Alcoholism is a chronic disease marked by a dependency on ethyl alcohol, the intoxicating substance found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcoholics who have a strong craving for alcohol tend to constantly drink despite repeated health and interpersonal problems, and they cannot limit their alcohol intake. Alcohol consumption has long been an integral part of our culture in New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. Excessive drinking while watching sporting events, during holiday parties, and at celebrations such as birthdays and weddings has become a socially accepted behavior. However, the number of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrests increases every year thanks to more vigilant law enforcement tactics and inefficient public education strategies. While accidents on the highways due to alcohol abuse in New Jersey have diminished, alcoholism remains a devastating problem that destroys careers, families and relationships while causing a host of serious and potentially fatal medical conditions.
While many of us drink from time to time - we might even occasionally consume a few too many - most of us do not become alcoholics. However, alcohol abuse, which includes chronic bouts of excessive drinking, as well as binge drinking, can cause almost as much damage to your health, career, and interpersonal relationships as alcoholism. Characteristics of alcohol abuse include: drinking in dangerous situations (such as driving or operating machinery when legally drunk); problems at work, at school, at home, and legal problems related to alcohol. Studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse almost inevitably leads to alcoholism.
Those who suffer from alcoholism have a strong craving for alcohol and continue to drink despite suffering from physical, psychological and interpersonal setbacks because of their drinking. Furthermore, alcoholics find it impossible to limit their drinking; they can't just stop after a couple of beers. People with alcohol dependence also develop a tolerance to alcohol; they must drink more and more to feel the same desired effects. Along with the craving for alcohol, severe withdrawal symptoms typically occur if the alcoholic abruptly stops drinking. These symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, shaking, and anxiety when alcohol is not available.
While physicians consider alcoholism to be an incurable, chronic illness – it is treatable. Many recovering alcoholics live normal lives after undergoing intensive rehabilitation at an addiction treatment facility. Successful addiction treatment for alcoholics includes both psychological/psychiatric counseling and medical protocols. That’s because alcoholism, like any other substance addictions, involves powerful physical and psychological dependency. Addressing physical dependency at first is a relatively simple task, because a wide range of detoxification medications will be part of the addiction treatment regimen. Treating psychological issues is more complicated and involves programs geared toward teaching the clients new ways to thrive in a substance-free environment. In fact, many alcohol addiction treatment centers offer 12-step programs in order to help clients modify their behavior to help eliminate psychological dependency.
Our addiction treatment program is tailored to each individual client to addresses their chemical dependency as well as any other underlying mental health issue the client may have. Failure to equip the client with the tools to function productively in the community will almost certainly result in relapse. While our society paints a dismal picture of the future faced by substance abusers, most can succeed in overcoming their dependencies by engaging in our long-term addiction treatment program. Our drug rehab center is staffed by highly skilled counselors and physicians who will work with you 24/7. Because a high percentage of clients relapse, our successful substance abuse treatment facility constantly readjusts its program to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our clients. Our practitioners recognize that a relapse is not a sign of failure, but merely another challenge along the road to recovery. Our mission as addiction treatment professionals is to equip the recovering client with the understanding that a temporary setback can also be a growth opportunity.
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