Recognizing that a drinking problem has become an addiction can be difficult for someone who is going through it. It can be just as difficult for friends and family to step in when a substance abuse problem has taken over their loved one’s life and personality. Finding the right treatment takes a combination of personal will and professional help.
If you are seeking treatment for a drinking addiction, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee at (321) 697-7113.
Alcoholism is a disease, and those who suffer from it should seek alcoholism treatment. Excessive drinking creates a physical addiction over time. This has existed since humans first consumed liquids from fermented products. The earliest literature describes drunkenness and contains characters who are clearly alcoholics.
Figures from the NIAAA show that alcohol consumption per capita is steadily increasing all over the US. There are more licensed brewers than ever, over 2,500 more than in 1980. Almost 90% of adults (18+) admit drinking at some stage, and nearly 25% admit drinking to excess on occasion.
Figures for Kissimmee are worse than the national average. Kissimmee has thousands of transient workers attracted by the nearby theme parks. The majority of these workers are single with no responsibilities, and are in the category of heavy drinkers.
People can have a drinking problem without being or becoming addicts. Regularly exceeding recommended limits is considered alcohol abuse. Binge drinking, which involves consuming a lot of alcohol in a short time, is also abuse.
When a person has blackouts and cannot remember details of the drinking session, they are engaging in substance abuse. Because drinking is considered socially acceptable, it can take months or even years for someone to finally seek help from a recovery program.
Most of the signs of alcohol addiction are the same as those of abusive drinking. These may include:
Excessive drinking will eventually cause physical problems. These may include:
The body builds tolerance to drinking, so alcoholics need to consume more and more to satisfy the craving.
Alcohol addiction treatment programs need to be tailored to each individual. The addict has to become free of alcohol through detoxification. Withdrawal symptoms during detox may be very severe. They can include:
People can develop dependency late in life. This is often due to major changes in their life. Those who retire may struggle to fill in their time, and turn to alcohol. The loss of a long-term partner can trigger alcohol abuse leading to addiction.
The sooner a person enters treatment, the more likely they are to make it through their drinking addiction. If you are ready to stop drinking and start living a healthier, happier life, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee. Our drug experts are standing by when you dial (321) 697-7113.