Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the alcoholic, their friends, and their families, if left untreated. Alcoholism treatment centers offer a variety of treatment options to help alcoholics control the symptoms of alcoholism and start on a path to recovery. The key to alcoholism rehab is for addicts to acknowledge that they have a problem and realize that recovery is a life-long process of managing a chronic condition. If you or a loved one is struggling with the disease, call Drug Treatment Centers Buffalo today at 716-262-3083 and begin this life-changing process immediately.
The disease is a chronic and usually progressive condition, in which people think constantly about alcohol, are unable to control their drinking, and continue to drink at a level that interferes with their ability to function effectively in social and work environments. It is often associated with other mental health issues as well. Although genetic factors can predispose people to develop addictive habits, genes are not destiny. Treatment centers can help alcoholics live a sober and productive life.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older (7.2 percent of this age group) had an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2012. Of these, approximately 1.4 million were treated at specialized alcohol treatment centers. In the same period, according to NIAAA, approximately 855,000 teenagers suffered from alcohol abuse. Nearly 88,000 people die each year from the complications of the substance, and alcohol is a factor in over 30 percent of fatal driving accidents.
Scientists now talk about a spectrum of alcohol use disorders, ranging from mild and intermittent to more serious and long term. Alcohol abuse involves drinking alcohol to the point where it interferes with your daily life, causes you to endanger yourself or others (by driving under the influence for example), causes problems in relationships, and becomes your main mechanism for coping with stress. Binge drinking, or consuming more than four or five drinks in under two hours resulting in a blood alcohol concentration of greater than .08 is also considered a form of alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism differs from alcohol abuse, in that it refers not to how you behave under the influence of alcohol but rather to physiological symptoms. Specifically, alcoholics develop an increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol, withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking, and an inability to stop drinking even if they wish to do so.
Friends or family members can work with addiction specialists to organize an intervention, in which they arrange a group meeting with the alcoholic to help them overcome denial, admit to a drinking problem, and obtain help. Professionally-mediated interventions have a very high success rate in persuading someone addicted to the substance to get the help they need.
Once an addict enters treatment, they need to deal with both the physical and psychological issues of their addiction. The first step is detoxification, a physician-supervised process requiring appropriate medications to help patients handle delirium tremens, or the physical issues of withdrawal. The following step is a long process of treatment including counseling, behavior modification, and sometimes additional medication. The final stage of rehabilitation involves rebuilding one’s life around sobriety and creating the new habits, circumstances, and support groups necessary to maintain a successful recovery. The staff here at Drug Treatment Centers Buffalo wants to help you become the next success story. Call us today at 716-262-3083 and see just how much we can benefit you.