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Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease in which individuals have difficulty controlling alcohol consumption and become physically and emotionally dependent on it. Those who suffer from the effects of alcoholism will continue to drink even when it causes problems (e.g. lost employment, family strife, etc.).
With careful oversight, alcoholism treatment can help addicts overcome these problems. Medical detox is usually necessary along with counseling to deal with the behavioral aspects of addiction. Both counseling and medical care are critical components of alcoholism treatment. If you or someone you love is in need of treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Metuchen at (732) 226-8908.
More than 87% of people over the age of 18 in the United States use alcohol, with nearly 25% indicating that they binge drink and 7% indicating that they drink heavily. Roughly 60% of people over 18 in New Jersey use alcohol on a regular basis and about 25-30% admit to binge drinking at least once in a month.
Experts in substance abuse and those who deal with the effects of alcoholism on a daily basis draw a distinction between abuse and alcoholism. Alcohol abusers are able to set limits on their drinking, even if their use is self-destructive and dangerous. Those who are suffering from the effects of addiction have absolutely no control over their drinking as they are physically dependent on the substance. Without it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Though alcoholism tends to start early in life, it does occur later and for a variety of reasons. There is no age-limit for the onset of alcoholism.
Alcohol abuse is characterized by neglecting responsibilities, drinking when it is dangerous to do so (e.g. driving, while taking medication), and frequently drinking as a way to “relax.” Abuse can lead to bad decision-making (e.g. drink-driving, unprotected sex, etc.), liver damage, and even death from alcohol poisoning.
Alcoholics are unable to control their drinking. They simply cannot quit drinking when they want to. They give up other activities in order to drink, put a great deal of energy into acquiring and consuming the drug, and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they do attempt to stop drinking. The first warning sign that abuse is turning into addiction is a need to drink more to achieve the same effects as before.
Alcohol detox refers to the process in which the substance is cleared from the body. While clearance is a natural process, medical intervention is often necessary to prevent uncomfortable and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms from arising. Medical detox takes place in our designated detox facility where medications, intravenous (IV) fluids, and other supportive treatments can be administered.
After detox, alcoholism treatment doesn’t end. Individuals may seek either inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment. This long-term treatment aims to change behaviors surrounding addiction, address underlying issues that contribute to addictive behavior, and help individuals build support networks and amass resources to prevent future relapse.
Alcoholism programs come in many forms. In our residential program, patients are required to live at our rehab facility for 30-60 days. Our outpatient program requires frequent meetings (3 days per week for 2-4 hours per day) and focus mainly on relapse prevention. An individual may transition from one program to another.
Counseling may take place individually, in a group, or with family participation. Counseling is never used alone, but rather in conjunction with other proven treatment processes. Common goals are to identify the root causes of alcohol use, repair relationships, and build healthy coping skills.
Aftercare is necessary for long-term abstinence and involves continued work in groups, individually, or with families to maintain abstinence. Because relapse is common, consistent aftercare is essential to ensure long-term recovery.
If you are currently struggling to stay sober, and need the assistance of qualified addiction professionals, now is the time to call Drug Treatment Centers Metuchen at (732) 226-8908. Our counselors are ready to receive your call and answer any questions you may have.
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