No matter what label you put on the disease, alcohol addiction is a very serious problem in our country. There are roughly 16 million people in the United States who are diagnosed with some form of alcohol use disorder (AUD), and over 88,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes. This means alcohol addiction is the third most avoidable cause of death in the U.S. What’s even more concerning is that this drug is easily accessible and 100% legal for people to purchase, making alcoholism one of the hardest addictions to overcome.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction may often be overlooked initially, especially if an individual is able to function without significant impairment in his/her work environment. However, relational damage from alcohol addiction becomes evident from the onset of the addiction, as family members experience alcoholic rages or emotional/relational neglect. When an alcoholic is drinking, the individual has little to no control over how much he/she consumes, regardless of the negative consequences that result from the behavior. Symptoms that you or someone you love is suffering from alcohol addiction are:
- A high tolerance to alcohol’s effects, demonstrated by the ability to consume a large amount of alcohol without noticeable impairment
- Reduced attention or care toward personal and professional responsibilities, as well as significant relationships
- Frequent alcohol binges in which the individual drinks until he/she passes out
- Serious hangovers which require a generous amount of time to recover from, resulting in chronic lateness, calling in sick to work and disruption of normal eating and sleeping patterns
- Efforts the individual makes to stop drinking or reduce alcohol consumption fail, and drinking continues to escalate
- Withdrawal symptoms–such as tremors, nausea, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hallucinations or seizures–are present when the individual does not drink for several hours (milder withdrawal symptoms occur first, with increasingly severe symptoms appearing as more time passes since the last drink)
How We Treat Alcohol Addiction at HopeQuest
The alcohol addiction treatment at HopeQuest is a comprehensive rehab program that is both Christ-centered and clinically-effective. Our 12-week residential program is lead by our professionally-licensed staff, who are both devoted Christians and clinicians. Our unique curriculum integrates evidenced-based treatment approaches with spiritual principles, creating opportunities for clients to address their addiction holistically. This comprehensive treatment strategy enables clients to identify and work on the underlying issues fueling their addiction and develop healthy strategies for being successful in long-term sobriety and recovery.
We believe that our integrated approach to alcohol addiction treatment, having both a clinical and Christian focus, creates the best possible opportunity for individuals to be successful in recovery. Those who come to HopeQuest for help will find grace and acceptance as they face the pain and consequences of their addiction, as well as support from others on a similar journey toward hope and freedom.