Treatment Facilities for Alcoholism

When you are a good friend to someone, it can be difficult for you to admit they have faults or flaws like an alcohol problem, let alone the fact that they may need the help of treatment facilities for alcoholism. However, if you are truly a concerned and caring friend, you want to look out for them and protect them as much as possible.

This may mean that you need to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of an alcohol abuse problem or addiction as well as know what you can and should do to help them get the treatment they need to prevent their alcohol abuse problems from completely taking over their life now and in the future. This is why seeking the right treatment facilities for alcoholism is the best option.

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What Does Alcohol Abuse Mean?

One of the many trepidations you may have about confronting your friend about their consumption of alcohol and potential addiction is the fact that you might not be sure what exactly constitutes the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol abuse is loosely defined as being the excessive consumption of alcohol. However, because it is commonly understood that alcohol is a substance that is not good for the body, it can be tough to discern the precise meaning of excessive.

Excessive alcohol consumption can also be referred to as habitual binge drinking. Binge drinking is a term used to describe a person that is consuming enough alcohol to raise their blood alcohol level to 0.08 mg/L (milligrams per liter of blood) in a period of only an hour or two. Women and men differ in their body chemistries and therefore have different binge drinking thresholds. A man is binge drinking when they have 5 or more alcoholic beverages in one to two hours and a woman is binge drinking if she has three or four alcohol beverages in that time.

Habitual alcohol abuse, therefore, refers to a person that engages in binge drinking on a consistent and regular basis. This can be anywhere from weekly to several times a week or daily and can be considered to be chronic alcohol abuse. The only way for an alcoholic to properly recover from their alcoholism is to find the right treatment facilities for alcoholism and enter treatment immediately.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

You may not be around your friend at all times to see how much they are consuming alcohol and how often they are doing so. After all, many people that develop alcohol abuse problems and addictions will hide their drinking habits and consume alcohol in secrete or when they are alone. This can make it difficult to constantly track the number of drinks they have had on any given encounter. However, there are many other potential signs of alcohol abuse that you can watch out for. Some of these signs and symptoms include:

  • Slurred or jumbled speech
  • Inability to walk in a straight line
  • Slower than normal speech or thinking
  • Disheveled appearance
  • Absences from work or activities
  • Smell of alcohol on body or breath
  • Empty bottles always around
  • Agitation and aggression
  • Moodiness and depression
  • Yellowish tint to skin (from liver damage)
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Tremors

There are many other signs and symptoms that a person is regularly abusing alcohol or has developed an addiction. The list above only represents some of the most common or noticeable symptoms that your friend may be exhibiting even when they are not directly under the influence of alcohol.

Treatment Facilities for Alcoholism

No matter how much you care about your friend and want to help them, you alone cannot be responsible for their recovery. You will need to encourage them and guide them to seek out the professional assistance available from alcoholism treatment facilities. Many people assume that alcoholism treatment is a one-size-fits-all kind of endeavor. Virtually everyone has heard of the 12 Step program that is designed to walk people through the process of getting sober and getting control of their life again.

However, while the 12 Step program is very popular (particularly in pop culture), it is not the only alcoholism treatment available. There are many different psychological and philosophical substructures for alcohol addiction treatment programs, some of which have religious underpinnings (like the 12 Step program) and others that do not. Some treatment facilities for alcoholism offer a combination of mental health services for mental health disorders like anxiety or depression along with treatment for addiction, and others combine alternative medicine and holistic mind-body activities and therapies along with the more traditional offerings.

When you approach your friend about getting help for their addiction, they may be resistant based on the fact that they do not think that treatment would be right for them. Remind them and let them know that there are all different kinds of treatment options available for alcoholism from outpatient treatment, to hospitalization, to resort or spa-like private treatment centers that offer a vast array of options. There are phenomenal treatment facilities for alcoholism out there that will work for them and you can be there to help them find it and get on the path to recovery.

Upcoming Pensacola AA & NA Meetings:

Meeting Day & Time Location
AA Alano Mon, 6:30 AM SUNRISE 908 McRae Ave, Mobile, AL 36606
NA East Hill Baptist Church Sat, 6:30 PM Back to Life Group Discussion/Participation, Topic 3960 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504
AA Trinity Episcopal Church Thu, 5:30 PM HAPPY HOUR 1900 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36606
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