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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcoholism occurs when people consume an excessive amount of alcohol.

Their use is out of control and becomes the focal point in their lives. Addiction to alcohol causes negative impacts on personal, social and occupational lives. Because of its main ingredient, ethanol, alcohol is mind altering and leads to the development of excessive consumption patterns which leads to the development of physical and psychological addiction. Alcohol causes negative effects and creates major health issues.

Alcohol addiction begins when a person develops a tolerance for, and dependence on, it. If the body does not receive alcohol in a timely manner or in a big enough quantity, it will begin to display withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawing can cause intense discomfort, something that users try to avoid; usually by consuming more alcohol, which increases their risk of overdose and death. Withdrawal symptoms can be treated through the use of alcohol addiction rehabilitation at treatment centers.

Facts About Alcoholism

Over 13 million people are addicted to alcohol; however, experts believe the statistic is much higher due to the amount of people who refuse or are afraid to admit that they have an addiction.

There are many different variables that contribute to alcoholism, such as:

  • Depression
  • Over indulgence
  • Peer pressure
  • Conditions at home
  • Family mental health history
  • Genetics

Studies show that 50-60 percent of alcoholism comes from genetics and one in three alcoholics grew up living with an alcoholic. Today, one in four children live with a parent who has an alcohol problem and based upon statistics, over 9 million children will eventually become alcoholics in the United States alone.

While genetics play the biggest role in alcoholism; however, other factors include a parent’s mental health, violence or a lack of communication in the family and stress, anxiety or depression in one’s own life. Living with an alcoholic plays a role in spawning an alcoholic. The parent’s mental health, poor role modeling and family communication, stress from unpredictability and violence in the family contribute to alcoholism.

Children of alcoholics not only risk the development of alcoholism but depression, anxiety and oppositional defiant disorder as well. Adult children of alcoholics are more likely to marry an alcoholic; thus increasing the chance for their children to become alcoholics as well.

It is extremely important to receive treatment or recognize the signs and symptoms of frequent alcohol consumption in order to stop the vicious cycle of alcoholism.

Signs of Frequent Alcohol Consumption Include:

  • Hiding alcohol intake
  • Constant aggressive arguments
  • Constant smell of alcohol on the breath or skin
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Frequent overconsumption of alcohol
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Having no ability to control alcohol consumptions
  • Constant alcohol cravings
  • Displaying withdrawal symptoms when they don’t consume alcohol
  • Always having alcohol on hand

Most people do not know that having an alcohol problem is not limited to someone who drinks every day and cannot function without it. There are those who are not dependent but routinely drink to excess; this is known as binge drinking and it can also be a problem and cause long-term consequences.

Binge drinking is characterized by the consecutive consumption of alcohol until the drinker’s blood-alcohol level (BAC) exceeds 0.8 percent. For men, five or more drinks in one sitting and women drinking four or more in a two-hour period are considered binge drinking.

Most people believe binge drinking to be just a normal Friday night at the bar; however, the long-term effects can be disastrous. It is necessary to receive help if someone is binge drinking too often

How We Treat Alcoholism

Every addiction treatment at Sprout Health Texas begins with detoxification. Because the user has become accustomed to the physical and psychological rewards of alcohol, they will experience intense withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification period. Another important step in the detoxification process is nutritional support. Alcohol is an appetite suppressor and nullifies the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Chronic alcohol abusers often have severe nutritional deficiencies, including Vitamin-B, which increases hydration and aids in removing alcohol from the body. Most vitamins and minerals are administered orally; however, in some severe cases, where standard methods are ineffective, they are administered intravenously. Either way, nutrient intake is essential for the safety of the patient and to help ease the detoxification process.

Throughout treatment, our patients are closely monitored in order to adjust their treatment programs accordingly. At Sprout Health Texas, our treatment programs are highly individualized to cater to each patient’s unique needs. We teach the tools necessary to be able to continue sobriety outside of our programs. Almost one-third of alcohol abusers who successfully complete an alcohol detox program, never experience any alcohol-related issues after their first year of sobriety. For the other two-thirds, we recommend aftercare and support groups.

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