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Roots of the Problem And Remedies

alcoholism

When dealing with alcoholism, there is almost no one in your path that is left unaffected once you really begin to spiral. Employers, spouses, close friends, and family members are all going to suffer direct consequences of hard drinking, and share the burden that plagues so many who have problems with addiction. The National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (first link) states that in 2013, 24.6 percent of people 18 years of age or older reported that they took part in binge drinking in the last month. After many out of control evenings and mornings waking up without recollection of your actions, it could very well be time to decide to take control of your actions and seek help. Knowing the definition of the problem and the options you have for different kinds of substance abuse treatment is the goal we want to reach, and get you on the path to a much more positive future.

The Issue at Hand:

When an individual becomes addicted to alcohol, the body withdraws from it just like any drug. Shaky hands, headaches in the morning, and drained bank accounts are just some of the things you could be destined to suffer if you are drinking heavily, even if not daily. In the year 2006, alcohol problems were cited to cost the United States $223.5 billion, quite a large number of funds that could be allocated elsewhere. Alcohol affects literally every organ in the body, not just the liver, which is only the beginning of deterioration after chronic use.

Categorized as a depressant, many believe the exact opposite, because they know that one individual who tends to get rowdy after having beer or cocktails. When someone is intoxicated even slightly, their motor functions are delayed, and experiences that are positive or negative may seem intensified. This is why many movies or sitcoms have portrayed someone who has drank heavily crying, because the mood of the drinker can sway heavily after consumption. Men are known to binge drink nearly twice as much as women: The National Institute Of Drug Abuse’s last survey on alcohol showed us that in 2013, 30% of males age 12 and older had admitted to binge drinking, while only 16% of women had been shown to binge drink. (second link)

Things To Consider Along The Way:

Intervention with the Individual: In another recent study on alcohol abuse, it was determined that nearly 18% of participants surveyed between 2001 and 2002 claimed that they had abused alcohol. (Third Link) when it becomes evident that someone’s drinking is affecting nearly everyone around them, those individuals meet (sometimes with the help of a therapist or representative from a treatment center) and talk to the drinker about their feelings. Sometimes hearing the results of their actions are enough to make the drinker realize that its now time for treatment, and some people go through this step numerous times before they ever get help.

Those with other mental problems need a true dual plan: As sad as it may seem, many of the folks that you see become homeless have schizophrenia or some other mental illness on top of a drinking problem. Once you add on other serious disorders to the pre existing drinking problem, you can encounter a lethal time bomb. If someone has clinical depression or another disorder and is beginning to drink heavily, once they are in treatment, different therapists may be able to help with the different roots of the problems, as well as several medications.

Methods of treatment need to be accessible: if someone is in a small town in the middle of the mountains or the woods, there may not be a clinic or appropriate treatment center nearby. Even as urban areas continue to spread and grow, some places are still rather secluded and don’t have much in the line of treatment facilities. Problem drinkers in these areas may hesitate at first to get help, because they will be separated from their loved ones. Sometimes, this separation is exactly what is needed for effective treatment to sink in and let the individual get clean.

Different Kinds of Treatment Methods:

• Going through Detoxification: After periods of extreme drinking, it is sometimes imperative that the stream of alcohol be halted to achieve recovery. In some cases, it may be the only way to get the drinker to stop, and inpatient is most effective. Sometimes if you attempt to go through this process without supervision, the results can even be fatal. Extreme anxiety and shaking of the hands are some of the most common things the individual detoxing will experience. This period on an inpatient level involves being in a very secure environment, and under close watch.
In House Living Programs: for those whose problems have really spun out of control in their lives, and for some who have perhaps committed legal offenses and are court ordered, Residential programs are a way to keep the patient away from the source of the problem, and start to experience a positive routine in their lives to get used to. Focusing on diet, exercise, and in some cases spiritual health are all aspects of residential programs that may last a number of months. Therapies in groups are helpful in these programs as the patients see what led others in their shoes to drink heavily.
Outpatient Treatment programs: These are sometimes at night or in the afternoon for around 4 hours, and do at times have some of the intensity of what a residential program would consist of. Self evaluation, exploring in the past to see what made one drink to feel better, and group therapies with other patients are all instrumental parts of these types of programs. At some point in the recovery process, outpatient is sometimes essential after residential treatment, to give the patient a large dose of structure and follow up without 24 hour on site attention.

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse : http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

Drug facts and trends from National Institute of Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

Web MD’s Substance Abuse Portal: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20070702/alcohol-abuse-alcoholism-common