Alcohol Abuse in the United States
The disease of alcohol addiction has painful, destructive consequences. These painful repercussions are emotional, psychological, physical, social and fiscal– not only for the person using drugs or alcohol, but also for their friends and loved ones in many cases.
According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report compiled by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 139.7 million people in the U.S., aged 12 or older used alcohol. 23% of these classified as binge drinkers (drinking 5 or more drinks at one time). Of these alcohol abusers, about 17 million met the criteria for alcohol use disorder. The study warned that excessive alcohol use can increase the risk of developing severe health issues, including heart disease, brain and liver damage, and fetal damage in pregnant women.
The Causes of Alcohol Addiction
It’s important that alcohol abusers are aware of the conflicts that drive them to drink. Internal and external conflicts both can fuel their abuse. Rehab centers employ licensed therapists who use a variety of methods to help addicts back onto a path of recovery.
Effects of Alcohol On the Body
The bodily effects of alcoholism include cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, steatosis and fibrosis. The pancreas is also at risk from alcohol poisoning, and alcohol can cause cancer of the esophagus and throat. Alcohol may also attack a person’s immune system, leaving their body vulnerable to a variety of diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis.
In terms of psychological damage, alcohol abuse can affect motor impairment, it can lower inhibitions, and create psychosis and confusion. These consequences, if prolonged, can be long lasting and permanent, leading to what is referred to as “wet brain.”
There are two substances that when abused can lead to lethal withdrawals: alcohol and benzodiazepines (benzos). When alcohol or benzo use stops abruptly, the substance abuser can go into shock, which may result in seizures and death. The best way an alcohol or benzo abuser can detox is in a medically managed facility, where they receive the best medical care to ensure their withdrawals aren’t deadly.
Getting Help for Your Alcohol Abuse
Some people have success at detoxing on their own before they enter a rehab facility. Alcohol and benzo users need to take precaution if they attempt to detox on their own.
Some people use alcohol due to relationship issues. Detox also provides a social aspect when patients are going through withdrawal, so they can still find the positive social support they need.
If you are struggling with alcohol abuse, and don’t know where to turn, give us a call. Our trained professionals are here to answer all your questions, and help you find the care you need. Our methods are based on love, compassion and support. Many of our intake experts are recovering addicts themselves, so they know where you are coming from. They’ve been there. They can help you show the way out.
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