Unfortunately, for a segment of society that is prone to become addicted to alcohol due to genetic and environmental factors, alcohol can become an insidious master. For these individuals, the use of alcohol gradually progresses from being a means of celebrating life’s shared highlights to a solitary ritual of self-medication. Eventually, alcoholic drinkers will need to drink merely to ‘get well’ enough to appear normal at work or school. For the physically dependent abuser, alcohol withdrawals begin within a few hours of drinking and can be completely debilitating – causing shaking, nausea, delirium tremens, and even death.

Alcohol Is Addictive and Destructive for Some Users

Alcohol abuse is not problematic for the vast majority of people who use it within moderation. Moderate use of alcohol is defined as ”up to two drinks per day.” A drink is defined as 12 oz. of beer or a wine cooler, a 5 oz. glass of wine, or 1.5 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits.

As regular use progresses to misuse and then actual alcoholism, there is an intermediary stage known as ‘alcohol abuse’ that exhibits some but not all of the hallmarks of full-blown alcoholism. Typically ‘alcohol abusers’ will:

  • Binge drink
  • Drink more than they had planned
  • Have negative repercussions in their lives as a result of alcohol use

Mental and Physical Dependence

Some people will eventually pass through the “alcohol abuse” phase and become full-blown alcoholic drinkers. For these individuals the urge to drink becomes an obsession, causing unbelievable damage and pain in their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Those who become addicted to alcohol both psychologically and physically will transform into people that their loved ones can barely recognize. All of the things they used to care about gradually fall by the wayside as the urge to continue drinking hijacks all of their decisions.

There Is a Way Out

Those who have reached the stage of mental and physical alcohol dependence often feel hopeless and cannot fathom stopping their intake of alcohol for an extended period of time. Those who are in this situation can and do often regain control of their lives with the help of a treatment program. Our California alcohol rehab can show individuals how and why they can live permanently without alcohol. The first step is to provide a safe and comfortable detoxification process so that the alcohol can completely leave the person’s body. Detoxification from alcohol can be extremely unpleasant and even deadly without proper medical supervision.

Treating the Whole Person

We do not simply halt the physical behavior of drinking and focus on abstinence as the indicator of successful recovery. We approach the problem of alcohol dependence holistically. This means that our clients not only learn the reasons they turn to alcohol, but they also discover effective ways of handling problems and emotions so that they no longer need substances to cope with life, relationships, and daily ups and downs.

Admitting to an alcoholism treatment program takes courage and a strong desire to change. We recognize this, and we treat our clients with the respect and care they deserve.

Contact Us Today for Immediate Help

Our California alcohol rehab is affordable. We are located in the coastal Orange County area, and help alcohol-addicted people begin the recovery process. The intake counselors at Hope by the Sea are knowledgeable and available now to take your call and answer any questions you may have about getting treatment for alcoholism. Call us today at 949-691-3813.

Admitting to an alcoholism treatment program takes courage and a strong desire to change. We recognize this, and we treat our clients with the respect and care they deserve.

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