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It can be hard to admit that casual drinking has gradually become a drinking addiction. Once an alcohol addict has decided to find help, the search for a treatment center can become overwhelming. Having specialists there to recommend effective programs for alcoholism treatment can make the process much easier.
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An alcohol rehab center is a residential facility in which alcohol abusers or addicts can safely stop drinking and allow their body to detoxify from the effects of the drug.
If the alcohol abuse is still in its early stages, people can safely withdraw from alcohol without being admitted to rehab. However, for serious addictions, medical supervision is necessary. Potentially fatal symptoms like cardiac arrest and seizures can occur when a person is withdrawing from chronic drinking.
It is important to enter treatment and slowly detox with medical professionals there to monitor progress and administer medication when needed. Addicts entering rehab usually stay as an inpatient for at least several days and up to several weeks to ensure the most dangerous part of withdrawal is over before they are released.
There is no line over which substance abuse becomes addiction, but abusive drinking gradually leads to more dependence on alcohol. Physical dependence is the basis of addiction. Alcohol abuse produces physical, social, and mental health symptoms. Drinking becomes the most important thing in life, and thoughts and activities begin to be centered on the consumption of alcohol.
A problem drinker may spend more money than they can afford on alcohol, and neglect the important relationships in their life. Their work may suffer as they under-perform when hungover or have days off because they are too sick to work. They may begin to drink in dangerous situations such as driving or operating machinery. They may drink to relieve stress, loneliness, anxiety, or depression, and drink more than intended.
Blackouts cause heavy drinkers to lose consciousness and wake up with no memory of what they did when drunk. As a drinking addiction progresses, a substance abuser may begin to have tremors and hallucinations if they stop drinking for more than a few hours.
Long-term symptoms of alcohol abuse include kidney problems and serious liver disease such as cirrhosis. Chronic heavy drinking has also been linked to a number of cancers.
Abuse usually turns to addiction gradually, but can happen suddenly in response to some stress or life change. Signs of addiction include all the symptoms of alcohol abuse along with a physical dependence on drinking to function, and a compulsion to drink routinely and heavily. One of the first symptoms is a high alcohol tolerance, which means that a person must drink more in order to feel the same effects.
Another major sign of addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms. People with a high dependence on alcohol may have the shakes or anxiety in the morning and drink to ease them. They may sweat, be irritable, and suffer from nausea and vomiting.
Insomnia, fatigue, depression, headaches, and loss of appetite are other common signs. In severe addiction withdrawal can cause hallucinations, seizure, fever, and confusion. If these symptoms are present, admission to an alcohol rehab center is vital.
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