The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 17 million Americans have Alcohol Use Disorder. People who binge drink and those who are regularly heavy drinkers are most susceptible to Alcohol Use Disorder. Genetics are also thought to play a role.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse and Dependency
Whether worried about your own use of alcohol or that of a loved one, it is sometimes difficult to know whether a line between use and abuse has been crossed. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., there are warning signs or symptoms associated with alcohol abuse, including:
- Temporary blackouts or memory loss
- Repeated arguments or fights with family and friends
- Irritability or mood swings
- Unpleasant symptoms when drinking stops, like headaches, nausea, and insomnia
- Flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face
- Trembling hands, bloody stools or vomiting, and chronic diarrhea
- Tendency to drink alone, drink in the morning, and/or drink secretly
Additionally, addiction may be indicated when there is a loss of control, the person begins to neglect other activities that used to be important, they exhibit risky behavior, have problems with relationships and the list goes on. If there is a question as to whether you or someone you love has alcohol dependency, LifeLens Psychological and Counseling Services can help you find the answer.
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
There are a wide variety of treatment methods and options for the person struggling with alcohol dependency and oftentimes it is a combination of two or more that holds the key to long-term recovery.
Options might include:
- Counseling (either individual or group)
- Residential Treatment
- Outpatient Treatment programs
- Medication (used to reduce cravings and address withdrawal symptoms)
- 12-Step Programs
Finding support while battling alcohol dependency is critical. LifeLens counselors have guided hundreds of patients in their quest to overcome addiction and lead an alcohol-free life.
Working with you to identify an effective approach to therapy is what we do best at LifeLens.