What is Alcohol Addiction?

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is the most problematic form of alcohol abuse and is often categorized into three subsets, those being mild, intermediate, and severe. Abusers feel as if alcohol helps them feel “normal” and able to better function. As alcohol addiction progresses, however, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage, not only for the abuser but for his or her family members. It often leads not only to emotional but financial issues. Serious health problems often result. If you are reading this, it is likely you are reaching out for help. It may be for yourself or a loved one. If traditional programs haven’t been effective or if you are looking for a more open-minded, non-judgemental approach to alcohol addiction, you have come to the right place.

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

There are common and universally accepted signs of alcohol addiction. They include:

  • An inability to control the use of alcohol
  • Looking forward to the consumption of alcohol throughout the day
  • Increasing consumption of alcohol
  • Spending more money on alcohol than seems reasonable
  • Replacing responsibilities with alcohol
  • Changing personalities when using alcohol

You may have already admitted to some of these signs or seen them in a family member. This is permission to move forward.

The Magnitude of Alcohol Addiction

To understand the magnitude of alcohol addiction and the need for professional alcohol treatment programs, one must first understand the facts surrounding alcohol abuse. It is widespread and prevalent. If you or a family member are struggling with the issue, you are far from being alone. The good news is there is hope and resolution. There are advanced, forward-thinking alcohol recovery programs that have been proven to be effective even if a traditional alcohol recovery program may not work for you or a loved one.

It can help by first understanding how widespread the use of alcohol is within the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveals that a whopping 86 percent of people ages 18 or older have indicated they have had at least one drink of alcohol in their lifetime. While that may seem to be acceptable and even understandable to most, further investigation reveals more alarming statistics.

For example, over 70% said they drank alcohol in the past year. Over 56% percent polled said they had alcohol in the past 30 days. If these statistics don’t yet alarm you, let’s take a deeper dive.

In 2015, almost 27% of everyone in the country who were 18 years or older admitted to “binge drinking” within the past 30 days. Additionally, about 7% said they used alcohol “heavily” in the past month. It is estimated that one in twelve Americans are “alcoholics”. The point is, if you suspect you are an alcoholic, you may or may not be correct. You, however, are certainly not alone if you feel this way.

Alcohol Abuse Syndrome

Statistics show that over 15 million Americans suffer from Alcohol Abuse Syndrome. Whether they are admitted alcoholics, admit they need alcohol treatment or not, the fact is, they need help if alcohol abuse is negatively affecting their lives.

If this is affecting you or someone you care about about, we have a positive solution. It is a solution that restores dignity and pride. It is a solution that doesn’t rely on placing blame. It is a holistic approach to alcohol addiction that is designed to rebuild those affected in an innovated, positive program.

Please understand that relapse is real and recovery can be difficult. Ours is not a magic bullet. It is an alternative approach to recovery that takes effort and understanding.  We provide an environment that is conducive to overcoming alcohol abuse syndrome. Our facilities, located in two beautiful Northern California locations, offer a tranquil and private environment for recovery. At Elevate Addiction Services® (Elevate), we’ve created the perfect place to overcome addiction and boldly face the mental health issues that go alongside drug and alcohol abuse. One property is just outside the prestigious Silicon Valley offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The other is surrounded by the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains teeming with wildlife and dense forests. Our California locations welcome over half of our clients from other states throughout our country and our reputation continues to grow.

We invite you to find out how Elevate Addiction Services helps our clients recover with a holistic focus on nutrition and physical fitness. All clients progress at their own pace and participate in activities that range from one-on-one and group counseling to art therapy and workout classes they will actually enjoy. Each of our clients has his or her own individualized daily routine and participates in just the activities that work for him or her. Ours is an open environment, encouraging clients to discover or rediscover, their passions. Passions that don’t need the help of harmful substances.