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Alcoholism

Written on: May 20th, 2009 By: Val

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is often used interchangeably with alcohol dependency and alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one is abusing alcohol, it’s only going to get worse. Professional help is necessary in order to intercede before it gets worse.

Alcohol is a Drug

While alcohol is legal, it remains one of the most lethal drugs an individual can take. Alcohol can be just as dangerous as street drugs and in some instances, more so. It’s affordable and readily available on nearly every street corner. It works quickly to numb the mind and lower inhibitions. Too much alcohol can result in alcohol poisoning, black-outs or incapacitation, making one an easy target for sexual assault. Too much alcohol also results in serious health problems that can severely impact one’s quality of life. In addition, alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from. Withdrawal symptoms include night terrors, night sweats, hallucinations, delirium tremens (DTs) and life-threatening convulsions. Medical detox is always recommended with alcohol withdrawal.

Alcoholism is a Disease

The American Medical Association defined alcoholism as a disease in that it is chronic, debilitation and ultimately fatal if left untreated. There is no cure for alcoholism, but it does respond to treatment and the sooner you seek treatment for alcohol-related problems, the better. Alcohol abuse is the first step towards alcoholism. Those who seek professional help stand a far better chance of arresting their alcoholism than those who try to go it alone.

Alcoholism Treatment at SouthCoast Recovery

SouthCoast Recovery offers residential alcohol rehab for 30, 60, 90 days and 6 month residential treatment. Our caring staff members provide a safe and supportive environment from the moment you enter our state-licensed detox until the time you return to the community as a sober, productive member of society. We recognize that alcoholism affects each person differently and this is why we offer a program tailored to each individual that is comprised of holistic and clinical care within a 12-step social model program. Without this level of care and support, individuals who seek to stop drinking on their own stand a very slim chance of being successful. As the nature of the disease is progressive, each attempt to quit only leads to another spiral down. We can help interrupt this spiral at SouthCoast Recovery and get you on your way to a happy, healthy life where you learn how to deal with life without reaching for a drink.

Alcoholism is but symptomatic of underlying issues. At SouthCoast Recovery, we spend a great deal of time addressing these issues with you on a personal basis. As we remove the need to drink, the temptation to reach for a drink lessens.

It takes time for cravings to ease and the psychological dependence to be addressed. This is why just quitting is not enough. While the physical addiction is severed generally within a week to 10 days, the psychological dependency takes much longer. Someone who has been drinking for years will initially find it very difficult to cope without alcohol. For this reason, we also introduce the social model support of community 12-step meetings where our clients have the chance to interact with those in the area who have a strong, sober network that helps support their own recovery. This has proven to be the most successful method for long-term sobriety. For more information on how we can help you or your loved one overcome alcohol abuse, call our intake coordinators at SouthCoast Recovery today!

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