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Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse occurs in teens and adults alike. When a person becomes dependent on alcohol, they change their way of life to revolve around it and often that means splitting friendships, cutting relationship ties and removing themselves from family activities. If you suspect your loved one of alcohol abuse, it is imperative you help them seek treatment and recovery before alcohol begins to take over their life.

 

Alcohol Abuse

When a person is abusing alcohol they engage in unhealthy and even dangerous drinking habits. This can include drinking every day or having multiple drinks in one sitting. Abuse can harm personal and professional relationships and even lead to trouble with law enforcement for drunk driving. Most individuals who suffer from alcohol abuse know what they are doing is wrong; yet they continue the behavior anyway. Long-term alcohol abuse will often lead to alcohol dependency, which is a serious physical and emotional disorder (also referred to as alcoholism).

 

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse and dependency mean that your loved one is physically and mentally addicted to alcohol. They have strong urges and cravings to drink and often will have a drink in order to cope with daily life. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from alcohol abuse or dependency, look for:

 

•  Signs your loved one cannot control their drinking

•  Your loved one must drink more in order to get drunk

•  Signs of withdrawal if your loved one goes several hours or a day

without alcohol

•  Your loved one is more concerned about  when they will have their next

drink than anything else

•  Your loved one says they will quit or even has tried to quit, but has

been unsuccessful

 

Alcohol Abuse Intervention

Intervention for alcohol abuse and dependency are key in helping your loved one overcome their physical and mental dependency. Since alcoholism is considered a long-term chronic illness, it is not a matter of lack of willpower. Unfortunately, since alcoholism is a charted disease, it has a likely and well-documented pattern and those who do not receive treatment will suffer from long-term medical and psychological issues – some of which can be life-threatening. By performing an intervention, you can help your loved one get the support and understanding they need in order to overcome this physical dependency. In most cases, your loved one has already tried to quit and knows they have a problem, which is why hearing it from others and gaining the support from others to quit is the number one reason alcoholics turn their lives around.

 

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Treatment for alcoholism is quite in-depth. Typically alcoholics enter into group and individual therapy sessions as well as alcohol education. Some individuals with severe dependencies will require some form of medication in order to cope with withdrawals. Treatment will not just deal with the dependency itself, but the reasons that caused the dependency to begin with. Unfortunately, even after treatment, individuals who overcome alcohol abuse will cope with staying alcohol-free for the rest of their lives, which is why it is important that they receive care and support from loved ones before, during and long after treatment.

 

If you are ready to help a loved toward the path of recovery, start with an effective intervention by the professionals at LifeLine Intervention. By calling 866-384-8411 now you can speak to a trained professional who understands the factors surrounding alcohol dependency and how it affects your loved one.

 

The first step in helping your loved one recover is getting the right information, so start in the right direction with LifeLine Intervention.