What is alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction can be managed so that the afflicted can learn to lead a normal, happy, and useful life, free of alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is often described as a disease because it is progressive, chronic, and, if left untreated, ultimately fatal. Because it’s a legal substance, alcohol is consumed all over the world. We see people consuming alcohol at parties, at ball games, and in all media platforms. We are inundated with advertisements for alcoholic beverages in commercials and magazines. Alcohol addiction can go unnoticed for a long period of time because it is so readily available and its consumption socially acceptable. When we pick up on addiction in ourselves or in friends and family, it’s because the consumption and consistent use has demonstrably progressed far beyond the individual’s control.
When we realize that we or someone we love has an addiction to alcohol, it’s because they can no longer function without it. Drinking takes precedence over everything else and becomes the central focus of our life. As our life begins to unravel with neglect towards work, our relationships, and our personal responsibilities, we begin to see that alcohol is having a supremely negative impact on our well-being. When we understand this and try to stop or moderate but find we cannot, we realize we may be addicted.
Denial, Acceptance, and Understanding
Addiction stems from the inability to cope with situations and feelings we have within ourselves. It’s common to see alcohol dependency develop in those that suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When we realize that drinking becomes a necessity to get through the day, or keeps us from attending to our responsibilities, we begin to see we may have a problem. It can be a difficult thing for us to accept this and we remain stagnant in a debilitating stage of denial by ignoring the fact that alcohol is an issue for us. Denial bars us from taking the necessary steps to address the addiction and recover from it.
When we recognize we have a problem with alcohol we can treat the addiction and learn to manage our need for it. Recognizing the fact that we have an addiction is the first step before we can learn to accept it. Acceptance helps us to become open to seeking help and treatment for alcohol addiction. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, 16.6 million people in the United States are affected by alcohol abuse and addiction. Of those people with alcohol consumption issues, only 1.3 million have sought out active treatment. There is often a stigma associated with owning addiction. Many people are afraid to accept and to admit they have an issue because of the social stresses, fear of being ridiculed, and judgment from others around them.
At The Villa Treatment Center, we understand that it’s difficult to accept addiction but the sooner you get help, the more successful you’ll be in recovery. We encourage every person that speaks to our counselors and intake team, to come to us for alcohol treatment. Not only do we offer an effective, medically supervised detox program, but we incorporate individual counseling sessions, 12-step group meetings, and many types of alternative therapies.
Alcohol Addiction Requires Treatment
Alcohol addiction is a serious condition that requires treatment. Over time, your job, relationships, and finances will suffer from it, and your life will begin to unravel. Life becomes completely unmanageable with alcohol addiction. There are also many serious health concerns that result from years of overconsumption of alcohol, including issues with cognitive function, liver disease and cirrhosis, cardiovascular issues, and immune disorders. The list of negative health problems is lengthy and can be avoided if we seek out active treatment with supportive medical care.
Alcohol addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to manage alone and requires a stable, fully structured treatment program to overcome. Because alcohol addiction is known to affect those who have a family history of addiction and the availability of alcohol is high, it’s known to be intensely difficult to manage without inpatient care. When we work through alcohol addiction, it’s important that we immerse ourselves in a stable, safe, supportive, and sober community.
Our treatments include:
- Residential treatment
- 12-step modality
- Transitional living
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Sober living
There is no judgment at The Villa Treatment Center; we applaud every one of our clients for their courage in seeking treatment. We understand that it takes a lot of thought, planning, and confidence to seek out a program that aligns with your vision for recovery. Our alternative treatment options evolve as we craft treatment plans for every individual. We offer a variety of alternative supporting therapies to help with emotional management, self-expression, relationship development, and skill building.