ALCOHOL ABUSE & ADDICTION
Quality and Compassionate Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Alcohol abuse and addiction continue to claim more and more American lives each year. Between direct causes such as acute alcohol poisoning, liver failure and other heart disease and indirect causes like assault, drunk-driving and other types of reckless behavior, excessive drinking has lead to tens of thousands of deaths over the years. While there is a marked difference between alcohol abuse and addiction, it’s important to get quality treatment before the former transforms into the latter. Excessive drinking can quickly erode an individual’s physical and emotional health, as well as their quality of life and the relationships with their families.
Identifying Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
In order to properly identify the presence of alcohol abuse and addiction in your life or the life of a loved one, it’s critical to understand the distinction between the two.
Alcohol Abuse – Excessive consumption of alcohol that, while not yet at the level of dependency, creates dysfunction and damage in a person’s life. Alcohol abuse is often exemplified through binge-drinking and consuming alcohol well beyond the suitable limit. Alcohol abusers may start drinking earlier or at more frequent intervals.
Alcohol Addiction – Alcohol addiction or alcoholism is characterized by a neurophysiological compulsion to keep drinking. Alcohol addiction sufferers become victims of their brain chemistry and are unable to stop drinking without comprehensive clinical intervention. The path to alcohol addiction often starts with prolonged and unaddressed alcohol abuse.
By the time alcoholism manifests, sufferers can experience a variety of moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Intestinal Distress
- Restlessness and Irritability
- Sleep Disorder
- Increased Risk-taking Behavior in the Pursuit of Alcohol
- DUI, Incarceration or Other Legal Troubles Due to Alcohol
- Decline in Professional or Academic Performance
- Difference in Social and Behavioral Patterns
These withdrawal symptoms should be treated by an experienced and capable addiction care professional.