Alcoholism is defined as an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency.
Have you lost the ability to control your drinking? Do you feel as if you’re getting worse instead of better? Attempting to limit the number of drinks; vowing to never drink alone or in the morning? Have you tried to stop drinking and can’t? If you are honest with yourself then you will know it’s time to make a change.
Alcoholism is a treatable condition that has short-term and long-term ramifications that can occur from abuse. Some of the short-term effects include restlessness, blurry vision, reduced brain activity and slow reaction time. Long term effects of alcoholism can potentially be deadly, as individuals can experience brain defects, heart problems, permanent vision damage and an increase risk of cancer. If you experience any of these symptoms it is imperative, you seek help immediately.
There are three steps in alcoholism treatment: Detoxification, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance.
Detoxification is a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body. Depending on the severity of alcohol abuse, withdrawal symptoms such as headaches may arise and last weeks after starting detoxification. However, medical professionals may supply individuals with medication to cope with these symptoms.
Rehabilitation programs attempt to teach the client new methods of interacting in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Clients are generally encouraged, or possibly even required, to not associate with peers who still use the addictive substance. Twelve-Step programs encourage addicts not only to stop using alcohol or other drugs, but to examine and change habits related to their addictions. For legal drugs such as alcohol, complete abstention—rather than attempts at moderation, which may lead to relapse—is also emphasized (“One is too many, and a thousand is never enough.”)
The maintenance recovery process involves support groups, and exit planning, to assist the client with life-long sobriety.