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Alcoholism Treatment in Texas

Alcoholism is the most common substance addiction, second to tobacco, across the United States. Due to the social acceptability and availability of alcohol, it is no surprise that many individuals struggle with alcoholism. Determining where alcohol dependency begins is often difficult to identify. There are many alcoholics who are considered to be high functioning in which they are still able to maintain their jobs, families, spouses, and other responsibilities while also being dependent on alcohol. Fortunately, there are quality, comprehensive alcohol rehabs in Dallas, Texas available for individuals suffering from mild-to-severe alcohol addiction and recovery is possible.

Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism, clinically referred to as alcohol use disorder (AUD),  is a chronic and relapsing condition that is diagnosed by medical professionals. Excessive alcohol consumption and unhealthy patterns of drinking can lead to several social, relational, mental, and physical consequences. 

When discussing the warning signs of alcohol addiction it is important to recognize the prevalence and integration of alcohol in most social activities. Living in a culture of frequent casual drinking makes it difficult for many individuals to recognize they have a problem with alcohol. There are millions of people across the U.S. who are suffering from an alcohol use disorder in silence due to the social acceptability of alcohol consumption. However, there are physical and behavioral warning signs of alcohol addiction.

Behavioral signs of alcoholism include:

  • Spending copious amounts of time obsessing and obtaining alcohol
  • Distress at the absence or lack of alcoholic beverages
  • Inability to stop drinking despite the desire to do so
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression, or extreme mood swings when not drinking alcohol
  • Hiding the amount and frequency of alcohol an individual drinks
  • Isolation and denial when confronted with an individual’s unhealthy drinking patterns
  • Failing to maintain school, work, familial, and other responsibilities due to drinking or hangovers.
  • Frequent intoxication in hazardous situations
  • Continued drinking despite negative consequences

Physical signs of alcohol addiction include:

  • Chronic hangovers/migraines
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Liver disease
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Heart disease
  • Immune system suppression
  • Cravings
  • Loss of coordination and memory
  • Slurred speech, confusion
  • Vitamin/nutritional deficiencies
  • Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop drinking
  • Blackouts when drinking

Common Causes and Risk Factors of Alcoholism

Many people wonder what causes alcoholism to develop, however, there is no simple answer to this question. The development of alcohol use disorder is thought to be influenced by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, genetic, psychological, social, and environmental factors. For example, studies have revealed a genetic link between depression and alcoholism as well as drinking during adolescence and increasing the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later in life. Here are a few of the common risk factors associated with alcoholism.

  • Underlying, untreated mental health disorders
  • Steady, consistent alcohol consumption
  • Binge drinking habits beginning at an early age
  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Social and cultural factors
  • Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and schizophrenia
  • History of trauma or high-stress situations

Individuals who grow up with an alcoholic parent may also be more prone to developing an alcohol use disorder later in life. Social and community environments may also contribute to an increased risk of an individual developing alcoholism. On the contrary, positive parental involvement and support can also lessen the risk of an individual developing an alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism is a life threatening disorder that should be treated at a professional alcohol rehab facility.

Alcohol Rehab in Dallas, Texas

While there is no one-size-fits-all cure for alcoholism, there are many comprehensive approaches to treating alcoholism. Alcohol withdrawal can be potentially life-threatening, therefore, the first step in alcohol rehab in Texas is medically supervised detox. Once an individual has completed alcohol detox, he will either enter residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment for alcoholism. Inpatient alcohol rehab in Texas will allow the facility to medically manage acute alcohol withdrawal while the individual is receiving the necessary treatment for alcohol use disorder. This specific type of alcohol addiction treatment will allow the individual to recieve therapy, support, and medical assistance needed during the recovery process. 

Casa Colina is a Dallas, Texas drug and alcohol rehab facility that prides itself on treating each client on an individual basis. Our team believes that addiction is a chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development. Casa Colina’s professional team are experts in addiction and takes pride in addressing the root causes of alcohol addiction. Whether you or your loved one has experienced trauma, abuse, mental health struggles, or family conflict, we have a professional staff with experience and knowledge that will help you navigate your road to healing and recovery today.

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