Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Treatment For Alcoholism And Alcohol Addiction

Addiction Campuses can help you or someone you know break free from alcohol addiction

4 Alcoholism Myths InfographicThe only cure for alcohol addiction is treatment and learning how to live a life of recovery. While there are a wealth of websites and resources available to better understand alcohol addiction and the effects of alcoholism, none of these alone will solve the problem of addiction or cure an alcoholic from their mental and physical dependency.

Making the call is the first step to getting recovery help. Our addiction specialists can put you on the right road to long term recovery. Addiction Campuses handles all admission logistics including insurance verification, family communication and travel, and offers intervention assistance, clinical assessments, and medical detox. Program specialists and campus staff will create a tailored alcoholism recovery program which may include residential / inpatient treatment,outpatient treatment, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and addiction counseling.

Call today for a free phone assessment. A better life awaits.

24 / 7 Alcohol Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

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Addiction Campuses provides all levels of addiction recovery care in a comfortable and safe environment. Our campuses offer the perfect place to reflect, learn, change, and thrive. Our alcohol treatment programs are tailored to each client, and overseen by dedicated addiction recovery professionals – from our admissions specialists to licensed counselors and medical staff.

At Addiction Campuses, you can expect:
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For millions of individuals and family members, alcohol is a source devastating pain and loss. Alcohol is addictive and the state of addiction to alcohol is known as the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholics often will spend a great deal of their time drinking, making sure they can get alcohol, and recovering from alcohol’s effects, often at the expense of other activities and responsibilities at home, work, or school because of their drinking. People who abuse alcohol have a serious disorder and may put themselves in dangerous situations (like driving under the influence) or have legal or social problems (such as arrests or arguments with family members) due to their drinking.

Did You Know Alcohol Changes Your Brain Chemistry?

Alcohol addiction is prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and chemical dependency on alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms.

The same definition applies to alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol dependence. When someone drinks there is a physiological change in the brain and body.  In certain people (and we still don’t know scientifically why one person becomes an addict while another does not), this physiological change is what makes this person go back again for more alcohol.

Our brains are wired to make sure we will repeat healthy activities, like eating, by connecting those activities with feeling good. Whenever this reward circuit is kick-started, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it.

Alcohol tricks the brain by manipulating how a person feels when drinking. Just like you run your first mile so you can some day run 5 miles – your brain accepts two alcoholic drinks and rewards you with dopamine.  But two drinks aren’t enough eventually and your brain requires you to have more alcohol –rewarding you with more dopamine. However, when you don’t provide your brain with this drug, you feel sick, sad, depressed and miserable. You are literally painfully aware of how awful you feel, inside and out.

So you begin again.

This is how alcohol addiction begins.

NCAAD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) Common Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse:

  • Increased Tolerance to Alcohol:  Needing more and more of the drug or substance to have the same effect, or getting less effect from the same amount of the drug or substance over time.
  • Increased Physical Dependency:  Being unable to stop using the drug or substance without having uncomfortable symptoms. Being unable to cut down or control use of the drug or substance or having the persistent desire to do so.
  • Repeatedly Neglecting Responsibilities:  Because of drinking, repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school.  For example, neglecting the children, performing poorly at work, poor or failing grades in school, or skipping out on work, school, personal or social commitments because you’re hung over.
  • Alcohol Use in Dangerous Situations:  The use of alcohol in situations where it can be physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, drinking in a bad neighborhood, mixing alcohol with prescription medication against the advice of your doctor or operating machinery while drinking.
  • Legal Problems Due to Drinking:  If, due to drinking, you are experiencing repeated legal problems.  For example, getting arrested for fights, drunk and disorderly conduct, domestic disputes, driving under the influence.
  • Continued Drinking Despite Relationship Problems:  Alcohol is causing or making problems worse in your relationships with your friends, family or spouse, and you continue to drink.  For example, fighting with your family because they don’t like how you act when you drink or going out and drinking with your buddies even though you know your wife will be very upset.
  • Drinking to De-Stress:  Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to relieve stress.  Because alcohol is a sedative drug, over time, you will need more alcohol to have the same effect.  Getting drunk after a very stressful day more often, for example, or reaching for a bottle after you have an argument with boss, a friend or your spouse more frequently.

24 / 7 Alcohol Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!

—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate

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