Alcohol Dependence Treatment

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Physical Dependence to Alcohol

Physical dependence to alcohol means that a drinker is susceptible to alcohol withdrawal whenever he or she stops drinking.  Alcohol dependence develops gradually but progresses in severity over time.
 

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in people who have been drinking heavily for an extended period and then stop alcohol consumption.
 

Med Detox

If you or someone you know is physically dependent to alcohol and decides they want to stop drinking it is not a good idea to detox yourself. By letting healthcare professionals handle the detoxification process you can mitigate many of the risks associated with alcohol withdrawal.
 

Medically Monitored Treatment

Two of the primary reasons why men and women check into an alcohol detoxification center are to make certain they are both SAFE and COMFORTABLE during the withdrawal process. Most alcoholics figure out early on in their drinking career that withdrawal is best handled by professionals. History shows that improperly treated alcohol withdrawal may develop into higher gradient health problems such as hypertension, dehydration, seizures and worse. Med Detox also offers hope and the expectation of recovery.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient alcohol treatment provides one of the safest settings to overcome alcohol dependence. Inpatient medically monitored treatment ensures that recovering alcoholics are carefully monitored and appropriately supported. It also provides better continuity of care especially patients who begin treatment with Med Detox. Furthermore, inpatient medically monitored treatment separates the drinker from alcohol-related social and environmental stimuli that might otherwise increase the risk of relapse.

Alcoholism Counseling

Alcohol counseling, also known as behavioral treatment, is aimed at changing drinking behaviors through therapeutic counseling. Counseling is led by healthcare professionals and supported by scientific studies that show they can be beneficial. Alcohol counseling share certain features, which may include:

  1. Coping with or avoiding the triggers that might cause relapse
  2. Helping to build a strong social support system
  3. Developing the skills needed to stay stopped
  4. Working to set reachable goals

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Mutual-support groups may offer a valuable added layer of support especially when combined with treatment led by health professionals. However, since peer led supports groups are anonymous, it is difficult for researchers to determine their success rates compared with those led by health professionals. For anyone thinking about treatment, talking to a primary care physician is an important first step — he or she can be a good source for treatment referrals and medications.

 

Alcohol dangers

Drinking alcohol can cause major health problems including alcohol dependence, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis and injuries from accidents. But if you think these are the only health risks posed by alcohol-consumption, think again.

Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition that doctors diagnose when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. The condition can range from mild to severe and is diagnosed when a patient answers “yes” to two or more of the following questions.

In the past year, have you:

  1. Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
  1. More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  1. Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
  1. Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
  1. Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
  1. Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  1. Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  1. More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
  1. Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
  1. Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
  1. Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?

If you indicated that you had any of these 11 symptoms, your drinking career may already be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have, the more urgent the need for change.

Alcohol Risks

Short-Term Health Risks

Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

  • Motor vehicle crash, injuries, falling, drowning and burning.
  • Violence, including murder, suicide, sexual battery, and intimate partner violence.
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels.
  • Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.

 

Long-Term health risks

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

  • High blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, heart disease and digestive problems.
  • Cancer of the liver, breast, mouth, throat, esophagus and colon.
  • Memory and learning problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
  • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
  • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.

 
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