Most health associations classify alcoholism as a disease. Unlike alcohol abuse, one of the most classic signs of alcoholism is the inability to limit how often and how much one drinks. This pattern of uncontrollable drinking oftentimes consumes every aspect of an individual’s life, even when it begins to affect his or her life negatively. At Crestview Recovery, we offer you the alcohol addiction rehab you need to help get you on the path to sobriety. Call us today at 866.262.0531 to learn more.
The Effects of Alcoholism
Alcoholism impacts everyone differently. Some individuals only drink heavily at night or throughout the weekend. However, a great majority of people who need alcohol addiction treatment find getting through the day without a drink to be an impossible task. In order to keep uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms at bay, extreme alcoholics may even begin drinking early in the morning and continue throughout the day. This can lead to a severe addiction that takes its toll on an individual’s physical and mental health.
Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the heart, liver, pancreas, and nervous system. It can also weaken the body’s immune system and put individuals at greater risk for illnesses. Heavy drinking also increases one’s risk for developing cancer and liver disease.
Alcoholism can also take a toll on an individual’s mental health. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Alcoholics are also more likely to experience problems with family relationships, work life, finances, and legal issues. In addition to the negative physical and mental effects, alcoholics are also more likely to experience social isolation.
Can You Relate to These Signs of Alcoholism?
If you suspect that you or a loved one is an alcoholic, the following key warning signs can help you to determine if you have a problem.
- No control – The most obvious sign of alcoholism is the inability to control your drinking. This includes how often you drink and how much you consume at a time. Extreme alcoholics may drink at all hours of the day and night.
- Hiding your drinking – If you continue to drink after your friends have called it quits, or if you feel the need to hide how much you’re drinking, you may have a problem.
- Neglecting responsibilities – Many people who suffer from alcoholism neglect their personal and professional obligations when they interfere with drinking. As a result, an individual may lose his or her job, marriage, and family.
- Drinking that makes you feel guilty – If your drinking results in feelings of guilt, anxiety, depression, etc., you might have a serious drinking problem.
- Drinking as a coping method – Recreational drinking can be an enjoyable pastime if an individual can control it. However, drinking to forget problems, or to otherwise deal with stress, can be an indication of alcoholism.
- Regularly over-drinking – Many alcoholics regularly drink beyond their limit, bringing their blood alcohol content to dangerous levels. Consequently, regular over-drinking that leads to blackouts and/or extreme hangovers is another classic sign of alcoholism.
Professional Rehab Can Help
If you can relate to the signs of alcoholism above, it may be time to seek professional addiction treatment. At our premier rehab facility, Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, we offer treatment that can help you overcome your drinking problem and put you on your way toward successful sobriety for a lifetime.
We treat addiction to all substances. Though we do not perform detox at our facility, we refer patients to nearby detox facilities. There, they can begin the physical cleansing process in a safe and controlled environment.
Our 30-bed facility offers the following levels of care and services:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- 90-day drug addiction treatment program
- Dual diagnosis treatment: For those who are suffering from a co-occurring mental disorder
- Comprehensive individual counseling
- Trauma therapies: With our master-level therapists
To help make your time in rehab more enjoyable, we also provide exciting opportunities and amenities such as white water rafting, skiing, and snowboarding.
Rehab Can Help You Overcome Alcoholism
At Crestview Recovery, we understand that alcoholism is a serious problem that requires professional help. Our experienced team of addiction specialists and therapists will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. By addressing the underlying causes of alcohol addiction, our aim is to give you the tools and support needed for lasting sobriety.
Crestview Recovery can help you to beat your addiction. You can learn how to live a healthier, happier life, free of alcohol. To begin your journey towards long-term sober living, please contact our rehab center today at 866.262.0531.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.