Preventing an Alcohol Addiction from Getting Worse

Preventing an Alcohol Addiction from Getting Worse

Alcohol addiction is defined as compulsive, continued alcohol consumption in spite of negative consequences. Someone with an alcohol addiction will continue to drink alcohol in large quantities even when he or she faces social, relational, or legal pressure to stop. While a person may have initially consumed alcohol to have a good time or to relax, that occasional drink could turn into a major problem. Over time, long-term usage of alcohol can turn into addiction, especially if more and more alcohol is consumed. Besides addiction, other serious side effects can also result from long-term usage. Side effects of long-term alcohol use include the following:

  • Inability to stop drinking
  • Regular inattention to family and professional obligations
  • Dangerous, risky behaviors
  • High blood pressure
  • Increase in emotional behavior (anger, sadness, depression, agitation, etc.)
  • Cancer
  • Sexual problems
  • Job termination
  • Memory lapses and blackouts
  • Damage to the liver, brain, stomach, and heart

These side effects can worsen over time, which underscores the need to deal with an alcohol addiction as early as possible, preventing the addiction from getting worse.

Stopping Alcohol Addiction from Getting Worse

The key to stopping alcohol addiction is simple but difficult: entering rehab to deal with the addiction. Rehab can either take place on an outpatient basis, during which a person lives at home but spends a good portion of time at a treatment center or on an inpatient basis, during which a person lives at a treatment center and works solely on recovery. Because of the side effects of alcohol withdrawal, inpatient treatment is recommended, at least early in recovery.

Regardless of the type of rehab, the first stage to overcoming alcohol addiction is detox. During this time, a person will stop drinking alcohol. The earlier a person stops drinking alcohol, the easier detox will be. While going through detox, withdrawal will begin after the alcohol has passed through a person’s system. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include the following:

  • Tremors, convulsions, or uncontrolled shaking
  • Sweating
  • Extreme agitation or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens (sudden, severe mental and/or nervous system changes that could be result in death)

Once detox is complete, you can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day treatment for addiction. Many offer even longer treatment programs including up to 12 months of treatment and rehab. During rehab, you will identify and seek to break the habits you developed as an alcoholic. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues that could have triggered the addiction, as well as those that might trigger a relapse once you leave treatment. You will also work on building skills necessary to re-enter your life in a sober state.

Getting Help for Your Alcohol Abuse

Wanting to get help for your alcoholism before it gets worse is an important step in your recovery. It demonstrates that you recognize the need to break free from the powers of alcohol. That’s where we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day to talk to one of our addiction recovery specialists who can help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t let your alcoholism get any worse. Call us today and get started on the road of sobriety.