Alcohol addiction rehabilitation, or simply alcohol rehab, is a comprehensive treatment program that helps people treat and manage their addiction to alcohol and increases the chances for long-term recovery.
Alcohol rehab begins with medical detox to break the physical addiction, which is followed by treatment to address the psychological issues behind the dependence. The last phase of alcohol rehab is the implementation of an individualized aftercare program that helps prevent a future relapse.
Around 17 percent of American adults suffer from intense alcohol abuse or addiction, and over half of U.S. residents have a close family member who has an addition to alcohol. Unfortunately, only around 8 percent of all people who need addiction treatment seek the help they need through alcohol rehab. To speak to a specialist today about getting help, call Alcohol Treatment Centers West Chester at 347-542-5767.
While the terms are often used interchangeably, abuse and addiction are not the same thing. Those who abuse alcohol don’t necessarily develop a physical dependence on it, although abuse often leads to dependence.
Alcohol abuse is characterized in part by binge drinking and blacking out. Binge drinking is the act of drinking enough alcohol in the space of two hours to bring the blood alcohol content to the legal limit of .08 percent. Blacking out is a common result of drinking too much and is marked by the inability to remember some or all of the events that occurred while under the influence. While binge drinking is most common among men and young adults, alcohol abuse crosses all demographic lines.
Those who abuse alcohol are able to maintain some control over their drinking, while those with an alcohol addiction have lost the ability to control the amount they drink or the frequency with which they drink, and they continue to consume alcohol despite wanting or trying to quit. They may find that they’re unable to stop even though alcohol is causing problems in their lives. Signs of alcohol addiction include:
Over time, the body builds up a tolerance to alcohol due to changes in the structures and function of the brain. Alcohol abuse results in the suppression of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is related to feelings of calmness and relaxation. It also suppresses the neurotransmitter glutamate, which causes feelings of excitability. As a result, it takes more alcohol to increase the activity of GABA, and the glutamate system begins to operate at a far higher level than normal.
Eventually, when alcohol use is discontinued, withdrawal symptoms will set in, indicating that the body now requires alcohol in order to function “properly.”
Medical detox is the first stage of alcohol rehab and involves administering medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, which can include dangerous or fatal shifts in heart function and other body processes.
After detox, treatment therapies are employed to address the complex issues behind the addiction, which often include various psychological issues, secondary behavioral addictions, and co-occurring mental illnesses.
The last phase of rehab is the implementation of an individualized aftercare plan that’s designed to help prevent lapse and relapse by offering intense support through the community and the rehab program once the patient has completed treatment.
Only a fraction of those who need alcohol rehab seek it. Some of the reasons people resist treatment include:
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