Although a legal, controlled substance, alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Excessive and frequent drinking of alcohol can cause distress and harm to an individual. This behavior is classified as a alcohol use disorder (AUD), which includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The most common forms of alcohol include beer, hard liquor and wine.
According to ProjectKnow.com, nearly 14 million US adults, or every one in 13 US adults, abuse alcohol or have an alcoholism problem. As for youth, over three million American teenages aged 14 to 17 have an alcohol problem. In addition, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with substance abuse is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery Center we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery to help you or your loved one learn how to quit alcoholism. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to understanding alcoholism and our treatment programs.
What is Alcoholism? Understanding Alcoholism
Alcoholism occurs when a person becomes dependent on alcohol, addicted to alcohol or experiences negative effects from regular and excessive drinking. Alcoholism includes four characteristics: tolerance, physical dependence, loss of control, and craving.
Furthermore, consuming too much alcohol can damage the liver and brain. Heavy drinking can also increase your risk of certain cancers, and death from homicide, suicide, car crashes and injuries. Those that suffer from alcoholism may also experience alcohol poisoning as a consequence of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.
Lastly, alcoholism can disrupt daily life as well as ruin family and friend relationships and lead to serious money issues, health issues, and illegal activity when not treated.