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Alcohol Addiction Program

Alcohol addiction is one of the most predominant neuropsychiatric diseases affecting our society today. It is generally referred as a complex psychiatric disorder in which the sufferers have a pattern of binge drinking style despite its negative consequences on their work, physical and mental health, legal, educational, and/or social responsibilities.

Drinking alcohol in a small amount may provide a few health benefits, but it is undeniable that binge-drinking and/or heavy drinking habit can lead to increased risk of health issues such as violence, injuries, liver diseases, kidney failure, and cancer. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in roughly 60 critical types of diseases and injuries.

Devotions Christian alcohol rehab services focus on healing the whole person. Alcohol is also known as a depressant and can be very dangerous to detox off of alone. Please contact us for guidance and support if you or a loved one has an alcohol problem.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction

Since the effects of social drinking vary widely from person to person, some people can be at a higher risk to alcohol addiction while others may not. Studies suggest that American Indians and Native Alaskans are more likely to have an alcohol addiction than other racial groups. Individuals with a family history of alcoholism are also at risk of developing alcohol addiction. Therefore, it’s not easy to draw a line between social drinking and problem drinking.

As the symptoms of alcohol addiction vary depending on a number of factors, people who suffer from a drinking problem do not always show the same symptoms. However, in general, the addiction to alcohol includes a number of signs and symptoms.

Signs of alcohol abuse include:

• Neglecting responsibilities repeatedly
• Using alcohol at work, home, or school while performing important duties
• Violent and risky behaviors while drinking
• Decreased engagement in extracurricular activities
• Driving under the influence
• Legal problems because of drinking
• Fighting with friends, family members, or loved ones in silly issues
• Relationship problems with others due to inability to control drinking
• Declined interest in work or school
• Depression
• Confusion or memory loss
• Restlessness

Symptoms of alcoholism include:

Craving – a strong desire, or compulsion, to drink alcohol despite knowing the harmful consequences
Tolerance – the need for an increased amount of alcohol in order to reach the pleasure state
Withdrawal symptoms – anxiety or jumpiness, depression, restlessness and shakiness, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, hallucinations (visual or auditory), sweating, fatigue, irritability, and headaches.
Lack of control – the failure to control the amount of alcohol consumption
Physical dependence – making the drinking habit a part of life and using alcohol to cheer up, to relax, to sleep, to handle stresses, and/or to feel “normal”

Self-assessment – Am I an alcoholic?

Are you concerned about your drinking style? Do you think you’re drinking too much alcohol? If you’re thinking you have a problem with drinking alcohol, well oddly enough but the answer is “you probably do “. To have a clearer picture about the role of alcohol in your everyday life, consider asking yourself the following questions. If most of the answers are yes, then you’re having a drinking problem!

• Do you drink heavily whenever you are under pressure, disappointed, or have had a fight with someone?
• Are you drinking more alcohol now than previous?
• Have you found that you’re unable to stop or control drinking once started?
• Do you feel guilty about your alcohol consumption, when you’re sober?
• Is there any incident or injury because of your drinking?
• Has a relative, family member, or friend expressed concern about your drinking?

How to Help Someone with a Drinking Problem?

If a family member, friend, or someone you love is having a drinking problem, you may be coping with several painful emotions, including fear, anger, shame, and guilt.

Try having an honest talk with the person you’re worried about, without being judgmental. It’s essential to remain calm and cool when you’re confronting the person you care, and only do so when he/she is sober. Be supportive and express your concerns in a friendly manner.

For more help, call Devotions Recovery Center today.

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