If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism, then call 1-888-919-3845 today to be connected to alcohol recovery programs and professionals in your area. Across the nation, alcoholics and their loved ones are finding the guidance and support necessary to conquer this disease. With so many treatment options available, there is certainly a method or program out there to meet everyone's individual needs.
"Long-term alcohol abuse destroys brain cells and increases the risk of various forms of cancer."Alcoholism is a mental and physical disease marked by an inability to control one's consumption of alcohol. Alcoholics typically experience progressively more negative consequences from their drinking, in terms of both physical health and personal relationships. Emotional well-being also suffers, as excessive alcohol use clouds the mind and alters brain chemistry. Long-term alcohol abuse destroys brain cells and increases the risk of various forms of cancer. These negative effects can all be halted, however, when the alcoholic chooses to quit drinking. The exact causes of alcoholism are still unknown, but the latest research points toward a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Withdrawal and Recovery from Alcohol
Withdrawal and recovery from alcohol can be a challenging process, but millions have taken those first faltering steps toward sobriety and eventually found they could live healthier, more meaningful lives without alcohol. The greatest hurdle to overcome when facing alcoholism consists of letting go of the shame and denial that often accompany years of problem drinking. Admitting to oneself that a problem exists is the first and possibly most difficult step in getting help. Once you've made that admission, however, help is literally only a phone call away.
For chronic, severe alcoholics, treatment will usually include some form of inpatient care. The worst symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include seizures and convulsions, but with proper attention and medication, these symptoms can be effectively managed. Other withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, sleep disturbances, depression, and fatigue. In addition to medical supervision, inpatient facilities typically offer emotion support in the form of counseling and therapy sessions.
Group and individual therapy led by an experienced counselor has shown enormous success in helping alcoholics maintain sobriety. Abstaining from alcohol requires profound adjustments in one's life and habits. For alcoholics, intoxication has become their status quo. It's normal to experience depression and uncertainty in the early stages of recovery. The dual purpose of therapy is to identify the causes and triggers for drinking while providing the tools to avoid drinking in the future. At the same time, therapy aims to build self-confidence and encourage the recovering alcoholic to embrace a fulfilling life without alcohol.
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is easily the most well known of all alcoholism support groups. There are no membership fees or requirements apart from a sincere desire to quit drinking. Meetings are often unstructured and informal, with participants sharing stories about life before and after drinking. Even alcoholics who have been recovered for many years find solace in attending an alcoholic support group like AA. Alcoholics Anonymous works from the principle of 12 steps, in which participants gradually progress through a series of self-improvement initiatives. Alcoholics attending AA meetings shouldn't expect to complete all 12 steps and then "graduate" into sobriety. Instead, the 12 steps represent a new way of looking at life and oneself. Because alcoholism is a chronic disease, keeping it in check requires a lifetime of commitment and self-reflection.
Al-Anon Support Group for Family Members
Al-Anon, on the other hand, is a support group for family members of alcoholics. Alcoholism often results in emotionally destructive behavior, and spouses and children often endure the bulk of these outbursts. Even in the absence of abuse, it can be extremely difficult to watch a loved one spiral out of control. Al-Anon offers a supportive environment to discuss and share feelings about this painful disease.
Alcoholism affects every community, and most people know someone who struggles daily with the overwhelming desire to drink. For alcoholics and their loved ones, immediate support is available 24/7 in the form a national, toll-free helpline. Calling 1-888-919-3845 will put you in touch with a huge network of alcohol recovery programs and support groups. Making that call takes courage, but the rewards of sobriety and improved health make recovery worth the effort.