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Alcoholism Signs,Symptoms & Treatment
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Options in Los Angeles
Alcohol addiction is a difficult disease to recognize and diagnose. Because alcohol is legal and readily available, drinking is often viewed as normal behavior, and problems may remain unnoticed longer than they should. Abusing alcohol has serious consequences, as you might imagine.
Binge drinking and alcohol dependence can contribute to strained relationships, financial trouble, personal insecurity and health issues. Without help, you may feel as if you are spiraling out of control, which may cause you to drink more. That’s why it is crucial to understand your options for alcohol addiction treatment.
Once you hit 21 years old in the U.S., the world of alcohol is at your fingertips. You don’t have to look hard to find a place that serves alcohol. Beer, wine, and liquor/spirits are big money makers for grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and other establishments.
Unlike harder drugs like heroin or cocaine, alcohol addiction takes longer to unfold, and it often sneaks up on the drinker. And since alcohol is a legal substance, there’s normally very little stigma or few repercussions for drinking casually out in the open.
In the short term, alcohol can impair memory and vision and reduce coordination, but prolonged drinking can lead to dependence on the substance. This means the person will feel strong withdrawal symptoms if they don’t get their next drink within 8 to 24 hours after the last one, depending on how strong their addiction is.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Health Effects
Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening in many cases, so trying to self-detox to end your alcohol addiction is never recommended. Potential withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Excessive Sweating
- Trouble Sleeping
Long-Term Health Effects of Alcoholism
Continued heavy drinking over a number of years can lead to serious health consequences, such as:
- Increased Risk of Cancer
- Liver Inflammation or Cirrhosis
- Impaired Memory
- Damaged Speech, Vision, or Muscle Tone
- Neuropathy – weakness, and numbness of the hands and feet
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (wet brain) – amnesia and dementia due to severe deficiency of thiamine
What Determines If Someone Will Be An Alcoholic?
Alcoholism permeates all races, genders, and socioeconomic classes in the United States. And, as you might expect, it impacts those younger than 21, as well.
Here are some of the most prominent risk factors for predicting who might be affected by alcoholism:
- Genetics – a family history of alcohol abuse or addiction
- Upbringing – if you grew up around family members who drank heavily and didn’t discourage your alcohol use
- Social Environment – surrounded by friends and/or coworkers who drink often; living close to several bars
- Existing Mental Health Issues – making you turn to alcohol to try to manage the symptoms of mental illness
Stats on Alcohol Abuse in the U.S.
To size up how big of a deal alcohol abuse and addiction is in the U.S., consider these sobering statistics:
- Roughly 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes annually (counting car crashes).
- 21% of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 2013 were for alcohol only, and it was cited in 54% of all addiction treatment admissions that year, meaning it often accompanied other forms of addiction.
- 23% of Americans younger than 21 were current alcohol users in 2014, with nearly 14% admitting to binge drinking.
- 1 million adults and more than 600,000 adolescents had alcohol use disorder in 2015, according to a national survey.
How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?
Many people do not understand that alcohol addiction is a disease and that it requires professional treatment if an individual wants to overcome this addiction. Because alcohol is legal and therefore very accessible, the abuse of alcohol isn’t often taken as seriously as it should be.
Here at our Los Angeles alcohol rehab, we understand how devastating the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction can be. Our staff and counselors treat your addiction step-by-step, first by evaluating the nature of your disease and then by considering the best methods and programs for treatment. By learning about who you are and identifying the experiences that have contributed to your addiction, you can take part in a personalized plan that helps you achieve lasting sobriety.
Clients new to the alcohol addiction treatment in Los Angeles will always undergo expert medical detox to safely overcome the harsh symptoms of withdrawal. We’re licensed to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients who could benefit from such treatment.
After detox, our clients progress through residential treatment and eventually into our outpatient program for extended care. Through all phases of care, they will receive a tailored number of clinical, evidence-based, and holistic services to heal the body and mind and understand how to live a sober lifestyle going forward.
Alcohol Addiction Issues We Treat
At Harmony Place, the alcohol issues we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Binge Drinking – excessive drinking followed by a period of no drinking
- Loss of Control – when you start drinking and cannot stop
- Alcohol Abuse – a pattern of drinking too much, too often
- Long-Term Alcoholism – typically drinks daily for years, is unable to stop drinking, and withdrawal symptoms are severe
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FAQs About Alcoholism & Treatment
If you still have any questions about alcohol addiction and the treatment thereof, see if we have your answers in these alcohol FAQs below or call us to learn more:
Is there a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction?
It is important to know that alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are not the same things. If you are addicted to alcohol, you have both a physical and psychological dependence on it. As with other addictive substances, you may build up a tolerance to it, meaning that it consistently takes more alcohol to achieve the effects you are used to.
If someone who is addicted to alcohol stops drinking, they experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Most will continue to drink despite the negative impact it has on nearly every aspect of their life.
Alcohol abusers may not drink consistently, but when they do, they drink enough to cause problems for themselves and others, such as:
- Poor Decision Making
- Risky Behavior
- Drinking to the Point of Sickness
- Alcohol Poisoning
Someone who abuses alcohol is usually a heavy drinker, but not necessarily a frequent drinker, who continues to consume the substance even when it negatively affects them.
