Many factors contribute to how addictive a substance is, and how likely it is that an individual will become addicted. Factors of addiction include potency and availability of the drug, a person’s genetic make-up, environment, mental wellbeing, and personal development. Once addiction develops, it can be extremely challenging to quit taking the substances because addictive drugs affect brain chemistry. In some cases, once the body is physically dependent on a substance, abruptly stopping use of the substance can even be life-threatening. If you or a loved one are abusing alcohol, it is important to be aware of the risks and signs of addiction.
How Addictive is Alcohol?
In the United States, alcohol is legal for adults age 21 and over, and is widely available in grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations, restaurants, bars, and beyond. Alcohol is a multi-billion dollar industry, and those numbers only continue to grow. Due to its wide availability, legality, and societal acceptance, alcohol yields a very high rate of addiction.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2019, nearly 15 million people ages 12 and over had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). AUD is characterized by problematic drinking, or an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol consumption.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse
Common indicators of alcohol abuse include:
- Frequently craving alcohol
- Experiencing blackouts
- Drinking to the point of vomiting
- Unsuccessful attempts to moderate, control, or stop drinking alcohol
- Drinking in secrecy
- Attempting to hide the amount of alcohol being consumed
- Alcohol poisoning
- Neglecting responsibilities in order to drink
- Financial, relational, and/or legal consequences in relation to drinking alcohol
Dangers of Alcohol Abuse
As alcohol abuse impacts a huge number of people around the world, the dangers of alcohol abuse are heavily researched and widely documented.
An estimated 95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes, making it the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
We Can Help
Alcohol addiction can be fatal if left untreated, but know that recovery is possible. Help is available for those battling this addiction. Depending on the stage of an individual’s addiction, they may require detox, an intensive treatment program, or both. Fortunately, Knoxville Recovery Center offers various services to those struggling with this addiction.
Detox – Our on-site detox clinic accommodates and supports clients as the body sheds all residual traces of alcohol. Clients are under medical supervision during the detox process to ensure that they remain safe and comfortable.
Addiction Treatment – During our addiction treatment program, clients will engage in introductory therapies and exercises that work to prepare them for continued, more intensive treatment outside of our facility. The goal of our addiction treatment track is to stabilize clients so that they are treatment-ready.
Mental Health Treatment – Our mental health treatment program introduces behavioral therapies rooted in self-expression and holistic exercise. Art therapy, music therapy, and yoga are just a few forms of therapy we offer at the center. Our goal is to help the client reclaim their voice and expose them to treatment within a professional facility.
Aftercare Planning – Aftercare is designed for individuals who have benefitted from our introductory addiction services and are transitioning into a more intensive addiction treatment program. Once a client is stabilized, they will be encouraged to pursue continued addiction treatment. Our experienced case managers will then work with our clients to place them in a program that addresses their specific wants and needs. Addiction is difficult to overcome alone. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call Knoxville Recovery Center and speak with an addiction expert today.