Alcohol is a highly addictive substance that can negatively affect many aspects of a person’s life. If you have trouble controlling your alcohol intake, you may be struggling with alcohol use disorder, which is the clinical term for alcohol addiction.
Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that is characterized by recurrent use of alcohol despite negative consequences at work, in school, or within personal relationships. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that more people age 12 and older have consumed alcohol in the past year than any other drug, making alcohol addiction the most common substance use disorder in the United States.
While the effects of alcohol use disorder can be detrimental, professional treatment can help. Signature Psychiatric Hospital offers inpatient treatment for adults and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents ages 13-17 who don’t require round-the-clock care.
Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
There are a number of factors that can influence how alcohol may impact a person. The signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction may vary from one person to another, but there are many warning signs and symptoms that may indicate that a person is struggling and needs professional support.
Common alcohol addiction signs and symptoms include:
- Strong cravings for alcohol
- Trouble controlling or minimizing alcohol intake
- Preoccupation with obtaining or drinking alcohol
- Drinking in dangerous or risky situations
- Needing more alcohol to feel the same effects
- Loss of interest in or motivation to engage in previously enjoyed activities
- Repeated use of alcohol with little or no regard for how this may impact their relationships, career, or general health
Alcohol Addiction Statistics
The following are statistics on alcohol use disorder in the United States from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and data collected in 2020 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
- About 1 in 6 adults engage in binge drinking. On average, a quarter of them consume eight alcoholic beverages per binge episode.
- In 2020, 50% of people age 12 and older (or 138.5 million people) drank alcohol. That same year, 10.2% (or 28.3 million people) reported struggling with an alcohol addiction.
- More than 40% of alcohol-related deaths are due in part to binge drinking.
- Among people age 12 and older, 4.1 million started using alcohol in 2020.
Potential Effects of Alcohol Addiction
Living with an addiction to alcohol can cause serious damage to a person’s physical and mental health and diminish their quality of life. Potential effects of alcohol addiction include:
- Low self-esteem
- Poor stress management
- Damaged or failed relationships with friends, family, and partners
- Legal troubles, including arrest or incarceration
- Financial hardship and job loss
- Damage to major organs, such as the liver, pancreas, and heart
- Increased risk for chronic health concerns, such as liver disease, stroke, and certain cancer
- Social isolation and intense feelings of loneliness
- Accident, injury, or alcohol poisoning due to excessive drinking
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
If you are suffering from an alcohol addiction, seeking professional help at a trusted addiction treatment place is the first step toward regaining control of your life. The experts at Signature Psychiatric Hospital are dedicated to helping people achieve lasting recovery.
The Benefits of Alcohol Addiction Treatment
If you’re struggling with an alcohol addiction, you might find it difficult to function on a daily basis. But getting treatment can help you build your confidence and show you that there is hope for a brighter future.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, you can learn valuable skills to help you manage cravings, stress, and triggers. You can also receive treatment from a team of compassionate professionals in an environment that helps foster recovery.
Your customized care plan will be tailored to your unique needs, strengths, and goals. You can also expect to work closely with addiction specialists throughout your stay with us.
Therapies Used in Alcohol Addiction Treatment
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, we believe that it is important to have a solid understanding of how alcohol use disorder has impacted each patient’s life and overall well-being. That’s why we have each person complete a comprehensive assessment of their medical history, past and current alcohol use, and goals for treatment.
We will use the results of your assessment to create a care plan that reflects the full scope of your needs. Your plan may include services and therapeutic interventions such as:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Detoxification services
- Medication management services
Group therapy is a major component of our treatment programs. Sessions may cover topics including:
- Understanding addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Understanding triggers
- Impact of addiction on the family
- Anger management
- School/workplace concerns
Alcohol addiction treatment at our treatment center may also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the 12-Step recovery model. Patients can also take part in collaborative art therapy and psychoeducation.
We understand how devastating alcohol use disorder can be. By seeking treatment at Signature Psychiatric Hospital, you can build a solid foundation for lasting recovery.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital.