Alcohol Treatment Center
Surfacing through the dark waters
For some, alcohol is an occasional beverage associated with good times. In moderation, this substance can be a harmless addition to a night out or other types of social gatherings. However, for others, moderation is difficult or impossible to achieve without extra help.
Alcohol can quickly evolve from a want into a need, especially if a person develops a habit of excessive drinking or begins to rely on the substance in order to cope with his or her life. In some instances, using alcohol as a crutch is a way to mask other underlying issues. The longer these co-existing problems are concealed and left unaddressed, there is a greater potential for harmful and destructive repercussions.
Approximately $90 billion is spent annually in the U.S. on alcohol, making it the number one substance of abuse. Alcohol is linked to at least 50 percent of all driving fatalities and 75 percent of domestic violence disputes. Conservatively, it costs the U.S. economy $100 million a year.
It is imperative to recognize the initial signs of an abusive or addictive relationship with alcohol, before it begins to spiral out of control.
Alcohol is essentially a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. It is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars and starches.
Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking, which results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships or ability to work. An individual will begin to revolve his or her life around acquiring, experiencing and recovering from intoxication.
- Moderate drinking is no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The World Health Organization suggests no more than two drinks per day, and no more than five drinking days per week.
Effects of excessive alcohol consumption
Unfortunately, many lives are cut short due to the dangers of extreme alcohol consumption. After a while, excessive alcohol use, encompassing both heavy drinking and binge drinking, can lead to many health problems, neurological impairments, chronic diseases and social problems. Consider the following consequences:
- Dementia, stroke and neuropathy
- Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension
- Several psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety and suicide
- Social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, family problems, violence including child abuse, fights and homicide
- Unintentional injuries, such as road accidents, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries
- Increased risk for most kinds of cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box) and esophagus
- Liver diseases, including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and liver cirrhosis
- Gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis
- Alcohol abuse or dependence – alcoholism
Symptoms of alcoholism
- Appetite loss, preference of drinking over eating
- Secretive behavior or denial about amount of alcohol consumed
- Drinking prior to social events or taking additional alcohol to ensure a plentiful supply
- Planning the next drink or recovering from the last bout of drinking
- Lack of interest in appearance, work, school and hobbies
- Withdrawing from friends and family or in some cases, aggression toward others when they try to intervene
- Withdrawal symptoms including tremors, anxiety, headache, nausea, muscle tension, irritability, hallucinations and nightmares
Treatment with Sovereign
When a helping hand from a loved one is simply not enough to bring someone back from the brink, remember that there is still hope with Sovereign.
Sovereign Health offers adult rehabilitation treatment programs in various locations across the country, in addition to an Adolescent Program for teens struggling with alcohol addiction. Our comprehensive treatments are specifically designed for assisting patients with serious problems regarding alcohol use.
All patients with a substance use disorder receive two mandatory treatment goals. First is to maintain sobriety throughout the course of treatment and develop a relapse prevention plan. Second is the identification of healthy coping skills to replace drugs and alcohol.
Hence, our treatments usually begin with the process of detoxification from the effects of alcohol, with medical assistance mostly relying on medications such as benzodiazepines. Our group and individual therapy sessions further complement our treatment programs. Alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, narrative and equine therapy help in accordance with the second goal to ensure not just a successful recovery outcome, but a sustainable one at that.
Throughout treatment, we work closely with our patients to create a treatment that will help solve the problem and sustain sobriety, preventing relapse in the future.