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Need help finding support for a loved one with an addiction? Need help with fighting addiction yourself? If you do, it’s okay not to have all the answers. Fortunately, there are many ways of finding help. One way that you can get help for an addiction is to educate yourself on the many different options for support and treatment. Below, we’ve come up with a few answers to questions that you may have about addiction, treatment, and finding the right type of support.

How Do I Know if I Have a Problem with Alcohol?

You may be here looking for answers about your own struggles with alcohol. Fortunately, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if you’re struggling with an addiction to alcohol. Do you:

  • Drink alcohol to soothe depression, anxiety, or another emotional issue?
  • Have more drinks in a single sitting than all of your friends?
  • Hide the fact that you have been drinking to friends and family?
  • Consume enough to blackout on a regular basis?
  • Often drink in the early mornings or to start your day?
  • Experience consequences legally, socially, or financially because of your drinking?
  • If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may be struggling with an addiction to alcohol. But, not to worry. According to a study performed by the National Institute on

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in the year of 2015, 15.1 million American adults struggled with alcohol abuse. So, you’re not alone. Alcohol is one of the most easily accessible addictive substances, not to mention its legality. It’s not a surprise that so many adults have fallen victim to this potent substance. What is a surprise is how many people actually get help. According to the same study, that same year, only 1.3 million American adults received help through addiction treatment for alcohol abuse.

What are the Physical Effects of Alcoholism?

Drinking alcohol heavily can affect individuals negatively in the long term on a physical level. The biological effects of using alcohol heavily in the longterm can lead to chronic diseases and even death. Some of these physical issues may include:

  • Increased fat in the liver
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Fibrosis of the liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Irregular digestive function
  • Cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, esophagus, and/or breast

What are the Psychological Effects of Alcoholism?

Not only can long-term alcohol abuse affect the body negatively, but it can also cause harm to the mind. Negative psychological symptoms of alcoholism may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Inability to retain learned information
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts/actions
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble concentrating

What to Expect from Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

Fortunately, the long term effects of alcohol abuse can be prevented or even reversed through treatment. Although the road to recovery isn’t an easy one, it could save your life. And, it will provide you with the means to living a life that you can be proud of. There are a few stages of alcohol treatment which are generally suggested to individuals in treatment for alcoholism. These stages of treatment may include:

Medical Detox: During this stage of treatment, the alcohol is eliminated from the body so that treatment can begin. The only way to eliminate alcohol from the body is to refrain from drinking and wait. But, when an individual is addicted to a substance, their body has become dependent on it. Meaning, when the drug isn’t administered, the body reacts adversely. These adverse reactions are known as withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms for alcoholics can be dangerous and can even lead to serious complications, even death. So, it’s vital that detox be under the supervision of addiction specialists to ensure safety and comfort.

Residential Treatment: Most individuals struggling with alcoholism can benefit from a residential stay at a treatment facility. During this stay, individuals can benefit from identifying underlying causes of their addiction so that they can be confronted and dealt with. Additionally, they can utilize a number of therapeutic techniques to master how to handle relapse triggers and cravings outside of treatment. These methods are proven to help establish a lifestyle in which individuals can obtain long-term and successful recoveries.

Sober Living: Once treatment concludes, it’s best to continue therapy and work toward recovery goals. It can be hard to assimilate back into society after rehabilitation, and sober living makes the process easier. By providing support and motivation, sober living homes are a safe environment in which treatment graduates can more comfortably assimilate back into daily life.

12 Step Programs: These organizations have been helping recovered alcoholics maintain sobriety for generations. Meetings are a great way to obtain new sober friends and receive support when the recovery gets tough. Additionally, it’s a great way to motivate the self by setting and meeting recovery goals.

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