Alcohol Addiction and Treatment
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Individuals that suffer from alcoholism are unable to control how much they drink once they start. It doesn't matter where they're at or who they're with they are unable to limit them self. The urge to drink may become overwhelming very often because of their deep need for alcohol. This affects the individual suffering from alcoholism emotionally and physically until they're able to drink again.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease and is also referred to as alcohol dependence. This disease includes 4 major symptoms as follows:
- Craving: A strong need or a compulsion to drink
- Loss of Control: The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion
- Physical Dependence: Withdrawal symptoms that include nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety when drinking is stopped.
- Tolerance: The need to drink larger amounts of alcohol in order to get high
When a person living with alcoholism is unable to drink their bodies begin to go through withdrawal symptoms until they're able to. As mentioned above they experience nausea, they become shaky and become anxious and many times they are unable to function. Alcoholism not only destroys the alcoholic emotionally and many times physically but damages families and relationships. Alcoholism destroys the whole person including their spirit.
Another symptom that's associated with alcoholism is black-outs; they are quite common among people who are alcohol dependent. They have trouble remembering conversations or events that took place while drinking. When the individual has sobered up this has caused major problems for them self as well as their families, friends, and sometimes coworkers. This makes it extremely hard living with someone who is suffering from alcoholism and because of their denial; they take no responsibility because you are the one that's wrong or don't remember.
Health problems associated with Alcoholism and chronic abuse:
- Liver Disorders such as cirrhosis
- Digestive problems such as gastritis
- Heart problems which include high blood pressure
- Higher risk of heart failure or strokes
- Diabetes such as hypoglycemia
- Sexual dysfunction
- Menstruation problems
- Problems with the muscles in the eyes
- Bone loss
- Neurological problems such as numbness in your hands and feet
- Short term memory loss, dementia, or unable to think straight
- Alcoholism increases the risks of cancer which can include mouth, throat, liver, colon and breast cancer
There is treatment for alcohol dependency but many times the person suffering from alcoholism doesn't see that they have a drinking problem. Sometimes an intervention from those that love the alcoholic is needed to help them see that they need help. Brief interventions have helped many people come to terms with their addiction to alcohol and realize the need for outside help.
Thousands of people all over the world suffer from alcoholism. This disease affects men and women as well as teens and the elderly. There is no need to suffer in silence living with the chronic disease of alcoholism. You can gain control of your life again; all you have to do is make that call!
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Comments & Replies:
Maurya @ September 2nd, 2011
How do you help someone who will not admit that they have a problem (alcohol), I have tried talking to him but he has an answer for everything I think he is to the point now if he stops drinking he will have DT's I have mentioned to him about talking to his doctor about a rehab program but he feels he does not have a problem do I continue to harp on him or does he have to hit rock bottom or kills himself.....
Becky @ October 22nd, 2011
I have the same problem at home! I try and try but it never helps. I finally had to let him make this decision for himself although I can say it has put cracks in our relationship. I wouldnt stop and I dont think you should either. Hope you find the answers your looking for.
Anonymous @ October 28th, 2011
My father has had a alcohol problems for many years. Both my mother and I have tried to talk to him to get him to stop but he won't last for more then a couple days. Last night he got in a fight with my mom while he was drunk and then tried to commit suicide. I have never been more worried in my life. We all need help.
Donna @ November 6th, 2011
Is your approach the twelve steps of AA?
Ted Hunt @ June 11th, 2012
Is this a 12 step program?
Arreonia @ November 28th, 2011
My boyfriend is 19 years old and is addicited to alcohol i love him so much n dont wanna give up on him but at the same time i dont know what to do he saids he drinks because his brother died but he doesn't have money for a therapist so what now?
Donna @ December 13th, 2011
I know what you all are saying because i have been on both sides as we speak 15 years ago i got on my husband's back about getting help, he's been to the ER so many times I can't count I eventually kicked him out (with 3 small kids) and we continued our life without him my thought were if you love me you would stop, he ended up passing away, now unfortunately I find myself just like he was, trying to hide my drinking, 3 DUI, prison for a year etc. the love of my life has had it with me wants to put me out and end a 7 year relationship, I don't blame him but not getting the help is a big mistake and this time I mean it! (Which he heard ton of times) I don't want to end up like my husband and that's 8 feet under, so please don't give up on that person.
Bobbie @ June 16th, 2012
I have a problem and I know I do. I have had it for a while now and know that I need to stop. I drink every night without fail and it's affecting my relationship. I try to justify drinking by saying that it's what keeps me from having to face all of the stressful factors of everyday life, i.e. work, money, etc. But it's just an excuse and my drinking is getting worse. My boyfriend and I thought that maybe I didn't need to stop, if I could just set a limit. But it's like once I start, I don't stop. My father was an alcoholic and although, he was able to quit, it destroyed his body. I just need to stop and I want to be strong enough to do it. I am going to try for the first time in approximately a year not to drink tonight. Please wish me luck.
Angela @ July 24th, 2012
Bobbie, I am in your exact position. The last draw for me was last night. I can't do this to my son, he's 5 yrs. old. My family is always worried. I have the greatest man in my life and he's about to say forget it...He's being supportive but as you know, people can only put up with so much.
Danielle @ October 10th, 2012
Angela, your story sounds like mine. I have a 6 year old and my husband has tried to help me. Like others, I always have a reason why I have to drink. It makes me sick that I have aloud myself to become this person I don't like. I don't drink every night but aleast once a week I drink excessively which is horrible. I want help. I want a better life for my family.
Donna @ October 18th, 2012
I don't know what to do either. I first became sober in June of 1992, but started drinking again when my kids became teenagers. Now I have a brand new grandbaby and a new job. I don't want to lose my new job and don't want to be a danger to my new grandbaby, but I wake up wanting a drink and get the shakes if there is none available. I went to a treatment center in 1992, but have no insurance now and don't have to money to pay for one now. Any ideas?
Todd @ November 25th, 2012
I am right there with all of you. I have a severe problem with drinking. I am on the verge of being depressed to the point of no return sometimes. I don't know who to turn to. I am always told I don't have a problem, but I do. I can't go a week without drinking, and when I do it gets out of control. I know if I don't change I will lose my family, my job, and my reputation. If there is one left? I am really at a loss of where to go from here, I am seriously in need to get help, but again am afraid to lose it all, I almost feel that help will cause some loss as well. What am I going to do? I have thoughts I never thought I would have. Please help
Robert Tran @ August 17th, 2013
I would like to look for rehab that are nearest from my house so I don't have to drive!!!
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