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Alcohol is the single most abused substance in America today – with over 16 million people who are reported to be suffering from alcohol use disorder. There are many factors which contribute to alcohol use being rampant, and among the most significant is the fact that alcohol is not only tolerated by society, but in many circumstances is seen as normal, accepted, and is pushed as a part of a “normal” enjoyment of life. In many ways, society downplays the severity of alcohol use disorder and so people who are suffering may feel shame and not take the necessary steps to seek treatment and rehabilitation. The problem with this comes when “normal” enjoyment spirals into a compulsive and painful cycle of alcoholic drinking and regret – and worse, significant medical complications. In fact, alcohol-related deaths are the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

The legal nature of alcohol, and it’s accepted status in society, are some of the reasons why diagnosing alcohol use disorder can be trickier than other substances. Many other chemical addictions cause immediate and visible symptoms, and so higher-functioning alcoholics sometimes wonder whether or not they even “deserve” to seek treatment – “I can’t really be that bad”, they may tell themselves. But this is not true –there are many high-functioning alcoholics who are still able to live productive lives and even engage as highly competent members of society, despite drinking large amounts every day. But behind closed doors, the problem is very real. It can be easier for some people to hide an alcohol use disorder, but the damage to an alcoholic’s physical and emotional state remains the same. If an alcoholic is able to function, that doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from alcoholism, it just means that they are better able to mask their addiction.

Alcohol addiction is actually a chronic and progressive disease which has a high risk of long-term physical damage or death if left untreated. The person will begin to experience uncomfortable and painful physical withdrawals within a few hours to a few days if they stop consuming alcohol. They may find that they feel as though alcohol “makes them better” as they are no longer able to function without alcohol. This is a sign of advanced alcoholism. If left untreated, alcohol addiction can lead to liver problems, loss of career and family, neurological issues, and possibly death. However; as with any disease, alcohol addiction can be treated and managed. With proper care, alcohol use disorder has a strong success rate.

Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder

Symptoms of alcohol abuse can vary from one person to the next, as the body and mind responds differently to addiction from person to person. Some people may show severe symptoms, and look like the “stereotypical drunk” – these people may be disoriented, belligerent, unable to keep a schedule or maintain their previous lifestyle. Others may remain highly functioning and even keep demanding professional lives but continue to drink heavily, especially at night. However, the following signs do present as similar to most alcoholics:

  • Deceptiveness – A person with an alcohol use disorder will frequently feel compelled to hide the frequency or the amount of alcohol they are drinking. If the person begins to notice that they have a drinking problem, they may try to hide it in order to prevent being forced to stop, or to maintain their denial that drinking isn’t a problem. They may end up drinking alone in order to hide their problem, borrow money to buy alcohol, and try to hide these behaviors by lying about what they are doing or why.
  • Frequent Intoxication – A person who is suffering from alcohol use disorder will find themselves increasingly reliant upon alcohol in their day to day life, and although their tolerance will likely rise over time, they will by definition be frequently intoxicated. When intoxicated, they may display mood swings, irritability or excitement, a decrease in inhibitions, or disorientation and slurred speech.
  • Poor Prioritization – As alcohol takes over the person’s primary daily focus, they find themselves compelled to plan their life around obtaining, drinking and recovering from alcohol. This makes it very difficult for the individual to prioritize or appropriately respond to family events, responsibilities, and career expectations. As a result, bills may be left unpaid, children’s extracurricular events may be missed, and anniversaries may be forgotten as the person continues to focus more and more on their alcohol priority.
  • Emotional Instability – Individuals suffering from alcohol use disorder frequently exhibit mood swings. This is due both to the effects of alcohol when they are actively intoxicated, and due to irritability and potentially the onset of withdrawal symptoms as they begin to sober up and need more alcohol. This symptom can be easy to identify but harder to pinpoint on the alcoholism, as the individual is likely to blame their emotional turmoil on a variety of other issues, including anyone who may be trying to get them to slow down or stop their drinking. 

When is it time for Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Many people delay going into treatment for alcohol addiction, which leads to increased consequences and sometimes irreparable damage. Once drinking has begun to interfere with daily life or impact important relationships – the time has come to seek help. Usually, treatment for alcohol abuse is required when any of the following is occurring:

  • Continued drinking despite negative consequences caused by alcohol
  • The individual has increased the frequency of consumption and/or the amount they are drinking, or both
  • Feelings of guilt when drinking or after drinking; or, wanting to quit but finding themselves unable to do so
  • Drinking has begun to impair the individual’s ability to function 
  • The individual has made attempts to quit drinking but has been unable to do so
  • Drinking has caused losses – loss of money, time, relationships, career, or opportunity 
  • The individual experiences mental and physical withdrawal symptoms when unable to consume alcohol

Types Of Alcohol Addiction Treatment Offered at Skyward

  • Inpatient Residential Treatment – this is an excellent option for those with severe alcohol use disorder, and is essential for those who begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. If someone has made multiple attempts to seek treatment and remain sober, but has been unable to do so on their own, this may be the best option for them In this program, the client lives on-campus and has 24/7 monitored and supportive treatment, including detox with qualified medical staff, daily counseling groups, and nonstop support from our clinicians and technicians. This program is also the best option for clients who have co-occurring medical or mental health issues, which are very common in alcoholism. Many clients find that this is the best way to begin their journey to sobriety and give them the head start they need in their recovery. 
  • Partial Hospitalization Program – This program is a step below our residential inpatient program but still offers support six days a week. Clients in our Partial Hospitalization Program can live at home or in a sober living while participating in the program, and still attend nearly every day for several hours per day. 
  • Intensive Outpatient Program – our IOP program is typically the best fit for those who have already completed at least either residential treatment or partial hospitalization, or both. Our Intensive Outpatient Program allows clients to receive treatment at our program three to five days per week. IOP is a great option for people who already have a footing in recovery, and who do not require an intensive hands-on approach.

If you or someone you love is suffering from an alcohol addiction, now is the time to take the first step and seek help. You are not alone, there are millions of people suffering, and recovery can happen for you now. Our admissions specialists at Skyward Treatment Center are standing by to perform a free insurance verification and get you into the program which is best suited for your needs.

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