What is an alcoholic?
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are two different forms of substance abuse that our intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse program successfully addresses. The abuse of alcohol refers to a pattern of alcohol drinking that result in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. The effects of alcohol can include: failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home; drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery; legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk; continued drinking without involvement in a treatment for alcohol program, despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking. A person who abuses alcohol is commonly referred to as an alcoholic. Our intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse has been shown to be highly effective.Long-term alcohol drinking can turn into alcohol dependence. Dependency on alcohol, also known as alcohol addiction and alcoholism, is considered by many to be a chronic, relapsing disease. The signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency may include: a strong craving for alcohol; continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems; loss of control or not being able to limit or stop drinking once drinking has begun; physical dependence; withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking; tolerance or the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get “high.” Alcoholism is commonly used to describe dependence and tolerance to alcohol. Treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism occurs in our intensive outpatient program.
How can you tell if someone has a drinking problem?
Answering the following four questions about alcohol use can help you find out if you or a loved one has a problem drinking:
Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
One “yes” answer suggests a possible problem with alcohol. More than one “yes” answer means it is highly likely that a problem with drinking exists.
Can a problem drinker simply cut down without treatment for alcohol abuse?
It depends. Research has shown that some people who use alcohol excessively can become moderate drinkers without problems, while others cannot. Some people who abuse alcohol may be able to limit the amount they drink. However, if they cannot stay within agreed upon limits additional help is definitely needed to limit the negative impact of alcohol and treatment for alcohol abuse may be indicated.
What is a safe level of drinking?
For most adults, moderate alcohol use is up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people. (One drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.) If a safe level of drinking cannot be maintained, it is likely that a problem drinking exists and treatment for alcohol may help.
Can treatment for alcohol abuse or alcoholism be effective?
Yes, treatment for alcohol abuse has been shown to be effective and our intensive outpatient program for alcohol abuse has proven outcomes. Treatment for alcohol abuse programs may use both counseling and medications to help a person stop drinking. Treatment for alcohol abuse has helped many people reduce drinking, stop drinking and rebuild their lives.
Does alcoholism treatment work?
Yes, our intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse has been proven to work! But like other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma, there is varying levels of success when it comes to treatment. Some people stop drinking and remain sober. Others are able to cut back and moderate their drinking so that it no longer interferes with their relationships and life. Some people have long periods of sobriety with bouts of relapse. There are other people who cannot stop drinking for any length of time without continued treatment, aftercare and support. Our treatment philosophy is based is on a harm reduction, stages of change and motivational enhancement philosophy and has been proven to work.
Our treatment for alcohol abuse occurs in our intensive outpatient program, which has proven to be effective in the treatment of alcoholism. Research on our intensive outpatient program, which has been published in peer reviewed journals, shows that on average our patients are drinking five days a week upon admission and this is reduced to one or zero days in about six weeks, while remaining in treatment for alcohol abuse and staying at home. To learn more about our treatment for alcohol abuse intensive outpatient program read our program description and blog posts.
How can a person get treatment for alcohol abuse?
If you think that you or someone you know might have a problem with alcohol, it is important to see a health care provider right away. Alcohol dependence can negatively affect the quality of your life. Do not let your alcohol addiction continue to harm your psychological and interpersonal life. Our intensive alcohol treatment program in Memphis can help you deal with the long-term effects of alcohol drinking issues. Take the first step in your recovery and contact us at 901-682-1434 to learn more.
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