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Alcoholism is a physical dependence on alcohol that changes the physiology and function of the brain, and is characterized by a lack of control over your drinking, despite the problems it’s causing in your life. Alcoholism treatment is the best way to safely and comfortably break the physical dependence and address the far more complex psychological aspects of the addiction, including various underlying issues, co-occurring mental illnesses, and secondary addictions.
Available in both inpatient and outpatient settings, alcoholism treatment involves administering various therapies to help patients become self-aware of the issues surrounding the addiction and make real and meaningful changes in their lives to help promote lifelong sobriety.
Inpatient alcoholism treatment is essential for those who have a mental illness, a secondary addiction, or ambivalence toward recovery and involves an extended stay at a residential treatment facility. Outpatient alcoholism treatment can be highly successful for those who have a deep personal commitment toward recovery and support at home. Outpatient programs enable patients to continue working or attending school and meeting obligations at home.
To find out more about the recovery programs available at Drug Treatment Centers Westport, dial (203) 571-0064.
Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction aren’t the same thing. Unlike those who are addicted to alcohol, those who abuse it still maintain some control over their drinking.
Alcohol abuse often takes the form of binge drinking, which is defined as drinking enough in the space of two hours to raise the blood alcohol level to .08 percent. For men, this is five drinks, and for women, it’s four. Blackouts are also a sign of alcohol abuse and occur when you’ve had enough to drink that you have memory lapses of the events that occurred.
Alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the U.S., with over 17 percent of the population abusing or addicted to alcohol. According to a recent community health assessment, over 26 percent of Westport residents aged 12 and over reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. Unfortunately, only around 8 percent of the people who need treatment for an alcohol addiction or abuse problem seek it.
Signs are objective indicators of alcoholism that other people might notice, while symptoms are subjective indicators of alcoholism that the person with the alcohol addiction might feel. Signs and symptoms of alcoholism include:
Long-term alcohol abuse or addiction can take a devastating toll on your health. About 88,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of alcohol, and another 10,000 lose their lives in traffic accidents involving alcohol. Some of the long-term health effects associated with alcoholism and years of alcohol abuse include:
Treating an alcohol addiction at Drug Treatment Centers Westport starts with medical detox, during which medications are administered to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
Once the physical addiction is broken through detox, substance abuse treatment therapies will be used to address the complex psychological aspects of addiction, which may include secondary addictions or a co-occurring disorder as well as underlying issues concerning stress or physical or sexual abuse.
After treatment is successfully completed, an aftercare plan is implemented to help prevent a lapse in sobriety and a relapse of the addiction. The aftercare plan is highly individualized and will include ongoing therapy, participation in recovery groups, and other components based on individual need.
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