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Alcoholism Treatment Programs in Lakewood, NJ (732) 730-5450

Alcoholism is currently one of the most common forms of addiction in the United States. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Alcoholism effects millions of individuals from a wide range of cultures and environments. There is no way to pin-point exactly why addiction falls on some and not others but researchers are learning more everyday about the development of the disease and how alcoholism treatment can be improved.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Lakewood implements the most innovative and scientifically proven methods of alcoholism treatment. We are dedicated to staying current with our treatment programs and helping those suffering from alcoholism achieve lasting sobriety. Alcoholism treatment should not only be designed to help the patient, it should also include their family if possible.

Alcoholism treatment is all about helping the dependent learn to live without giving into to their cravings but also about seeking and accepting help. The support system of the addict is very important and in order for family to be a strong support system they have to understand the disease of addiction.

If you or your loved one are suffering from an alcohol dependence call Drug Treatment Centers Lakewood today. (732) 730-5450

What is Alcoholism?

Before you can explore and understand alcoholism treatment, you will need to understand alcoholism. Alcoholism is considered to be both progressive and chronic. This disorder is progressive in that it develops and worsens over time, and it is chronic because it is a continuous, repeated action over a long period of time. Alcoholism is essentially characterized by a dependence on alcohol, and the frequent abuse of it as a result of that dependence. When a person develops a dependence upon alcohol, that dependence is both mental and physical.

Physical and Mental Dependence

Alcoholism affects a person both mentally and physically. The mental (also sometimes deemed emotional) dependence usually develops as an attempt to use alcohol as a coping mechanism or self-medication for some negative emotion or problem in a person’s life. Many people turn to alcohol when they feel depressed or have an anxiety disorder.

Physical dependence occurs due to the chemical reaction that occurs within the body when a person consumes an alcoholic beverage. The effects within the body and the changes it causes, particularly with continued and frequent use can cause the body to become dependent upon it, creating a physical (chemical) dependence.

Alcohol Abuse or Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is often confused with alcohol abuse and vice versa. It is important to know that not every person who abuses alcohol is an alcoholic. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are not synonymous. Alcohol abuse is the overuse or misuse of alcohol, meaning that a person imbibes more often than normal or drinks an excess amount. Alcohol abuse generally takes two forms, binge drinking or blackout drinking.

Binge drinking is consuming alcohol with the intention to get intoxicated while and doing so quickly (blood alcohol above 0.08 in about an hour). Blackout drinking is when a person drinks so heavily that they lose their short-term memory and cannot remember what happened while they were intoxicated. These types of drinking behaviors can certainly be symptoms of alcoholism, but many non-alcoholics have exhibited such behaviors at one point or another.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

  • Frequent (daily) alcohol abuse
  • Inability to stop drinking
  • Day drinking
  • Increasing alcohol tolerance
  • Financial troubles
  • Depression
  • Alcohol hoarding or hiding
  • Anxiety/restlessness
  • Legal problems
  • Secretive drinking behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Heart palpitations

Alcoholism Treatments

The treatment of alcoholism begins with detox (medical detoxification). Detox is the time in which alcohol leaves the addicted person’s system. During this time, the body and mind both react to the denial of alcohol, known as withdrawals. Withdrawals can be intense and even dangerous to a person’s health. As such, the best place to go through detox is in a medical detox facility such as a hospital or rehab center.

Following detox, treatments include individual and group therapy to help a person discover the causes of their alcohol addiction, and develop coping skills and techniques to handle triggers and to avoid possible relapse. Additional recovery programs may include family therapy, music and art therapies, restorative yoga, or acupuncture.

If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one Alcohol Treatment Lakewood can assist you in getting help. Call Drug Treatment Centers Lakewood alcohol addiction specialists now to get the help you deserve. (732) 730-5450

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