Turn Your Life Around
You don’t have to look far to see the damaging effects of alcoholism. The problem is here in New York and across our nation. Part of the problem is that many people think alcohol is safe just because it is legal. That clearly isn’t the case. Alcohol isn’t only highly addictive, it can lead to serious diseases and social problems that could ultimately lead to death. Due to the nature of alcoholism, most alcoholics are not concerned about the harm that their addiction causes. But if you are able to see that your addiction is causing harm, then you’re ahead of the crowd. You know that something must be done, but you may not know what to do. The secret is in reaching out for help. There are people who know exactly how to turn your life around.
Risks of Alcohol
Alcohol addiction affects millions of people in our nation. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has labeled it Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. According to a 2018 survey, 14 million adults had AUD. They define AUD as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.” The social consequences of AUD include losing relationships with family members or friends. In some cases, they could also include spending time in jail. Alcoholism has been linked to many crimes. The occupational consequences of AUD include problems in the workplace, including losing your job. The health consequences of AUD would include liver disease and cirrhosis, among other terrible diseases.
Alcoholism is a terrible disease that impacts more than just the alcoholic. We see the damages from the disease in our neighborhoods and in our relationships with loved ones. Many crimes and family problems can be linked back to alcoholism as well.
Detox and Beyond
It has been demonstrated that the best way of saying goodbye to alcohol when you are an addict is to put yourself through a detox program. Medical detoxification (or detox) helps eliminate the body’s physical dependence on alcohol or whatever substance the body has been consuming. This will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction. Detox is also a chance for health care workers to analyze you and determine other treatment methods that can help. Caregivers will be able to figure out what else you may need to help keep harmful toxins out of your body.That’s another benefit of reaching out for help. A supervised detoxification process is far more effective than trying to go it alone. If you’ve tried to go ‘cold turkey’ before and failed, it was likely because you didn’t have the right help at your disposal. That doesn’t have to happen again. When you go through a supervised detox, qualified staff will be there to help relieve painful withdrawal symptoms. These are the first steps in a process of learning how to live without alcohol controlling your life. If you or someone you know wants to begin that process, please call 916-249-2665 in the New York area. Professionals will be able to answer your questions about how detox and rehab treatments will change your life.