Overconsumption: When Drinking Becomes Problematic

Overconsumption alcoholAs long as it is consumed responsibly, there is nothing wrong with casually enjoying a drink or two.  However, for many Americans a drink or two often times becomes problematic.  It is estimated by alcohol rehabilitation centers that around 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism or alcohol dependency.  This number would roughly translate to around one in every twelve Americans currently.  With so many people suffering from alcoholism, this makes alcohol the most commonly used sedative in the United States.  After reviewing these numbers, it should go as no surprise that chances are we know someone who either might have a drinking problem or someone who indulges in binge drinking practices.  

If you suspect that yourself or someone you know has a drinking problem, some questions to ask yourself include: Do I or someone I know begin each day with a drink, do I or someone else sometimes feel guilty about the amount that I or someone else is drinking, and have I or suspected person promised that either today or tomorrow I’m going to begin to cut down my alcohol consumption?

There are also physical and behavioral characteristics that tend to show in those suffering from alcohol addiction.  These symptoms could be an indication of someone going through withdrawal.

  • Noticeable physical changes – Some noticeable physical changes might include tremors or shaking, which could be a sign of someone suffering from alcohol withdrawal.
  • Behavioral – Some behavioral withdrawal symptoms could include an increasing agitation or aggression, compulsive behavior, destructive behavior as well as showing symptoms of a lack of self-restraint.
  • Mood – Some notes some noticeable mood characteristics can also include: euphoria, anxiety, guilt or loneliness.

If you feel that you need to inquire more information about alcohol addiction treatment centers, you should contact a professional healthcare provider as soon as possible.  There are many treatment options to help with alcohol dependency.  In some cases depending on the severity of addiction, a health care professional could recommend a stay at an inpatient alcohol rehab facility.  An inpatient facility assists patients by providing them with an alternative living situation to help remove any possible physical or environmental stressors that could lead them back to drinking.   

Alcohol treatment centers offer programs that help address patients’ individual needs and recommend appropriate programs and courses of action.  These programs not only help them recognize their addiction but will also understand the damages that occurred as a result of their drinking.  With the assistance of programs such as family therapy, patients have the ability to help make amends for some of the mistakes and wrongs that they could have made during the time that they were suffering from their addiction.  

Services offered at alcohol treatment centers, work toward filling the void in a patient that may have led to the start of their addiction.  Many alcohol rehab centers offer nutritional, social, and vocational programs to help patients fully invest in themselves throughout the treatment process.  By improving a patient’s physical health, social awareness, and work-based skills, patients have an increased chance of staying sober and living healthier and productive lives.

As noted, alcohol rehab centers offer lots of supportive services to help those suffering from alcohol addiction.  However, these services are only available to those who seek out to them.  The journey of recovery starts with communication.  Whether that is communicating with friends and loved ones or healthcare professionals; it is important to speak to someone when it comes to alcoholism.  There are people always available to help, but the first step is speaking up.

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