Programs I Alcohol Rehab I Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcoholism treatment is something that was really not available 25 years ago. Alcoholism treatment has dramatically improved as has societal attitudes. It is widely recognized and accepted that alcoholism affects everyone regardless of social status or race. It doesn’t matter what you drink or how much, if you can’t stop and not return to drinking, if your life has become unmanageable and you experience negative consequences when you drink, you are probably a candidate for alcoholism treatment. Call our alcoholism treatment center now.
Once you realize that you require alcoholism treatment questions arise about where to find help. Due to the intense cravings and physical dependence created by alcoholism, you are best suited to enter residential alcoholism treatment facility. A residential alcoholism treatment center will provide medical assistance with alcohol detox, support and plenty of rest, therapy and guidance. It is the best way to stay away from alcohol, old friends and old places that may increase the desire for alcohol. Bridge Centre’s alcohol abuse treatment has been nationally recognized for the successful treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcoholism.

The difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism is that with alcohol abuse the individual can still manage their alcohol intake, while a person struggling with alcoholism cannot. At Bridge Centre we understand that if a person is abusing alcohol they may still experience the negative consequences associated with alcoholism.
The staff at our alcohol abuse treatment center is keenly aware that alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism and has designed a program that is capable of treating both. Our friendly and qualified clinicians are skilled and experienced in the treatment of alcohol related issues and have been licensed by accredited universities.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a term often confused with alcohol abuse, but there is a tremendous difference between the two. Alcohol abuse is an illness where the individual still has control of his or her drinking, but still suffers the consequences of abusive drinking. They have not developed a tolerance, physical dependence or intense cravings.
Alcohol addiction on the other hand is when someone have lost the ability to control their drinking; has tried to stop and can not stay “stopped” so to speak. In addition to an inability to discontinue their drinking, they develop a physical dependence on alcohol, cravings and obsessive thinking about alcohol.

Some of the Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

  • Deteriorating relationships
  • Divorce
  • Health problems
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pancreaitis
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Loss of employment
  • Financial challenges
  • Legal entanglements

These are just a few of the consequences resulting from alcohol addiction. With very few people seeking alcohol addiction treatment when the alcohol addiction is actually identified, these consequences continue to mount for years to come. Some of the things that make alcohol addiction so difficult to recover from is the individual’s denial, resistance to alcohol addiction treatment, defiance to authority and the fear associated with what life will be like without alcohol.

Drinking Problem?

The point when drinking becomes a drinking problem is different for each individual that chooses to drink. Research shows that there are different genes that affect a person's ability to develop drinking problems. Additional factors that lead to drinking problems include an individual person's emotional, psychological and social well-being.

Helpful Hints to Avoid Having a Drinking Problem:

For anyone trying cut back on their drinking, or trying to learn more about dealing with drinking problems, there are several steps to take:

  • Write it Down. Keep track of how much you drink on a calendar or a card. By taking note of each drink before you drink it, you increase your awareness of how much you are drinking and help decide if you do have a drinking problem.
  • Know Your Numbers. Another way to prevent a drinking problem is to be aware of standard drink sizes, as they vary from drink to drink.
  • Set Goals. Deciding how much to drink and when you will drink it can help deter excessive drinking and a subsequent drinking problem. Choose days to not drink at all and remember that sticking to the goals with decrease chances of having a drinking problem or other alcohol-related problem.

Alcoholism and Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is a type of alcohol abuse in which a person drinks heavily over a short period of time—usually a few hours—for the purpose of becoming drunk, and consumes several drinks in a row more often than once every two weeks. The accepted definitions of binge drinkers are slightly different for men and women. A man who consumes five or more drinks in about two hours, or a woman who consumes four or more drinks in about two hours is considered a binge drinker. For both genders, having three or more instances in which these numbers of drinks are consumed qualifies as heavy binge drinking.

Binge Drinking and Teenagers

Though 70% of episodes involve adults over the age of 25, binge drinking is a growing epidemic among teenagers and young adults as well. Factors such as curiosity, peer pressure, and certain social situations often play roles in a young person’s introduction to alcohol. Some high school and college students binge drink in an attempt to relieve stress. Young people who are genetically predisposed to conditions such as alcoholism, addiction, anxiety, and depression are at high risk of becoming a binge drinker.

The Effects of Binge Drinking

Frequent binging of alcohol can disrupt nearly every part of an otherwise healthy person’s life—work performance, social relationships, and physical well being are only a few aspects that are affected.. Excessive binging can also lead to sluggishness and weight gain. A typical regular beer contains more than a hundred calories and a binge drinker who consumes five or six beers a night is taking in as many as 4,200 extra calories per week. Long-term binging can result in liver disease, sexual dysfunction, injuries, and brain damage. Alcohol binging also involves many risks to a person’s emotional and physical health. The short-term effects of just a single episode of can include:

  • Mood swings
  • Concentration problems
  • Tiredness
  • Decreased ability to perform school and job-related tasks

Single-episode binge drinking also poses more serious risks. Alcohol poisoning is the most dangerous of these risks. Signs of alcohol poisoning can include:
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Disorientation