What is Alcoholism?
Because alcohol is legal, socially normalized, and commonly used, many people assume that it is not dangerous. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Alcoholism is among the most common substance abuse problems among U.S. adults; it’s estimated that more than 15 million Americans struggle with an alcohol use disorder today.
Despite how normalized drinking alcohol is, it’s one of the most dangerous substances to detox from. For this reason, it’s important that you seek medically-supervised alcohol detoxification.
“What’s one more drink?” The spirit behind this question has launched countless people into a perilous spiral of alcohol abuse. Alcohol can be one of the most dangerous substances because of its availability, and it can be hard for sufferers of alcohol addiction to know when enough is enough.
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What Happens When You Abuse Alcohol?
The Consequences of Alcoholism
Alcohol has the capacity to be very dangerous if being misused. Almost every area of life can be affected by alcohol abuse. Physically, alcohol abuse can cause medical issues such as fatty liver, alcohol induced hepatitis and cirrhosis. Alcohol has also been known to cause high blood pressure and has been linked to heart disease. Mentally, alcohol abuse is linked to conditions such as anxiety and depression and can make the symptoms of these conditions worse in individuals who have been previously diagnosed. In individuals who consume a heavy amount of alcohol for a significant amount of time, it can lead to a condition of the brain called Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. This serious condition causes symptoms of confusion, eye movement paralysis and issues with the coordination of muscles. Also, this condition can cause psychosis and difficulty in memory and learning.
Most individuals using alcohol in an unhealthy manner also experience issues in their social life. Significant others and family members may begin to distance themselves from the individual due to behavior while under the influence, friends may come around less and less and the individual becomes isolated from a social support system previously in place due to these factors or because the drinking has become so frequent that they choose to be alone. Unfortunately, this isolation typically contributes to an increase of anxiety and depression leading to more consumption of alcohol.
Unfortunately, the most extreme consequence of alcohol addiction is death. This can be due to an overdose, incidents that occurred while drinking due to poor judgement or withdrawal symptoms from trying to stop drinking on your own.
How to Know If You Have an Alcohol Problem?
- Having blackout or lapses in memory when under the influence
- Irritability or extreme mood swings that can happen under the influence or when alcohol is not available
- Drinking instead of taking care of other responsibilities
- Using excuses for why you drink, such as to deal with stress or relax
- Drinking when you’re alone or being dishonest about how much you are drinking
- Experiencing hangovers
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
- Continue drinking despite negative consequences
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Alcoholism: Signs, Symptoms & Withdrawals
In layman’s terms, alcohol abuse is the self-destructive pattern of drinking in excess. This is often clearly demonstrated by an uncontrollable urge to drink, drinking even when it’s inappropriate to do, and drinking even when it’s clear that it’s damaging your life and delivering negative consequences. In its purest definition, alcohol abuse is the inability to control drinking due to a physical and emotional dependence. Alcohol abuse can critically ruin your mental and physical health, while also destroying every facet of your personal life, including your relationships and career outlook.
Alcoholism can happen to anyone, and it can be caused by numerous reasons— as a coping mechanism for an unbalanced mental state, as a byproduct of a negative environment, or as a consequence of unaddressed habits. Whatever the root cause is, our alcohol detox center in California gets to the bottom of it and starts the recovery process through detoxification.
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Medically-Supervised Alcohol Detox in Los Angeles
We can’t stress the importance of detoxifying while in a medically supervised setting. Many sufferers of alcohol addiction have attempted to detox at-home, but this often leads to failure. From a medical standpoint, you are likely to experience some level of withdrawal, and if your alcohol abuse was severe, these symptoms can pose a significant danger to your health. Beyond your physical health, detoxifying unsuccessfully can lead to feelings of inadequacy, which can set up mental roadblocks when you attempt to detox in the future. The safest, most proven way to detox is under the medical supervision of experts who can help you navigate the detox process. This is why an alcohol detox in Southern California at our facility can be one of the keys to your recovery.
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When you arrive at our facility, our clinical team will run a thorough evaluation to determine the level of toxins in the system. We then construct a detox protocol based on this information. Our luxury inpatient alcohol rehab’s mission is to fully cleanse the system of any toxins and to set you up to thrive in our post-detox recovery programs. Our entire treatment philosophy is based on what you need. You’ll meet with a dedicated case manager who will work with you to better understand the context behind your addiction and to construct a personalized program.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drugs or alcohol, there is hope. Our expert team is standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. It’s fully confidential, noncommittal, and toll-free. Call today and save a life.