal elements to the process from which all patients benefit, including:
- Group Therapy
- Individualized Counseling
- Withdrawal Management
- Behavior Modification
- Supplemental Therapies
- Aftercare and Monitoring
Alcoholic rehabilitation or “rehab” is the portion of alcohol treatment that addresses the long-term psychological and behavioral aspects of problematic drinking. It should be performed in an organized inpatient or outpatient setting after a thorough course of medically supervised detoxification or “detox”. The primary goal of alcoholic rehab is to give patients the emotional strength and confidence they need to live alcohol-free as they endeavor to rebuild their lives and reestablish their damaged relationships with their loved ones. Effective and targeted alcoholic rehab can very often mean the difference between ongoing success in alcohol recovery and relapse.
Prolonged and untreated alcoholism causes fundamental changes to brain chemistry that cause the drinker to crave alcohol beyond practically any logic or reason. Detox is the process by which the system is purged of the toxins that have built up through alcoholism. Detox is usually accompanied by moderate to severe withdrawal.
What Kind of Alcoholic Rehab is Right for Me?
Each patient’s rehab program should be administered according to their scope and history of alcohol abuse. Some may require more in-depth rehab in an inpatient environment (where patients stay in a residential setting through the course of their program); and some may benefit from outpatient rehab in which patients can work, raise their families and maintain their lives while in a day program. Whatever kind of treatment you need, it’s imperative that you get help now. If you or your loved one needs help for alcohol abuse or addiction, don’t wait. The professionals at Quench the Thirst are here to guide you toward quality treatment. Call 855-781-8870 to start healing today. We look forward to helping your overcome alcoholism so you can start living the rest of your life.