How to Determine and Treat Alcohol Addiction
Addiction is almost a part of the average American psyche. People are addicted to many things, from smoking, to shopping, to browsing the web. There is a visual plethora of human addictions. One of the most serious addictions, an addiction to alcohol, is a fairly ambiguous addiction. Many people who have the propensity to drink do not believe they have a problem. Many people drink as way to "take the edge" off after a long day at work, or as a means to reduce stress after a fight with a friend or loved one. Many people use alcohol for different reasons, but determining if it is indeed an addiction and how to treat it is another story. There are several ways to determine if you or someone you love has a drinking problem. This can usually be assessed by how often alcoholic beverages are consumed and why. Social drinking is usually an instance not necessarily correlated with a drinking problem. However, if you or someone you care about is out partying every single night then there may be an issue or addiction. While the person may say they're addicted to having fun or the release that is felt by drinking alcohol, ask if they can still have a good time without drinking. If the answer is no, then there is a definite issue that needs to be addressed. There are several health issues that are associated with heavy, prolonged drinking. These symptoms, from severe to light are liver disease, gastritis, cardiovascular and neurological disorders, nausea, and weakness. The heaviest of drinkers can experience "black out" moments or instances where they cannot remember what they did while drinking. Moments like those are a definite sign of trouble. Alcoholic rehabilitation can only commence once an intervention has occurred, especially if the alcoholic is in denial of his or her use. Talking about the problem in a non-judgmental way can encourage the addict to get the help that he or she needs. Alcohol rehabilitation and treatment can be administered in a variety of methods. Group therapy such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can be beneficial to alcoholics because they are surrounded by people with similar problems looking to find treatment. There are also several inpatient and outpatient programs available for addicts that can cover anywhere between two to six months of treatment.