By and far, alcohol is one of the most heavily used substances in the United States. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Alcohol, 86.4% of people 18 or over consumed alcohol at some point in their lifetime. In the same survey, 56% of people reported drinking alcohol within the past month. Alarmingly, 26.9% of people in the survey reported monthly binge drinking. Regular binge and heavy drinking lead to alcohol use disorder and alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder is accompanied by severe withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one suffer from alcohol addiction, give us a call at (877) 310-4343 for help.
Dangers of Alcohol Addiction
Individuals with alcohol addiction do not always display the same symptoms. The type and variety of symptoms will depend upon the individual's personal background and history with the substance. Signs of addiction typically include decreased involvement and loss of interest in extracurricular activities, work, or school. An individual's alcohol addiction may coincide with depression. A person struggling with alcohol addiction may also experience a preoccupation with drinking and an inability to control their drinking.
Alcohol addiction poses several short-term and long-term problems for individuals, their health, and their relationships. Long-term alcohol addiction can cause certain cancers, thiamine deficiency, and liver damage. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 17% of unemployed individuals and 9% of employed workers struggled with a substance abuse problem in 2013. Lastly, alcohol addiction can impede relationships. Research shows that the amount of alcohol consumed before a domestic violence situation is often only a few drinks.
Alcohol has a depressive effect on your central nervous system. Your central nervous system adjusts towards a heightened state with repeated alcohol us. When a person significantly cuts their alcohol consumption, their brain stays in this keyed-up state. Withdrawal symptoms typically start within six hours of putting down the glass. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
- Headache and Nausea
Alcohol Addiction Treatment at The View in Los Angeles
The View is a luxury detox and stabilization center in Los Angeles. We offer sub-acute detoxification and treatment programs for those suffering from alcohol addiction. When clients start alcohol detox at The View, they get necessary medications from a physician within their first 24 hours at our facility. Treatment options include individual therapy, group psychotherapy, and stress reduction programs. We also offer programs such as EMDR, massage, meditation, and yoga.
At The View, clients are encouraged to get the most out our facilities and staff while they recover. Our facility provides around-the-clock nursing support while our clients recover. If you are looking to overcome alcohol addiction, give The View a call at (877) 310-4343 for an intake appointment today.