Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in problems. It is the third most common mental illness, and it affects more than 14 million people in the United States today. Alcohol is also the most dangerous of all addictive substances. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions is present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Prolonged alcohol abuse can cause a variety of different health issues, including but not limited to liver failure, heart disease, obesity, various cancers, and even death (often referred to as “alcohol poisoning”). Detoxing off of alcohol can also cause seizures and even death if not done under the proper care and supervision of an experienced Detox Physician. New Dawn Treatment Center employs a team of experienced, and highly qualified doctors and medical professionals to ensure our patients receive the very best care and supervision.
Alcoholism vs. Excessive Drinking
Alcoholism differs from alcohol abuse or binge drinking in that an alcoholic becomes physically tolerant of alcohol over time, requiring more frequent and substantial alcohol consumption in order to feel “normal” and somewhat functional. Possible signs of an alcohol problem include drinking alone to escape problems or for the purpose of getting drunk, hiding alcohol in unusual places, becoming aggravated when alcohol is not accessible, drinking despite negative consequences, and having difficulty reducing your consumption of alcohol. Attaining abstinence is possible, but without treatment results tend to be temporary. If you or a loved one believe that an alcohol problem exists, we strongly advise connecting with one of our trained chemical dependency team members to discuss possible treatment opportunities and the severity of the abuse.
Recovery is Possible
Long term sobriety is possible. However, the prevalence of alcohol in society and its social acceptability can make sobriety extremely challenging for many people. Call us today and speak with one of our trained staff to find out more about how our alcohol rehab programs – including Detox, 30 – 90 day Residential, and Intensive Outpatient – can help you, or a loved one be free of alcohol once and for all. For chronic relapsers, we provide mental health screening and intensive counseling by licensed therapists to identify and treat the root causes of the disease.
1 Year Recovery Promise
And for additional piece of mind, our 90 day residential program comes with a 1 year recovery promise. In the event of a relapse, graduates can return for 30 days of residential treatment free of charge. You deserve to get your life back. Call us today.