Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is the obsessive and unmanageable use of alcohol, regardless of its negative impact on a drinker’s health, happiness, professional success and relationships. Individuals suffering from alcohol addiction will often (but not always) drink to excess, leaving themselves physically dependent upon alcohol and their lives in chaos. Unfortunately, this chaos is frequently only obvious to the loved ones of the alcoholic and not the alcoholic themselves. Alcoholism is a “disease of denial” ~ a disease which tells us we don’t have a problem!
Alcoholics will experience symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if they try to stop drinking without proper support. These very serious symptoms include: headaches, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping and trouble focusing. Often, alcoholics continue their addiction in order maintain a state of false normality, avoid the effects of withdrawal and escape from pain of daily living.
Extreme or long-term alcohol abuse and dependency causes harm to brain functioning that if not treated, can be permanent. A variety of mental health problems can also be caused by long-term alcohol use. Most individuals addicted to alcohol suffer from various forms of severe psychiatric trauma such as increased anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, alcohol-induced psychosis, panic disorders and an array of other symptoms.
Recovery from alcohol addiction may seem impossible, but it is entirely possible and need not be uncomfortable. Once a person admits to having a problem, he or she has started down the path of sustainable recovery. Effective help and resolution from Alcoholism is available. At Awakenings you can heal from the debilitating symptoms and the patterns you may find repeating in your relationships, emotional experiences and all aspects of your life in the midst of the chaos of Alcoholism. Do not attempt to quit drinking without the proper medical attention and support! Call Awakenings today and begin your healing with us. 805-574-0936.