Treatment Programs for Alcoholism at Banyan Chicago
Alcohol addiction, also commonly known as alcoholism, affects almost 18 million people in the United States alone. Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to a physical dependence on the drink. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that is characterized by repetitive alcohol consumption despite health or legal issues that stem from drinking. Alcoholics may struggle with cutting down on their drinking because of their physical dependence. In some cases, those who struggle with alcoholism must begin their day with a drink in order to function properly.
Alcoholism is not the only problem caused by the abuse of alcohol. Besides the 18 million in the US who are full-blown alcoholics, it is estimated that there are several million who engage in risky drinking patterns or “binge drinking,” and this can develop into problematic behavior in the future. This whole separate category of drinkers, also known as “functioning alcoholics,” can do just as much damage to their lives without having a full-blown addiction to alcohol. To help those struggling to overcome these challenges, Banyan offers Chicago alcohol addiction treatment.
Why Is Alcohol Addictive?
The complicated illness of alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder (AUD), is brought on by a combination of hereditary, environmental, and psychological factors. Alcohol is addictive for a number of reasons, all of which increase the likelihood of abuse and dependency.
First, alcohol alters the reward system in the brain by increasing dopamine release, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure and reward. This increase in dopamine produces happy emotions, which fuels the desire to drink alcohol. Alcohol tolerance results from the brain's gradual adaptation to its presence, which increases the amount of alcohol needed to produce the same effects. The brain can eventually develop a reliance on alcohol as a result of this tolerance, making it necessary for regular brain function.
Second, alcohol's central nervous system-depressing properties might momentarily reduce tension, anxiety, and other negative emotions. This may lead to a cycle of using alcohol to dull or escape from emotional suffering. However, regular and heavy drinking can cause physical and psychological dependence, making it challenging to stop without feeling withdrawal symptoms.
Finally, sociological and cultural issues can contribute to alcoholism. Alcohol is freely accessible, socially acceptable, and a common component of social events in many cultures. The normalization of alcohol consumption might aid in the emergence of addiction because people may feel under pressure to fit in or fail to understand the possible dangers of binge drinking.
What Are the Warning Signs of Alcoholism?
If left unaddressed, an alcohol addiction can quickly escalate into an uncontrollable and dangerous situation. This makes recognizing the indicators and warning signs much more important. Otherwise, the person suffering runs the risk of developing a slew of painful and potentially life-altering complications.
Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse:
- Having a strong craving or urge to consume alcohol.
- Inability to fulfill work, school, or home obligations due to continued alcohol use.
- Withdrawal symptoms without drinking- sweating, shaking, or nausea.
- Spending a significant amount of time drinking, finding, or recovering from alcohol.
- Unable to control the amount of alcohol consumed.
- Continuing the consumption of alcohol after it is threatening health, relationships, work, or social life.
- Advice from friends or family to cut down on drinking or quit altogether.
- Drinking alone.
- The amount of drinking is significantly more than most people you know.
- Either frequently making plans around drinking or drinking is the main focus of your day.
- Alcohol is one of the only substances that has negative effects on every single organ in the human body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body.
Not only is alcohol damaging to every part of your body, but it is also one of the only substances that can cause death from withdrawal. Proper, medically supervised alcohol detox at our neighboring Heartland rehab center and individualized treatment are crucial to recovery for those who struggle with alcohol addiction.
Illinois Addiction Treatment for Alcohol
An alcohol addiction treatment plan at our Chicago drug rehab comes with intense addiction therapy sessions, including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, rehab aftercare programs, and so much more.
The goals of Banyan’s Chicago addiction treatment center are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. We feel that the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction or abuse, help is just a phone call away. Contact Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago to learn more.
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan Pompano Detox, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction is able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.