Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program
Alcohol has been around for thousands of years and is widely used in our society. To many it is viewed as a norm to social events and to others a social lubricant. However, as with anything it is to be consumed in moderation. Alcohol consumption can lead to blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed breathing, and impaired judgement. Those afflicted with alcoholism find it difficult to use in moderation. The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism considered Alcohol Use Disorder as a “medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences”. Alcohol abuse can have long-lasting effects on the brain and cause serious damage to the alcoholic’s esophagus and liver among other negative effects on the body. Alcohol Use Disorder is the number one substance use disorder in the United States. As alcohol can be purchased in many places and is readily available it can be difficult to remain abstinent from the substance. The majority of those struggling with alcohol abuse require a medically assisted detox due to the life-threatening withdrawal process. The alcohol detox process can be highly unpleasant, but with medical supervision the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be mitigated.
Do You Suffer From Alcohol Use Disorder?
Alcohol Abuse, like many substance use disorders, cannot always be determined by the addicted person. Often, the alcoholic has an inability to see the debilitating effects of their consumption of alcohol and can be in denial of any problems stemming from their drinking. It can take a friend or family member pointing out issues to the alcoholic for them to begin to recognize they may have a problem with drinking. If you suffer from the following symptoms you may have an alcohol use disorder:
Alcohol Abuse Symptoms
- Unsuccessful attempts to stop or limit consumption of alcohol
- Strong urge/craving to consume alcohol
- Poor performance at school or work
- Memory loss
- Loss of interest in social activities and obligations
- Frequently turning to alcohol to deal with problems
- Frequently recovering from consuming alcohol/frequent hangovers
- Inability to stop drinking alcohol due to physical symptoms due to cessation of use
Alcohol Withdrawals can be fatal. If a personal has developed a chemical dependency to alcohol, abruptly stopping can pose serious health risks. It is for this reason that any attempt to detox from alcohol should be under the care of trained physicians in a hospital setting or in a medical detox facility.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
- Elevated blood pressure (hypertension)
- Delirium Tremens
- Rapid pulse
The alcohol detox process is done under medical supervision and aims to help a person get through high-risk alcohol withdrawals. During this process, the alcoholic will have their vitals monitored regularly and receive medication for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. This is usually done with a long-lasting benzodiazepine such as Librium or Ativan. Once a person has decided they want help for their alcohol use disorder and been stabilized from alcohol withdrawals upon completion of detox, they would then move on to the next step of the treatment process and enter an alcohol abuse treatment program.
Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center’s Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program
According to the DSM-5, the symptoms of alcohol use disorder include: a combination of craving, physical dependence, an increasing tolerance for alcohol and loss of control. If you suffer from alcohol use disorder, Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center located in Wakefield, MA, is here to help. Aftermath’s Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program will provide quality and ethical care for individuals with alcohol use disorder. The team at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center will meet each client where they are at and formulate an individualized treatment program aimed at your individual goals. Our staff brings compassion for how hard it can be to seek help for a substance use disorder. They bring this from their own experience with addiction, whether from personal experience or how the disease of addiction touched the lives of their loved ones. Our program clinically proven techniques including group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and psychopharmacology therapy in order to help you in your goals of long-term sobriety and recovery from alcohol addiction.