Dependence on Alcohol
While many people drink more than they should or could even be considered to abuse alcohol, alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or alcohol dependency is a whole separate issue.
If you drink on a regular basis and get the almost irresistible desire to drink when you don’t, there is a strong chance you’ve become dependent on alcohol. People in this dangerous situation often find that alcohol has become a crucial part of their daily routine and that their job and relationships begin to suffer as a result.
What Causes Alcohol Addiction?
Drinking alcohol releases endorphins which gives us the “reward” feeling typically experienced after sex or exercise. While this is the case for everybody, most people can manage to enjoy this feeling and then go about their lives without any issues. Alcohol also lowers our inhibitions and makes us feel more confident, which is why it is so closely related to social events and situations.
Alcohol addicts, however, have usually been drinking so long that they need this “reward” feeling simply to feel “ok”, and the loss of inhibitions may also have an impact on their ability to feel comfortable while sober.
The causes that lead somebody to drink in the first place can be varied – mourning, financial issues, relationship problems, stress, illness, etc. The danger comes when somebody decides that being drunk is easier than dealing with the issues they face when sober. Other people have a naturally addictive personality driven by genetics and can become immediately addicted after drinking once or twice.
Alcohol addiction is a life-threatening issue that can be traumatic not just for you but for your family and friends.
If you or somebody you know is dealing with it, why not give us a call on 0333 444 0315 and see how we can help? We offer personalised alcohol detoxing at home which means you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to get treatment.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Some of the most common signs of alcohol dependency include:
- Change of relationships, loss of contact with friends or spending more time with new friends who drink a lot
- Issues with law enforcement or serious injuries due to drunk behaviour
- Signs of denial such as pretending to be sober or hiding drinks
- Higher tolerance/drinking larger volumes
- Financial issues due to going out so much and being unable to keep track
- Lethargy and depression
However, the biggest sign of all is the appearance of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. If you are unable to go a day without alcohol without experiencing withdrawal, you have a physical alcohol addiction and need professional help.
Health Risks of Alcohol Addiction
Long term, heavy alcohol abuse takes a serious toll on the body and alcoholics risk causing themselves the following health conditions:
- Kidney or liver loss of function or complete failure
- Stomach ulcers and gastritis
- Blood pressure problems
- Heart palpitations, arrhythmia and heart failure
- Loss of vision
This is of course, without even mentioning the physical risks you expose yourself to when drunk in public or even driving while drunk.
How is Alcohol Addiction Treated?
Treating an alcoholic isn’t just a case of detoxing them until their withdrawal symptoms pass. Plenty of relapses occur long after that stage, and in order to successfully treat an alcohol dependent, we must take a personalised holistic approach focusing not just on the science of alcohol addiction, but also the life problems and personality traits that make a person want to drink.
In most cases, attendance at an inpatient rehab facility is required for this to be possible, but we are proud to offer our Detox from Home service, the cheapest and least invasive way to overcome alcohol addiction with complete professional help.
This allows you to detox yourself from the comfort of your own home, but with access to all the same help you would get in rehab:
- Medications to fight the symptoms of withdrawal
- 24/7 telephone support and advice from friendly experts, many of whom have overcome addiction themselves
- Access to support groups and contact with ex-alcoholics
- Therapy sessions
- Consultations with a GP
- Diet and nutrition plans to keep your body healthy and make the process go as smoothly as possible
- Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, yoga and relaxation techniques
Signs of Alcoholic Dementia
Alcoholic dementia is caused when alcohol use leads to long-term brain damage, with symptoms including:
- Loss of coordination
And, if not treated early enough and alcohol use continues:
Signs of Alcoholic Hepatitis
Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by liver inflammation due to long term drinking.
Signs you may be suffering from alcoholic hepatitis include:
- Internal bleeding
- Liver failure
In today’s world, nobody should have to go through the struggle of alcohol addiction and withdrawal alone, so if you or anybody you know is suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact us immediately for professional help.