Alcoholism (also known as alcohol addiction) is marked by a craving for alcohol and the inability to stop drinking, even when you know it causes extreme personal or social harm. When any person struggles with alcoholism, the whole family usually hopes, wishes and prays for his or her recovery. Unfortunately, for many people, recovery is a very long journey that encompasses multiple trips to drug rehab centers and may involve hundreds of meetings. The signs of an alcohol addiction include-
- frequently drinking more than intended,
- developing a tolerance to alcohol,
- spending an extreme amount of time and money trying to get and drink alcohol
- Feeling symptoms of withdrawal when stopping, letting personal and professional responsibilities flounder in favor of drinking.
Effects of Alcohol:
Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, so it slows down the mental and bodily processes. With the first drink of alcohol, users experience a decrease in feelings of anxiety or stress. It is generally touted as a social lubricant, meaning drinkers feel confidence and shows excitement in meeting new people, and most of the time they feel less concerned with how they are perceived by others.
Because alcohol is legal and widely accepted in society, it will be hard to tell the difference between abuse and a casual use. In general, any usage of alcohol that results in negative consequences is considered as abuse. Some of the negative consequences of alcohol use include the following:
- Strained relationships
- Physical harm or illness
- Financial difficulty
- Problems at workplace
How long does it take to Rehab from Alcoholism?
You are not the one who has to go through with this recovery alone. There are lots of people who struggle with alcohol addiction and find it more difficult or impossible to quit on their own. Many professionals and support groups are specially designed to get you the help you need. You can also increase the chance of a full recovery by the help of a dedicated treatment center.
Rehab programs generally take a minimum of 30 to 45 days time. Some sufferers get benefit from 60 to 90 days stays at residential or inpatient treatment centers. The length of stay is based on the following conditions:
- The specific addiction
- Addiction severity
- Addiction history
- The sufferer’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs
- The presence of other mental, behavioral or medical health conditions (co-occurring diagnosis)
Right and timely treatment is very important for abusers. Family and friends support plays a vital role, and treatment duration /length varies case to case.