You can’t avoid alcohol. Most social events — personal and professional — include alcohol. When used responsibly, alcohol can enhance meals and social gatherings, ease tension and create a celebratory feel. However, alcohol abuse affects nearly 10 percent of all Americans according to a recent study by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The number of affected persons is likely much higher since the study does not include binge drinkers or other unhealthy drinking patterns. Drinking doesn’t just affect adults, either. Minors consume one in ten drinks in the U.S. annually and end up needing an alcohol addiction rehab center.
With alcohol being so well accepted and available, it can be difficult to separate heavier drinkers from those who have a clinical drinking problem. And if you do have a drinking problem, it can be difficult or impossible to stop on your own due to the high prevalence of alcohol and the almost constant temptations to drink. Help in the form of outpatient addiction rehab can be the best — and only — way to end your alcohol addiction and recover. Bayview Recovery can help give you effective, personalized strategies to stay sober and start on the course at our alcohol addiction rehab center Tacoma, WA trusts.
Alcohol Abuse’s Short-term Symptoms
Alcohol is easy to access, therefore, it’s easy to hide your habit from the people in your personal and professional lives. You can’t hide your alcohol use permanently, and of course, you can’t avoid it forever, either, if you have the problem. You likely have an alcohol problem if you have any of the following symptoms.
- Memory issues and memory loss
- Inability to reduce or stop drinking
- “The shakes”
- Motor issues including frequent accidents or falls
- Issues with driving, such as tickets and accidents
- Guilt after drinking
- Hiding drinking evidence
- Impulse-control issues
- People close to you express concern about your drinking
- Sensitivity to comments about your drinking
- Causing physical or emotional harm to others due to drinking
- Relationship or work problems due to drinking
Alcohol Abuse’s Long-Term Symptoms
Only you or your doctor may notice symptoms of long-term alcohol addiction.
For example, symptoms of heavy or long-term use include:
- Inflammation and impairment of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Inhibited nutrient absorption (a symptom of pancreatitis)
- Diabetic symptoms like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia (symptoms of pancreatitis)
- Inflammation, scarring or impairment of the liver (cirrhosis)
- High body toxin levels (a symptom of cirrhosis)
- Central nervous system damage
- Frontal lobe damage
Alcohol Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
You will experience severe withdrawal symptoms as a result of alcohol addiction, especially if you have used heavily or for a long time. In almost every case, you will feel much worse before you begin to feel better, but you will start to feel better after you have broken your dependency. However, our alcohol addiction treatment center Tacoma, WA trusts can help.
For example, alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
- Heavy perspiration
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Shakiness or tremors
- Seizures, hallucinations and, in more extreme cases, delirium
- Delirium tremens (intense and extreme delirium)
Bayview Recovery’s Alcohol Addiction Rehab Center
Alcohol abuse can be demoralizing and debilitating. You may think and feel that there’s no way out. Even if you successfully stop drinking for a while — which many can’t — there are simply too many triggers and temptations to stay sober, especially if you change nothing else. To lead a different life — a sober one — you need to think and act differently. Only then can you begin to feel differently, too — healthy and hopeful.
There is no “typical” user, so there should be no “typical” recovery. Bayview Recovery’s alcohol addiction rehab center Tacoma, WA residents trust has adopted a mission to provide you with care as unique as you are, that speaks to your personality and your struggles and strengths. You also shouldn’t expect a solution that doesn’t spend huge amounts of time getting to know you to work very well. Bayview Recovery treats you as a whole person, not simply an addiction pattern. If we don’t, you won’t get well. This is the key to our Washington alcohol addiction rehab center.
Call Bayview Recovery in Tacoma, Washington today at 855.478.3650 to learn more about how our highly-personal approach can help you get well faster and get back in touch with joy — not after your addiction recovery in Washington, but right now. You can begin to rewrite your personal story today by making this call and get closer to the happy ending you deserve.