How can I tell when a loved one is developing alcohol addiction?
There is a fine line between casual drinking and addiction – so fine that people who abuse alcohol or drink daily often become addicted. Some of the signs of alcohol addiction include:
- Once you start drinking, you can’t stop.
- You recognize that you need to cut back or stop altogether.
- You’ve tried to stop drinking but experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
- Friends and family have voiced concerns about your drinking.
- You feel guilty or try to hide your drinking.
- You experience blackouts or memory lapses when drinking.
- Alcohol is affecting your job, family, and relationships.
- You have health issues due to overconsumption of alcohol.
Are personality and lifestyle changes signs of substance abuse?
Here’s a typical scenario when an addiction is likely developing:
Your loved one is acting strange, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. Recently, they stopped affiliating with the usual people. Their hours at work have changed, keeping them away from home more often. When they are home, they demand to be by themselves, taking long periods of time in the bathroom, locked away in a study, or sleeping in the bedroom. None of their normal activities seem to interest them, and when you bring that up, they don’t seem to care.
As your concern grows, you ask more questions, which infuriates them. They argue about being entitled to their privacy about how they spend their time. Small quirks and behaviors lead you to believe they are unwell. They seem sick more often and are constantly tired, exhausted, sniffling, and falling asleep during untimely moments. They also frequently visit doctors and pharmacies or are just “out” during these times.
Increasingly, you feel like you are being pushed out of your loved one’s life by an imaginary wall you cannot see. The wall is addiction. These personality and lifestyle changes are signs that your loved one might be abusing drugs or alcohol, and it’s having a negatively destructive impact on their life.
What to Do If You Spot These Signs
When alcohol addiction starts to spiral out of control, it is a mirror for shame spiraling out of control. The more painful shame an addict feels for being out of control, the more out of control the addict will become. Rather than push someone you love further into their out-of-control addiction, approach with caution, love, and honesty – and follow these tips:
- Try not to judge, criticize or punish your loved one for what they’ve been doing. Why they’ve developed an addiction has little to do with you. In treatment, they will spend copious amounts of time investigating the underlying causes of their addiction.
- Confront the situation with honesty and love, as you would any other issue in their life. You cannot fix or stop their addiction for them. This is the time to use statements such as, “I love you,” “I know what’s going on,” and, “We are going to find you help.”
- Expect resistance and hysteria in the name of the addiction. The erratic behaviors you have witnessed are efforts to protect their addiction by hiding the truth and pushing their delusional reality that they need drugs or alcohol and can manage it.
- If your loved one says they are ready for help, be prepared to help. Before confronting your loved one, call your insurance to find out about your behavioral health coverage. Make a list of desirable treatment facilities, and if necessary, make the choice for your loved one.
How will friends react when I tell them I’m an alcoholic?
Opening up to your friends after you’ve had the life-changing realization that you’re an alcoholic can be scary. These are four of the most common reactions you are likely to experience:
They Already Knew and They’re Happy You Want to Get Sober
True friends will recognize when you aren’t being yourself. Rather than you telling your friends that you were having a problem, your friends were telling you. After what might have been months or even years of encouraging you to get help, you finally sought out treatment.
Your friends love you, support you, and want nothing but the best for you. Whether they understand alcoholism or don’t, they’re happy you’re taking steps to change yourself for the better.
They Had No Idea and They’re Happy You Want to Get Sober
Alcoholism can be well hidden. Studies have revealed that most Americans are unaware of how much they drink, as well as how much they are supposed to drink. You caught many of your friends
by surprise with news of your alcoholism. Some weren’t sure how bad your problem might really be. Yet, because they are your friends, they encourage you to keep recovering and staying sober.
They Don’t Think You Have a Problem.
Openly telling your friends, “I’m an alcoholic,” is a major step in recovery. Vulnerable, honest, and raw, it’s a moment of heightened emotional sensitivity. How your friends react will leave a lasting imprint on your recovery.
Damaging responses in this situation would sound like:
- “You’re not an alcoholic.”
- “You don’t look like an alcoholic.”
- “You don’t act like an alcoholic.”
- “You can’t be an alcoholic.”
Typically, when people are in denial of a friend’s problem with alcohol, they are masking a problem of their own. Don’t look at these friends to give you the love, support, and inspiration you need throughout your time in treatment or for the rest of your sober life.
You Don’t Have Friends Anymore
The ultimate mark of alcoholism is having only alcoholic friends. Regulars at the bar start to feel like family when they are all you have. When you finally get sober, you might find that those “friends” don’t want to talk to you, hang out with you or be around you anymore. If you aren’t drinking, how could they be around you?
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We Are More Than Another Alcohol Rehab in Los Angeles. We Are Harmony Place.
Alcoholism leads people in recovery toward relapse more frequently than other forms of addiction, partially because it’s so readily available once the individual returns to the “real world” after alcohol rehab. Therefore, the longer the treatment, the better – to have enough time to build new habits, stronger resilience, and a new mindset.
Harmony Place starts clients in detox and residential treatment for 30 days before entering our outpatient program, during which they have the option to stay in our transitional living home nearby. This continuum of care gives clients a greater shot at achieving long-term sobriety in our alcohol addiction treatment program. Contact us today to learn more about how our alcohol rehab in Los Angeles can help you begin your journey towards long-term recovery.