Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the most countries across the globe. Addiction to alcohol can be notoriously difficult to detect, for several reasons, including the following:
– Alcohol is legally available almost everywhere at a reasonable affordable cost, which means access is never a problem
– Alcohol use is regarded as socially acceptable – even, in some cases, socially desirable
– Because the use of alcohol is so widespread, behaviours associated with overindulgence are normalized
– Alcohol intoxication is rarely treated as a serious condition; on the contrary, friends and onlookers often find it amusing
What all of this means is that when we observe someone who is under the influence of alcohol, we accept their behaviour as “normal”, and we continue to regard it as such when we encounter the individual in a setting not usually associated with alcohol.
Not only do friends, family members and peers not realize that there is a problem – in many cases, the addicted person doesn’t even know. As a result, by the time the individual or a loved one seeks help, the individual is addicted to the point of being at risk of serious withdrawal complications.
By being aware of the signs of mild, moderate and severe alcohol abuse, people can get the help they need sooner, before lasting damage is done to their health and their relationships.