Alcohol Addiction TreatmentReading Time: 5 minutes
Being able to recognize the signs of alcohol addiction is a vital first step towards diagnosis and recovery. While it can be difficult to draw the line between casual drinking and alcohol addiction, it is important to understand the difference, and to understand when alcohol addiction treatment becomes necessary. At Connections ATC, we have a comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment program which can be tailored to suit your individual needs, giving you the best possible chance to recover from your addiction.
Typical Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction manifests differently in different people, and there is no strict definition of what makes someone an alcoholic. In this regard, it is important to remember that anyone can be vulnerable to addiction – alcoholism does not discriminate. However, there are a number of typical signs which usually present themselves when someone is addicted to alcohol. If you’re concerned that you – or a loved one – may be addicted to alcohol, look out for the following:
- Do you find yourself feeling defensive when others challenge you on your levels of alcohol consumption?
- Do you often attempt to hide your alcohol to prevent it being taken away from you, or to prevent further questioning about your drinking?
- Do you feel the need to drink in secret?
- Do you find that after a long night of drinking, you use alcohol the next morning to ease the effects of your hangover?
- Do you often start drinking early in the day?
- Do you feel anxious and upset when you realize that you are running out of alcohol?
- Do you fixate on how much alcohol is available to you at a given moment?
- Have you noticed that your use of alcohol is starting to impact other areas of your life?
- Is your performance at work, your financial stability, and your relationships with family being affected?
Defensive of Drinking Habits
Curing Hangovers with Alcohol
Anxiety Over the Availability of Alcohol
Spillover Effects of Addiction
If you answered ‘yes’ to a number of these questions, then you could be suffering from an alcohol addiction. It may be time to consult a professional psychiatrist for a proper evaluation.
At Connections ATC, our highly-qualified staff will give you all the psychiatric support you need to come to terms with, and understand the implications of, your diagnosis.
The Professional Perspective: Diagnosing Alcohol Addiction
While looking out for the typical signs mentioned above can be a useful way to determine addiction, this simple test does not adequately distinguish between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction (alcoholism or alcohol dependency). Someone who abuses alcohol is still in control of their drinking habit, and can curb their consumption when the consequences of drinking become serious enough. On the other hand, someone who is addicted to alcohol has lost control of their habit, cannot limit their drinking even when the consequences of not doing so are severe. When a person feels physically compelled to drink in this way, they are in need of alcohol addiction treatment. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a diagnostic tool used by psychiatrists and health practitioners to determine the presence of alcohol dependence. The tool involves answering a set of questions related to alcohol use patterns and effects for a particular patient. The number of ‘yes’ answers indicates the presence and severity of the dependency. Questions asked of patients include:
- Do you find yourself drinking more, or for longer, than intended?
- Have you wanted to cut down on your drinking, but on more than one occasion found that you couldn’t?
- Do you spend a lot of time drinking or being sick from drinking, and does this interfere with your family and work life?
- Do you continue to drink even though you recognize that drinking ultimately makes you feel depressed and anxious?
- Are you finding yourself having to drink more and more to get the desirable effect? Is your usual number of drinks becoming less effective?
- Have you found that as the effects of alcohol wear off, you experience withdrawal, such as shakiness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, sweating, racing heart, or seizure?
Your answers to these and other questions will help to determine a diagnosis, so that you can begin your journey on the road to recovery.
Treating Alcohol Addiction
The hallmark symptom of alcohol addiction is withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal can begin only a few hours after the last drink, and can persist for weeks afterwards. Withdrawal syndrome is potentially life-threatening in cases where addicts suddenly stop consuming alcohol or drastically reduce consumption. For this reason, alcohol addiction treatment requires careful, professional management. Management of symptoms, which can include shakiness, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, deliriums tremens, and seizures, is also vital for an effective recovery. Even mild withdrawal symptoms should receive proper medical attention, as symptoms can rapidly worsen. Treatment commences with a few days of detox, which is crucial preparation for addiction treatment. Following detox, post-acute withdrawal symptoms are treated. At Connections ATC, we have an expert medical and psychiatry team ready to help you through your inevitable withdrawal process. We strive make the management of withdrawal as pleasant and comfortable an experience for you as is possible. Most importantly, our highly experienced team has the necessary expertise to tailor withdrawal treatment based on each patient’s individual needs. To us, you are more than just a patient on a list – you are valued as an individual and your personal, physical and mental needs will be strongly emphasized, so that you have the best possible chances of recovery.
Connections ATC: Our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Philosophy
We believe in a holistic approach to alcohol addiction treatment. Our treatment plans are customized to suit individual needs, and focus on all aspects of physical, psychological and psychiatric healing in order to encourage a successful recovery. We understand the recovering from addiction is a unique journey for each and every person. You will participate in the crafting of your personal treatment plan and set goals based on your needs. We will discuss and implement your treatment plan with you, all the while providing a safe, comfortable environment with state-of-the-art facilities and serene surroundings in which you can begin your sober life. Treatment will begin with a few days spent in the medical detox facility, in which your physical symptoms of withdrawal will be properly and safely managed. Our medical center is run by professionals with years of experience in addictionology, who will make your detox as comfortable and effective as possible. Following detox, you will be treated for post-acute withdrawal symptoms by staff, and will begin your psychological and psychiatric healing process. Our clinical teams and expert counselors will provide you with the necessary support you need to beat your addiction, and will be there every step of the way. In line with our holistic approach to recovery, our treatment program includes nutritional therapy sessions, massage therapy, and recreational activities, to ensure healing of mind, body and spirit. We believe in you, and we believe in the possibility of living life sober.
Contact Connections ATC today 1-888-615-4889 to begin your recovery.