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ALCOHOLISM AND AUD
Many American adults are struggling with alcoholism today. Alcoholism is characterized by drinking too much, drinking too often, and drinking in a way that has negative consequences for a person’s personal life, professional life, and overall health.
Alcoholism is also known as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and is used in the medical community to diagnose alcohol substance abuse. There are varying severities in the occurring disorders described as mild, moderate or severe. In compliance with the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), professionals diagnosing AUD will evaluate an individual in regards to the past year:
- Have you had times when you ended up drinking longer, or more, than you intended?
- Have you wanted to, or tried to, stop or cut down drinking more than once — and failed?
- Have you spent a lot of time drinking or being hungover?
- Have you wanted to drink so badly that it clouded your other thoughts?
- Have you found that drinking, or being hungover, interfered with your obligations at home, work, or school?
- Has drinking caused issues with friends or family — and you continued to drink?
- Have you stopped or cut back on activities that brought you joy, or were important to you, so that you could drink?
- Have you more than once participated in unsafe behaviors while or after drinking alcohol (i.e., driving drunk, handling, machinery, unprotected sex, or other unsafe situations)
- Has drinking made you anxious, depressed, or added to an existing health condition, and you continued to do it?
- Has your tolerance to alcohol increased noticeably? Do you now drink more to reach your desired intoxication level?
- Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms, trouble sleeping, nausea, shakes, sweats, increased blood pressure, seizures, or hallucinations?
If you or someone you love can say yes to two or three of these, then you may have Mild AUD. If four or five of these symptoms are present, you may have Moderate AUD. In the presence of six or more of these symptoms, you could be diagnosed with Severe AUD.
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See health issues caused by heavy alcohol use:
- Heart issues — enlarged heart and high blood pressures, which can lead to heart failure
- Liver disease — a fatty, inflamed liver that can eventually become permanently scarred
- Diabetes issues — problems regulating blood sugar resulting from liver damage
- Digestive complications — inflamed stomach and esophagus lining, and interference with nutrient absorption
- Weakened immune system — increased chance at developing additional illnesses
- Neurological problems — difficulty thinking, dementia, and memory loss
- Sexual organ issues — birth defects in pregnancy, erectile dysfunction, or menstruation issues
- Eye issues — involuntary rapid eye movement and weakened eye muscles
- Bone Damage — thinning of bones and increased chance at a fracture
- Cancer — higher risk of developing various cancers
ALCOHOL ADDICTION TREATMENT
Once a person struggling with addiction to alcohol realizes their problem and decides to seek help, they should start exploring their treatment options. Inpatient treatment is the most effective and proven method or recovery from alcoholism.
Treatment centers like our Laguna Niguel Alcohol Rehab can provide evidence-based treatment methods to improve physical, mental, and behavioral health. Group counseling, individual counseling, sobriety support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery) and relapse prevention education have all been proven to help alcoholics recover. Relapse rates fall to roughly 50% when these substance abuse treatments are utilized.
Many alcoholics and drug addicts benefit hugely when they choose to continue using these group therapy support systems even after they have achieved long-term sobriety.
The first part of recovery is getting alcohol out of the patient’s system. Alcohol addicts can experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms from built-up chemical dependency. In this situation, medically supervised alcohol detox is vital to prevent potentially fatal complications. Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms are shaking hands, profuse sweating, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, seizures, and hallucinations.
Because of alcohol’s prevalence in American culture, recovering alcoholics are constantly confronted with triggers (situations where they are compelled to drink). Effective alcohol addiction treatment encourages alcoholics to examine these triggers and teaches them to deal with these situations in a healthy way. By learning non-addictive coping mechanisms, Alcoholics can learn to live a life free from the bondage of addiction.
Our Laguna Niguel Alcohol Rehab
Our Inpatient alcohol treatment programs are a perfect choice for anyone who wants to escape the stress of work, school, or toxic relationships. The immersive nature of inpatient rehab allows our patients to focus fully on recovery.
Our inpatient program includes behavioral therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These therapies encourage patients to change the way they react to stressful environments by changing the way they relate to the world.
Group and individual counseling, along with experiential therapies also impart lasting lessons to patients that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. By learning firsthand how to manage their emotions and deal with other people in a sober, healthy way, patients are given the tools necessary to prosper outside of the residential setting.
Southern California Sunrise Recovery Rehab Centers in Orange County also focus on treatment methods that treat the person as a whole. These Holistic techniques can be as simple as eating nutritious meals and exercising to practicing Yoga and Meditation. A strong body and a peaceful mind allow individuals in recovery to better deal with triggers. The goal is to adopt a calm, introspective thought process and not be driven by emotions.
Patients at SoCal Sunrise eat, sleep, participate in counseling sessions, attend 12-Step meetings, and go on fun outings all under the supervision of our loving expert staff. Contact our Admissions specialist to get residential treatment for alcohol addiction. Our Inpatient Alcohol Rehab accepts most PPO Insurance Plans and can help you or a loved one get sober.