Defining Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the nervous system. It is a drug that changes the way the mind and body work together and separately. Individuals can become physically and emotionally addicted to its use, and the disease of alcohol addiction can develop quickly or over a length of time.
When the disease “hijacks” the brain, it can cause irrational behavior, often affecting the alcohol addict’s motivations and love for life.
In addition to physical concerns, alcohol addiction can lead to other problems, including:
- Decreased job performance
- Legal ramifications related to alcohol addiction behaviors (i.e. driving while intoxicated)
- Other health issues related to alcohol addiction (i.e. contracting sexually transmitted diseases, cirrhosis of the liver)
- Harming relationships with spouses, children, friends or other loved ones
Alcohol addiction is a disease to be treated seriously with a combination of medical attention, proven treatment methods and, ultimately, an alcohol addiction recovery program of abstinence.
Treating alcohol addiction can begin today and Nova Counseling Services can help. We can assist you or a loved one by assessing, diagnosing and treating alcoholism with our intensive residential impatient addiction treatment.