What is Alcohol addiction?


People react to alcohol consumption in many ways, with some people becoming addicted quickly and others able to drink regularly without developing serious problems. It’s important to note, however, that regular excessive consumption of alcohol is likely to cause physical and psychological health problems if left untreated. 

Signs of Alcoholism

Common signs of alcoholism include uncontrolled drinking habits, being unable to cut down consumption levels, needing to drink more to experience the same effects, experiencing physical-somatic or emotional-motivational withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is discontinued, drinking in dangerous situations, and needing alcohol to unwind or relax.

People with drinking problems often feel guilty about their drinking or go to extreme lengths to cover up the extent of their drinking.  

Alcohol abuse occurs when an individual is drinking too much or too often, and negative effects on their life begin to manifest.

These effects may include impaired driving, neglect of daily responsibilities including work and family, strained relationships, and legal/financial problems related to alcohol misuse.

Alcohol Addiction or Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol addicts incur the same problems as abusers, but they have the added symptom of dependence. This means that is especially difficult to cut back or quit, as it results in serious and sometimes deadly withdrawal effects including cravings, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, shakiness, tremors, and seizures.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about alcohol consumption
  • Often “black outing” from drinking or having memory loss
  • Neglecting primary responsibilities such as school, work, and family
  • Using alcohol even though it could harm physical health such as drinking while driving, using alcohol with medication, etc.
  • Use alcohol to self-medicate or “relax”
  • Problems with family or other personal relationships
  • Drinking alone, hiding use from friends and family
  • Strong tolerance to alcohol, often needing more to have the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when not drinking
  • Lack of motivation/interest

Why Choose Alcohol Rehab

Life Solutions Addiction Cente's inpatient alcohol rehab specializes in helping alcohol abusers begin a path to recovery. Each of our skilled addiction counselors has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to identify alcohol abuse triggers and develop effective methods for managing those triggers.

Each individual will receive a full physical and psychological evaluation on which the individualized alcohol treatment plan will be based. The plan components vary for each client based on their own personal history, needs, goals, and preferences.

During inpatient alcohol rehab, patients have the ability to connect with others who are struggling with similar circumstances. They will also have 24-hour access to counselors, who provide continuous support.