The Hazards of Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholism, the addiction or dependency on alcohol, is a mental illness that can lead down a dark path. Shame, guilt, anger, and depression are all emotions that are felt by most alcoholics and can prevent them from getting help.
Between 2017 and 2018, an estimated 305,000 adults in Arizona alone were diagnosed with an Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol use is on the rise with teens and young adults, and each year the CDC reports that there are about 2,200 deaths a year from alcohol poisoning. All of this proves that you or your loved one is not the only one struggling with alcohol abuse. You are not alone, and it’s never too late to get help with your drinking.
Alcohol Addiction: Danger to Your Health
Alcohol dependency is associated with many health complications, especially liver issues such as steatosis, fibrosis, alcohol hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Any of these illnesses can damage the liver to a point where it can no longer function, and it cannot be repaired. But the liver is not the only thing affected by constant or binge alcohol use. Heart conditions, such as arrhythmia and stroke can occur as well as cancer in the esophagus, mouth, liver, and breasts. Your entire body is affected by chronic alcohol consumption and incidents of binge drinking can lower your immune system, which can leave you susceptible to infectious diseases.
But drinking doesn’t just endanger your physical health, it can cause serious psychological and emotional issues. Alcohol is a Depressant, and therefore slows down brain function, causing confusion, fatigue, dizziness, dilated pupils, disorientation, and depression. You may also experience loss of bladder control and impaired motor functions, and impaired judgment. This is especially dangerous if you attempting to drive a car, or perform tasks that require concentration.
Alcoholism usually accompanies other mental health disorders, and may even be a direct cause of them. This is why alcoholic recovery teams address these mental health issues during the rehabilitation process.
Admitting There is a Problem
For most alcoholics, the hardest thing for them to do is admit that they have a problem with drinking. Many are in denial about the severity of their situation, or sometimes they feel they will be shunned by their loved ones. But that’s far from the truth, as many loved ones of an alcohol addict just want them to be happy, healthy, and safe. If you feel someone you love is stuck in a cycle of alcohol abuse, it may be time to set up an intervention.
Alcoholism can destroy relationships and their social circle. Often this is due to the alcoholic’s destructive behavior. Lying, cheating, and stealing often occur because of their impaired judgment, and they can put other lives at risk if they get behind the wheel. Because of this, it’s hard for an addict to feel comfortable asking for help from their loved ones, and can be awkward when they return to their community after recovery.
For those who are endangering themselves and others, an intervention can be the most important thing for them. Interventions allow family and friends to confront the alcoholic about their reckless behavior and encourage them to seek out the help they desperately need. The goal of an intervention is to allow loved ones to show their love and support for that individual’s health and to convince them to enter a rehab program to get sober. This helps provides an alcoholic with the emotional support they need to take that first difficult step.
Detoxing from Alcohol Addiction
If you or a loved one suffer from an alcohol use disorder then it is strongly recommended that you detox with a trained medical staff in an inpatient treatment facility. Once detox has been complete, rehab is absolutely necessary because detox only breaks the physical dependence, not the behavioral or psychology behind the disease. Rehabilitation is the only way someone can truly recover from alcohol use disorder and detox is just a stepping stone to it.
For those considering detoxing on their own, it can be dangerous and even lethal. Alcohol abuse can be tied to their interpersonal relationships and trying to detox while still in an enabling environment, can quickly derail any progress made. That’s why it’s important to go to a detox facility, as they will offer the communal support that is vital in their treatment. If you need more information on locations of rehab facilities, alcohol use disorders, and advice about dealing with alcohol abuse, please call us now.