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Identifying And Treating Alcohol Dependence

Identifying And Treating Alcohol Dependence



Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism is the state when a person is unable to control their dependence on alcohol despite it causing problems in their lives. They are both physically as well as emotionally dependent on alcohol even if they wish to quit drinking. 

The Difference between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependency

Alcohol abuse is when a person binge drinks, drives under the influence of alcohol or performs activities under the influence that get them into trouble. It is not yet alcohol dependency or addiction but usually progresses to it. 

Alcohol dependence can result in problems in personal, social and professional life. People with alcohol dependency tend to continue to drink even though it causes many complications. They are aware of this, but it is often not enough for them to discontinue drinking.

  • If your consumption of alcohol is causing problems in your daily life, but you are not entirely dependent on alcohol, you have an alcohol abuse problem.
  • If you consume alcohol on a regular basis, it is an important part of your daily routine and you find it difficult to function without it, you have an alcohol dependency problem. 

Symptoms of Alcoholism……the rest is the same

Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder.

If you consume alcohol on a regular basis and find it difficult to function without it, you have an alcohol dependency problem. It becomes an important part of your daily routine.

Alcohol dependence can result in problems in your personal, social and professional life. People with alcohol dependency tend to continue to drink even though it causes many complications. They are aware of this, but it is often not enough for them to discontinue drinking.

If your consumption of alcohol is causing problems in your daily life, but you are not entirely dependent on alcohol, you have alcohol dependence. 

At Cadabam’s Hospitals, we offer dedicated alcohol dependence treatment. Our multispeciality team of experts works closely with every individual, assisting them to mitigate any form of dependence and regain their life. If you or your loved ones are struggling with alcohol dependence, rely on us for an evidence-based approach, and stride confidently towards a better life. Contact us today at +91 97414 76476. 

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Some of the more prominent signs of alcoholism are:

  • Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at work, home or elsewhere, due to your drinking habits or being hungover 
  • If you are consuming alcohol in situations where it may be physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving
  • If you are facing legal problems due to your drinking, such as charges against you for drinking and driving
  • If you continue to consume excessive amounts of alcohol even though it is causing a strain on your relationships
  • If you experience blackouts often after you go drinking
  • If you have withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink. These symptoms may include feeling sick, sweating excessively and feeling anxious
  • If you drink as a way to relieve stress

What are the Effects of Alcoholism?

Addiction disconnects you from social life, career, school, family, and makes you dependent on alcohol entirely. When you face an obstacle to consuming alcohol, you might behave at an extreme level, and even physically harm yourself or others.

Due to the frequent consumption of alcohol, you lose mental ownership of your own body resulting in some severe alcoholic symptoms and side effects.

Short-Term Effects: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired judgment

Long-Term Effects:

  • Blackouts
  • Memory loss
  • Liver disease
  • Thiamine deficiency
  • Stomach problems

Other Concerns:

Higher risk of

  • Certain cancers
  • Brain damage
  • Immune system obstruction
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis, especially in women

Why is Rehab Necessary for Addiction?

In rehab, a person undergoes medically supervised detoxification, psychotherapy and family therapy to rewire the brain and its response to impulses. It takes a holistic approach to a long-term treatment process along with community support, healthy coping mechanisms and focuses on a healthy lifestyle. 

Why Cadabam’s?

At Cadabam’s, we ensure that you get the treatment you need and deserve. Our team of psychiatrists is an expert in psychosocial rehabilitation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), and family-focused therapy that has proven to be highly effective in treating Alcohol Dependence. 

Cadabam’s recognizes the social and family aspects of addiction. It provides support groups for individuals and families. There is 24/7 support with immediate crisis intervention and a multifaceted team of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, etc. 

Cadabam’s takes evidence and solution-based treatment plans which are customized for every individual. Rehabilitation centres at Cadabam’s focus on the overall recovery and easy reintegration into society as fully-functional people. 

Cadabam’s is widely trusted by various healthcare experts to help addiction relief with care and love. It is a comfortable facility where individuals are treated with attention, love, care, and concern.  

Disclaimer: We strive to treat our patients with dignity and utmost sensitivity. We understand that alcohol dependence is something that needs treatment and that it is not a sign of weakness. Terms like alcohol dependence are used not in a derogatory way but to remain relevant to user search trends and common usage. It is important to note that alcohol addiction should be referred to as alcohol dependence/ substance abuse disorder to better address the effects of this condition. In case you or your loved ones are struggling with alcohol dependence and share a unique viewpoint on how we can improve this content for our readers, please reach out to us at info@cadabamshospitals.com.

FAQ:

What are the causes of alcoholism? 

The exact cause of alcohol dependency cannot be ascertained. You become dependent on alcohol when you drink so much that chemical changes occur in your brain. These changes increase the pleasure derived when you consume alcohol, therefore making you want to drink more and more alcohol, even if it is not good for your health and you know it.

Alcoholism is a problem that develops gradually, over time. It is also known to run in families.