Alcoholism is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The disorder has been divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Medically, alcoholism is considered both a physical and mental illness.
Alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present:
- a person drinks large amounts over a long time period,
- has difficulty cutting down,
- acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time,
- alcohol is strongly desired,
- Drinking results in not fulfilling responsibilities,
- Drinking results in social problems,
- Drinking results in health problems,
- Drinking results in risky situations,
Environmental factors and genetics are two components associated with alcoholism, with about half the risk ascribed to each. Someone with a parent or sibling with alcoholism is three to four times more likely to become an alcoholic themselves. Environmental factors include social, cultural and behavioural influences. High-stress levels and anxiety, as well as alcohol’s inexpensive cost and easy accessibility, increase the risk.
People may continue to drink partially to prevent or cover symptoms of withdrawal. After a person stops drinking alcohol, often experience a low level of withdrawal lasting sometimes for months.
Signs and symptoms
The risk of alcohol dependence begins at low levels of drinking and increases directly with both the volume of alcohol consumed and a pattern of drinking larger amounts on an occasion, to the point of intoxication, which is sometimes called “binge drinking”. Young adults are particularly at risk of engaging in binge drinking.
Alcoholism is characterised by an increased tolerance to alcohol – which means that an individual can consume more alcohol – and physical dependence on alcohol, which makes it hard for an individual to control their consumption.
The physical dependency caused by alcohol can lead to an affected individual having a very strong urge to drink alcohol. These characteristics play a role in decreasing an alcoholic’s ability to stop drinking.
Alcoholism can have adverse effects on mental health, causing psychiatric disorders and increasing the risk of suicide. A depressed mood is a common symptom of heavy alcohol drinkers.
Warning signs of alcoholism include the consumption of increasing amounts of alcohol and frequent intoxication, preoccupation with drinking to the exclusion of other activities, promises to quit drinking and failure to keep those promises, the inability to remember what was said or done while drinking (colloquially known as “blackouts”), personality changes associated with drinking, denial or the making of excuses for drinking, the refusal to admit excessive drinking, dysfunction or other problems at work or school, the loss of interest in personal appearance or hygiene, marital and economic problems, and the complaint of poor health, with loss of appetite, respiratory infections, or increased anxiety.
Treatments are varied because there are multiple perspectives of alcoholism. Those who approach alcoholism as a medical condition or disease recommend differing treatments from, for instance, those who approach the condition as one of social choice. Most treatments focus on helping people discontinue their alcohol intake, followed up with life training and/or social support to help them resist a return to alcohol use. Since alcoholism involves multiple factors which encourage a person to continue drinking, they must all be addressed to successfully prevent a relapse.
What Happens Miracles Asia Inpatient Addiction Rehab?
Residential treatment is when you stay at the facility as an in-patient.
There with the guest’s treatment participation in private and group services and activities.
- Group therapy to address chemical health
- Individual chemical health assessments and complete check up
- Group therapy to address chemical dependence
- Mental health therapy groups
- Individual mental health assessments therapy and Root causes
- Daily one on one counselling.
- Wellness and fitness activities
- Spiritual care
- Educational workshops
- Continuing care planning
- Family programme
Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs are based on science, evidence and our experience of what works best in helping people get sober and stay sober. Some of the evidence-based treatments our clinicians use include
- Contingency Management/Motivational Incentives
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Psychoeducational Groups
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy/Solution Focused Therapy
- Twelve Step Facilitation
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Inpatient addiction treatment emphases on stabilization and evaluation of your health to confirm you are ready, physically, psychologically and emotionally–to learn about core recovery concepts and to begin practising recovery principles. Each day, you will be given a schedule of treatment activities, appointments and services tailor-made to meet your specific recovery needs and goals.
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