Alcoholism treatment helps remedy the physical and psychological consequences of long-term alcohol abuse or addiction. Denial is often associated with alcohol addiction. It can take a crisis before people accept they need alcoholism treatment. The sooner an alcoholic accepts the truth and seeks help, the better the chances of successful treatment.
If you are in need of alcoholism treatment, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Hoboken at (201) 620-9144.
Alcoholism is a specific form of drug addiction. It presents as an increasingly compulsive dependency on alcohol and in later stages can lead to serious health problems, relationship breakdown, mental health issues and premature death. Because alcohol is legal and inebriation is often considered socially acceptable, alcohol dependency can be hard to identify in its early stages. Anyone worried about their drinking habits should seek advice about alcoholism treatment. For many teens, weekend binge drinking can be the start of a lifelong struggle with addiction. Alcoholism can also start in later life: Late onset alcoholism is often a response to the fear and loneliness that can be associated with aging.
The two key symptoms of alcoholism are an obsessive craving for alcohol and the inability to control intake after the first drink. As the condition progresses, many alcoholics will experience an increased tolerance to the effects of the drug and mild to severe symptoms of withdrawal when the craving cannot be satisfied. Some of these include tremors, insomnia, anxiety, and sometimes hallucinations and paranoid delusions.
The signs of alcoholism often are first noticed by friends and relatives. An alcoholic may become less sociable and suffer personality changes and mood swings. Other signs are loss of appetite, secret drinking, restlessness and loss of libido. Many alcoholics will acknowledge a degree of dependency and try to “cut down” or abstain. Unfortunately, without professional help, most of these attempts fail.
Some alcoholics voluntarily seek intervention. Others will be directed by family, friends or a medical professional. When dealing with an alcoholic in denial, a professional interventionist can offer advice on how best to intervene and can also monitor the intervention. The aim of an intervention is to communicate to the addict that the situation needs to change, and to encourage the alcoholic to accept the need for treatment.
The first step in treatment is usually a medically supervised detoxification program (“detox”). All aspects of a client’s health, physical and psychological, are carefully monitored. Detox can be a difficult process. Our staff aims to maximize comfort and maintain the client’s dignity at every stage. A detox may be supported by the administration of medication to reduce the impact of withdrawal. Typically, upon completion of detox, a program of individual and group therapy is agreed. Therapeutic intervention helps the alcoholic develop new coping mechanisms and avoid relapse.
According to a recent survey (2014) by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 458,000 adults in New Jersey (6.2 percent of all adults) reported being dependent on or having abused alcohol in the year prior to being surveyed. Given that many people with alcohol addiction tend to under report this figure is likely to be much higher in reality.
In addition to its often devastating psychological and social consequences, alcoholism is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, heart failure and liver disease. Excessive consumption damages immunity increases the likelihood of throat and liver cancer, and a higher risk of pancreatitis.