Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in the United States and all around the world. Abuse and dependency of the substance affects 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc (NCADD). However, this is not counting the several million people who participate in binge drinking, which is known to lead to more serious alcohol problems. Unfortunately, San Diego citizens are not immune to this dangerous trend as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that about a quarter of San Diego residents have admitted to binge drinking at least once during the past month the survey was conducted.
Excessive alcohol use contributes to 88,000 deaths annually and since these numbers are on the rise, more people than ever before are in serious need of medical attention. Combined with the addictive qualities of alcohol, its easy accessibility and the fact that drinking is considered socially acceptable makes this one habit that is difficult to kick. Therefore, a comprehensive alcoholism treatment program is frequently required to successfully manage the disease. Qualified addiction experts provide clients with the therapies, resources, and lifestyle tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that is characterized by an irresistible urge to drink uncontrollably. Several alcoholics turn to the drink to alleviate the effects of problems in their lives while others are predisposed for the sickness. A major sign of alcoholism is the advancement of dependency on alcohol over time. As with any drug, alcoholics normally must consume more and more of the substance to achieve the same effects as they did when they first began to use. Additionally, binge drinking and frequent blackouts are among the more common behaviors associated with alcoholics.
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The Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
- A high tolerance to alcohol
- Difficulty maintaining balance and loss of coordination
- Blackouts or memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Nerve damage (Neuropathy)
- Lowered performance at work and/or school
- Spending an inordinate amount of time in bars and/or nightclubs
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities and people
- Consuming alcohol in inappropriate places or situations
- Legal trouble
- Financial problems
- Mood swings
Drug Rehab San Diego CA offers both 45 and 90 day programs as professionals believe that the longer one is exposed to treatment, the higher their chances of success. There are a wide variety treatment options offered for San Diego residents, which include gender specific programs and care for clients with co-occurring disorders. These customized programs provide clients with the skills necessary to control cravings and resist relapse long after their stay.