Alcoholism, also known as an alcohol addiction, is an uncontrollable compulsion to obtain and consume alcohol. It is characterized by repeated abuse of alcoholic beverages as well as a mental and physical dependence upon the drug.
Alcoholism treatment is a specially-tailored rehabilitation program for people suffering from an addiction to drinking. There are a number of facilities and programs to choose from. Contact Drug Treatment Centers Bloomfield at (973) 842-0725 for more information.
One mistake many people make in understanding both alcohol abuse and addiction is the assumption that the two are synonymous. While related, addiction and abuse are not the same thing. Alcohol abuse is a symptom or a characteristic of addiction, but not all people who abuse alcohol develop an addiction.
Alcohol abuse is most commonly seen in two forms. Those two forms are binge drinking and blackout drinking.
Binge drinking is the rapid consumption of alcohol in a relatively short period of time. On average this means that the person consumes between three and four alcoholic beverages within a period of one to two hours.
Binge drinking is a common phenomenon all across the United States. It is most common among college age students and young adults between the ages of 19 and 34 and adults 55 or older. However, of all of the people who binge drink only a small percentage develop an addiction.
Blackout drinking is consuming alcohol to the point of intoxication that causes a person to lose their short-term memory and fail to recall events that occurred following that point of intoxication. This does not indicate a loss of conscious but rather a memory problem.
If you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms, it is time to check yourself or the addict you love into an alcoholism treatment center.
The first step in alcoholism treatment is to go through detox. Detox is the process of getting alcohol out a person’s system and dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that a person experiences when denied alcohol.
Medical detox is the best option for detoxing safely and successfully due to the fact that alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be severe, even life threatening and a person who detoxes at home often fails and relapses in the middle of the process.
After detox, a person will go through individual and group therapy to help uncover the reasons behind the development of an alcohol abuse problem and alcohol addiction. These can include emotions, thoughts, traumas, or even physical pain or problems that can contribute to alcohol abuse.
Once the reasons are uncovered, a person can treat and heal those underlying issues as well as help to develop strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with those underlying issues and to prevent future relapse and drug or alcohol abuse.
In addition to individual and group therapy sessions, a person can also go through art therapy to help build their emotional awareness and to channel thoughts and emotions into a healthy, productive outlet. Other options can include acupuncture, chiropractic care, and even restorative yoga to help heal the body, develop a connection between the mind and body, and to relieve tension and stress that may cause a person to relapse in the future.