Alcohol dependence, also known as alcohol use disorder or alcoholism, is a chronic and progressive disease characterized by an individual’s inability to control their consumption of alcohol despite the negative consequences it causes. It is a complex condition that is influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.
If you suspect that you or someone close to you is experiencing alcohol dependence, it is important that you understand the signs and are aware of the importance of getting professional help. With over 50 years of experience, New Bridge Foundation® has been identified as one of America’s “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” for the past three years, per a survey conducted by Statista in cooperation with Newsweek Magazine. To learn more about our affordable, effective alcohol rehab in California, reach out at 866.772.8491 today.
Signs of Alcohol Dependence
It can be difficult to tell when an individual’s alcohol use has crossed the line into alcohol use disorder. Because alcohol dependence affects every part of an individual’s life, we can break these down into physical, psychological, and social signs.
Physical Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder
- Increased tolerance to alcohol, meaning more is needed in order for the individual to feel the effects
- Loss of control over how much and how often they drink
- Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
- Cravings for alcohol
- Physical coordination difficulties
- Memory problems or blackouts after drinking
Psychological Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder
- Preoccupation with getting and drinking alcohol
- Experiencing strong urges to drink
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences, such as harm to relationships or health
- Feeling anxious or irritable when not drinking
Social Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder
- Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school
- Missing activities with family and friends in order to drink
- Drinking more than intended or for longer than intended
- Lying about how much they drink
If you are concerned that you or someone close to you is experiencing alcohol dependence, getting help as soon as possible is critical. New Bridge Foundation® is among the best addiction treatment centers in Northern California and is here to help.
Effects of Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol dependence can lead to a number of health problems, such as liver disease, pancreatitis, and cancer. It can also increase the risk of accidents and injuries and increase the likelihood of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, alcohol dependence can lead to an increased risk of suicide.
It’s also important to understand that alcoholism does not just affect the individual struggling with alcohol use disorder; it is not just a personal problem but can impact society as a whole. The economic cost of alcoholism is staggering, with estimates suggesting that it costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year. This cost is due to lost productivity, increased healthcare costs, and increased crime rates.
Learn More at New Bridge Foundation® Today
All of this said, it’s important to note that alcohol dependence is a treatable disease. Treatment options include behavioral therapies, such as counseling and support groups, as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involving medications like naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram. With appropriate treatment, individuals with alcohol dependence can achieve and maintain abstinence and improve their overall health and well-being.
At New Bridge Foundation®, we understand the complexities of addiction and the need for a comprehensive approach to treatment. We offer personalized programs designed by highly trained professionals to meet your needs. Some of the programs we offer include:
- Short-term residential rehab (Helios)
- Short-term outpatient rehab (Helios)
- Long-term residential rehab (START)
- Free aftercare for life
To learn more about our alcohol addiction treatment program, fill out our convenient online form or call us at 866.772.8491 today.