Alcohol is a substance that people can use occasionally however a large portion of the population are unable to control their drinking and it’s use begins interfering with their work and home life. Approximately 14.1 million adults in the United States struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence. Abusing alcohol in any capacity can be extremely dangerous for an individuals health, especially if the abuse continues over a long period of time. It is not uncommon to hear people discuss how long they drank for, as a huge portion of both current users and recovering users often have a handful of years, if not decades, abusing alcohol. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) can range from mild to severe in intensity and looks different for each individual. Making it difficult for the person who is struggling with AUD to recognize the symptoms and possibly even harder for loved ones to definitively determine the presence of a problem and the need for treatment.
Prolonged alcohol use can have severe effects on psychological health including behavioral or mental changes, including worsening depression and anxiety , problems with memory, coordination, mood, judgment or speech. Physiological symptoms associated with AUD and withdrawals can be equally concerning for the individual struggling with AUD and vary from nausea, vomiting, blacking out, tremors, sensory disturbances, dizziness, or sweating, these symptoms can be indicators of Alcohol use disorder. Mood can be strongly affected by extreme alcohol use, and aggression, anxiety, self-destructive behavior, conflict with loved one, difficulties maintains or obtaining employment, fear, and general discontent can also be signs that someone has a problem with alcohol dependence. Continued alcohol abuse can have severe health consequence including, but not limited to, heart attack, stroke, liver failure, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, atrial fibrillation, dementia, neuropathy, encephalopathy and increased risk for cancers, making the urgency for treating AUD critical.
At Altus Rehab, we recognized that every person that comes in for treatment has individual goals and needs. We personalize each treatment plan with a combination of therapeutic and holistic methods to safely and comfortably assist with detox from alcohol and begin the process of developing skills and tools to assist in recovery. Through our individualized treatment plans we are able to assess the specific needs of each individual and treat them accordingly. Withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous and it is important to speak with an addiction specialist before any attempting to detox from alcohol.