Introduction to alcohol treatment:
Long before documented time drinking alcohol has played an integral role in cultures around the world. Alcohol has even been the cause of wars and has ended wars. More interesting is that archeologists have uncovered evidence that Neolithic man was making beer and berry wine as early as 6400 BC. Many would go as far to say that alcohol is a part of the fabric of the human genome. – Unfortunately so is alcoholism.
Alcoholism is primarily a chronic disease with genetic, psychological and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)
Alcoholic warning signs: Do you know what to look for?
- Drinking alcohol frequently
- Drinking alcohol before noon
- Family history of alcoholism
- Driving under the influence charges
- Accidents caused because of drinking
- Failing health as a result of drinking
- Criminal charges while under the influence
- High tolerance to alcohol
- “Blackouts” or memory lapse when drinking
- Binge drinking or heavy drinking in a short period of time
- Having to hide your drinking
- Drinking prior to arriving at social events
- Job loss because of drinking
- Anger, sexual promiscuity and dangerous acts
- Drinking instead of participating in previously enjoyed activities
- Loss of friendships because of your drinking
- Marital problems as a result of drinking
- Attempting to quit but cannot stop
- Cannot control the amount of alcohol consumption
- Withdrawal symptoms after drinking
- Bad hangovers from drinking too much
- Missing school or taking sick days from work
- Lowering your standards
- Morning after regrets
- Drinking while pregnant
- Drinking under the age of 21
- Alcohol cravings
- Drinking alone
If you experience any combination of the above warning signs you are at risk of the hazards of drinking alcohol.
Alcoholism facts: Don’t let yourself become another statistic!
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that each year in the United States nearly 18,000 deaths are caused by alcohol related vehicle accidents.
- Approximately 76 million people worldwide suffer from some sort of alcohol related disorder or illness as the result of alcohol as reported by The World Health Organization.
- Recent studies discovered that 53% of people in the United States over the age of 18 reported that at least one of their relatives has a problem with alcohol.
- An estimated 50% of all homicides in the U.S. are related to alcohol.
- Over 100,000 deaths yearly are directly or indirectly related to alcohol consumption. This includes stroke, cancer, falls, liver failure and drunk driving.
- Males are 4 times more like to become an alcoholic than females.
- An estimated 3 million teenagers in the United States are considered problem drinkers.
- 40% of people who begin drinking before the age of 14 are expected to become an alcoholic.
- There are 1.4 million drunk driving arrests every year in the U.S.
Alcohol is the real gateway drug. – Recent studies on rats have indicated that alcohol is nearly as addictive as crack cocaine and heroin.
Health risks associated with abusing alcohol:
- Injuries or death as the result of accidents, falls, drowning or burns.
- Violence including sexual assault, suicide, homicide and domestic violence.
- Alcohol poisoning and hospitalizations caused by alcohol consumption.
- Sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy including HIV infection.
- Liver disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and dementia.
- Throat, breast, mouth, liver and colon cancer.
- Miscarriage, stillbirth and fetal deformities.
There is no cure for alcoholism – But there is hope because alcoholism is treatable.
While there is no cure for alcoholism there is still hope because of the many alcohol treatment options available. Unfortunately for most alcoholics they have to come near to death or hit bottom in order to discover that they must abstain from drinking alcohol and to seek alcohol treatment. What is it going to take for you to stop drinking alcohol? Is it worth risking it all when there is a whole other life waiting for you, a better life waiting for you?
Alcoholism treatment options:
- Attend A.A. (Alcoholic Anonymous) meetings on a regular bases.
- Seek the guidance of an alcohol treatment center.
- Participate in outpatient treatment groups for substance abuse.
- Medication can help to curb cravings. *Ask your doctor.
- Enter an inpatient alcohol treatment facility.
- Family counseling to aid in the recovery of the family unit.
- Hypnosis for alcoholism recovery.
- Participate in dual diagnosis treatment for comorbid diagnoses (co-occurring depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems).
Seek alcohol treatment and take your life back!
What are/were your passions? What did you dream about when you were young before you started drinking alcohol? Do you remember what it felt like to be happy without alcohol? Happiness and all of your dreams are still possible but only if you stop drinking alcohol and seek alcohol treatment. Call our alcohol treatment hotline now at (888) 531-1313. One of our experienced and compassionate staff members will help you to begin establishing an alcohol treatment plan.
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:
Courtesy of: The Twelve Steps from Page 59 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition. Copyright 1939, 1955, 1976, 2001 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.