Alcohol Addiction Programs in Jupiter, FL (561) 768-7644
The beachfront community of Jupiter, with its unparalleled access to year-round outdoor activities, can feel like a tropical paradise to many residents, but alcohol addiction can ruin a life in the most ideal natural surroundings. The good news, though, is that if you or one of your friends or family is suffering from alcohol addiction or abuses alcohol, local treatment options can help with the process of alcohol addiction treatment and recovery.
Call Drug Treatment Centers Jupiter today at (561) 768-7644 and see how our programs can truly benefit the lives of you or a loved one.
Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Addiction, and Alcoholism
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders describes alcohol use disorders as ranging along a continuum from mild to severe. Essentially, any use of alcohol which negatively impacts your social life, career or leads to behaviors that can harm yourself or others (such as driving while intoxicated) is alcohol abuse.
The university student who binge-drinks a few weekends every month might be at the mild end of the spectrum, while the person who cannot function without consuming several drinks each day, whose alcohol consumption affects every aspect of his or her daily life, and who experiences withdrawal symptoms such as delerium tremens after several hours without alcohol would be at the severe end of the spectrum. This person would be identified as having an alcohol addiction.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 88,0007 people die from alcohol related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Alcohol is also implicated in over 10,000 annual driving fatalities.
Signs of Alcoholism
Several factors help distinguish alcohol use from an alcohol addiction. Consuming an average of more than one or two drinks on a daily basis or four or five drinks in a period of less than two hours is considered abusing alcohol. Alcohol use that interferes with work, school, home life, or causes people to participate in risky or illegal activities such as fighting, driving drunk, or engaging in unsafe sexual practices is considered abuse. Strong cravings for alcohol and being unable to stop drinking even if you want to are also signs of alcoholism.
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Alcoholism has social, psychological, and physical symptoms. In excessive quantity, it lowers inhibitions, reduces your ability to make judgments, causes mental confusion, and increases aggression, leading to a range of domestic and career problems. On a physical level, consuming more than one unit a day of alcohol for prolonged periods can lead to liver disease, digestive problems, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, bone loss, neurological and mental problems, and certain cancers.
Many alcoholics are in a state of denial, unwilling to admit that their use of the substance is problematic. Professionals can help friends and family stage an intervention, a group meeting intended to persuade the alcohol abuser to seek treatment. Professionally facilitated interventions have a high success rate in getting alcoholics to seek rehab treatment.
Treating alcoholism is a complex, long-term process. The first step is detox, during which the addict withdraws from drinking under close medical supervision, and is prescribed appropriate medications to control withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Next is an extended period of therapy, addressing the underlying mental and physical health issues associated with the disease. After this initial period of treatment, alcoholics need extended relapse prevention aftercare.
Over half of all alcoholics relapse after a period of sobriety. Ongoing therapy, lifestyle modification, and participation in support groups can significantly reduce the rates of relapse. The staff at Drug Treatment Centers Jupiter is ready to assist you in making the lifestyle changes necessary to maintaining sobriety. Call us today at (561) 768-7644 for knowledgeable assistance and compassionate support.