What is Alcohol Abuse?
Alcohol abuse occurs when someone develops a drinking habit or becomes preoccupied with alcohol. How do you know it’s becoming a problem? While some people may appear to be able to function, drinking often becomes uncontrolled or may interfere with one’s wellbeing or disrupt activities of daily living.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among teenagers in the United States. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths among underage youth each year, and it costs the U.S. $24 billion each year on average. Although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United State with more than 90 percent of this alcohol consumed in the form of binge drinking.
Alcohol is known to lessen inhibitions resulting in risky and even illegal behaviors, potentially leading to violence, drug abuse, and incarceration.
Symptoms of Acute Alcohol Intoxication
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bloodshot eyes
- Flushed face
- Violent or aggressive outbursts
- Swaying, staggering or stumbling
- Excessive perspiration
- Alcohol on breath
- Blank or dazed look
If you or someone you love displays the signs of unhealthy alcohol use, there is help. And because the risks associated with ongoing alcohol consumption are serious, don’t wait. Reach out to one of our treatment consultants and see what the options are. Help is here.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Alcohol treatment includes both a pharmacological approach and a psychotherapy approach. Medications are used to prevent cravings associated with alcohol, to lessen or prevent withdrawal effects associated with alcohol, and to induce unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.
Behavioral therapy, family-based approaches, and recovery support systems such as Assertive Continuing Care, Mutual Help Groups, Peer Recovery Support Services, and Recovery High schools for teens are the mainstay of psychotherapy approaches used for alcohol treatment. Behavioral therapy focuses on identifying the negative feelings, thoughts and emotions driving the use alcohol and uses positive behavior approaches, coping skills and problem-solving techniques to prevent these thoughts and negative behaviors. Family therapy approaches are used to provide education to the family as a unit about addiction and focus on family stressors and negative behaviors that may present triggers for the client’s behavior.
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If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.