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What is Alcohol Abuse?

2/06/2016 Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

Alcohol Abuse is a pattern of drinking behaviors that have a negative effect on a person’s life. This isn’t the result of a single bad decision made while drinking, but a long lasting, repetition of actions that results from the chronic use of alcohol. Alcohol abusers drink frequently and in large amounts, and continue to do so long after the people around them have noticed that alcohol is causing them problems.

These problems can occur in a wide range of areas, but often include problems with the significant other, family, friends, work, or education.

Some commonalities or warning signs of alcohol abuse include:
  • Loss of a job or decreased work productivity
  • Strained marriage
  • Family or friends becoming concerned about the amount you drink
  • Not going to class, inability to finish assignments, or dropping out
  • Legal problems
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety
Although the specific drinking habits and consequences of alcohol abuse are different in individual drinkers, many alcohol abusers share these commonalities. If the drinking habits of someone you love are causing problems in their life, then there is a good chance that they are suffering from alcohol abuse. If that’s the case, then professional, inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse is generally the best treatment course for alcohol abuse.

Treatment Strategies for Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse treatment includes multiple processes that are all geared towards helping the individual stay sober. Although complete abstinence may seem like a daunting task, it is by and large the best strategy for stopping active addiction. Once an individual has crossed the line from casual drinking to alcohol abuse, they are no longer able to control and limit their drinking. Because of this, treatment for alcohol abuse is focused on complete abstinence.

Treatment often happens in phases, and can include some of the following processes:
  • Detox. This is the process of ridding your body of any alcohol that is still in it’s system, and passing through any withdrawal symptoms. The body of an heavy drinker can become addicted to the alcohol, which results in a slew of unpleasant side effects when that person stops drinking. Because the withdrawal can be unpleasant, and sometimes fatal, detoxing through a medical facility is always recommended
  • Inpatient Rehab. Ending patterns of alcohol abuse takes a lot more than detox and a desire to stop drinking. Alcohol has become the one and only coping mechanism for these individuals, which causes them to immediately turn back to alcohol when they feel, depressed, anxious, stressed, or happy. Intensive inpatient treatment in a professional treatment facility teaches individuals positive coping mechanisms and healthy ways of managing and addressing cravings.
  • Therapy and Counseling. Using alcohol as a coping mechanism often occurs when an individual has experienced something harmful, and they need instant, immediate relief from these feelings. Although not every alcohol abuser is drinking in order to cope with a single, negative experience, most are seeking some sort of relief. Therapy and counseling helps to uncover the root of the problem, and teach the individual healthy ways of managing their fear and anxiety.
If someone you love is abusing alcohol, then contact one of our treatment professionals today. Northbound Treatment Services has been in business for over 20 years, and has helped thousands of individuals abusing alcohol to recover and remain sober. We provide all of the services previously mentioned, and create a customized treatment plan based on the distinct needs of each of our clients.

Contact one of our treatment professionals today at (866) 538-4356.