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Alcohol Addiction

Also known as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder (AUD), alcohol addiction affects people of every gender, race, and socioeconomic status. It occurs when someone heavily depends on drinking and is unable to stay sober for an extended period of time. The severity of the disease, including how often a person drinks and the type of alcohol they consume varies.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Florida

Here at Compassion Behavioral Health, we offer effective treatments for those who are addicted to alcohol. Our highly skilled and experienced team of specialists understands the complexities of addiction and is here to help you get sober and stay sober for years to come.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Since alcohol is common and widely accepted in today’s society, it can be difficult to recognize alcohol addiction. For many people, drinking is simply a normal part of life. Several of the most common symptoms of alcoholism, however, include:

  • Consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • Using alcohol more frequently 
  • A high alcohol tolerance
  • Drinking at inappropriate times, such as before work or first thing in the morning
  • The need to drink more and more to get the same effect
  • Social isolation or missing out on activities in order to drink
  • Hiding alcohol 
  • Depending on alcohol in order to function 
  • Feelings of irritability when not drinking
  • Emotional issues such as depression and lethargy
  • Ongoing problems with work, school, relationships, and the law because of drinking

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Causes and Risk Factors of Alcohol Addiction

There are a number of reasons someone may become addicted to alcohol including:

  • Genetics
  • Exposure to childhood stress and trauma
  • Drinking from an early age
  • Stressful circumstances
  • Mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

Our Therapies for Alcohol Addiction

There are many ways to successfully treat alcoholism. At Compassion Behavioral Health, we’ll determine the best therapies for each patient’s specific lifestyle and needs. We offer a number of safe, proven therapies such as:

We also treat patients who are facing both alcohol addiction in conjunction with a mental health disorder. Between our Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Mental Health Treatment Program, we can effectively treat both disorders at the same time.

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Alcohol Addiction FAQ

When someone drinks alcohol, it enters the bloodstream and eventually reaches the brain. Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system, which means it slows down the brain’s activity. This can lead to feelings of relaxation and pleasure. However, alcohol also disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, which can lead to problems with thinking, memory, and emotion.
Yes, alcoholism is considered a disease because it is a chronic illness that affects a person's physical and mental health. Alcoholism can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, liver disease, and heart problems, and it can also exacerbate mental health issues. Alcoholism is a serious condition that requires treatment, and it is important to seek help if you are struggling with alcohol addiction.
Alcohol addiction can develop over time. Someone who drinks alcohol regularly may develop a tolerance to it, which means they need to drink more and more to get the same effects. As someone's tolerance increases, they may start to feel that they need to drink alcohol in order to feel normal. This can lead to dependence, and eventually addiction.
There is no single cause of alcoholism, but there are some risk factors that may make someone more likely to develop the disorder. One of these risk factors is genetics. Research suggests that alcoholism can run in families, and people who have close relatives with alcoholism are more likely to develop the condition themselves. However, it is important to remember that not everyone who has a family history of alcoholism will develop the disorder, and there are other factors that can contribute to the development of alcoholism.

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