Although a legal, controlled substance, alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Excessive and frequent drinking of alcohol can cause distress and harm to an individual. This behavior is classified as a alcohol use disorder (AUD), which includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The most common forms of alcohol include beer, hard liquor and wine.
According to ProjectKnow.com, nearly 14 million US adults, or every one in 13 US adults, abuse alcohol or have an alcoholism problem. As for youth, over three million American teenages aged 14 to 17 have an alcohol problem. In addition, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with substance abuse is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to alcoholism and our treatment programs.
Alcoholism occurs when a person becomes dependent on alcohol, addicted to alcohol or experiences negatives effects from regular and excessive drinking. Alcoholism includes four characteristics: tolerance, physical dependence, loss of control, and craving.
Furthermore, consuming too much alcohol can damage the liver and brain. Heavy drinking can also increase your risk of certain cancers, and death from homicide, suicide, car crashes and injuries. Those that suffer from alcoholism may also experience alcohol poisoning as a consequence of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.
Lastly, alcoholism can disrupt daily life as well as ruin family and friend relationships and lead to serious money issues, health issues, and illegal activity when not treated.
Those suffering from alcohol addiction will show physical signs as well as lifestyle changes.
Physical signs of alcoholism include:
In addition to these symptoms, people addicted to alcohol will exhibit lifestyle changes, including:
The severity will depend on the person and how much tolerance and dependence they’ve developed with alcohol.
Alcohol addiction is not easily solved by willpower and stopping the alcohol intake. Treatment options include medication in order to prevent symptoms of withdrawal, alcohol counseling, 12 Step Programs, and inpatient/residential care.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer addiction recovery services and specifically treat those suffering from alcohol addiction. Our services include a Residential Treatment, PHP Day program, Intensive Outpatient program and general outpatient program. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you on a path towards recovery.
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In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.