A Pervasive and Devastating Addiction – Alcohol
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Despite the rising increase of heroin and marijuana use across the country, alcoholism continues to be the most common addiction in the United States, including Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 90,000 deaths per year are caused by alcohol abuse, and that every day nearly 30 Americans die in a motor vehicle crash involving an intoxicated driver.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that 100,000 people die each year from accidents involving alcohol and according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 17 percent of men and eight percent of women will become dependent on alcohol in their lifetime. Finally, the CDC estimates that alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
What Causes Alcoholism?
Alcohol addiction can develop through many different circumstances. Some start drinking as a means of coping with trauma, stress or mental illness, while others lose control of their social drinking and start abusing alcohol. Numerous studies have explored that role that genetics and family history play in alcoholism, and research shows that genes are responsible for about half the risk of alcoholism. While genetics are valuable indicators in determining the probability of alcohol addiction, there are other more variable factors involved, such as environment, mental health and other external circumstances. Call us if you’re looking for a Florida Addiction Treatment center.
Recognizing Alcohol Addiction in Ourselves and Others
It can be very difficult to acknowledge that someone we care about. However, it’s important to be honest and act quickly once a problem has been identified. Denial is one of the largest roadblocks to alcoholics receiving treatment. They don’t recognize a problem because, to them, their drinking behavior looks a lot like that of others. The situation is made even more complicated by the legality of alcohol.
Some of the classic indicators of alcoholism include:
- Preoccupation with alcohol
- Legal problems due to alcohol abuse
- Inability to avoid drinking
- Associating with people for the sheer purposes of drinking
- Driving drunk
- Decline in professional or academic performance due to drinking
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of interest in family and career due to drinking
- Drinking alone on a regular basis
- Drinking as a means of coping with stress
- Consuming more than 15 drinks a week if you’re male; more than 12 if you’re female
If you or a loved one has started to exhibited these behavioral signs, it’s important to seek help immediately from an established and qualified alcohol rehab facility in Florida. The longer alcohol abuse is allowed to continue untreated, the higher the likelihood there is of the development of an addiction.
Physical and Psychological Effects of Alcoholism
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, half of all alcoholics suffer from neurophysiological conditions that can range from
mild to severe. Years of untreated alcohol abuse can cause liver and cardiovascular damage, inflammation of the brain (encephalopathy), chronic migraines, internal bleeding (stomach and esophagus), hypertension, cancer in various areas of the body, etc. Alcoholism is said to shorten life-expectancy by an average of 10-12 years.
Help for Alcoholism Is Only a Phone Call Away
The Gardens at Lake Worth, a Florida addiction facility, offers quality, compassionate, evidence-based treatment for alcohol use disorder. We are here to help you or your loved one take your life back. We provide customized programs that address the origins of our clients’ alcohol addiction and help them form a plan for long-term success. Our programs include group and individual counseling and innovative supplemental therapies at a comfortable an inviting South Florida setting.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s too late to get help or too early to need it. Even if you’ve been abusing alcohol for years, it’s time to take that first step toward recovery. Our Florida admissions representatives are standing by 24/7 to help guide you into the right treatment program. Call us now at 844-357-3422 to get the help you need and start living the rest of your life. A fresh start is possible.